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Forget polar bears, worry about keeping the lights on

Maggie Koerth-Baker, science editor at BoingBoing.net, says she was motivated to write her latest book, “Before the Lights Go Out,” after listening to her husband, an energy efficiency analyst, come home and talk shop.  More »
Solar panels are seen on the roof of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Baldwin Park, Calif. Wal-Mart, with 4,522 stores in the U.S., expects to have 1,000 solar-powered locations by 2020. Reed Saxon/AP Photo

Wal-Mart Beats Apple, Ikea In U.S. Solar Installations

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), the world’s largest retailer, has installed more than 150 U.S. solar projects and expects to have as much as 90 megawatts of capacity by year-end, more than Ikea Group and Apple Inc.  More »

Cnooc said to seek $5 billion of offshore debt for Nexen buy

Cnooc Ltd. (883) is seeking about $5 billion in offshore financing from foreign banks to back its acquisition of Canada’s Nexen Inc. (NXY), according to two people familiar with the matter.  More »
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Iran’s Ahmadinejad calls sanctions ‘ridiculous’

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday slammed Western sanctions on Iran’s oil sector as a “ridiculous” move that seeks to deprive the world of energy resources at a time when demand is swelling.  More »
An oil pump works in the Persian Gulf desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Oil prices inch back over $90 as ECB moves awaited

Oil prices inched above $90 a barrel Tuesday as investors remained confident that European policymakers will deliver new measures to get a grip on the debt crisis and save the euro.  More »

BP’s $4.8 billion write-downs lead to $1.4 billion in losses for Q2

This has been an unusual quarter and we are not satisfied with it,” said Bob Dudley, CEO of BP, in a video statement released with the second quarter results. “The unusual drop from the very beginning to the very end of the quarter in oil and gas prices, it has certainly impacted our results.”  More »
A handful of corn is shown before it is processed at the Tall Corn Ethanol plant in Coon Rapids, Iowa. (AP file photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Texas ranchers back ethanol-waiver request

Texas ranchers and dairy operators Monday backed a request by national agricultural producers to suspend the nation’s Renewable Fuels Standard because it is causing corn prices to soar and livestock producers to suffer.  More »
Dan Smallwood, former COO of the Marine Well Containment Company, shows off the company's capping stack on April 15, 2011 in Houston. (Eric Kayne/For the Houston Chronicle)

Feds deem emergency well containment drill a success

The first-ever full-scale test of how the oil industry and federal regulators would respond to a runaway offshore well completed Monday in the Gulf of Mexico, with government officials deeming the week-long drill a success.  More »
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Anadarko records loss on low natural gas prices

The oil and natural gas producer suffered a $380 million loss for the second quarter, largely due to a reduced value for its coalbed methane properties.  More »
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TransCanada to gauge interest in gas line

The holder of an exclusive license to build a major natural gas pipeline in Alaska plans to again gauge market interest in the project.  More »
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
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Chevron to develop West African field

Chevron Corp. said Monday that it will lead a deepwater drilling project off the west African coast.  More »

Shell betting on gas price rebound, new demand

CEO Peter Voser forecasts U.S. energy independence could be just 20 years away.  More »