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More powerful guns may guard spent nuclear fuel

Machine guns may be coming to a nuclear plant near you.
Categories: Nuclear
President Barack Obama waves after delivering a speech at his swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Environmentalists hail Obama climate change focus

Environmental groups hailed President Barack Obama’s warning Monday about climate change, but said the president’s words will soon be tested as he decides whether to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
Categories: General
ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson (AP/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

ExxonMobil chief and Iraq PM discuss oil plans

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson met with Iraq’s prime minister on Monday to discuss the firm’s plans in the country, raising the possibility that Baghdad could be mending its dispute with America’s largest oil company over its work in the Kurdish region.
A crew works on a Marcellus Shale drilling rig to produce natural gas. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Some signed low-rent drilling leases

The land men came one evening in 2006, offering property owners modest riches for a simple act: leasing their land rights to the natural gas industry’s middlemen.
Categories: Crude oil, Natural gas
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. drills a series of wells on a pad on a Weld County farm near Mead, Colo. in the northeastern part of the state. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

To frack or not to frack?

With the decision of the Caledonia Board of Alderman to allow fracking within the town’s city limits, what has been a national issue is now a local one.
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Vermont professor wins grant to study smart grids

A University of Vermont professor has won a $400,000 National Science Foundation Career Award for his research proposal on “smart” electrical grids.
Categories: Electricity
A satellite image of the Amenas Gas Field in Algeria, which is jointly operated by BP, Norway's Statoil and Algeria's Sonatrach. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe)

Desert siege toll passes 80; bomb squads search

Algerian bomb squads searched a gas refinery laced with mines on Monday, looking for more explosive traps a day after the discovery of more bodies throughout the site raised the toll from the terrorist siege well past 80.
The Ain Amenas gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Kjetil Alsvik, Statoil via NTB scanpix)

Foreign oil workers evacuated from Algeria

Spanish, Norwegian and British oil companies were evacuating workers from Algerian energy facilities Thursday following the hostage-taking by Islamic militants in the Sahara desert and Algeria’s attempt to free them.
Categories: Crude oil
President Barack Obama arrives at the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, OK, to discuss his energy policy, on March, 22, 2012. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

Obama to confront oil pipeline, climate change

President Barack Obama’s second-term energy agenda is taking shape and, despite the departure of key Cabinet officials, it looks a lot like the first: more reliance on renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, and expanded production of oil and natural gas. Obama also is promising to address climate change, an issue he has acknowledged was sometimes overlooked during his first term.
CVR Energy was named to the Chronicle 100 list of leading companies. CVR s Coffeyville operations, both the refinery and the fertilizer plant.  (Photo: Houston Chronicle)

CVR Refining units up 2 pct in trading debut

CVR Refining LP’s units rose about 2 percent in their first hours of trading Thursday. The company spun off from CVR Energy Inc.
Categories: Refining