Every Revolution Brings Unintended Consequences Prior to the dawn of the 21st century, oil and gas drilling in the United States almost always took place in rural areas, out in the countryside and far away from housing developments or other populated areas. As a result, drill sites were most often...
If world leaders are to stand a chance of reaching net-zero targets and the ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C, then sustainable energy sources must be made more accessible and affordable. This is a sentiment that we have heard repeatedly over the past few years, but COP26...

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As part of our Energy Law Program at Texas Tech University School of Law, we present an Energy Law Lecture Series. We bring in three guest speakers every semester who lecture on important energy-related topics. Since we started in 2014, among an impressive list of speakers, our lecture series...
In its recent oil and gas outlook, Deloitte referenced consolidation as a top trend affecting the sector. Driven by margin pressures, increased competition, overspending and overextending, the landscape is rapidly changing as more agile players beat those who cannot keep up. So, what's the key to staying relevant amidst this...
Carbon neutral is the term that has sparked insurmountable interest since its debut as the 2006 Oxford dictionary word of the year. So what’s the buzz all about? An increasing number of businesses have pledged to go carbon neutral in an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint. With the...
U.S. mines produced approximately $82.3 billion in minerals in 2020, and according to the EIA, mining has the second-largest share of annual industrial energy consumption. It takes an incredible amount of energy to mine minerals, such as coal, metals, such as iron, copper or zinc, and industrial minerals, such...
The COP26 global climate summit earlier this month in Glasgow, Scotland, put the spotlight on the urgency to act on climate change. President Joe Biden promised his administration would heavily regulate methane, and for the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency is poised to limit the methane coming from...
We often speak of oil and natural gas in one phrase, as if it is one commodity, but, in reality, they are two separate commodities. Their different characteristics may very well lead to different answers to the central question of this article. Before we dive into the specific answer...
The most consequential legislation affecting domestic production of oil and natural gas is currently being debated in the United States Congress: the budget reconciliation package, also known as the Build Back Better Act. Among a backdrop of higher gasoline prices, a global energy crisis and projections for higher home...
Legacy At dinner recently, a friend from France asked about the legacy of President Trump and what the 2024 election might look like. Those are good questions, and there is enough distance between January 2021 and now to give us some perspective. Let’s start with Mr. Trump’s legacy, which will...
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