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America's Path To Energy Independence: The Shale Revolution

In the history of American Energy Independence, September 29, 2016 was a significant day. OPEC was two years into a strategy to bankrupt the U.S. shale industry, by allowing prices to drop to unprofitable levels. The Shale Revolution had led to increasing U.S. output, such that by 2014 the cartel …

Oil & Gas Industry

How to Look Like the Smartest Person in Every Meeting

Try these great tips to stand out in your next meeting.<p>My work as an executive leadership coach often has me shadowing the people I'm coaching. And that means sitting in a lot of meetings--as many as seven or eight a day. And I've come to realize that there's always one person who stands out, who …

Communicate

The Shale Oil Ponzi Scheme Explained

Few Americans realize that the U.S. economy is being propped up by the Shale Oil Industry. However, the shale oil industry is nothing more than a …

Shell’s strategic move into electricity

Royal Dutch Shell’s decision to sell electricity direct to industrial customers is an intelligent and creative one. The shift is strategic and …

Royal Dutch Shell

Billionaire burn: Musk says Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI threat ‘is limited’

It’s rare — if not unheard of — to hear someone question Mark Zuckerberg’s comprehension skills.<p>The Facebook chief executive and social media icon is frequently lauded for his critical thinking and global vision, qualities that have helped him maintain his reign atop one of the world’s most …

The untouchable Hope Hicks

Trump's 28-year-old communications adviser has earned the president's trust by letting him do just as he pleases when it comes to dealing with the press.<p>Hope Hicks was celebrating a family wedding at a Bermuda golf club the weekend after Donald Trump was elected president when she overheard members …

Donald Trump

A College Student Complained About Capitalism. When the Prof Was Done With Him, He Was Speechless

Screenshot/ARI/Facebook<p>Dr. Yaron Brook, an Objectivist academic who is Executive Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute, was confronted by a college …

Globalization

Planet Nine: Astronomers Say They’ve Found ‘Signs Of The Presence Of A Planet’

Two astronomers from Spain have announced that their research has uncovered evidence that corroborates the hypothesis of a potential massive Planet …

Oil price volatility driven by 'tourist traders' using incomplete data: report

We've entered a "new era in the oil market," where price volitility is driven by traders with limited knowledge of the oil industry and a reliance on incomplete data, according to a report published this week by RBC Capital Markets.<p>The report, <i>Oil Strategy: The Tale of the Tourist</i>, by RBC's director …

What's next for oil markets and Trump

I chatted yesterday with Bob McNally, whose well-received January 2017 book Crude Volatility traced the history of oil markets and analyzed (among …

The Short Life of the Oil Short Squeeze

Oil traders are warning that the oil market is so bad it might get good really quickly.<p>My colleagues at Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday that …

‘American energy dominance’ is basically a meaningless Trumpian catchphrase

In recent weeks, a new energy buzzword has taken flight from Washington, D.C., making stops in Alaska, North Dakota, Texas, Utah and more: “American …

Natural Gas

Why Pioneer Natural Resources Investors Should Be Wary of Slumping Crude Prices

The shale driller is banking on $55 oil to fuel its ambitious growth plan.<p>Late last year, <b>Pioneer</b> <b>Natural Resources</b> (NYSE:PXD) unveiled its "1 million …

Harold Hamm warns oil prices below $40 will idle US drilling, cautions producers to be 'prudent'

U.S. shale oil pioneer Harold Hamm on Wednesday warned that sub-$40 crude would cause many U.S. producers to stop drilling and warned fellow CEOs to …

Oil & Gas Industry

The Eagle Ford Shale Finally Gets A Little Media Love

For most of the past year, the ongoing boom in the Permian Basin has sucked all the oxygen out of the room in terms of media reporting on the oil and gas industry in Texas. The mergers and acquisitions frenzy of 2016 raised per-acre acquisition costs to $40,000, and that in turn led a rapid rise in …

Oil & Gas Industry

Store closings have tripled so far this year

Everything must go!<p>Stores are closing at alarming rate. The number so far this year is triple what it was in the same period last year, according to an analysis by Fung Global Retail & Technology, a retail think tank.<p>There have been 5,300 store closing announcements through June 20, making it the …

Credit Suisse

US companies will be forced to 'hit the breaks' if oil drops below $40

A rising U.S. rig count, multi-year record production levels from Libya, and a general mood of pessimism more than outweighed the positive news that OPEC and non-OPEC producers increased their compliance rate in May. There is now a growing consensus that the OPEC deal won't be sufficient to bring …

There are several 'red flags' in the oil market right now

Last November, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries tried to solve this by agreeing to lower production. But this was not enough, and Libya, Nigeria and Iran — three members that weren't part of the agreement — have raised their production.<p>So have US shale-oil producers, who this week …

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's controversial decision to turn down Yahoo's $1 billion early offer to buy Facebook

<i>This is an excerpt from the book "Becoming Facebook" by Mike Hoefflinger. It's the inside story of Facebook told by the former Head of Global Business Marketing, chronicling the 10 major decisions Facebook made that led from their disastrous stock drop in 2012 to one of the biggest companies in the</i> …

4 Easy Dinners That Just Happen to Be Good for You

These are the recipes our food director makes at home: That means they're foolproof.<p>When I cook for my family, it’s my chance to inject some sanity into the craziness of my workplace diet. As the food director at <i>Bon Appétit</i> and Healthyish, I taste and approve every single recipe we publish in print …

Small Is The New Big For Major Energy Companies Like ConocoPhillips

<i>source: Stock Photo</i><p>It wasn't a surprise to hear the recent announcement from ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) that it was going to sell as much of $8 …

China Oil Companies’ Push Into U.S. Faces Uncertainty With Trump Victory

Industry experts see contradiction in Trump’s pledge to promote drilling and rhetoric against globalization<p>By<p>Brian Spegele<p>Brian Spegele<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@bspegele<p>Brian.Spegele@wsj.com<p>BEIJING—China’s beleaguered oil sector could face fresh challenges following Donald Trump’s election …

China

Butterscotch pie, always second fiddle, is a secret crowd pleaser

Recently, over wedges of homemade pie, my sisters shared that they love butterscotch. Turns out the nieces do too. Then, my father, a self-confessed chocoholic, capitulated. We spoke of butterscotch sundaes, candies, warm sauce, boxed pudding and restaurant desserts layered in fancy glasses. Mom …

14 wines for your Thanksgiving table, from $12 to $40

The beautiful mishmash is near, and I can't wait to mix my food together.<p>I always felt bad for the kid who, with extreme vigilance, made sure that no group of food on his plate ever touched another. If the person scooping food onto his plate accidentally bumped a pile of mashed potatoes with an …

Santa Barbara County

Stopping oil exploration would help protect the climate. And it will happen soon anyway.

The environmental group Cook Inletkeeper filed objections to an oil lease sale in Cook Inlet this past week because new finds could contribute to the …

To deal with climate change we need a new financial system

Abolishing debt-based currency isn’t a new idea, but it could hold the secret to ending our economies’ environmentally damaging addiction to growth<p>When it comes to global warming, we know that the real problem is not just fossil fuels – it is the logic of endless growth that is built into our …

financialsystem

Marijuana Stocks Light Up Before Election

Marijuana stocks are getting lit ahead of the election.<p>With nine states voting to legalize marijuana in some form, many investors are betting these cannabis companies will benefit. The Marijuana Index has more than doubled in the last month and half and that was largely driven by volume.<p>“The …

Cannabis

Oil holds near 2016 highs after U.S. inventory drop

Oil prices held steady on Thursday, underpinned by a surprisingly large drop in U.S. inventory levels the previous day to stay within sight of this year's highs hit in June.<p>Brent crude futures were virtually unchanged at $51.85 per barrel at 1120 GMT, after hitting a high of $52.09 the previous …