Demonization: The Death of Civil Discourse

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Presidential campaigns and daily coverage of candidates are a stark reminder that politics has become a blood sport where demonization is the coin of the realm. Candidates and their campaigns spend too little time discussing their views on issues and programs and too much time following the principle of “go negative early”. Civil discourse is […]
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U.S. oil rig count jumps up by a dozen, the first increase in 2015

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The amount of U.S. rigs drilling for oil increased for the first time this year after 29 consecutive weeks of declines.
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Iraq’s oil exports climb to record with output at all-time high

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Iraq joined Saudi Arabia in pumping more oil as OPEC members defend market share against higher-cost producers. Brent crude has climbed 10 percent this year, spurring speculation that higher prices will lead to even more output and prolong a surplus.
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Making it Work

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The Pew Research Center has conducted polls over the past several years on the public’s confidence in government. The results are not encouraging nor surprising. In 2010, 74% rated the federal bureaucracy as only fair or poor. Last year, 75% said they trust the federal government to do what is right only some of the […]
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There’s oil under county roads, and the counties get to keep it (finally)

There’s oil under county roads, and the counties get to keep it (finally)

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Oil- and gas-producing counties will get to keep a narrow slice of the mineral wealth that’s generated under their property, under a bill recently signed by the governor. The bill will let the counties keep royalty payments for the minerals produced under county lands — essentially the county road system, which has been badly battered […]
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Pope Francis’ Call for Global Governance

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The Pope’s encyclical appears to focus on climate change and environmental degradation but the larger focus is his indictment of capitalism and the presumed greed that it spawns, leading Pope Francis to call for a global government solution. The language in the encyclical looks like it came from the UN’s Agenda 21 and the Club […]
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Seeking more information, judge stays federal oil, gas rules

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The stay issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl means new rules for the practice of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands now won’t take effect until at least mid-August.
A United Steelworkers Union member pickets outside Marathon Petroleum Company's Galveston Bay Refining Division on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Texas City. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Strike at Marathon Petroleum refinery ends

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Workers at Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Galveston Bay Refinery will go back to work following a more than four-month strike that ended Tuesday when union members ratified a contract with the company.
Texas will deploy additional sensors to study a rash of earthquakes shaking the state as researchers try to determine whether the tremors are linked to the underground disposal of oilfield waste.
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As quake debate intensifies, Texas funds additional research

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Texas will deploy additional sensors to study a rash of earthquakes shaking the state as researchers try to determine whether the tremors are linked to the underground disposal of oilfield waste.
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Oil price recovery on the way, panel says, but pace will be slow

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In a webcast, the panel of experts from financial services giant Ernst & Young said that the energy sector is expected to rebound, albeit at a sluggish pace, after several months of unrest following the collapse in oil prices that began last fall.