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FILE - In this this file photo released on May 4, 2015, on a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, Islamic State militants pass by a convoy in Tel Abyad, northeast Syria. The Islamic State rakes in up to $50 million a month from selling crude from oilfields under its control in Iraq and Syria, part of a well-run oil industry that U.S. diplomacy and airstrikes have so far failed to shut down, according to Iraqi intelligence and U.S. officials.(Militant website via AP, File)

ISIS employs thousands of foreign workers to keep its oil flowing

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The records released by the U.S. government also show that despite a stepped-up air-strike campaign against ISIS oil infrastructure throughout 2014, the group was still able to keep the crude flowing.
U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden (L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R), at the White House November 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obama rejects Keystone XL, saying pipeline wouldn’t create many jobs, lower gas prices or boost U.S. energy security

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The move ends — for now — a seven-year saga over the proposed pipeline.

Obama’s State Department rejects request to halt Keystone XL review

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Although the move stopped short of a final decision on the $8 billion project, it was seen as paving the way for an eventual rejection of the proposed pipeline.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, with Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-OR., right, points to the Capitol building during a news conference on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Sanders: Obama should reject Keystone XL before Paris climate talks

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined prominent environmentalists in urging Obama to reject Keystone XL now — weeks before international climate negotiations.
Wayne Knox, Assistant Construction Manager - Contractor for TransCanada's Keystone XL project looks at a pipe before it's lowered into the ground in Wood County, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Winnsboro. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

TransCanada delay could fix Obama administration’s Keystone dilemma

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The Calgary-based company called for a delay while a Nebraska route review is underway, a process expected to take seven months to a year.
(AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)

Oil crash spreading political strife around the world, State Department rep says

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The collapse in oil and natural gas prices is creating an uneasy situation for some producing nations that rely on that revenue to function, a U.S. state department official said Tuesday at a conference in Houston.
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

TransCanada asks State Department to suspend long-running review of Keystone XL

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The pause, requested in a letter from the Calgary-based company to the State Department, adds new uncertainty to the controversy over the proposed pipeline.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz tours the headquarters of PECO energy company in Philadelphia, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The White House has released a four-year energy plan, Quadrennial Energy Review, designed to fight climate change, modernize power plants and find other ways to ensure the nation a steady supply of safe energy. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

CERAWeek: Ernest Moniz envisions more energy-swapping between North American powers

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Broadening the transfer of energy and power resources across North American borders could yield big benefits for the United States, Canada and Mexico.
A panel of Middle East experts discusses OPEC's role amid the U.S. shale boom at IHS Energy's CERAWeek conference. (Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: OPEC’s not dead, just different

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OPEC no longer has the same stranglehold over oil markets it once had, but it’s wrong to declare the cartel dead, a panel of Middle East experts and analysts said Tuesday.
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Celebrities line up to blast Keystone XL

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The singers, filmmakers and actors — including “Revenge” star Emily VanCamp and Dawn Oliveri of “House of Lies” — lay out arguments against the pipeline in a new video.