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. Stephanie Sirt Company name: Emerson Automation Solutions Title: Global Senior Director, EPC Business   What does your company or organization do? Emerson provides equipment and solutions to enable customers to automate and optimize processes. What is the primary function of your role? I develop and drive the strategy across EPC partner customer accounts and manage the...
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For decades, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have watched an overwhelming number of manufacturing jobs — particularly steel manufacturing jobs — leave the United States, which led to the region being nicknamed the Rust Belt. During the same time period, the middle class started to shrink and union households...
Texas RRC Eschews State-Mandated Production Cuts
The Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) met in open conference on Tuesday, May 5 and put the idea of prorating Texas crude oil production to bed for good. An order to implement proration prepared by Commissioner Ryan Sitton was withdrawn and never acted on, with Commissioner Sitton proclaiming, “proration is...
Where Does Energy On Our Planet Come From?
There are three primary sources of material amounts of energy on Earth. The word material means an amount of energy greater than 3% of total worldwide energy demand, combining all transportation sectors, industrial, commercial, residential, agricultural, potable water production and its movement. (Energy sources such as thermal piles, batteries,...
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The EPA came out with an online report titled simply “Our Nation’s Air.” It should make all environmentalists smile. It won’t, of course. Too many of the more extreme members of that group today want issues more than they desire real progress. Yet, the data is undeniable; clean air...
Campaign Politics: Feeding the Crocodile, Hoping He Eats You Last
In about two months, the election will be upon us. Television, radio, direct mail, and digital ads are in the air (or on your screen). Unfortunately, so is the aroma of political posturing. Pollsters and pundits would have you believe that there is no chance Joe Biden loses to our...
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The world is changing and Texas is changing with it. Social contracts, corporate citizenship and sustainability are common terms in today’s energy boardroom discussions. These are no longer buzzwords; they are principles that help shape the regulatory framework in our State. One readily hears the echo of the social...
The Undelivered Promises of Climate Action Plans Adopted by U.S. Cities
Undelivered Promises of Climate Action has run arash and spreading across Texas cities. Its recent victims have included Austin, Houston, and, most recently, San Antonio. This disease is worse than most, primarily because it encourages magical thinking, triviality and rhetoric in the place of calm, sober, clear-eyed thought. These Texas...
Oil Boom Reaches Sudden End
Oil Boom Reaches Sudden End Concerns over the spread of the coronavirus and its dampening effects on global crude demand combined with the irrational actions of Saudi Arabia and Russia in early March caused crude prices to crater. With analysts like Goldman Sachs, along with the U.S. Energy Information Agency...
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Shanna Keaveny Company name: Texakoma Operating, L.P. Title: Vice President Industry: Oil & Gas E&P Tell me about your company. Established in 1982, Texakoma remains a family operated company. For the past 36 years, Texakoma has established and grown its oil and gas exploration, operation and production business, while remaining focused...