Oil http://kut.org en Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer http://kut.org/post/israel-dreams-future-oil-producer There's an old joke that if Moses had turned right when he led Jewish tribes out of Egypt, Israel might be where Saudi Arabia is today — and be rich from oil. Consultant Amit Mor of Eco Energy says that joke is out of date.<p>"Israel has more oil than Saudi Arabia," he claims. "And it's not a joke."<p>But that oil will be difficult to reach, <a href="http://www.worldenergy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ser_2010_report_1.pdf" target="_blank">if it can be recovered at all</a>. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:08:17 +0000 Emily Harris 9274 at http://kut.org Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer How Zombie Movies Reflect Our Fears on Energy and the Environment http://kut.org/post/how-zombie-movies-reflect-our-fears-energy-and-environment <p>Let’s talk zombies. Can’t kill them. Can’t eat them. What are we to the living dead?&nbsp;</p><p>No longer merely the province of Halloween season, nowadays zombies proliferate in American pop culture, from books to TV to film.</p><p><a href="http://www.energy.utexas.edu/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=95&amp;Itemid=165">Dr. Michael Webber</a>, deputy director of UT’s Energy Institute, says there’s good reason for the persistence of zombies – and it has a lot to do with how we think about power.&nbsp;</p><p>Energy – or the lack thereof – is always a sign of post-apocalyptic and zombie culture. Loss of energy inevitably leads to resource wars among the apocalypse’s survivors. From “The Walking Dead” to “World War Z,” the main drive is often for fuel, water, or power.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117985296" width="100%"></iframe> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:45:41 +0000 Michael Webber 9059 at http://kut.org How Zombie Movies Reflect Our Fears on Energy and the Environment New Targets of College Divestment Movements: Oil, Gas & Coal http://kut.org/post/new-targets-college-divestment-movements-oil-gas-coal <p>College is a time for classes, house parties and questionable dorm food. But as some students at UT and across the country are demonstrating, it’s also a time for activism.</p><p>Journalist and activist <a href="http://www.billmckibben.com/">Bill McKibben</a> and his environmentally-minded group <a href="http://350.org/">350.org</a>&nbsp;are promoting a “<a href="http://math.350.org/">Fossil Free Divestment Movement</a>” to encourage American universities to withdraw their stock holdings from the top 200 coal, oil and gas companies. The group first gained notoriety when it held an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJMySwznzAk">International Day of Climate Action</a> in 2009.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 20:39:43 +0000 Marissa Barnett 7701 at http://kut.org New Targets of College Divestment Movements: Oil, Gas & Coal The Lead: CPRIT’s Trickle-Down Funding Troubles, Oil Field Thefts http://kut.org/post/lead-cprit-s-trickle-down-funding-troubles-oil-field-thefts <p>Good morning, and happy Presidents Day. KUT News has a look at <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/whats-open-and-closed-presidents-day">what’s open and closed today</a>: all City of Austin’s administrative offices and other city are closed today, but trash, recycling and yard trimmings pick up will proceed as normal. &nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service says</a> Austin’s in for a warm, muggy day with a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. High winds will make for <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/hazards/?wfo=ewx&amp;lat=30.3289&amp;lon=-97.7726&amp;pil=EWXHWOEWX&amp;iss=1361184900&amp;etn=0000&amp;maptype=text">elevated fire conditions</a>, so be careful out there.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: The troubles roiling the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) are spreading to other research groups, <em>The Texas Tribune</em> reports.</p><p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:46:12 +0000 Wells Dunbar 6635 at http://kut.org The Lead: CPRIT’s Trickle-Down Funding Troubles, Oil Field Thefts Protesters Call On Obama To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline http://kut.org/post/protesters-call-obama-reject-keystone-xl-pipeline Tens of thousands of protesters turned out on the National Mall Sunday to encourage President Obama to make good on his commitment to act on climate change.<p>In his Inaugural address from outside the U.S. Capitol, the president said: "We will respond to the threat of climate change knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."<p>Just a few weeks later, next to the Washington Monument, Paul Birkeland was one of a couple dozen people holding a long white tube above their heads.<p>"It's a backbone. It's a spine. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:47:35 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren, NPR 6633 at http://kut.org Protesters Call On Obama To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline Gas Prices Rise 14 Cents From Last Week http://kut.org/post/gas-prices-rise-14-cents-last-week <p>Gas prices are up. Across Texas, regular is up 14 cents this week, according to <a href="http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp">AAA's Fuel Gauge Price</a> Report. In Austin, average prices were up by almost 15 cents to $3.36.</p><p>Oil analyst Tom Kloza says prices often rise and fall with the seasons, but these are the highest gas prices Americans have seen for this time of year.</p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:42:32 +0000 Mark Dewey 6513 at http://kut.org Gas Prices Rise 14 Cents From Last Week Fire On Oil Rig In Gulf Of Mexico Leaves 11 Injured http://kut.org/post/fire-oil-rig-gulf-mexico-leaves-least-two-dead <strong>Update at 1:26 p.m. ET. No Confirmed Deaths:</strong><p>The U.S. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:50:47 +0000 5657 at http://kut.org BP Pleads Guilty, Will Pay $4 Billion In Criminal Penalties For Gulf Oil Spill http://kut.org/post/bp-pleads-guilty-pays-record-fine-gulf-oil-spill-criminal-case <strong>Update at 11:30 a.m. ET:</strong> Oil giant BP has agreed to plead guilty to criminal misconduct related to the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=132084502" target="_blank">2010 Gulf Oil spill</a> and will pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties, <a href="http://www.bp.com/genericarticle.do?categoryId=2012968&contentId=7080497" target="_blank">the company just confirmed</a>. And it will pay $525 million in civil penalties in a resolution with the Securities and Exchanges Commission. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:48:28 +0000 Carrie Johnson, NPR 5643 at http://kut.org BP Pleads Guilty, Will Pay $4 Billion In Criminal Penalties For Gulf Oil Spill ERCOT Board Examines Summer Power Usage, Makes Predictions for Fall http://kut.org/post/ercot-board-examines-summer-power-usage-makes-predictions-fall <p><a href="http://www.ercot.com/content/alerts/html/normal.html" target="_blank">The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)</a> says that though the Texas electric grid saw <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/am-update-record-electric-demand-child-car-safety-new-tar-sands-pipeline" target="_blank">new monthly peaks</a> in June and July, the overall electric demand fell below last summer’s record-setting numbers.&nbsp;</p><p>At the Board of Directors September meeting yesterday, directors were briefed on the <a href="http://kutnews.org/webclip/ercot-girds-high-use-urges-electric-conservation" target="_blank">summer’s power grid demand</a> and peaks over the summer and made projections for fall and winter.&nbsp;</p><p>This summer, ERCOT didn’t have to issue any energy emergence alerts (EEA)—which can result in rotating outages in order to prevent a power grid overload and statewide blackout. Last summer, ERCOT issued seven EEAs. Though this summer’s weather was hotter than the state’s 15-year average, it didn’t reach the sweltering levels achieved in 2011, so air conditioner use was somewhat lower. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:04:23 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5168 at http://kut.org ERCOT Board Examines Summer Power Usage, Makes Predictions for Fall Gas Prices Up Again http://kut.org/post/gas-prices-again <p>Gas prices around Austin are up five cents from last week and <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/gas-prices-inching-back" target="_blank">more than 20 cents</a> from last month.</p><p>AAA Texas says Austinites are paying an average of $3.54 for a gallon of regular. That’s one cent higher than the state average.</p><p>Political tension in Iran and increased demand from the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/most-texans-plan-take-vacation-summer" target="_blank">summer travel season</a> are blamed for the increase.</p><p>Doug Shupe is a spokesman for AAA Texas. He says analysts believe prices will probably continue to go up – but there could be some relief soon. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:41:39 +0000 Laura Rice 4895 at http://kut.org Recent Report Adds Fuel to Fracking Debate http://kut.org/post/recent-report-adds-fuel-fracking-debate <p>A newly-released report on fracking &ndash; the practice of pumping hydraulic fracturing fluid into wells to break up and extract oil shale and natural gas deposits &ndash; has caused something of a stir in Texas.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:50:46 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3691 at http://kut.org Recent Report Adds Fuel to Fracking Debate Keystone Pipeline Application to be Rejected, Sources Say http://kut.org/post/keystone-pipeline-application-be-rejected-sources-say <p>Approval for the <a href="http://www.transcanada.com/keystone.html">Keystone XL pipeline</a> &ndash; a controversial 1,700 mile pipeline designed to transport oil sands from Canada all the way to Texas ports along the Gulf of Mexico &ndash; is expected to be rejected today by the Obama Administration, according to a report from <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2012/01/18/gIQAwoVE8P_story.html"><em>The Washington Post</em></a>.</p><p><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/01/18/where-things-stand-on-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/">StateImpact Texas notes</a> the announcement comes just a few weeks before the Obama administration would have <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/01/13/challenges-await-obama-as-keystone-decision-looms/">been forced to make a decision</a> on the proposal.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:24:18 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3471 at http://kut.org Keystone Pipeline Application to be Rejected, Sources Say Emails Trigger Bias Accusations Over Canada To Texas Pipeline http://kut.org/post/emails-trigger-bias-accusations-over-canada-texas-pipeline <p>Opponents of a plan to build a pipeline from the Canadian oil sands to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast say newly released emails show an uncomfortably cozy relationship between a lobbyist and employees at the U.S. State Department.</p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 16:42:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2643 at http://kut.org Emails Trigger Bias Accusations Over Canada To Texas Pipeline Companies Investigate Oil Sheen Off Gulf of Mexico http://kut.org/post/companies-investigate-oil-sheen-gulf-mexico <p>The Associated Press is <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iA8rDgzrpzWsij-J-HYeKtBLuG4A?docId=4a58105018824e8abe5f957cfd029f6f">reporting</a> the investigation into an oil sheen that was spotted off the Gulf of Mexico last week. Various oil companies, including BP, are trying to figure out where the sheen came from.</p><p>An oil sheen (not the same as a spill) happens when a thin layer of oil settles on top of the water shimmering in different colors and can come from leaks or spills.</p><p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:50:22 +0000 Kristen Cabrera 2261 at http://kut.org Companies Investigate Oil Sheen Off Gulf of Mexico As Austin Gas Prices Rise To $2.91, Get Ready To Shell Out Even More http://kut.org/post/austin-gas-prices-rise-291-get-ready-shell-out-even-more <p>The latest <a href="http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/TXmetro.asp">fuel price report from AAA</a> says Austin gas prices have risen to an average of $2.91 for a gallon of regular unleaded. That's up about 10 cents from last month and almost 30 cents higher than it was this week last year. And most signs point to gas prices climbing even higher.</p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:08:27 +0000 Nathan Bernier 632 at http://kut.org As Austin Gas Prices Rise To $2.91, Get Ready To Shell Out Even More