A new series on New England's energy transformation from our colleagues at the New England News Collaborative.
There's a question that we get a lot: “Is a petroleum engineering degree a good idea?” Between fluctuating oil prices and a national push toward renewable energy, what's a potential petroleum engineering major to do?
In fiscal year 2016, the University of Wyoming’s utility bill was $10.8 million—almost $2 million more than fiscal year 2015. Next year, as new buildings under construction come online, that bill is likely to increase, even as the University faces $41 million in budget cuts. That means there may be hard choices ahead—keep the lights on, or keep people employed.
Donald Trump is wooing energy interests with support for oil and gas development, a rollback of federal regulations and a promise to bring back coal. His chief energy advisors are well-known in energy circles: North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer and Harold Hamm of Continental Resources.
For weeks now, workers have been sifting through hundreds of thousands of signatures to approve measures for the November ballot. They’re down to approving the last two: a set of highly controversial initiatives that together would restrict oil and gas development in Colorado. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office walks Inside Energy through the tedious process of counting and verifying hundreds of thousands of signatures.