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FACT CHECK: Both Sides in Keystone XL Debate Bend Facts

January 28, 2015 4:58 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Critics claim it will disastrously increase the pollution blamed for global warming and put communities along its 1,179-mile route at risk for a damaging spill, all for oil and products that will be exported anyway. Which is it? A check of some of the claims about the pipeline as a bill approving it heads toward likely passage...

Utility Changes Seek to Decrease Hawaii's Reliance on Petroleum

January 28, 2015 12:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

Oil accounts for a tiny fraction of electricity for the U.S. as a whole, but it...

Photo of The Day: Toxic Skies Over India

January 26, 2015 4:55 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

A thick layer of smog and exhaust was the backdrop for some of President Obama’s recent trip to...

Policing The Patch: It's 'Not Mayberry Anymore'

January 26, 2015 9:55 am | by SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer | Articles | Comments

Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-...

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Senate Republicans Changing Their Stance on Global Warming? Not Quite.

January 22, 2015 4:41 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

In a move that shocked many Democrats and environmentalists, the Senate overwhelmingly voted 98-1 on Wednesday to approve an amendment stating that climate change is “real and not a hoax.” Even one of the most notorious global warming deniers, Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, signed on to the amendment, which was offered during a debate over the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

OPEC: Shale Producers Need to "Learn a Lesson"

January 15, 2015 10:41 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

There's been a lot of noise about OPEC's role in the current decline of oil prices — but UAE Energy Minister, Suhail al-Mazrouei says shale producers should be "rational" about their output and that the market may not be suitable for them. 

We Burn 2.7 Million Gallons a Minute, so Why's Oil so Cheap?

January 15, 2015 10:03 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Articles | Comments

The world burns enough oil-derived fuels to drain an Olympic-sized swimming pool four times every minute. Global consumption has never been higher — and is rising. Yet the price of a barrel of oil has fallen by more than half over the past six months because the globe, experts say, is awash in oil.  

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Obama Moves to Create First Methane Limits For Gas Drilling

January 14, 2015 9:37 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration laid out designs Wednesday to issue the first regulations to cut down on methane emissions from new natural gas wells, aiming to curb the discharge of a potent greenhouse gas by roughly half. Obama's intention to eventually force industry to cut methane emissions has long been part of his broader strategy on climate change.

BMW Goes Solar at CES

January 9, 2015 10:09 am | by Reuters Plus | Videos | Comments

Carmaker BMW showed off its vision for charging electric cars at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The concept, which the company hopes to have on the market in the near future, is a solar powered carport system capable of generating and storing energy that can power the carmaker's electric vehicles.

How Lower Oil Prices Could Fuel More Hiring In The U.S.

January 8, 2015 4:43 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs — 267,000. Now, with oil below $50,  hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify. Goldman Sachs forecasts that if oil stays near its current price, the economy will add 300,000 more jobs this year than if the price had remained at its June level.

California Governor Toughens Climate-Change Goals

January 6, 2015 10:18 am | by JUDY LIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

As he was sworn in for a record fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation's most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years.

Regulators Weigh Proposal to Close Part of New Mexico Plant

January 5, 2015 5:58 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico regulators began taking testimony Monday on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest. Dozens braved frigid temperatures to talk about asthma, cancer and other health concerns.

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2 Missouri Cities Consider Solar Energy Farms

January 5, 2015 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two cities near Kansas City are considering making more use of solar energy, a trend that energy industry experts say is growing in the Midwest as costs to install facilities decline. If plans move forward, the two cities would join a number of Missouri municipalities that have opened solar farms.  

In 83 Speeches, Senator Pushes For Climate Change

December 29, 2014 9:49 am | by JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Like he did 82 times before, Sheldon Whitehouse stood on the Senate floor and preached the dangers of climate change. In his last speech before Congress adjourned, the senator warned that 2014 is on track to be the hottest year on record.

A Look at Large Coal Ash Spills in The US

December 22, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The Obama administration recently ended a six-year effort to set standards for waste generate from coal that began after a massive spill of ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Here is a look at three of the largest coal ash spills in the U.S.

The Keystone Pipeline Debate In The New Year

December 19, 2014 3:49 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

The Keystone Pipeline debate has been raging for years, but a new Senate makeup in 2015 could signal sweeping changes. On one hand, the Keystone pipeline project could greatly benefit the U.S. economy, and on the other, it could drastically harm the environment.

More Job Losses For The Oil Industry

December 19, 2014 12:46 pm | by CBS Evening News | Videos | Comments

Lower oil prices are buoying Louisiana's fishermen, but putting the squeeze on others. The longer oil prices remain at their current levels, the deeper the job cuts could go. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the threat to jobs in the state's oil industry.

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Cuomo Gets Kudos, Scorn For New York Fracking Ban

December 19, 2014 10:05 am | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his. Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue.

CO2 Emissions Reach All-Time High, But Growth is Slowing

December 17, 2014 4:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

First, the bad news: Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industrial processes (cement and metal production) reached an all-time high in 2013. The upside? The rate of emission growth is slowing down for the second year in a row. The top offenders remain China, the U.S. and the EU.

Cheap, Clean Fusion One Step Closer to Reality

December 17, 2014 2:27 pm | by Reuters Plus | Videos | Comments

Fusion power is the holy grail of any energy sources currently being developed. Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a new type of fusion reactor that could generate eco-friendly power for less money than fossil fuels. Will it be a reality in our lifetime?

Little Support For Power Line in Amish Country

December 11, 2014 11:24 am | by Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. | News | Comments

Wisconsin’s top utility regulator heard dozens of people explain why they don’t want or need high-voltage power lines running through a community that is home to the state’s largest Amish population and wind turbines that more than meet its energy demands.

Iran: Fall in Oil Rrices is 'Treachery'

December 10, 2014 11:18 am | by ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of "treachery," in an apparent reference to regional rival Saudi Arabia, which opposed production cuts. Oil prices have plunged by more than 40 percent since June to around $65 a barrel, placing severe strain on Iran's economy.

Small Number Of Wells Responsible For Most Methane Emissions

December 9, 2014 11:20 am | by Max B. Baker, Fort Worth Star-Telegram | News | Comments

A small number of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere during production, but at higher levels than previously estimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study.  

Hungary, Russian Firm Sign Deal on New Reactors

December 9, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hungary says it has signed three contracts with a Russian company which will allow construction in 2018 on new reactors at the country's only nuclear power plant. Attila Aszodi, government commissioner for the project, said the implementation agreements with Atomenergoprom covered construction details, the reactors' maintenance and their fuel supply.

Mine Land-Swap Vote Imminent in Senate

December 9, 2014 11:02 am | by Emily Bregel, The Arizona Daily Star | News | Comments

A U.S. Senate decision is imminent on legislation that would ease the way for a massive copper mine 100 miles north of Tucson. The Senate could vote Wednesday or Thursday on the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a bill to give 2,400 acres of national forest land near Superior to a foreign mining company.

Senators Welcome Fines For Nuke Repository Mishaps

December 8, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico's two U.S. senators are welcoming more than $54 million in penalties being levied against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.  

Economic Gloom Grows in Venezuela And PetroCaribe Countries

December 8, 2014 11:43 am | by Tribune Content Agency; Chicago | News | Comments

Shipments of cut-rate oil from Venezuela to Caribbean and Central American countries under the PetroCaribe program were cut by about 20 percent through October compared with the same period last year, ClipperData, a New York data tracker, has reported. And, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), last year Venezuela's preferential oil exports to the 13 PetroCaribe countries declined 15 percent from 2012.

Tumbling Oil Prices: The Winners and Losers on The World Stage

December 8, 2014 10:43 am | by Rajesh Kumar, Mint, New Delhi (TNS) | Articles | Comments

Crude oil prices have fallen over 35 percent since the beginning of the year. However, the decline has been more dramatic since September as crude cracked by about 30 percent during this period. The reasons attributed to this crash in oil prices are, first, increased production in non-OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) countries, primarily the U.S., and second, the reluctance of OPEC to cut production.

Executive Meeting: Up Close and Personal With Robert Watson Jr.

December 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Sharon Dunnsdunn, Energy Pipeline | Articles | Comments

He's young, he's got two young kids and he lives to do anything outdoors. Robert Watson Jr., of San Antonio, also runs an oil and gas company, EnerJex Resources, which just moved into Weld County's rich resource plays with a small acquisition of about 4,000 acres.

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