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Executives no longer blown away by renewable energy prospects

Wind and solar energy companies are finding it more difficult to attract top executives. As recently as four years ago, renewable energy companies were able to lure managers from Silicon Valley with the promise of tech-industry-like stock options and the chance to lead the fight against global warming.  More »
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Natural gas pipeline boom expected to lead to 125,000 new jobs

The rush towards natural gas is also turning natural gas pipeline construction into a booming business, with more than $200 billion capital investment and an additional 125,000 jobs expected in the next 25 years, according to a Black & Veatch study released on Friday.  More »
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill is seen floating on the surface of the water in Bay Jimmy, near where oil was spotted in June 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BP won’t face questions about post-spill probe

Lawyers suing BP (BP/) Plc over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill won’t be able to cross-examine witnesses at this month’s trial about a post-incident investigation, a judge said.  More »
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Shell's Arctic-class drill ship, the Kulluk, is shown as it is towed near Alaska. Shell is moving the Kulluk drilling unit from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to a Seattle shipyard for ongoing maintenance and planned, technical upgrades. (Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

ConocoPhillips: Tax structure eats into profits

ConocoPhillips made $9.8 billion in net income in Alaska under the state’s current tax structure. But a spokeswoman also says the company has paid more than $20 billion to the state and federal government in taxes and royalties between 2007 and 2011.  More »
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Water, gas continue flowing from Alaska blowout

A blowout at an exploratory well near the coast of the Beaufort Sea underscores the threat to the pristine Arctic Ocean environment if offshore drilling is allowed by the Obama administration, environmental groups said.  More »
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Encana posts profit below estimates

Encana Corp. (ECA), Canada’s biggest natural-gas producer, posted fourth-quarter profit that missed analyst estimates and said it will scale back output to adapt to slumping prices for the fuel.  More »
President Obama, center, is given a tour of Solyndra by Executive Vice President Ben Bierman, right, as Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, left, walks along at Solyndra Inc. in Fremont, Calif. FBI spokesman Peter Lee says agents executed multiple search warrants on Thursday morning as part of an investigation with the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General. (AP Photo/Paul Chinn, Pool, File)

White House agreement on Solyndra testimony averts subpoenas

The White House agreed to let four officials speak with congressional investigators about Solyndra LLC’s $535 million U.S. loan guarantee, averting a Republican attempt to compel their testimony by subpoena.  More »
Nesting pelicans are seen landing as oil washes ashore at an island near Louisiana in May 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

House OKs directing most BP spill fines to Gulf restoration

The House of Representatives on Thursday amended an energy-transportation bill to include language setting aside 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill for restoration efforts.  More »
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Oil trades near six-week high

Oil rose for a third day as signs of an improving U.S. economy and progress on a bailout for Greece bolstered the outlook for fuel demand.  More »
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of Keystone XL at the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

House passes bill that expands drilling, approves Keystone XL

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that would expand oil-and-gas production into new areas and approve the Keystone XL pipeline. But President Obama has threatened to veto the bill, and it stands little chance of passing the Democratic-held Senate.  More »
A Texas power plant operates natural gas and coal-fired units. (AP Photo)

GOP, industry target EPA toxic-pollution rule

A top Republican is mounting a push to strike down the Environmental Protection Agency’s new mercury and air-toxics standards for power plants.  More »
Welding crews lay pipelines in Texas to move oil and gas extracted from the Eagle Ford Shale to market. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

Energy Transfer expands Gulf Coast projects on Eagle Ford boom

The Dallas-based pipeline company is adding gas processing facilities and expanding a pipeline to handle the growing flow of natural gas liquids out of the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin.  More »