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States push for natural-gas cars

The governors of Colorado, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wyoming are teaming up to encourage U.S. automakers to develop affordable vehicles that run on natural gas, a valuable resource in each of their states.  More »
Smoke rises from Unit 3 of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northern Japan (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)

Europe gas demand to rise 1% a year on Fukushima

European natural-gas demand will rise about 1 percent a year after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster and as budget constraints for renewable energy tighten, Total SA Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Margerie said.  More »
The Cushing, Okla., pipeline hub.

TransCanada rival Enbridge pursuing Keystone XL alternative

Enbridge’s line would not face the same opposition or regulatory scrutiny that has slowed progress for the Keystone XL because it duplicates existing routes, Daniel said.  More »

Steam rises from stacks at the ConocoPhillips refinery  in Rodeo, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Senators look to delay EPA power-plant rules criticized by Texas officials

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill to would delay compliance dates for two controversial Environmental Protection Agency rules, including the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that Texas has sought to block and that the state’s lawmakers, utilities and officials have criticized.  More »
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Senate panel OKs 2-year highway bill as GOP seeks to tie in drilling revenues

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously voted to advance a two-year extension of current highway funding to the Senate floor on Wednesday. But the bill has a $12 billion funding gap because the pot of money that pays for highway projects is projected to go dry next year, and fuel-tax increases are off the table to close the gap.  More »
U.S. Army soldiers walk past military armored vehicles in Baghdad, Iraq.  (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

PR pros: Industry uses military tactics, ‘psy/ops’ in fracking disputes

The energy industry should pull a page out of the military’s playbook and copy tactics for countering insurgents, according to public relations experts with a number of oil and gas firms.  More »
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Speed bumps can harvest electricity from slowing cars

A Maryland company has designed a speed bump that probably will still annoy drivers, but it could also power your home.  More »
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EPA will move to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will quietly move forward with its first-ever limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants, in the absence of action from Congress and using its recently obtained authority under the Clean Air Act.  More »
Sand flows at a Chesapeake Energy well near Carrizo Springs in the Eagle Ford Shale. (Photo: John Davenport/San Antonio Express-News)

UT study: No direct fracking-water contamination link

Preliminary results of a University of Texas study on hydraulic fracturing say it doesn’t appear the subterranean process is directly contaminating groundwater, but fracturing sites may have a higher incidence of surface problems that can occur with any type of drilling.  More »
A polar bear in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (AP file photo/Subhankar Banerjee)

IEA warns time is running out to limit earth’s warming

The International Energy Agency warned today that the world is hurtling toward irreversible climate change and will lose the chance to limit warming if it doesn’t take bold action in the next five years.  More »
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Feds take five for drilling. Crude demand lowered. Ship Channel changes abound.  More »
Gas prices posted at a station in Tempe, Ariz., on March 8, 2011 (AP Photo/Matt York)

OPEC: oil demand uncertain on economic woes

OPEC held steady today its forecast for oil demand growth next year, but warned that uncertainty has increased in the world’s economic outlook as the eurozone nations grapple with their debt crisis.  More »
GE Solar Array

Environmentalists, military create database to help green energy developers

Military bases, wind farms and solar power plants can co-exist. But not necessarily right next to each other.  More »
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TPG puts $1 billion behind Maverick for gas assets

Private equity giant TPG Capital will put $1 billion behind two exploration and production business veterans to form a new company focused on acquiring onshore natural gas production assets.  More »
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Crude oil declines on concerns about European debt crisis

Oil declined for the first time in six days in New York after political turmoil in Italy revived concern that Europe’s debt crisis may continue to spread.  More »