Is this really the best time to fill up the reserves?

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Fill ‘er up. Part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve near Freeport. (HO/AFP/Getty Images) For Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) to rail against a Bush administration policy is nothing new. But record high oil prices are fueling the latest cry from the chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming : he’s calling on […]
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Happy Hybrid Week, er, Earth Week

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(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images) This being Earth Week (thank Madison Avenue for making it a marathon) there’s been plenty of news out there about hybrids — the gasoline/electric powered vehicles that magically clean the air as you drive!!! Ok, maybe not. A few of the items we noticed: Registrations of new hybrid vehicles in […]
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Chron Energy Links: 04.24.08

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A few of the energy related items on Chron.com and elsewhere around the Web: • High prices send ConocoPhillips’ profit upward • Nigeria strike threat looms as Exxon talks end in deadlock • China orders oil firms to ensure adequate supply for agriculture • Noble Corp. reported a 53 percent increase in first-quarter earnings • […]
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Bob Strouse: protestor, taxpayer, protestor again

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Earlier this month the sidewalk in front of the Calpine building at 717 Texas was missing what has become a regular fixture when retired painter Bob Strouse stopped showing up. Robert Strouse, pre-wheelchair and new sign. Strouse is the disgruntled former Calpine shareholder who has been keeping vigil in front of the building since early […]
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Chron Energy Links: 04.23.08

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A few of the energy related items on Chron.com and elsewhere around the Web: Updated • Merrill Lynch lays off 10 oil, refined products traders: source* • Pipeline would bring Canadian crude to West Texas* • LNG cargoes to US could increase by 2009: market watchers* • Bush vows veto of Coast Guard reauthorization bill […]
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Which electric retailer is on the block?

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Updated A press release from Affiliated Energy Group this morning: HOUSTON – April 22, 2008 – AEG Affiliated Energy Group has been retained by a mid-size Texas retail electricity provider seeking to explore strategic merger, acquisition and sale opportunities. AEG is fielding inquiries for its client on a blind inquiry basis. “We believe the Texas […]
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Chron Energy Links: 04.22.08 UPDATED

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A few of the energy related items on Chron.com and elsewhere around the Web: • University finally fills Ken Lay chair* • US House Democrats float plan to cut US GHG emissions 80% by 2050* • Are oil prices really at a record?* • TransCanada, Enbridge Jockey for $30 Billion Pipeline Deal* • Top 20 […]
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Chron Energy Links: 04.21.08

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A few of the energy related items on Chron.com and elsewhere around the Web: • Trans Alaska pipeline could do job for 30 more years • Energy audits help spot sources of big bills • Activists play climate card in fight over coal • Can the coal industry be saved in spite of itself? Should […]
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Chron Energy Items: 04.18.08

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A few of the energy related items on Chron.com and elsewhere around the Web: • BP chief predicts sizable return on retooling: Late this year and into 2009, BP’s bottom line should reflect pointed efforts to clean up problems and improve performance, CEO Tony Hayward told shareholders Thursday. • KBR clears contract hurdle: Houston-based KBR […]
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Despite the tankers, a bad time for LNG

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Stan Horton, now the former President of Cheniere Energy, with a picture of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. (Steve Ueckert / Chronicle) No, this isn’t an LNG-only blog, but … Cheniere Energy will cut more than half of its staff, its president is stepping down and it will be unloading its marketing operations as part […]
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