New census data show a population surge as the oil boom draws workers and families to oil fields around the country. Some of the nation’s fastest-growing communities include two Texas towns in the Permian Basin and three cities near North Dakota’s Bakken Shale.
Cheap natural gas and oil supplies will give Gulf Coast refiners an edge in global markets, but over the next two years new plants coming online in China and the Middle East are poised to dampen worldwide demand for refined products like gasoline, according to a report released Monday.
Wind power in the U.S. is on a respirator. The $14 billion industry is reeling from a double blow — cheap natural gas unleashed by the hydraulic fracturing revolution and the death last year of federal subsidies that made wind the most competitive of all renewable energy sources in the U.S.
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