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Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at the White House in 2012. (AP file)

Feds seek input on drilling off Alaska coast

The Obama administration is asking the oil and gas industry to weigh in on a possible sale of drilling leases in the Cook Inlet off the coast of south-central Alaska.  More »
Gas prices are expected to hold steady in Texas over the holiday weekend. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

GOP prepares gasoline bills; Dems target taxes, speculation

Republicans plan on advancing a pair of bills that would require studies of certain oil and gasoline regulations and make increased oil and gas leasing a condition of using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Democrats, meanwhile, called for boosting funding for regulators to implement rules that target what they call excessive speculation in oil markets.  More »
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Clinton predicts “profound effect” from SEC disclosure rules

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton predicted Thursday that pending rules to require oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments o host governments would have a “profound effect” on curbing corruption and boosting transparency in foreign nations  More »
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Senate goes after tax breaks for major oil companies

The oil industry is fighting plans to repeal some of its tax breaks with a new advertising campaign that links the proposals with higher gasoline prices. The move comes ahead of a showdown Senate vote on the issue Monday.  More »
The Chevron Genesis in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Steffy: U.S. oil production gains are like water pumps on the Titanic

I filled up yesterday for $3.88 a gallon, which was 4 cents more than what I paid four days earlier. Consumers are painfully aware that gasoline prices have been on the rise for the past few months, and while such increases had been predicted since last fall, no one’s happy that the predictions proved correct.  More »
(Photo: mtsofan, Flickr)

No clear winner in contest between energy and environment

In a face-off between protecting the environment and producing energy, it’s a draw, according to a new nationwide Gallup poll.  More »
President Barack Obama speaks at the TransCanada Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla. in 2012.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Obama to drivers: I feel your pain

President Barack Obama wants drivers nationwide to know that he feels their pain at the pump — or, at least, that he used to. After all, says the commander-in-chief, it wasn’t that long ago that he was filling up his car and shuttling his daughters to school.  More »
Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. (AP photo)

Rep. Lee Terry: The Nebraska man with the Keystone XL plan

Perhaps nobody in the U.S. House of Representatives has been more outspoken in his support of the Keystone XL pipeline than Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. In an interview with Fuel Fix, Terry took time to discuss his ongoing plans for legislation to approve the pipeline, as well as his thoughts on Obama’s defense of the decision to reject the permit.  More »
A front-end crash test of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. (AP Photo/Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

GM to replace chargers after overheating complaints

General Motors plans to replace more than 9,500 Chevrolet Volt chargers after complaints about overheating, according to a Yahoo story.  More »
Osama Idrees, left, Chevron's lead project engineer for the alternative energy system at the Santa Rita Jail, works with Matt Muniz, energy program director for Alameda County, in one of four converted shipping containers housing 2,200 battery cells. Photo: Paul Chinn / ONLINE_YES

Chevron works with Calif. jail on ‘microgrid’

Packed with security systems and 3,000 inmates, Santa Rita Jail in California can’t afford to lose power in a blackout.  More »
Alejander Ruiz, of AT&T, fills up his vehicle with Clean Energy Fuel at 7721 Washington in Houston. (Thomas B. Shea/Houston Chronicle)

Natural gas fueling stations considered for Texas interstates

Valero Energy Corp. and natural gas developer Chesapeake Energy Corp. are talking about joining forces to add natural gas fueling stations along major Texas interstates, and they’re hoping to get state grants to help.  More »
Drilling for oil in the brush-covered plains of south Texas is cheaper and less risky than exploration offshore Brazil. (Photo: J.G. Domke/Bloomberg)

Texas tops finds from Brazil to Bakken as best prospect

Energy companies in search of oil riches rivaling the biggest finds from Brazil to Angola are flocking to Texas shale, where new wells have triggered a 230- fold increase in crude output in three years.  More »