Fuel Fix

An auction sign is shown at bankrupt Solyndra headquarters in Fremont, Calif., Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 before Wednesday's auction. Solyndra received a one half billion dollar loan guarantee from the government before filing for bankruptcy in Sept. 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Report says warnings ignored in Solyndra loan

Republicans investigating the government’s investment in a bankrupt solar panel manufacturer have concluded that the Obama administration ignored numerous red flags about the company’s financial viability, leaving taxpayers on the hook for more than $500 million.  More »
Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente , Calif.  (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Financial probe delayed at damaged Cal nuke plant

The head of the California Public Utilities Commission recommended Thursday that the agency delay for several months an investigation into soaring costs tied to the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant.  More »
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Oil rises in Asia ahead of US jobs report

Oil was higher in Asia on Friday after a 2 percent drop the day before as attention turned from an anticlimactic ECB meeting to the monthly report on U.S. hiring.  More »
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Toyota says electric RAV4 will set pace for mileage per charge

Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), the biggest maker of hybrid autos, said its RAV4 EV sport-utility vehicle powered by batteries and motor from Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) will go farther on a charge than major competitors’ electric models.  More »

EOG earnings jump 34% on surging oil production

Houston-based oil and gas producer EOG Resources’ earnings jumped more than a third during the second quarter, boosted by soaring production from shale plays.  More »
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Republicans grill Interior Department watchdog in drilling ban probe

Congressional Republicans grilled the Interior Department’s top internal investigator and suggested her involvement in a government offshore safety panel undermined her independence.  More »
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Late night talkers take tough stance on fracking

Hydraulic fracturing isn’t finding any friends on late night talk shows – or at least not recently.  More »
Money Roll

Experts: Ohio gov’s $1T oil, gas price tag wrong

Geology experts tell The Associated Press that Gov. John Kasich’s claim that a single energy company could recover $1 trillion worth of oil and gas from Ohio shale is an exorbitant overestimate.  More »
Al Armendariz will have a panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee grill him Wednesday about his comments and record as EPA head of an area overseeing energy-rich states. Photo: AP GraphicsBank

Former Texas EPA official talks about state’s biggest problem

Former EPA regional chief Al Armendariz, who resigned amid a flap over his suggestion that the agency should “crucify” violators, spoke with the Texas Tribune about EPA’s relationship with the energy industry and Texas environmental regulators.  More »
The corporate logo at Apache Corp. headquarters in Houston. (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Apache reports 73 percent drop in Q2 earnings

Houston-based Apache Corporation, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, reported a 73 percent drop in second quarter earnings over the same time last year, hard hit by the recent drop in oil and gas prices.  More »
Discoverer Seven Seas, a Transocean rig.

Transocean’s results show improving operations, execs say

Transocean executives said Thursday they had improved operations and signed lucrative new contracts for work as the company continues to rebound from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill  More »
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In Texas, a push to save power at peak times

Last summer, when temperatures soared above 100 day after day, Robert Rhea’s thermostat took on a life of its own.  More »