Matthew Brown

Government, Business, Fuel

US Energy Use Hit 30-Year Low in Pandemic Shutdowns

oil pump jack in Permian Basin A pump jack operates in an oil field in the Permian Basin in Texas. (Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. energy consumption plummeted to its lowest level in more than 30 years this spring as the nation’s economy largely shut down because of the coronavirus, federal officials reported July 29.

Matthew Brown | Associated Press
July 29, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Report: US Miscalculated Benefit of Better Train Brakes

BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil near Wolf Point, Mont. A BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil near Wolf Point, Mont. (Matthew Brown/AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. — President Donald Trump’s administration miscalculated the potential benefits of putting better brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it scrapped an Obama-era rule over cost concerns, The Associated Press has found. A government analysis used to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in estimated future damages from train derailments that could be avoided by using electronic brakes.

Matthew Brown | Associated Press
December 27, 2018