New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, in April 2011. (Doug Benz/The New York Times)

New York health department says ‘no’ to fracking

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Dr. Howard Zucker unveiled his findings as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet meeting early Wednesday afternoon.
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Congress renews tax breaks for wind, biofuel

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The move means taxpayers can claim the cuts and credits on their 2014 tax returns, but there is no guarantee they will be back in 2015.
In a cell phone photo taken by protesters and provided to news media by the Calhoun County Sheriff Department, Chris Wahmhoff stands near the pipeline he crawled into Monday morning, June 24, 2013 near Marshall, Mich. Wahmhoff emerged from the pipe about 5 p.m., after 10 hours.  Protesters seek to halt Enbridge Inc.'s building of a new line, saying it endangers public health. (AP Photo/Calhoun County Sheriff Department via The Enquirer)

Protestor who spent 10 hours in oil pipeline found guilty

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Christopher Wahmhoff told a Calhoun County judge Tuesday that if he “was getting put away for 50 years it would be worth it.”
President Barack Obama gestures during a speech on climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama withdraws Alaska’s Bristol Bay from drilling

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Obama says in a video announcement that the natural resource is too precious to be put out to the highest bidder.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, right, listen as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Keystone pipeline to top Senate agenda next year

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Congressional Republicans have been pushing for approval of the pipeline for years. Obama has resisted because of environmental concerns.
In June, GE tested this prototype 20,000 psi ram blowout preventer at its Houston Technology Center. The 20ksi program also includes new wellheads, connectors, control systems, and riser systems. (GE Oil & Gas)

Blowout preventer rule gets White House vetting

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Federal regulators are advancing rules meant to boost the reliability of blowout preventers used to safeguard offshore wells.
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U.S. Production > OPEC Influence

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The U.S. energy revolution has dramatically impacted the extent to which the OPEC oil cartel can influence the global oil marketplace, fundamentally shifting the geopolitics of energy. Truly, from a U.S. perspective, this is one of the greatest stories of the 21st century. Massive amounts of domestic oil and natural gas production, coupled with increasing […]
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Falling oil prices raise new concerns for states

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With oil prices now around a five-year low, budget officials in about a half-dozen states already have begun paring back projections for a continued gusher of revenues. Spending cuts have started in some places, and more could be necessary if oil prices stay at lower levels.
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the BP operated off shore oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AFP/Getty Images)

Feds boost liability cap for oil spills

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Companies are still required to pay the entire costs of cleaning up after offshore spills. And the liability limit on economic damages is waived entirely if gross negligence, willful misconduct or other violations led to a spill.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pauses before delivering the country's draft budget to the parliament speaker at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iranian president calls fall in oil prices ‘treachery’

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Rouhani spoke at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday about what he thought was a “politically motivated” fall in prices.