James Osborne, Houston Chronicle

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  • S.A. Express-News
  • Beaumont Enterprise
  • FuelFix
  • The Dallas Morning News

Recent articles by James:

How the oil sector came to embrace E15 after years of opposition

Oil and ethanol companies have long been at odds, but with the fuel market shifting they have come to agreement on new legislation allowing the sale of gasoline with a higher concentration of ethanol. → Read More

President Joe Biden remains 'focused' on fuel prices, even as prices come down 50 percent since June, adviser says

President Joe Biden remains "focused" on how much Americans are spending on gasoline, even as prices have come down from the highs of more than $5 per gallon seen this summer, one of his economic advisers said in an interview. → Read More

Will Gulf refineries see the return of Venezuelan crude after Biden deal?

Now with President Joe Biden deciding to allow Chevron to resume limited operations in Venezuela, refineries along the Gulf Coast could see what had been a vital stream of oil return in years to come. → Read More

The GOP's shifting politics around climate change

With Republicans set to take control of the House in January, party leadership is promising a shift away from the climate denialism of the past. → Read More

State clean energy plans look to expand after Democrat wins in midterms

After winning complete control of state government across Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland and Massachusetts in this month’s midterm elections, Democrats are looking to speed up the adoption of clean energy technology in those states → Read More

Oil sector escapes COP27 with little threat to demand

Nations could not come to agreement at COP27 on plans to begin shifting away from fossil fuels, despite warnings planet is likely to breach 1.5 degree Celsius target. → Read More

Republicans promised a new approach on climate. Now they won the House, what’s next?

Now Republicans have won a clear majority in the House, they will have their chance to try and bring greater scrutiny on Biden’s climate policies, including hundreds of billions of dollars in climate spending under Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act. → Read More

Texas received $13.9 billion from infrastructure bill so far, White House says

To date Texas has received almost $14 billion in federal funding for infrastructure projects, the Biden administration announced Tuesday. → Read More

Biden tightens restrictions on methane leaks from oil drilling

The Biden administration announced it has finalized regulations restricting methane emissions from oil and gas drilling at COP27 Friday. → Read More

Rising subsidies for electric heating pose threat to natural gas

As cities and states, along with the federal government, move to electrify homes in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the future of natural gas in American homes is falling into increasing question. → Read More

Net Power announced plans Monday for a zero emissions gas power plant in the Permian Basin

The North Carolina startup Net Power announced Monday plans to develop the, "world’s first utility-scale natural gas-fired power plant with near-zero atmospheric emissions." → Read More

High energy prices dog Democrats' chances heading into midterm elections

High energy prices, at the gasoline pump and on utility bills, are hurting Democrats’ chances as they head into midterm elections. → Read More

Biden threatens oil companies with windfall tax

President Joe Biden threatened Monday to impose a tax on oil companies' "excess profits" if they don't take steps to try and lower the price of gasoline and other fuels. → Read More

Biden identifies 700,000 acres in Gulf for offshore wind development

Almost 700,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico are likely to be made available to offshore wind developers as early as next year, the Biden administration announced Monday. → Read More

In Baytown lawsuit, Exxon seeks limit on citizens' right to sue

Exxon Mobil is challenging decades of environmental law that allows those living around refineries and other polluting facilities to force the government to crack down on polluting companies. → Read More

The long road to resolving Europe's energy crisis

Despite a recent decline in natural gas prices, Europe’s ability to secure natural gas following the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year remains very much in doubt. → Read More

Interest in nuclear energy intensifies, amid oil and gas price spikes, climate crisis

Nations around the world are rethinking their longtime reluctance to nuclear energy, following the upending of global energy markets by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. → Read More

GOP promises big changes to Biden energy policies ahead of midterms

Republicans in Congress are promising big changes to U.S. energy policy if they take control of the House in the midterm elections next month. → Read More

Hype builds around clean hydrogen energy, but is it for real?

Hydrogen fuel has been talked about as the next big clean energy technology for years. But are billions of dollars in tax credits and funding from Congress enough to get it into the mainstream? → Read More

Natural gas inventories on the rise, but not enough to avoid heating price spike

The amount of natural gas in storage is increasing at a fast pace ahead of what is expected to be a spike in gas prices this winter, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. → Read More