10 Maggio 2024

5 spunti per approfondire (19/2024)


La rubrica settimanale con i consigli di lettura di RivistaEnergia.it, dall’Europa e dal mondo. Settimana 19/2024

“The former CEO of shale oil company Pioneer Natural Resources attempted to collude with OPEC officials to raise oil prices, U.S. antitrust enforcers said in an unusual order that barred the executive from Exxon Mobil’s board and could lead to a criminal probe. Officials at the Federal Trade Commission have decided to refer the allegations against Scott Sheffield to the Justice Department for a potential criminal investigation, according to people familiar with the matter. It is unclear whether the FTC has contacted the department yet. The allegations, unveiled by the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, come as Exxon Mobil struck an agreement with antitrust enforcers not to add Sheffield to its board of directors. The agreement allows Exxon to close a $60 billion stock deal to acquire rival Pioneer as early as this week.”

Former Pioneer CEO Is Accused of Trying to Collude With OPEC
Articolo – Wall Street Journal

“Shell sold millions of carbon credits tied to CO₂ removal that never took place to Canada’s largest oil sands companies, raising new doubts about a technology seen as crucial to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. As part of a subsidy scheme to boost the industry, the Alberta provincial government allowed Shell to register and sell carbon credits equivalent to twice the volume of emissions avoided by its Quest carbon capture facility between 2015 and 2021, the province’s registry shows. The subsidy was reduced and then ended in 2022.”

Shell sold millions of ‘phantom’ carbon credits
Articolo – Financial Times

“As Donald Trump sat with some of the country’s top oil executives at his Mar-a-Lago Club last month, one executive complained about how they continued to face burdensome environmental regulations despite spending $400 million to lobby the Biden administration in the last year. Trump’s response stunned several of the executives in the room overlooking the ocean: You all are wealthy enough, he said, that you should raise $1 billion to return me to the White House. At the dinner, he vowed to immediately reverse dozens of President Biden’s environmental rules and policies and stop new ones from being enacted, according to people with knowledge of the meeting, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a private conversation. Giving $1 billion would be a “deal,” Trump said, because of the taxation and regulation they would avoid thanks to him, according to the people.”

What Trump promised oil CEOs as he asked them to steer $1 billion to his campaign

Articolo – Washington Post

“Norwegian oil major Equinor has reached an agreement with Cananda-based Standard Lithium to acquire a 45% stake in US lithium production projects located in Southwest Arkansas and East Texas. Equinor will initially include a $30m payment to compensate Standard Lithium for past expenses and a $60m investment, including the oil company’s 45% equity share and a $33m “carry” of Standard Lithium’s share of the costs on the two projects. The deal could see Equinor pay an additional $70m if a final investment decision is taken, according to the company’s statement on the matter today.”

Oil giant Equinor to tap lithium deep underground after US project buy-in
Articolo – Recharge

“Two ships arrived in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific in March of last year. One was a familiar sight: a massive cruise ship, bringing hundreds of tourists to the pristine shores of this nation of 15,000 people. The other, a neon-orange vessel hauling complex scientific equipment, was more unusual. On a nearby wharf, Prime Minister Mark Brown and many other prominent citizens had gathered to celebrate the smaller boat’s arrival. To Mr. Brown, the cruise ship represented his country’s troubling dependence on tourism. He described the other vessel, owned by an international mining company, as a harbinger of incredible wealth. The Cook Islands is at the vanguard of a quest to mine the ocean floor for minerals used in electric car batteries. Mining these deposits has never been attempted on a large scale, but their reserves are so vast, proponents argue, that extracting them could power the world’s shift away from fossil fuels.”

The Tiny Nation at the Vanguard of Mining the Ocean Floor
Articolo – The New York Times

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