Oil prices fell roughly 1.5% Monday as the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread in Europe and Asia ahead of OPEC’s meeting on July 1. Despite the decline, oil prices are still up 9% this month.
Energy futures were higher in late morning trading, with WTI up 0.7% at $73.41/bbl and Brent up 0.7% at $75.19/bbl. Natural gas was 4.1% higher at $3.74/MMBtu.
After soaring early in the pandemic with the collapse of oil demand and prices, the number of drilled but uncompleted oil and gas wells in the U.S. shale industry has declined 27% over the past year.
Rising crude prices and higher federal taxes have driven diesel and gasoline pump prices to record highs in India, threatening the nation’s economic recovery.
China has turned on the first two generating units of the world’s second largest hydroelectric dam, a bid to curb the country’s fossil fuel demand and quicken a shift to cleaner energy.
China’s plans to implement the world’s largest carbon trading market by June have been scrapped without definite plans for a new start date.
Employees of 60 Iranian oil companies have joined a strike over wages and contractual conditions.
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Today is expected to be the hottest yet of a blistering heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, with many cities and regions having already set new record temperatures: Portland topped 112 degrees on Sunday, a record, with over 6,300 people suffering power outages, while Seattle experienced temperatures over 100 degrees for three consecutive days.
Temperatures in British Columbia reached nearly 116 degrees on Sunday, setting an all-time high for Canada.
At least 30,000 power customers were in the dark Monday, while several public transit systems were temporarily closed amid reports of roads buckling from the intense heat.
Some regions of the U.S. West are experiencing their worst drought in a century, as July Fourth celebrations are curtailed for fear of sparks igniting wildfires. The taste of Sacramento drinking water is changing as California rivers, streams and reservoirs dry up.
Saturday rain helped quell wildfires in Colorado, with warmer temperatures expected to dry out the state again this week.
Canadian border officers are voting on a strike authorization after going without a contract since 2018, a development that could disrupt billions in cross-border trade with the U.S.
The U.S. Postal Service is mulling a plan to carry more packages by truck instead of plane, a move that would sacrifice speedy shipments for enhanced on-time delivery.
Best Buy announced a preliminary plan to spend $1.2 billion on diversifying suppliers, as the company’s five largest suppliers currently account for roughly 57% of store merchandise.
SoftBank will cut nearly half of its 330 staff positions in France as the company scales back investments in the logistics-robotics industry.
Verizon expects its nascent 5G network to significantly improve the way robots communicate and work with each other.
Our logistics team reports that bulk trucking firms are often declining to book long-haul, out of network loads due to extreme capacity constraints.
Logistics conditions remain strained, with trucking demand exceeding availability and continued congestion at ports primarily due to increased volume of ships and containers. Clients are advised to provide expanded lead times on orders to help ensure delivery dates.
The U.S. reported 15,083 new COVID-19 cases and 150 deaths Monday.
The highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 now accounts for over 20% of new U.S. infections, with health officials warning of a potential surge in low-vaccinated states including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Wyoming.
The Delta variant of COVID-19 now makes up 14.5% of new infections in California, up from 4.7% in May. Los Angeles County is urging people to wear masks indoors and in public places again, but has stopped short of a mandate.
Only about one-third of young adults aged 18-39 have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
A new study suggests Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines could offer protection for a number of years while health officials debate whether those who received Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine will need a booster jab.
The U.S. donated its first batch of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines abroad yesterday, sending 2 million doses to Peru, with plans to ship more doses through international vaccine-sharing group COVAX.
The FDA revised its fact sheets for Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to include the extremely low risk of heart inflammation seen in some people after their second dose.
New research shows that unmanaged diabetes plays a key role in both the severity and complications from COVID-19, with the American Diabetes Association reporting that roughly 40% of people who died from the virus had diabetes.
U.S. consumer demand is expected to lift output in other economies including Japan, China and the eurozone by up to 0.5% over the next 12 months, a trend boosted by the nation’s approval of record stimulus dollars following last year’s economic crisis.
The TSA screened more than 2.1 million passengers for air travel on Saturday, the most since the beginning of the pandemic.
Boeing is not likely to get approval for its new 777 wide-body jet until 2023, federal regulators say.
United Airlines is set to purchase up to 270 narrow-body jets worth roughly $30 billion, the industry’s biggest aircraft order since before the pandemic. The airline is expected to post positive income in the month of July for the first time since January 2020.
The U.K. recorded 22,868 new COVID-19 cases Monday, its highest number of new infections since January. Hong Kong, Spain and Portugal imposed new restrictions on incoming travelers from the U.K., citing fears of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
Scotland recorded 3,285 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, its largest increase in daily infections since the start of the pandemic.
Russia reported 652 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, a record.
The Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Africa, leading to a shortage of critical medical supplies and ICU beds. South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt have the most infections, as the continent’s total case count surpassed 5.4 million.
South Africa will tighten its pandemic restrictions for the next 14 days to fight off a recent surge in COVID-19 infections.
The EU handed out the first payments of its nearly $1 trillion pandemic recovery fund for member countries hit hard by the pandemic.
North America beat the Asia-Pacific region in the growth of high-net-worth people for the first time in five years during the pandemic.
With nearly 40% of European workers switching to remote work during the pandemic, the bloc will begin updating its worker safety rules to reflect various new understandings of physical, psychological and social conditions.
Synchrony Financial, bucking return-to-office mandates among major banks, is adopting a remote work model and downsizing offices, while UBS will allow up to two-thirds of its staff to adopt a hybrid model of working from both home and the office as the pandemic recedes. U.K. retail shopping activity remains 25.3% below 2019 levels.
Canadian aerospace companies are facing a labor crunch as they struggle to hire back workers to meet the recent travel rebound.
Chinese universities are working to set up new schools and departments that focus on semiconductors, hoping to boost the country’s ability to become self-sufficient in the chip market.
Siemens announced a new goal of hitting net-zero operations by 2030 along with a net-zero supply chain by 2050.
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