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These are the experts drawing battle lines in crude export debate

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The cast of experts weighing in on the issue includes former Obama administration officials and military veterans.
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The oil patch palette

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These are the experts drawing battle lines in crude export debate

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The cast of experts weighing in on the issue includes former Obama administration officials and military veterans.
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The oil patch palette

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A couple of years ago we presented some examples of how the grit and steel of the oil field can take on its own beauty in the hands of a skilled photographer or digital artist.
Categories: featured, General
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Natural gas breaks $5 mark on winter demand

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Natural gas prices moved past $5 per million British thermal units on Friday, reaching a level not seen in years amid a winter chill that has pushed up demand for the fuel.
A fire at a biodiesel facility near New Albany, Miss., burns Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.  The fire was so hot that firefighters could not get close enough to fight it, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said. The plant is located near New Albany on Mississippi Highway 15, which has been closed to traffic. Firefighters are letting it burn out. (AP Photo/The New Albany Gazette, Angie Barmer)

Crew extinguishes Mississippi plant fire

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The fire, put out about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, had been burning since early Wednesday at the plant near New Albany, but no injuries were reported. There were also at least three explosions at JNS Biofuels, formerly known as North Mississippi Biodiesel.
Categories: Accidents, Biofuels
(Mr. T in DC/Flickr)

Texas grid smoothly weathers its way through freezing temperatures

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About three weeks ago, a capacity shock nearly caused blackouts during a cold snap – this time, rigorous preparations appear to have paid off: the Texas grid hummed along this morning with ample capacity and reserves, even as early morning Houston temperatures still hover around freezing.
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An ERCOT worker mans a desk in the Texas electric grid manager's Austin control room. (Photo: ERCOT/Tom Reel)

Debate on revamping Texas grid delayed

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Texas regulators put off further discussions on modifying the electricity market until mid-May.
Solar panels are installed in Arlington, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

European green energy fears losing investments on ‘weak’ targets

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Wind and solar power producers said they’re at risk of losing investment after the European Union’s executive arm scrapped proposals for a mandatory target on renewable energy in 2030.
Categories: Europe, Solar, Wind
Man walks by solar panels in China (AP photo)

China installed a record 12 gigawatts of solar in 2013

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China installed a record 12 gigawatts of solar panels in 2013, almost matching the total amount of solar power in operation in the U.S., and may exceed that in 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Categories: Asia, Solar
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Oil slips to $97 after rally

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The price of oil slipped back to near $97 a barrel Friday, interrupting a sustained rally on expectations for increased demand.