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Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline protest the project in front of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Administration delaying Keystone XL decision until after 2012 election

The Obama administration said Thursday it will consider new routes for the Keystone XL oil pipeline to avoid ecologically sensitive areas of America’s heartland — a move that would delay a final decision on the controversial project until after the 2012 election.  More »
A Libyan man works at a refinery inside the Brega oil complex on Saturday Feb. 26, 2011.  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

OPEC oil out rises on Libya

OPEC crude production rose in October as Libyan output recovered quicker than expected and Saudi Arabia pumped more, the International Energy Agency said.  More »
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New wind power forecasting system can save millions

A new detailed wind energy forecasting system is allowing a utility company to better determine the amount of energy that can be produced by wind farms, officials said.  More »

Gas nozzle at a Valero pumping station (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

Santa might be bringing you a present at the pump for Christmas

Gas prices didn’t see much change from a week ago, but they could be on the decline in the coming weeks, an analyst says.  More »
The Thomas Ferguson Power Plant in Llano County is owned by the Lower Colorado River Authority. In November 2011 the EPA gave the plant Texas' first permit for greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo: HorseshoeBay.gov)

Texas power plant gets first greenhouse gas permit from EPA

The EPA has given the go-ahead to expand a 37-year-old natural gas fired power plant in Llano County.  More »
Dust permeates the air at a Chesapeake Energy Co. hydraulic fracturing operation at a well site near Carrizo Springs, Texas. (John Davenport/San Antonio Express News)

Panel: Not enough work being done to trim footprint of natural gas drilling

A federal task force studying ways to boost the safety of natural gas drilling says today its members are disappointed that the federal government, state regulators and industry leaders haven’t heeded their advice.  More »
Demonstrators for the Keystone XL pipeline, right, and a demonstrator against the pipeline meet outside Pershing Auditorium near the state Capitol in Lincoln, Neb. before a hearing on the pipeline. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Keystone XL supporters seek swift decision

The State Department may be considering a plan to study a possible rerouting of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline — which could delay a final decision on the project by at least a year. Project supporters, including the oil industry’s leading trade group, are crying foul.  More »
Ted Glick, policy director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, speaks against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline during a rally in Washington, D.C. in October. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

TransCanada VP: Neb. bill ‘fundamentally unfair’

The executive in charge of a proposed transnational oil pipeline told Nebraska lawmakers Thursday that attempts to block the project with legislation are “fundamentally unfair,” given his company’s cooperation with state and federal authorities.  More »
President Obama, center, is given a tour of Solyndra by Executive Vice President Ben Bierman, right, as Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, left, walks along at Solyndra Inc. in Fremont, Calif. FBI spokesman Peter Lee says agents executed multiple search warrants on Thursday morning as part of an investigation with the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General. (AP Photo/Paul Chinn, Pool, File)

Obama donor discussed Solyndra with White House

A major donor to President Barack Obama discussed with White House officials a solar energy company that received a half-billion dollar federal loan and later went bankrupt, newly released emails show.  More »
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Study fails to find frac link. A new Keystone route. When 911′s a no-show.  More »
This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

Editorial: BP oil giant must show the way with rigor

Like many others, we have mixed feelings about the likely return of BP to oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. This had better not be the same old BP that had a deserved reputation for arrogance and dangerous risk-taking across the energy industry.  More »
Otis Barnes, left, of Port Arthur, and his daughter, Kay Barnes, of Groves, watch as the 15-story, 8,000-ton hull of the Neptune SeaStar - an oil and gas production platform that Australia-based BHP Billiton, Marathon Oil, Woodside Energy and Repsol will operate - is towed by tugboats down the Port Arthur Ship Canal on May 19, 2007. (Photo: Scott Eslinger for the Houston Chronicle)

Huge oil discovery boosts Argentina’s potential

A huge oil discovery by the Spanish company Repsol has sharply boosted Argentina’s potential to cash in on energy and could eventually attract an infusion of investment to exploit the shale oil.  More »
(AP file photo/Courtesy of Mary Sage, Joseph Napaaqtuq Sage)

Eric Berger breaks down IEA’s global warming prediction

The International Energy Agency, founded in the wake of the 1970s oil crisis, had some blunt words on climate change and energy today in its annual World Energy Outlook.  More »
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U.S. wind market might “fall off a cliff” without tax credits

U.S. wind turbine sales may “fall off a cliff” unless lawmakers extend tax credits supporting the market beyond 2012, said Ditlev Engel, chief executive officer of Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the biggest maker of the machines.  More »
An unidentified man walks along oil pipelines belonging to Agip Oil company in Obrikom, Nigeria. AP Photo/George Osodi)

Amnesty says Shell must clean oil spill wrecking lives

Amnesty International says the shell oil company must clean up a 3-year-old spill that has wrecked the livelihoods of tens of thousands of farmers and fishermen in southeastern Nigeria.  More »