China halts oil product exports to North Korea in November as sanctions bite

China exported no oil products to North Korea in November, Chinese customs data showed, apparently going above and beyond sanctions imposed earlier this year by the United Nations in a bid to limit petroleum shipments to the isolated country. Tensions have flared anew over North Korea’s ongoing nuclear and missile programmes, pursued in defiance of[…]

Trump goes after another of the Obama-era protection rules to favour miners

The Trump administration is going after another of the Obama-era environment protection rules by ordering a review of conservation plan for the greater sage grouse, in a move that would make more land available to oil, gas and mining companies. Announcing the measure, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that while the federal government has a responsibility under[…]

Trump’s energy policy to focus on boosting fracking, reviving coal sector

Following US President Donald Trump’s inauguration last week, his administration has confirmed its intentions to reverse Barack Obama’s climate change policies, boost fracking for oil and gas, and lift current restrictions affecting the coal mining sector. In the document entitled “An America First Energy Plan,” the US new leader outlined his government’s goals, leaving out specifics about how exactly[…]