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July 18, 2014 (17:52)
John Kingston and Beth Evans discuss how California's cap-and-trade system and carbon reduction plan work into transportation fuels.
July 21, 2014 (3:39)
US electric power markets increasingly are turning to demand response, which aims to control customers' energy use and reduce stress on the grid.
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New US rail regs could cause tank car shortage, imperil production: industry
Washington (Platts)--23 Jul 2014 532 pm EDT/2132 GMT
New rail safety regulations proposed Wednesday by the Obama administration could cause a shortage in compliant tank cars, potentially shutting in or stranding production, officials in the oil and ethanol industries warned.
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Global LNG Update
July 23, 2014
India's H-Energy has initial sales agreements for 6.75 million mt/year (315.23 Bcf/yr or 8.92 Bcm/yr of gas), or 50% of the capacity at its planned liquefaction project in Eastern Canada, a company official said July 22.
OPEC rolls on as Iraq maps out its future
July 16, 2014
Back in late May, it was obvious that OPEC's June 11 meeting in Vienna was going to result in yet another rollover of the 30 million b/d crude production ceiling that has been in place since January 2012.
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The political calculations of ethanol in Iowa and in Washington
Conventional political wisdom has held that given Iowa's importance in US presidential contests as host of the first-in-the-nation nominating caucuses, the Renewable Fuel Standard is pretty much unassailable.
Petrodollars: The Western Canadian LNG business attempts to launch
Exports of LNG from the US are not the only potential growth story for North America. LNG shipments out of Western Canada are also on tap. Ashok Dutta reviews the start-and-go status of the various projects.
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Platts: Podcasts
Bulls flee N. American gas market as temperatures moderate
July 21, 2014 - The bulls are fleeing the North American natural gas market with moderate August weather in the forecasts and predictions of five more weeks of above-average storage injections.
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Prices pressured upward for US ethylene, downstream markets
July 18, 2014 - US spot ethylene assessments rose to their highest levels in more than a year earlier in the week, and the tightness in the polyethylene export market hearkens back to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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Polar vortex redux weighs on US gas markets
July 17, 2014 - Platts North American natural gas editor Patrick Badgley explains how a mass of arctic air is expected to move across the US this week, and in many places natural gas prices are lower than last year.
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West African overhang brings down European crude market amidst poor margins
July 16, 2014 - Assessing the biggest slide in Brent crude prices this year, including the impact of Chinese de-stocking on West African exports.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

Special Report - Bakken: The King in the North
Platts launched on April 22 a new Bakken crude oil assessment representing the light sweet crude traded close to the wellhead at North Dakota terminals in the Williston Basin with the capacity to move crude by rail or by pipeline.
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