Fuel Fix

Mohammad Rezaie changes the gas prices at his Union 76 gas station in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.  The price of oil is flirting with $100 per barrel for the first time since the summer, as fears fade that Europe's debt crisis will spread and trigger another recession. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Romney: Obama ‘in part’ to blame for gas prices

Seeking to tap into the public’s concern over rising gas costs, Mitt Romney on Thursday said President Barack Obama was “in part” to blame for higher prices at the pump.  More »
Workers for TEPCO experimentally spray adhesive synthetic resin over the ground at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan to prevent radioactive dust from spreading. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)

Japan barely improves nuclear regulatory system

Right after three reactors in northeastern Japan sank into meltdowns, the government vowed to sever the cozy relations between the nuclear industry and its regulators. One year later, it has yet to even appoint committee members to scrutinize the “revolving door” of officials landing jobs in the very industries they regulate.  More »
(AP file photo/Paul Sakuma)

General Electric chief sees more growth in Houston

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt says the company will capitalize on growth of the oil and gas industry and took a swipe at Obama’s “all-of-the-above” energy approach.  More »
Steam rises from the cooling towers of nuclear reactors at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle, in Waynesboro, Ga. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to vote Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 on Southern Company's application to begin full construction of the nation's first new nuclear units in 30 years at Plant Vogtle. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)

CERA: Split views on future of nuclear energy

The future of nuclear power plants got mixed reviews from a panel of experts speaking Thursday at the IHS CERA Week energy conference in Houston. “We believe that, especially the construction of new nuclear power plants, is very debatable,” said Johannes Kindler, vice chairman of Germany’s Federal Network Agency for Energy, Gas, Telecommunications, Post, and […]  More »
Louis Meeks holds a jar filled with water from a contaminated well on his property near  in Pavillion, Wyo.  (AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Kerry Huller)

EPA, Wyoming agree to more groundwater testing

The agency says some groundwater may have become contaminated by gas development including hydraulic fracturing.  More »
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of Keystone XL at the White House on Sunday, Nov. 6.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Senate rejects Keystone XL measures, OKs directing spill fines to Gulf

The Senate on Thursday rejected controversial Republican proposals to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, expand offshore drilling into new waters, and delay environmental regulations for industrial and commercial boilers.  More »
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP’s energy, Keystone XL bill on life support

The House will probably take up the Senate’s transportation bill, Speaker John Boehner said Thursday, signaling his chamber’s own legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline and expand oil-and-gas drilling to fund road projects might not have the needed support to pass.  More »
Natural gas drilling in the United States has led to far cheaper prices here than in Asia. Photo: Matt Nager / HC

Natural gas prices drop sharply on bulging supply

Natural gas is falling sharply after U.S. supplies declined less than expected last week.  More »
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

NRG Chief: Shale rush will create a “gas driven world”

NRG Energy CEO David Crane told an audience at the CERA Week energy conference Thursday that economics will be primary driver in declining use of coal in electricity generation.  More »
President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper walk inside an auditorium on the White House complex.  (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

GOP rips Obama over Keystone XL lobbying report

Republicans ripped into President Obama on Thursday in reaction to a media report that he personally lobbied senators to vote against a GOP measure that would approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. But the White House said the president opposes ramming through a pipeline without a proper review, and Democrats came to Obama’s defense.  More »
Fire boat response crews spray water on the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

Lawmakers, federal officials debate offshore permit rate

U.S. agencies’ request for more funding to hire people to help review offshore-drilling permits came front-and-center in Congress on Thursday as lawmakers, federal officials and witness continued debating the rate of approvals in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
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Natural gas revolution continues to fuel CERA buzz

Adding to a dominating industry perspective in recent days on an impending energy revolution, energy executives on Thursday insisted that the American natural gas boom is real and will reshape power supplies for the nation’s cars, homes, phones and even the Internet. “We probably don’t have 100 years, we probably have 200 years supply,” G. […]  More »