(Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

Exxon: North America to be energy exporter by 2020

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The company’s forecast outlined an about 35 percent growth in energy demand across the world through 2040, driven mostly by a growing population and the rise of an energy-hungry middle class in developing countries.
Princeton University researchers sampled methane  from this abandoned well in Pennsylvania. (Photo: Mary Kang)

Study finds ‘significant’ methane leaking from abandoned wells

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As the Obama administration nears a decision on whether — and how — to clamp down on methane leaking from active oil and gas operations, new research suggests abandoned wells may be a significant source of the potent greenhouse gas.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Fuel exports soar under Obama

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U.S. exports of diesel and gasoline have doubled since President Barack Obama took office, and the carbon embedded in them has meet political goals by taking it off America’s pollution balance sheet.
A handful of corn is shown before it is processed at the Tall Corn Ethanol plant in Coon Rapids, Iowa. (AP file photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Ethanol joins U.S. fuels dominating global export market

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Exports of the additive derived from corn rose 31 percent this year to the highest level since 2011, meeting demand from South Korea to Persian Gulf oil producers.
In this May 9, 2008, file photo, a dragline crane operates at the Westmoreland Coal mine northeast of Hardin, Montana. Up to two to two-thirds of the impoverished Crow tribe?s revenue comes from the 15,000-acre Westmoreland Resources mine that sends coal to power plants in the Midwest. The chairman of the coal-dependent Crow Nation wants a break from the Obama administration?s climate proposal and says the pending rule violates the government?s trust responsibility to the Montana tribe. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, David Grubbs, File)

Crow leader says Obama climate plan would hurt tribe

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Crow Chairman Darrin Old Coyote said Friday that the proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would wreck the tribe’s economy.

Can Renewables Power the Future?

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Bridging the gap between fossil energy sources and renewables is perhaps the greatest technological challenge facing Americans this century. Global awareness, health and environmental concerns, geo-political instability, and raw entrepreneurism are all driving U.S. efforts to build a new, cleaner, and more diversified energy economy. Such challenges are being addressed in a collaborative fashion as […]
A Gunnison Sage Grouse. (AP Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Dave Showalter)

Bird’s fate shaping energy development in US West

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The grouse’s huge range, covering portions of 11 states and an area more than four times as big as New England, includes vast oil, gas and coal reserves and the best type of windy, open country for developing wind power.
The West Texas sky silhouettes a Linn Energy pumpjack in the Permian basin. (Linn Energy)

Production up, but methane emissions down in Permian Basin

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Even though energy companies are pulling more oil out of the Permian Basin, methane emissions have been declining in the West Texas drilling hotbed.
An LNG tanker (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

EPA raises environmental concerns about Corpus Christi LNG

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The Environmental Protection Agency said it still has concerns about the impacts Corpus Christi LNG will have on minority neighborhoods and greenhouse gas emissions.
Environmental activists gather outside the White House as they continue a civil disobedience campaign against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

TransCanada drops PR firm that recommended controversial tactics

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Edelman plan calls for the company to pressure its opponents by “distracting them from their mission and causing them to redirect their resources,”