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Obama and Romney on energy, environmental issues

A look at where President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stand on energy and environmental issues:  More »
An unidentified worker steps through the maze of hoses being used at a remote fracking site being run by Halliburton for natural-gas producer Williams in Rulison, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

WY gov. protests proposed federal fracking rules

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is protesting new natural gas drilling regulations being considered by the federal government.  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 $104 after US crude supply jump

Oil prices hovered above $104 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after a report showed U.S. crude supplies jumped more than expected for a fourth week, suggesting demand remains weak.  More »
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Dow’s solar roof shingles come to Texas

Solar roof shingles, the first of their kind, are now available in Texas, courtesy of the Dow Chemical Company, according to a company announcement. Dow announced Tuesday it had launched its solar shingles in California and Central Texas, allowing customers to buy and install the power-generating roof shingles through authorized dealers. Three Texas roofing companies […]  More »

Gas drilling spurs jobs in wildlife, software

Before work begins on a gas well or pipeline in northern Pennsylvania, Merlin Benner or one of his colleagues walks the land looking for timber rattlesnakes, a protected species.  More »
Chevron's Genesis platform is shown in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Republicans propose energy cuts while boosting fossil fuels

House Republicans released a fiscal 2013 Energy Department budget plan shifting more money to fossil-fuel programs while cutting total spending to $26.3 billion, about $358 million less than this year.  More »
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Obama wants to target oil market manipulation

Under pressure to take action on rising gasoline prices, President Barack Obama wants Congress to strengthen federal supervision of oil markets, increase penalties for market manipulation and empower regulators to increase the amount of money energy traders are required to put behind their transactions.  More »
A man on a bus holds up a banner reading in Spanish "Today with Cristina we recovered YPF" during a demonstration in support of a bill proposed by Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez outside the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, April 16, 2012. Fernandez on Monday proposed a bill to expropriate 51 percent of the shares of YPF oil company that is controlled by Spain's Repsol, moving ahead with the plan despite fierce opposition from Madrid. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Argentina slammed by Spain, EU for oil takeover

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez is attempting to quell increasing unrest at home and boost her popularity with an “unlawful” bid to nationalize YPF, the Argentine oil unit of Spanish energy firm Repsol, the company’s president claimed Tuesday as the company’s shares plunged almost 7 percent.  More »
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First Solar lays off 2,000 as Europe demand wanes

First Solar Inc. is laying off 2,000 workers and closing its plant in Frankfurt, Germany, in response to waning demand for solar panels and increased competition from China.  More »
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.  (Photo: HO/AFP/Getty Images)

Investigators say Congress hasn’t changed laws to prevent future spill

Investigators who probed the 2010 Gulf oil spill on Tuesday blasted Congress for failing to pass a single substantive change in laws governing offshore drilling that could help prevent a repeat of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »
A delivery driver connects hoses on a gasoline tanker, prior to replenishing the tanks at a BP station in Pittsburgh. The nationwide average for regular unleaded slipped less than a penny to $3.764 per gallon on Tuesday, March 6,2012. That ended a streak of price hikes that began on Feb. 8.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Heat means drivers will pay more for less gas

Drivers might already feel like they are getting ripped off at the pump, but many drivers are unaware that they are paying more for less gasoline during the summer months.  More »

Mitsubishi, Mitsui back $6 billion Sempra gas terminal

Mitsubishi (8306) Corp. and Mitsui & Co. agreed to help Sempra Energy (SRE) develop a $6 billion natural-gas export facility in Louisiana, as Japan imported record amounts of the fuel.  More »