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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry waves after speaking during the Iowa Republican Party's Lincoln Dinner, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Rick Perry pushes Keystone XL during Iowa GOP event

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Speaking before roughly 1,300 people gathered Saturday night at an Iowa Republican Party dinner, Perry said the pipeline would drive down the cost of electricity and help lower taxes and boost wages.
Activists who oppose Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean prepare their kayaks for the "Paddle in Seattle" protest on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Seattle. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP)

Anti-Arctic drilling kayaktivists hold ‘Shell No’ protest

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Kayakers gathered in formation and hoisted signs and banners that read: “Climate Justice,” ”Oil-Free Future,” ”Shell No, Seattle Draws The Line,” and “We can’t burn all the oil on the planet and still live on it.”
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Tesoro halts plans for Utah oil pipeline

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Tesoro’s project, the Uinta Express Pipeline, was to have shipped thick waxy crude oil from Utah’s Uinta Basin to the company’s plant in Salt Lake City.
T. Boone Pickens speaks at the 2014 LNG Conference Jan. 22, 2014, in Houston.  (Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle)

T. Boone Pickens makes stock picks amid oil slump

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Energy mogul T. Boone Pickens, who has said many times he believes oil prices are headed higher, snapped up shares in a U.S. rig contractor and a pair of oil tanker operators in the first quarter.
Harold Hamm, Continental Resources CEO (AP PhotoKevin Cederstrom)

Oil tycoon Harold Hamm wanted earthquake scientists dismissed, dean’s e-mail says

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Hamm, the billionaire founder and chief executive officer of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, is a major donor to the university, which is the home of the Oklahoma Geological Survey. He has vigorously disputed the notion that he tried to pressure the survey’s scientists.
The Syncrude oil sands site, outside of on April 28th, 2015 in Fort McMurray, Canada. Fort McMurray is currently coping with an economic downturn as a result of low oil prices and most of the layoffs have been impacting the transient workforce. Canada's oil and gas industry is expected to lose 37% of its revenues in 2015. (Photo by Ian Willms/Getty Images)

Canada to regulate oil and gas emissions to meet new 30 percent target

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Under the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, Canada pledged to cut its emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, or reaching 611 megatons, but is on pace to fall well short of its goal.
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Just 38 miles apart, one Texas oil town is still booming and the other is dead

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For the townspeople of Karnes City, it’s like nothing ever changed: Roughnecks pack into Stripes gasoline station by the dozens to load up on Doritos and Slim Jims at the end of their shift; giant drilling rigs dominate the horizon in all directions; and the roar of tanker trucks and industrial machinery is never-ending.
Two donkeys run through a pasture in front of wind turbines in Calumet, Okla. (AP File Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma Senate moves to eliminate wind tax credits

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With no debate, the Senate on Friday approved one bill to eliminate a 5-year property tax exemption for wind manufacturers, starting in 2017. Because the state reimburses counties for the revenue lost from the exemption, the cost of the subsidy has skyrocketed with the expansion of wind farms in Oklahoma.
FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Bryant Gobble, left, hugs his wife, Sherry Gobble, right, as they look from their yard across an ash pond full of dead trees toward Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station in Dukeville, N.C. Duke says it will provide bottled water to residents living near coal ash pits in North Carolina. So far, more than 150 residential wells tested near Duke's dumps have failed to meet state groundwater standards. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Prosecutors: Duke Energy could have avoided Dan River spill

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As part of a negotiated settlement with federal prosecutors, Duke agreed to pay $68 million in fines and $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation that will benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia.
Protesters in kayaks paddle out to meet the Arctic offshore oil rig Polar Pioneer piggybacked atop the cargo deck vessel Blue Marlin as it arrives at Port Angeles, Wash., on  April 17.  (Keith Thorpe/The Peninsula Daily News via AP)

Kayakers protest as Arctic drill rig moors off Seattle

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The watery protest marked a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change, but the scene also suggested how outmatched Shell’s opponents have been as they try to keep the petroleum giant from continuing its $6 billion effort to open new oil and gas reserves in one of the world’s most dangerous maritime environments.