Mark Drajem

Mark Drajem has been at Bloomberg for 15 years. He was a reporter before becoming editor of First Word Energy last September. As a reporter covering energy and environment, Drajem teamed with Jack Kaskey for a series of stories on the regulatory failures that led to the West, Texas chemical-plant explosion. Those stories won the National Press Foundation Feddie award in 2014. Before covering energy, he wrote about finance, the World Bank and international trade from Bloomberg’s Washington bureau. Drajem has travelled with presidents Bush and Clinton on international trips, and led up Bloomberg’s operations in Pakistan after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Drajem was a freelancer based in New Delhi. His articles from India and Pakistan ran in the Dallas Morning News, Baltimore Sun, WorldView magazine and the Wall Street Journal. A native of Buffalo, New York and alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in what was then Zaire and a newspaper reporter in Canandaigua, New York. On the weekends, he enjoys embarrassing his wife and children with a faux British accent, and spending too much time riding his mountain bike and thinking about the snow conditions in West Virginia.

Blog posts

The next Keystone may need FERC approval, not State

A draft bill that would give FERC authority over oil pipelines that cross international borders may be central to a new energy package.

Court appears skeptical of EPA’s biofuel rationale

Two federal judges expressed skepticism of the EPA’s decision to slash quotas for biofuels, signaling the judicial panel may tell the agency to rewrite the RFS standards for 2014-2016.

Trump’s plan to make U.S. energy independent again

President Donald Trump is set to sign the White House order today, which will repeal, reverse or begin to repeal or reverse much of President Obama’s efforts to address climate change.

After quiet start, Trump set for energy excitement

President Trump is set to put his mark on federal energy policy this week. Assuming the schedule holds, by this time next week we should know the answer to three important questions about his administration’s priorities.

Governing is hard, the methane edition

Republicans in Congress are learning the difficult truth that legislating is different when you have your fingers on the controls.

Trump’s energy cabinet faces budget tests

President Trump’s energy cabinet is now in place after Rick Perry was sworn in as Energy Secretary yesterday. There are signs the administration is already making its mark.

Trump shifts gear in address while energy neglected

For those in the energy world wondering if Trump’s divisive first 40 days in office would leave him hobbled and unable to carry out an agenda, this one speech put that to rest.

Making sense of 7,564 pages of Scott Pruitt e-mail

E-mails from Scott Pruitt’s tenure as Oklahoma attorney general show his office coordinated closely with industry and free-market groups. How shocked should we be?

Scott Pruitt’s conundrum over the Clean Power Plan

Scott Pruitt says he wants to unravel the Clean Power Plan, but how he decides to do it could divide the fervent conservatives supporting him and industry that wants some legal protection. Also, Ryan Zinke is almost on deck.

Another kind of ‘America first’ energy program

There is more than one way to have an “America first” energy policy. Checking in with the group that wants to diversify the U.S. Fuels market. Also, Pruitt’s confirmation on deck and Trump signs his first regulatory repeal.