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In this June 9, 2011 file photo, then-CIA Director nominee Leon Panetta  testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Leon Panetta: Time to stop governing by crisis on energy policy

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Oil supply disruptions and other emergencies involving crude have long driven U.S. energy policy, but it’s time to break that cycle, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta insisted Wednesday.
Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state, speaks at the OPEC Oil Embargo +40 conference hosted by Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. To mark the 40th anniversary of the OPEC oil embargo, leading CEOs, technology innovators, policymakers, and military leaders are participating in a summit to discuss the state of American energy security. (Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)

Leaders debate US energy security 40 years after oil embargo

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Some of the biggest names in energy and international relations are sharing their views on the state of U.S. energy security at a national summit in Washington D.C. Wednesday, marking 40 years since the OPEC oil embargo ushered in a global fuel crisis.
The Amenas natural gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013.

Algeria hostage crisis ends; Katy man killed

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Katy resident Frederick Buttaccio was killed in the attack on a natural gas facility in Algeria. Another Houston-area man also was taken captive. His fate is unknown.