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Top Senate Democrat predicts no big energy changes this year

When Sen. Jeff Bingaman ends his 30-year career in the Senate next January, the New Mexico Democrat will leave Capitol Hill without accomplishing one of his major priorities: adoption of a nationwide clean energy standard that would force power utilities to generate a steadily increasing share of their electricity from low-carbon sources.  More »
Oil pumps are seen at sunset in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, where water stands from a recent rainstorm. Oil prices edged higher to near $101 a barrel Thursday in Asia amid a surge in global stock markets after major central banks pledged to lower borrowing costs. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Europe to spend a record $500 billion on oil imports

Europe is on track to spend a record of more than half a trillion dollars on oil imports this year, far more than Greece’s debt total and a difficult prospect considering regional economic challenges, a top International Energy Agency official said.  More »
The sign at the entrance of the DuPont Spruance Plant in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Low natural gas prices continue to drive commodity chemicals industry

The U.S. commodity chemical industry that manufacture chemicals linked to natural gas are expected to have a strong 2012, Moody’s has estimated in a report issued Wednesday.  More »
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Texas judge’s campaign centers on the EPA

A Texas state judge is promoting his recent decisions favoring a gas driller in its dispute with a local landowner as part of his election campaign, a move some legal scholars say may violate state judicial ethics rules.  More »
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Dow wins $2.16B in Kuwaiti dispute

Dow Chemical has been awarded $2.16 billion in damages by an international arbitration court over for a Kuwaiti joint venture that collapsed four years ago as the global recession took hold.  More »
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Gas prices continue their dip before Memorial Day weekend

Gasoline prices dipped another 7 cents in Houston just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.  More »
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Steffy: Coal plant operators find a convenient scapegoat in the EPA

When in doubt, blame the EPA. That’s becoming the mantra of some Texas coal plant operators, who have found the federal Environmental Protection Agency the legal and financial equivalent of a rented mule – an unpopular bureaucracy they can berate as the cause of all their problems.  More »
A worker walks through pipes connecting storage tanks and pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Program in Eagle Ford aims to curb natural gas flaring

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter said Wednesday the commission and some oil and gas companies may launch a program to use natural gas to operate on-site generators to power operations in the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »
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In Iowa, Obama touts election-year energy plan

President Barack Obama is returning to Iowa, seeking support for an election-year agenda to encourage renewable energy along with a more immediate prize: the state’s up-for-grabs voters.  More »
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Gulf fishermen reel from seafood troubles

Gloom infects the hard-working shrimp and crab docks of this gritty fishing town as the second full year of fishing since BP’s catastrophic oil spill kicks into high gear.  More »
Protestors scale a shale gas rig at Banks, near Southport, England bringing a halt to work at the Cuadrilla Resources site Wednesday  Nov. 2 , 2011.  Cuadrilla Resources, which is drilling for gas in northwestern England, said Wednesday that independent experts concluded that the tremors were due to an unusual combination of geology and operations, and were unlikely to happen again. The company said local geology would limit any future seismic events to around magnitude 3 on the Richter scale. The tremor on April 1 measured 2.3 on the Richter scale.  Local campaigners have mounted a "Frack Off" campaign to oppose the drilling technique that cracks open rock layers to free natural gas.  (AP Photo/Peter Byrne/PA)

European fracking bans open market for U.S. gas exports

Opposition to a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing has slowed the development of natural gas in Europe, creating export opportunities for U.S. producers hurt by low prices and a glut of gas at home.  More »
Chinese workers examine solar panels at a manufacturer of photovoltaic products in Huaibei in central China's Anhui province. China's government on Friday, May 18, 2012,  rejected a U.S. antidumping ruling against its makers of solar power equipment and Chinese manufacturers warned proposed punitive tariffs might hurt efforts to promote clean energy.  (AP Photo)

China rules US clean energy support improper

China’s Commerce Ministry issued a ruling Thursday that U.S. government support for six renewable energy projects violated free-trade rules, the latest volley in a widening conflict over clean power.  More »