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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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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 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.

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.

Russia to build more nuclear reactors in Iran

- Associated Press

Russia signed a contract Friday to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly followed by another six, a move intended to cement closer ties between the two nations.

A sign warns of radioactivity near a wind direction flag indicator at the "C" tank farm during a media tour of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation Wednesday, July 9, 2014 near Richland, Wash. Officials said Wednesday that 12,000 air samples taken at Hanford this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Court reinstates whistleblower case at nuke site

Associated Press

An appeals court reinstated a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation who claims he was fired by a subcontractor after raising safety issues at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

In this Sept 3, 2014 photo provided by Eastern Kentucky C.E.P., Inc., citizens speak at a public meeting at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight in Hazard, Ky. As job numbers in eastern Kentucky coal mines decline, some miners pursue mining jobs in other areas of the state and some pursue jobs in other sectors. The job fair was organized by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program. (AP Photo/Eastern Kentucky C.E.P., Inc.)

As coal jobs vanish, miners search for new careers

- Associated Press

When 61-year-old Glen Turley lost his job as a coal company truck driver, he did what many people his age shudder to consider: He went back to school to find a new career.

In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo, gas station prices are posted for passing motorists in Augusta, Ga. The U.S. is on track for the lowest annual average gas price since 2010 _ and the 2015 average is expected to be lower even still. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Gas prices continue to drop in U.S.

Associated Press

A national survey of gas prices reports that the average cost of U.S. regular grade gas dropped 13 cents per gallon in the last two weeks.

NC fracking rule revisions readied ahead of vote

- Associated Press

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission has several more days to suggest changes to proposed fracking rules before what panel leaders hope is a swift final discussion and vote.

In a Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, file photo, Walter Lee, right, manager of Nuclear Emergency Preparedness, leads the evaluation as the Tennessee Valley Authority conducts an emergency preparedness drill in the Central Emergency Control Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)** FILE **

Environmental groups ready to sue over coal plant

- Associated Press

Environmental groups say the coal ash stored at a Gallatin plant is illegally seeping toxic chemicals into the Cumberland River, a drinking water source for millions.

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with reporters after attending the wake for former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Menino, who served for more than 20 years, died Thursday at the age of 71. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Kerry urges U.S.-China cooperation on climate change

- Associated Press

Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the U.S. and China must work together to stave off a global catastrophe from climate change. He appealed for greater cooperation between the two world powers despite strains between them over cyber theft and maritime security.