Business Energy

Joel Kirkland

Deputy Editor


Joel is the deputy editor of EnergyWire. Before helping to launch the publication in 2012, he was a business reporter for ClimateWire and was an energy policy reporter for Platts. He has won journalism awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for coverage of the shale gas boom. The Overseas Press Club in 2011 recognized his reporting on China’s hunt for energy and U.S.-China relations. Joel started his journalism career on the metro and business desks of Little Rock's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Later, he spent two years as a reporter and editor for the Prague Business Journal in the Czech Republic, whetting his appetite for foreign correspondence. His stories have appeared online at The New York Times and Scientific American and in the Chicago Tribune. A Chicago-area native, he holds dual degrees in history and journalism from the University of Missouri.

Latest Stories


Trump's 'Buy American' ushers in era of big energy

In a speech short on specifics and long on Republican orthodoxy, President Trump laid out a list of priorities for Congress that included tax cuts, defense spending and a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. The president put a gold-plated stamp of approval on his administration's first 40 days. To cheers from oil-state Republicans, he touted executive orders that clear the way for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipeline projects, and he promised to revive the U.S. steel industry by forcing pipeline builders to use American-made steel.


Emails hang over Pruitt message to EPA staff

Staff from the Oklahoma attorney general's office began turning over thousands of documents related to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's contacts with oil, gas and coal groups during his tenure as the state's top lawyer. Last night, by court order, the Center for Media and Democracy received a disc with 7,500 pages of emails and public documents that it has been requesting from Pruitt's office for two years.