Carol Browner, then-President-elect Barack Obama's nominee of a new policy council to coordinate climate, environment and energy issues speaks in Chicago in 2008. (AP Photo)

Obama will reject Keystone XL pipeline, former adviser says

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Former White House climate change and energy adviser Carol Browner predicted Thursday that President Barack Obama will come down against the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Guest Commentary: Texas’ deregulated power market should evolve to meet future challenges

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The Public Utility Commission is looking this week into whether to provide an “insurance policy” for the electric grid. This makes sure that we have extra generation on hand in case of sudden weather changes or unplanned outages.
Former Vice President Al Gore addresses a conference commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Center for American Progress in the Astor Ballroom of the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC on October 24, 2013. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Al Gore: Keystone XL is an ‘atrocity’

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Former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday insisted that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is an “atrocity” that must be rejected and likened the U.S. to a junkie in search of a fix.
US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaks during a meeting at the National Industry Confederation headquarters in Brazil on August 16, 2013. (Evaristo SAEVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy secretary: ‘We have turned a corner’ on climate change

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The United States and Congress have moved beyond debating climate change to deciding what to do about it, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday.
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Puerto Rico governor vows reform as electricity bills soar

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Puerto Rico’s governor announced Wednesday that he is overhauling the island’s state-run power company amid corruption allegations and criticism that bills are on average more than double that of the U.S. mainland.
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Energy companies can help stop prairie chicken listing

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If the federal government lists the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, it could get in the way of oil and gas drilling in West Texas.
Brian Salerno, then-deputy commandant for operations for the U.S. Coast Guard, testifies during a hearing before a House subcommittee in Washington, D.C. in April 2012. Salerno now is the  head of the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith/U.S. Coast Guard)

New offshore energy regulator warns ‘risk does not discriminate’

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Three years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster and 25 years after an explosion killed 167 people on the Piper Alpha platform in the North Sea, offshore oil workers and their overseers must guard against complacency, the top U.S. offshore drilling regulator insisted Tuesday.
Apache Corporation operates in the Gulf of Mexico. (Apache Corp.)

Feds fine Apache for false Gulf of Mexico production data

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U.S. officials have ordered Apache Corp. to pay a $2.7 million fine for allegedly submitting false data about its Gulf of Mexico oil production and the royalties the Houston-based company owed the federal government.
Shell’s Olympus platform is set up on the Mars field in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2013. (Royal Dutch Shell)

Voters see link between energy and economy

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Nine out of 10 voters believe increased domestic oil and gas production can help the economy, but not all of them want to see it happen offshore, a new survey shows.
The West Texas sky silhouettes a Linn Energy pumpjack in the Permian basin. (Linn Energy)

Feds to scrutinize drilling boom with new well data

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The Energy Department is poised to shed more light on today’s oil and gas drilling boom, with a closer look at the longevity of new wells that are tapping dense rock formations across the U.S.