WorldOil API considers backing a government-imposed carbon pricing program The Chamber of Commerce embraced market-based policies to limit emissions in January, and several of API’s largest members, including Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, BP and Royal Dutch Shell already support a carbon tax-and-rebate plan. Framo supplies marine pumping systems to Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm The Alfa Laval company and pump manufacturer Framo will supply pumping systems for foundations of Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm project. It is the second order for pumping systems in this application, and marks an important milestone as it applies the company’s extensive experience from the offshore industry to renewable energy applications. Granholm confirmed to lead agency key to Biden’s climate goals Jennifer Granholm was confirmed as Secretary of Energy, putting the former Michigan Governor at the head of agency that will play a key role in implementing President Joe Biden’s ambitious climate agenda. Energean proposes $500MM carbon storage facility in northern Greece The project would be the first of its kind in the Mediterranean, Energean CEO Matthaios Rigas said at a conference Wednesday. Activist shareholder pushes Exxon towards net-zero emissions goal Activist investor Engine No. 1 released a letter on Feb. 22 reiterating its call for Exxon to overhaul its board of directors by adding four new members who have the expertise to steer the company towards climate neutrality. Texas energy commissioner says grid spending placed green politics over reliability Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian says recent winter storms would not have had such devastating consequences had it not been for decades of poor policy decisions prioritizing unreliable renewable energy sources at the expense of reliable electricity — something Texans now know is essential to everyday life. Equinor taps Aker Solutions to cut CO2 emissions on Troll B and C platforms “Reduction of climate footprint is high on the agenda for our customers in the oil and gas industry. Electrification of production platforms is one of the ways to reduce emissions from such operations,” said Kjetel Digre, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions. Biden and his climate team disparage workers as part of their fossil fuel rhetoric Vice President Kamala Harris drew derision on social media after she told a West Virginia television station that people could be put to work reclaiming abandoned “land mines.” A day earlier, climate envoy John Kerry said during a White House briefing that displaced laborers face “better choices” making solar panels and installing wind turbines. Shell to freeze staff salaries, warns of layoffs in green energy pivot Shell is starting one of the biggest reorganizations in its history as it pivots from a century-long structure that prioritized oil and gas production. There will be as many as 9,000 job losses over the next two years, with cuts already announced in The Netherlands, the UK and Malaysia. A second round of voluntary redundancies is also underway, Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden said last week. Total beats earnings estimates, boosts renewables investment Total SE bucked the trend of a disappointing fourth quarter for Big Oil, reporting earnings that exceeded expectations and pledging more cash for cleaner energy.