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"No matter if it is a white cat or a black cat; as long as it can catch mice, it is a good cat." - Deng Xiaoping Under the cover of post-American election furore and as seamlessly as day s...
In the past week, much has been made of the $4.5 billion fine levelled against British Petroleum for their part in the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success." John Davison Rockefeller As Barack H. Obama, prepares for four more years in office, th...
"By 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables."
How do you shut a revolving door?
Published: 2012-10-16
"Where one door is shut another is opened." – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
"The only safe ship in a storm is leadership" And well may the world need enlightened leadership as storm clouds rain bullets over the Syrian-Turkish border and drizzling tensions be...
Hot on the heels of BP's announcement that it would have to inject billions of dollars to resurrect its declining Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) assets in Azerbaijan, ConocoPhillips is now considering selling its 8.4 pe...
"Never count your chickens till they have hatched" and "Don’t foul your own nest" Two avian-based maxims to live by, whether applied to man, flying beast or oil company.
Well the latest – but not the last – instalment of quantitative easing, QE3, touched down in the financial end zone last week. As predicted, energy prices rose sharply on the ann...
So we’ve been through TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Programme), TALF (Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility), the first round of QE (Quantitative Easing), QE2, and now QE3 is about to touch down with a bang on or around the 13th September.
"Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet you can't win." With the LIBOR scandal still ringing across the trading floors of London, the International Organisation of Securities C...
"For whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee" - John Donne As the largest harmonically-tuned bell in existence rang out the beginning of the 30th Olympic games in London, a toll of another kind would peel...
"As you get older, you don't get wiser. You get irritable." - Doris Lessing And age seems to be this week’s main theme. In Norway, a 16-day long offshore oil and gas workers’ strike was bro...
"Ships that pass in the night, and speak [to] each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness"