The Oil and the Glory

The Weekly Wrap: Nov. 25, 2011

A question of power in Saudi Arabia: The al-Saud family of Riyadh has two principal tasks -- securing its rule, and guaranteeing the smooth, long-term ...

The Oil and the Glory

The Weekly Wrap — Sept. 23, 2011

How do you spell risk? (Hint: start with the letters b and p):  Former senior executives of BP are the gift that keeps giving. That ...

The Oil and the Glory

The Weekly Wrap: June 18, 2011

For electric cars, a long battle: A misunderstanding about the international electric-car race -- the rivalry for domination of a possibly gargantuan market for electric ...

The Oil and the Glory

Is BP destined to blunder?

When it comes to Russia, BP stands out for its untiring use of the end-run as an operative corporate strategy, regardless of how often it ...

The Oil and the Glory

When wrong-footing four oligarchs can cost $10 billion

BP, faced with Shakespearean-scale woes from Louisiana to Moscow, went to extra-legal lengths to avoid exploring Russia's oil-rich Arctic alongside its four oligarch partners. Now ...

The Oil and the Glory

When is it time to say goodbye to a company?

What do you do with an outlaw company? With Enron, the market acted, and destroyed it. Then Broadway put on a play (pictured above), and ...

The Oil and the Glory

Rex Tillerson, the Flying Wallenda

A year after the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Rex Tillerson is aggravated. What is upsetting the CEO of ExxonMobil, the biggest oil supermajor? ...

The Oil and the Glory

Is it unfair to tar all oil drillers with the same brush?

A year after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, there is a stampede to get on with it. Oil majors and independents, the governors of ...

The Oil and the Glory

The itsy-bitsy problem that doomed BP’s well

In a war zone, you have your vanguard. Then you have your tanks, your main body of troops, and your artillery. If all that fails, ...

The Oil and the Glory

For Big Oil, Libya is just another fix it’s in

The global oil industry is in a fix. It's still trying to persuade Washington to revive access to the Gulf of Mexico, one of the ...

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