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Secretary General of OPEC Abdullah Al-Badry of Libya speaks to journalists prior to the start of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

OPEC unity tested by low prices, oil glut

- Associated Press

OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna on Thursday are in a bind. Prices are plunging — and in the short term, the cartel may not be able to do much about it.

Obama’s latest regulatory power grab aims at ozone

- The Washington Times

President Obama on Wednesday checked off yet another major item on environmentalists’ wish list by targeting smog, further solidifying his legacy on green issues but also angering big business and giving Republicans fresh ammunition heading into the final 24 months of this administration.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday, Nov. 7, 2014,  to hear a new challenge to President Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Supreme Court to review EPA mercury limits

- Associated Press

The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

In this May 25, 2013, photo, recently planted corn grows is seen on a central Illinois farm field near Chandlerville, Ill. Falling corn prices and questions about ethanol demand could lead Illinois farmers to plant fewer acres of corn this year and instead are taking a closer look at soybeans this year. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

EPA delays decision on ethanol in gas

- Associated Press

The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply.

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink a toast at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Obama is on a state visit after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. The United States and China pledged Wednesday to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of high-stakes climate negotiations next year. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, Pool)

Obama stakes final 2 years on climate change

- Associated Press

With limited time still in power, President Barack Obama is staking his final two years on climate change, pushing the issue to the front of his agenda as he seeks to leave an imprint on the world that will endure after he's gone.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, after Senate Republicans voted on leadership positions for the 114th Congress.. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

GOP vows to pass Keystone later if bill fails now

Associated Press

President Barack Obama doesn't support a Senate push to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday, hours before a scheduled vote. Republican leaders promised to take it up again next year if the Senate fails to advance the measure, or if Obama vetoes it.

FILE - In this May 10, 2013 file photo, Lynn Cameron of Mount Crawford, Va., looks out at the view while hiking the Mines Run Trail, on Shenandoah Mountain, Va., which is in the George Washington National Forest in Rockingham County, Va. Over the objection of environmental groups and Virginia’s governor, a federal management plan released Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in parts of the George Washington National Forest, the largest national forest on the East Coast.  (AP Photo/Daily News-Record, Nikki Fox, File)

Fracking to be permitted in GW National Forest

- Associated Press

Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas will be allowed in the largest national forest on the East Coast, but under a compromise announced Tuesday, most of its woods will remain off-limits to the energy industry.

FILE - This Aug. 13, 2014 photo shows an array of mirrors at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating site in Primm, Nev. The largest solar power plant of its type in the world, promoted as a turning point in green energy, isn’t producing the expected energy and one of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn’t shining as often as expected. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Huge solar plant lags in early production

- Associated Press

The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn't producing as much energy as planned.

FILE - In this April 15, 2009, file photo, an unidentified worker passes a truck owned by Halliburton at a remote site for natural-gas producer Williams in Rulison, Colo. Halliburton is buying rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes in a cash-and-stock deal worth $34.6 billion. The deal comes shortly after talks had stalled and Halliburton prepared to go hostile with its takeover bid. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Halliburton buying rival Baker Hughes in $34.6B deal

- Associated Press

In a deal that shows just how quickly falling prices can upend the energy industry, Halliburton is buying rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes in a cash-and-stock deal worth $34.6 billion.

Alison Macfarlane (right), the chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, talks about her tour of the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Power Station in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. The man at left was not identified. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Regulators OK more time to build nuke fuel plant

Associated Press

Federal regulators have granted a 10-year extension to the company building a South Carolina facility where spent nuclear weapons materials will be turned into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.

Governor Mark Dayton announces the framework for his Ebola plan, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota health officials outlined plans for monitoring travelers from countries battling Ebola, and said the most-severe restrictions will be imposed only on those known to have treated someone with the virus while abroad. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe) ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT, MINNEAPOLIS-AREA TV OUT, MAGS OUT

Dayton: Pipelines part of solution to rail backlog

- Associated Press

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday more oil pipelines are part of the solution to a rail backlog that has clogged agricultural shipments across Minnesota — even as state regulators have kept one major project in limbo.

In this April 18, 2013 file photo, a golden eagle is seen flying over a  wind turbine on Duke energy's top of the world wind farm in Converse County Wyo. A wind-energy company is suing in federal court to block the government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities. The AP sought the information from the Interior Department in March 2013 under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. It is part of the AP’s investigation into bird deaths at wind farms. Wind energy companies objected, including Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon. They said the information was confidential, submitted voluntarily and should not be revealed.  (AP Photo/Dina Cappiello, File)

Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

- Associated Press

A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.

Repeal of U.S. oil export ban would lower gas prices, studies show

- The Washington Times

The U.S. government has banned oil exports since the energy crisis of the 1970s, but that could change next year as Republicans take control of Congress and are backed by new studies showing that repeal of the ban would actually lower gasoline prices and be a surprising boon to consumers.

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 26, 2011, file photo, a worker hangs from an oil derrick outside of Williston, N.D. Discoveries of vast reserves of oil and the slow progress of alternatives in recent years has given rise to a very different outlook on oil prices. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Can low oil prices be good for the environment?

- Associated Press

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved.

FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, June 19, 2014, a column of smoke rises from an oil refinery in Beiji, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The government forces on Friday, Nov. 14, drove Islamic State militants out from their remaining strongholds inside the oil refinery town of Beiji, two security official said, in a key victory over the terror group that has captured much of northern and western Iraq in a stunning summer offensive. (AP Photo, File)

Iraqi forces drive IS from refinery town

- Associated Press

Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of the strategic oil refinery town of Beiji on Friday, handing a major defeat to the extremist group, which a U.N. panel said has denied food and medicine to hundreds of thousands of people and hidden its fighters among civilians since the start of a U.S.-led air campaign.

An Indian laborer works at a gol coal factory, where coal is made from its fine powdered form, in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, India, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. This week's China-U.S. climate agreement between the world’s top two polluters puts pressure on India, No. 3 on the list, to become more energy efficient and should encourage investment in renewable energy. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

US-China climate pact seen boosting Indian efforts

- Associated Press

This week's China-U.S. climate agreement between the world's top two polluters puts pressure on India, No. 3 on the list, to become more energy efficient and should encourage investment in renewable energy.