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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In a July 24, 2014 photo, an Enbridge crude oil pipeline is exposed by erosion where it crosses the Tamarac River in northwestern Minnesota. Three of the seven lines that cross the river are exposed. Floodwater has eroded soil that once buried the pipelines several feet below ground. (AP Photo/MPR News, Dan Gunderson)

Activist groups sue over US-Canada border pipeline

Associated Press

Tribal and environmental groups are suing the U.S. State Department for approving a plan by a Canadian pipeline company to increase the flow of crude oil from Alberta into Minnesota.

In this photo taken Nov. 12, 2014, Lydia Holland fills up at a gas station in Sacramento, Calif. The United States and China can look to California as an example of the costs and challenges of fighting global warming, since the state has imposed some of the world’s toughest air quality standards as it moves to lower emissions. The state has opted to impose extra costs on businesses that emit pollutants, with projections that a spike in fuel prices will hit consumers next year as fuels including gasoline are included under California’s cap-and-trade program.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California leads by example on climate change

- Associated Press

As the U.S. and China — the world's top two polluting nations — turn to implementing new rules aimed at curbing climate change, the countries can look to the most populous U.S. state as an example of the costs and challenges of fighting global warming.

working hand in hand: President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an unprecedented agreement to limit carbon emissions in an attempt to fight climate change. (Associated Press)

Obama climate change deal with China a stretch, analysts say

- The Washington Times

President Obama's climate deal with China could be derailed easily, analysts say, with the federal government's legal authority to limit emissions very much in doubt, questions about the auto industry's ability to meet fuel economy requirements and a brutal political fight with Republicans and the fossil fuels industry awaiting the administration as it implements a surprise plan.

In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo, gas station prices are posted for passing motorists in Augusta, Ga. The Energy Department's Energy Information Administration predicts in its most recent short-term energy outlook, released Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, that drivers will pay $2.94 per gallon on average in 2015, 45 cents lower than this year. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Gas to average under $3 in 2015, government says

- Associated Press

The average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015, the Energy Department predicted Wednesday. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year.

In this March 25, 2014 file photo, a worker adjusts hoses during a hydraulic fracturing operation at a oil and gas well, near Mead, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Residents' lawsuit targets Illinois fracking rules

- Associated Press

A group of southern Illinois landowners has sued the Department of Natural Resources in a bid to stop the state's new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling from taking effect, saying the agency violated several rulemaking procedures as it worked to implement a state law to regulate the practice.