Oil prices mixed as Texas refineries reopen after deep freeze

As refineries in Texas reopen after last week’s freeze, concerns over OPEC+’s willingness to continue output cuts grow, with global benchmark Brent closing lower on Thursday. Oil prices were mixed on Thursday with United States crude edging up to its highest close since 2019 as refineries in Texas in the US restarted production after last […]

Officials to resign from Texas power grid operator after outages

Texas governor welcomes resignations, saying ERCOT’s ‘lack of preparedness and transparency’ is unacceptable. Officials at the Texas power grid operator responsible for providing electricity to more than 26 million people across the US state are stepping down, after a winter storm cut millions off from electricity and water and led to dozens of deaths. Four […]

US energy body to examine climate change threat to power grid

The decision follows power outages in Texas due to an extreme cold snap that left millions of people without electricity. Federal energy regulators in the United States say they will examine threats that climate change and extreme weather events pose to the country’s electric reliability in the wake of last week’s deadly Texas freeze that […]

Family sues Texas power companies for $100m over death of boy, 11

Cristian Pavon’s family says ‘gross negligence’ caused death by ‘hypothermia’, as Texans receive sky-high energy bills. The family of an 11-year-old boy who died during the Texas winter storm and the ensuing blackouts is suing the state’s grid operator and energy company Entergy for $100m as Texans begin to see exorbitant energy bills. Cristian Pavon […]

More than 5,000 flee homes as storm hits southern Philippines

Tropical storm Dujuan was packing maximum winds of up to 65km/h as it moved northwest over the southern Philippines. More than 5,000 people have fled to temporary shelters in the southern Philippines as tropical storm Dujuan brought heavy rains, submerging dozens of villages, the country’s disaster risk reduction and management agency said. Two regions were […]

In extreme Texas cold, Green New Deal turns into hot potato

“This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Fox News host Sean Hannity during an interview earlier this week. “Texas is blessed with multiple sources of energy, such as natural gas and nuclear, as well as solar and wind,” the […]

Biden issues disaster declaration for Texas amid deep freeze

Declaration unlocks federal funding and aid for Texas, where winter storm has left millions without power and water. United States President Joe Biden has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Texas, where a major winter storm has left millions without power and water. In a statement on Saturday morning, the White House said […]

Monsoon floods hit Indonesian capital, forcing 1,300 to evacuate

While Jakarta residents are used to heavy flooding in the rainy season, scientists warn the floods are getting worse. Rescue operations are under way in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta amid severe flooding across several areas which have forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes. Some 1,380 Jakarta residents were evacuated on Saturday from southern […]

How To Get Your Family Through An Extreme Weather Event

After days of record-breaking cold and winter storms in Texas that disrupted the electrical grid and froze water lines, millions of people are now being told to boil their water for safety. Other families have no tap water at all. Valerie Contreras, 20, who lives in Austin, Texas, had to take shelter with her infant […]

Biden set to declare major disaster in storm-hit Texas

Biden expedites governor’s request as state deals with widespread water access issues and more than 180,000 without power. US President Joe Biden said on Friday he was ready to declare a major disaster in storm-slammed Texas as soon as the declaration hits his desk, and that he would travel to the state as long as […]

Power returns but water an issue as Texas reels from icy storm

Historic storm leaves dozens dead and millions without water as power returns to US state of Texas. Power is returning in the storm-hit US state of Texas, but challenges remain as millions still face water-boil notices and power lines remain downed across the second-largest United States state on Friday. All power plants in the state […]

‘The problems are going to persist’: Oil and Texas’s big freeze

Brent crude had gained for four straight sessions before Thursday, while West Texas Intermediate had risen for three, both reaching their highest levels since January 2020. Oil prices fell on Thursday despite a sharp drop in United States crude inventories, as market participants took profits following days of buying spurred by a cold snap in […]

Cruz blasted for reportedly flying to Cancun amid Texas freeze

Senator Ted Cruz comes under fire from Texans after reports that he left struggling state for warmer Mexico. US Senator Ted Cruz faced widespread criticism on social media on Thursday after a journalist claimed images showed Cruz flying to a resort in Cancun, Mexico, while his home state of Texas struggled through a deadly deep […]

Thousands of ‘cold-stunned’ sea turtles rescued off Texas coast

Nearly 5,000 stunned turtles washed ashore in the US state amid a deadly cold wave that has caused power outages, water shortages. Volunteers have been rescuing thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles from the shores of the US state of Texas as a deadly cold wave in the region continues to cause power outages and water […]

US: Severe cold, power outages cause major water problems

According to Report About 7 million people in Texas – a quarter of the United States’s second-most populous state – have been told to boil their water or stop using it entirely as homeowners, hospitals, and businesses grappled with broken water mains, burst pipes and power outages. Winter storms during the past week in the […]

US oil output dips by record 40% as cold wave freezes operations

The Permian Basin, which is located in New Mexico and Texas, is the worst affected, with output down between 65 percent and 80 percent from normal levels, traders and executives say. Total U.S. oil production has plunged by close to 40% — the most ever — as an unprecedented cold blast freezes well operations across […]

Anger rises as millions in Texas remain without power and heat

In the wake of a record winter storm, millions in the southern US state of Texas – considered the energy capital of  the United States – remain without power, as anger among residents is growing by the hour. “I know people are angry and frustrated,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who woke up to more […]

Death toll rises as severe winter storm sweeps US

Millions are without power as a winter storm grips the southern and central United States, with the death toll rising to 20 from record-breaking cold weather. More than 20 storm-related deaths have been registered by Tuesday, as storm warnings were issued in parts of Oklahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and the hardest-hit state of Texas. More […]

Millions without power as deep freeze continues across US

At least one person was dead and more than four million were without power in the southern US state of Texas after a rare deep freeze placed an enormous burden on the state’s electrical grid, prompting rolling blackouts and limited ability of some providers to generate power. The cause of the death of the person […]

Stocks extend bull run on hopes of quick economic recovery

Asian shares advanced on Tuesday, putting world equities on course to extend their bull run for a 12th consecutive session as optimism about the global economic recovery and expectations of continuing low-interest rates drive investments into riskier assets. Oil prices soared to a 13-month high as a deep freeze due to a severe snow storm […]

Texas freeze leaves millions in northern Mexico without power

Mexico’s government-owned utility says operations were stunted as the winter storm in Texas froze natural gas pipelines. Freezing weather in the US state of Texas left almost five million people in northern Mexico without power early on Monday, as a shortage of natural gas disrupted electricity production. Mexico’s government-owned utility, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), […]

US deep freeze shutters Texas oil refineries, disrupts pipelines

Texas produces roughly 4.6 million barrels of oil a day and is home to some of the United States’ largest refineries, spread throughout the Gulf Coast. A deep freeze across Texas in the United States over the weekend took a toll on the energy industry in the largest US crude-producing state, shutting oil refineries and […]

Millions in Texas lose power as winter storm drops temps to -22C

The state of Texas continued to reel under a deep freeze, leaving utilities scrambling to meet record power demand and forcing the state’s grid operator to enforce rotating blackouts early on Monday, putting over two million Texans in the dark. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has sought to cut power use in response […]

At least five dead in massive Texas crash after icy storm

Huge winter storm blankets United States south in snow and ice, causing fatal crashes and emergency declarations. At least five people were killed Thursday in a massive crash involving 75 to 100 vehicles on an icy Texas interstate, police said, as a winter storm dropped freezing rain, sleet and snow on a large section of […]