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Energy Secretary Steven Chu speaks on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo)

Joe Barton: Chu could be Solyndra “fall guy”

Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton raised concerns that the Obama administration could try to make Energy Secretary Steven Chu the “fall guy” in a flap over a government loan guarantee to a now-bankrupt solar panel company.  More »
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Rig worker awarded $4.92 million in fall

A jury has awarded $4.92 million to a worker injured in a 20-foot fall when a cable snapped on an offshore drilling rig.  More »
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Using electricity at night could mean real saving

If you are looking to save some money on your electricity bill, TXU might just have the plan for you.  More »
Cluster of gas signs at filling stations (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Already pricey gasoline isn’t following crude’s surge – yet

In a deviation from the usual pattern, gasoline prices have stayed relatively stable amid a surge in the price of oil that sent benchmark crude over $100 a barrel Wednesday.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |11.17.11|

BP probation challenge. E-mails challenge fair review. Exxon wants to export.  More »
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What the oil sands look like from space

Obviously, the astronauts in the International Space Station have too much time on their hands.  More »
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Exxon, Marathon, Morgan Stanley and others could face fines

ExxonMobil, Shell Oil, Marathon Petroleum Co. and other firms could face million of dollars in energy license fines for uses fraudulent renewable fuel credits, according to a Politico story.  More »
NASA astronaut Rex Walheim, STS-135 mission specialist, is guided through the water as he starts a training simulation in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near the Johnson Space Center on Thursday, March 10, 2011, in Houston. ( Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle )

Oil and gas workers to be trained like astronauts

To simulate the microgravity of space, astronauts have practiced in an extremely large, 40-foot deep swimming pool in southeast Houston for more than 15 years.  More »
Drivers test out the Nissan Leaf electric car at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show (AP file photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Air Resources Board may boost low-emission cars

By 2025, 15 percent of the new cars and small trucks sold each year in California would have to be powered by batteries, fuel cells or some other technology that produces little or no air pollution under rules that state regulators will propose next month.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |11.16.11|

McMoRan finds some more. Progress on Brazilian spill. Nabors looking to sell assets.  More »
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of Keystone XL at the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A Canadian view of Obama’s Keystone XL decision

The Keystone XL pipeline has enemies and friends in the United States, but in Canada, it seems the sentiments might be a bit different.  More »
A driver fills up his vehicle at a compressed natural gas station.  (AP file photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

Texas absent from agreement to promote natural gas cars

Gov. Rick Perry didn’t join the four governors from top energy-producing states who agreed last week to push for natural-gas vehicles. His office said it is still reviewing an invitation to join the pact.  More »