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A gas station in Colonie, New York
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, the price of oil plummeted globally as travel for work and leisure was dramatically scaled back because of health concerns. Now with vaccines being rolled out and restrictions being lifted, the price of oil is on the rise. GasBuddy now says it’s likely the national average of a gallon of gas in the U.S. will reach $3 by Memorial Day.

Book cover for "The Good Hand"
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  Like thousands of restless men left unmoored in the wake of the 2008 economic crash, Michael Patrick Smith arrived in the fracking boomtown of Williston, North Dakota five years later homeless, unemployed, and desperate for a job. Renting a mattress on a dirty flophouse floor, he slept boot to beard with migrant men who came from all across America and as far away as Jamaica, Africa and the Philippines. They ate together, drank together, argued like crows and searched for jobs they couldn’t get back home. Smith’s goal was to find the hardest work he could do – to find out if he could do it.

His book this time in his life is "The Good Hand: A Memoir of Work, Brotherhood, and Transformation in an American Boomtown."

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Senate Democrats are calling on the White House to protect coastlines from offshore oil drilling.

Sign held during Standing Rock rally in Essex Junction, VT
Pat Bradley/WAMC

About 140 protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Essex Junction this morning. It was part of a national day of action, with advocates joining the Standing Rock Sioux to fight against a planned pipeline in North Dakota.

Congressman Paul Tonko
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  How should communities protect themselves from volatile crude oil?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that new Department of Transportation regulations are only a start.

4/8/15 Panel

Apr 8, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include SC policeman charged with murder; Russians hack the White House; US tracked billions of calls over decades; Greenpeace protest; Albany County District Attorney David Soares to investigate Donald 'Dontay' Ivy's death.

3/17/15 Panel

Mar 17, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and NYPIRG Legislative Director Blair Horner.

Schedule topics include: Netanyahu on Palestinian State; US Oil Low; Schneiderman on Ethics; Putin Reappears; Iran on GOP Letter; Durst Charged with Murder.

  Crude oil's global collapse is now expected to soon push the national average U.S. price for gasoline below $2 a gallon for the first time since early 2009.

Nationally, regular unleaded gasoline currently averages about $2.12 a gallon, down 46 cents from just four weeks ago and $1.01 cheaper than year-ago levels. Gas prices are also expected to fall more than previously forecast for the full year.

To talk about plummeting gas prices, we welcome economist Hugh Johnson of Hugh Johnson Advisors for his thoughts on what is happening with gas and oil prices.

1/13/15 Panel

Jan 13, 2015

   Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include Paris Response, James Risen Case, Oil Prices, and Paul Ryan Not to Run.

      Crude oil railcars have worried Albany residents who live near the tracks.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that energy policy is his inspiration in the House.

 We welcome Rich Honen - with Phillips Lytle LLP, where he is the partner in charge of the Albany office.

Karen DeWitt

National environmental groups are trying to focus the spotlight on Governor Andrew Cuomo over the issue of the growing international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the state capitol, at the Port of Albany.  

CSX Oil Train's Engine Derails In Ulster

Feb 25, 2014

A railroad spokesman says there were no injuries and no spills in Tuesday’s minor derailment of an empty oil train in Ulster County that was heading to Chicago from Philadelphia.