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Texas oil production set to top No. 2 OPEC country

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Texas now is pumping 36 percent of the nation’s oil, more than doubling its production in three years, according to new federal data.
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Diesel demand projected to soar on economic growth

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Economic growth in the United States will cause demand for diesel to rise over coming decades, even as gasoline use continues a steady decline, according to a federal analysis released this week.
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SunPower offers batteries to hold homes’ solar power until night

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SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, is offering energy-storage systems to California homeowners that will power houses at night with electricity generated from sunlight during the day.
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Report: Chemical Safety Board in disarray, fostering abusive work environment

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A probe has found that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is in turmoil and failing to fulfill its investigative duties for serious accidents at refineries and chemical plants, according to Reuters.
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Poll: Majority supports Obama’s climate change rules on power plants

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More than two-thirds of U.S. adults support the Obama administration’s proposed restrictions on power plant emissions, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday.
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‘Big Men’ follows West Africa’s conflict over oil riches (video)

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“Big Men”, now playing at Sundance Cinema in downtown Houston, follows the conflict between militants, government and business for the riches that flow from West Africa’s oil wealth.
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Ranked: Oil states lead nation in economic growth

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The energy industry was a major driver of economic growth in several of the nation’s fastest-growing states last year, including Texas and the Rocky Mountain region, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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North American refiners beating European profits by $6 per barrel

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North American refiners banked an extra $6 per barrel of oil processed compared to their European counterparts in the first quarter of 2014, continuing a three-year streak of significantly higher profits, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration analysis of 26 companies.
A pumpjack operates at the Inglewood Oil field in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

US energy security reaches highest level in a quarter century

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The United States produced enough energy to satisfy 84 percent of its needs in 2013, a rapid climb from its historic low in 2005, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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Quiz: What shale play are you?

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Like snowflakes, no two shale formations are the same. Each rock has its own peculiarities. Its own unique geology. Its own “Je ne sais quoi.” Which shale play is your seismic soul mate? Take this FuelFix.com quiz to find out!
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