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In this Wednesday, June 23, 2010 photo, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announces in Canberra, Australia, that his party has called a leadership vote just months away from national elections. Australia will have its first woman prime minister on Thursday, as Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has enough support to beat incumbent Kevin Rudd in a Labor Party ballot, several media outlets have reported. (AP Photo/AAP Image, Alan Porritt) **FILE**

Australia's wind-power market deflates

If you are sailing miles from shore and come upon the rusted prows of sunken ships, you can be sure that water is not that deep and it would be a good idea to change course. Australia is just the latest ship's prow to warn us away from the treacherous path of green-energy mandates, taxes, and subsidies. Among the others have been Germany, Spain, and Italy.

Cars fill up at the pumps at a Shell station near downtown Detroit, where the sign shows the price at $1.899 a gallon on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. AAA Michigan said that the average cost of self-serve unleaded gasoline in the state was $1.97 a gallon, the first time the price has fallen below $2 a gallon since March 2009 and down 9 cents since the beginning of the week. (AP Photo/David N. Goodman)

Wary consumers not dumping fuel-efficient vehicles

- The Washington Times

Despite steadily decreasing gas prices, potential car buyers say they will still factor in fuel economy and gas mileage for their next vehicle purchase, according to a new survey released Thursday by the Consumer Federation of America.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures during his news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington,Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Boehner announced that Pope Francis will address a joint session of the US Congress on Sept. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Boehner: Obama siding with 'anarchists' on Keystone

- The Washington Times

House Speaker John A. Boehner accused President Obama of "listening to … anarchists" in his threat to veto the bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, ahead of a final vote in Congress later Wednesday on the long-stalled project.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, photo, oil pump jacks are seen McKenzie County, in western North Dakota. Roughly 60 rigs are drilling in surrounding McKenzie County, 40 percent of the rigs statewide.  But now that those prices have tumbled, the shifting oil market threatens to put the industry and local governments on a collision course. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

US rig count plunges 87 to 1,456

Associated Press

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. plunged by 87 this week to 1,456 amid depressed oil prices.

This undated file image posted on a militant website Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching through Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

New sanctions proposed for Islamic State group oil trading

- Associated Press

A proposed U.N. resolution to crack down on the financing of terrorist groups calls for sanctions on individuals and companies trading oil produced by the Islamic State and other al-Qaida-linked groups.

In this Jan. 6, 2015 photo, the MOL Competence, a 1036-foot long, 150-foot wide container ship carrying 45,000 tons of cargo, is moored at the TraPac Container Terminal in Jacksonville, Fla. The Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade deficit for December on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

U.S. trade deficit jumps 17.1 percent to $46.6 billion

- Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level in more than two years as exports fell and Americans bought a record amount of imports — a potentially worrisome development that could weigh on overall economic growth.