Student fossil-fuel divestment movement suffers setbacks

The student campaign to press colleges and universities to divest from fossil fuels is entering a new phase, now that administrators at several top schools have said no.  More »

Venezuelan oil diplomacy curbed by economic crisis

The late President Hugo Chavez’s dream of leveraging Venezuela’s oil wealth to spread revolution across Latin America is crumbling under the weight of an economic crisis that is forcing his hand-picked successor to cut back on generous foreign aid.  More »

Report: Iran needs more nuclear power plants

Iran’s nuclear chief said Sunday that the Islamic Republic needs more nuclear power plants, the country’s official news agency reported, just after it struck a deal regarding its contested nuclear program with world powers.  More »

Ex-BP engineer who deleted texts heads to trial

Nearly a year after energy giant BP cut a deal to a resolve a criminal investigation of its role in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, a jury is set to hear the Justice Department’s case against a former company employee accused of trying to stymie the federal investigation.  More »

Pioneering offshore wind project faces deadlines

As it seeks investors, a project off the Massachusetts coast that aims to be the nation’s first offshore wind farm must reach fast-approaching benchmarks or risk missing out on hundreds of millions in critical funding.  More »

Natural gas pipeline ruptures in Missouri

No injuries reported after fire and explosion.  More »

Oil edges up in thin post-holiday trade

Crude for January delivery rose 42 cents to close at $92.72 a barrel  More »

Russia frees last of Greenpeace detainees

It is unclear whether the foreigners in the group will be allowed to leave Russia before the start of the trial.  More »

Russia: Last Greenpeace detainee granted bail

A Russian court has granted bail to the last of 30 Greenpeace activists who were detained at sea during a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.  More »

Park Service withdraws comments on fracturing rule

A congressman said the comments were a “thinly veiled attempt to vilify energy production and hydraulic fracturing on our public lands.”  More »

Deaths of migratory birds lead to $300,000 settlement

Most of the money from the settlement will go to a wildlife rehabilitation center.  More »

Oil drops near $92, at lowest level since May

The Energy Department reported the nation’s supply of crude oil is “well above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year.”  More »