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Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

BP shouldn’t get White House e-mails in spill case, U.S. says

BP Plc (BP/) isn’t entitled access to e- mail communications between the White House and other top U.S. officials during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010, a government lawyer told a federal judge.  More »
A worker walks through pipes connecting storage tanks and pumps in the hydraulic fracturing process. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Pennsylvania county’s dreams of wealth didn’t work out

Four years ago, as the economy was entering a devastating recession, swaths of rural Pennsylvania were booming.  More »
Billionaire Ambani is adding retail stores and expanding his petrochemical business to revive operating profit, which fell in the year ended March 31 for the first time since at least 2003. Eddie Seal/Bloomberg

Reliance to invest $18 billion in India to double profit

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), owner of the world’s largest oil-refining complex, plans to invest 1 trillion rupees ($18 billion) in India in the next five years to double operating profit.  More »
A new poll shows that Americans would rather get a break on their energy bills than take a break for vacation.  Asked about their priorities, a majority in an AP-NORC Center poll valued saving money on energy, reducing the amount of electricity they use, and making sure their home is energy efficient ahead of having the latest tablet or smartphone, or going on vacation. Less than one in five thought a summer trip or the latest electronic gadget was more important than taking steps to reduce their energy use.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Americans put saving money ahead of vacations

As summer beckons, it seems Americans are thinking more about the stifling cost of energy than about making tracks to the beach.  More »
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Honda electric car gets 118 mpg, but costs add up

At 118 miles per gallon, the Honda Fit electric vehicle is the most fuel-efficient in the United States. But getting that mileage isn’t cheap — and it isn’t always good for the environment.  More »
A natural gas well pad sits in front of the Roan Plateau near the Colorado mountain community of Rifle on April 22, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

House strips oil shale subsidy from spending bill

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has approved a Colorado Democrat’s proposal to strip a $25 million oil shale subsidy from an appropriations bill.  More »
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Ascent Solar launching solar iPhone case, charger

What if an iPhone case could protect the device while also giving its battery a boost?  More »
Royalties from oil production on state lands is pushing Texas' Permanent University Fund toward a record $1 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Oil hovers above $85 ahead of Bernanke comments

Oil hovered above $85 a barrel Thursday in Asia amid speculation the U.S. may implement stimulus measures to boost a flagging recovery.  More »
Oil impacted marsh in Bay Jimmy is seen as Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser  and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham conducts a media tour over frustration with the BP and Coast Guard cleanup response in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster remains in marshes off the coast of Louisiana, where officials renewed complaints Friday about the cleanup effort by BP and the federal government. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Study predicts job growth if BP fines used for Gulf Coast

The report by the research firm Mather Economics comes as Gulf interests press Congress for passage of the Restore Act.  More »
A Tesla Beta Prototype electric car is on display after an the annual shareholders meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. (Photo:

Tesla’s second electric car on its way

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk assured his investors at their annual shareholders meeting Wednesday that the company’s long-awaited second car, the Model S, is almost here.  More »
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Judge lets Chesapeake Energy’s meeting proceed

The judge ruled Chesapeake’s shareholders had not proven they would suffer irreparable injury if the injunction was denied  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

Texas officials and House GOP members blast EPA

Al Armendariz, the ex-chief of the EPA region that covers Texas, failed to appear at a congressional hearing Wednesday about energy disputes in the state.  More »