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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ducks as an object is thrown on stage during an address to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries during their annual convention at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Las Vegas. Clinton, a possible presidential contender in 2016, ducked but did not appear to be hit by the object, and then joked about the incident. Security ushered out a woman who said she threw a shoe but didn't identify herself to reporters or explain the action. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus) LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUT

Clinton sidesteps Keystone, vexes environmentalists and coal advocates

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton’s refusal to even mention the Keystone XL pipeline — let alone take a public position on the project — during a high-profile speech Monday night underscores the mystery surrounding her energy platform, with both environmentalists and coal advocates believing the former secretary of state could be an ally of theirs if she seeks the White House in 2016.

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An Iraqi Army helicopter flies over the city of Baquba, the capital of Iraq's Diyala province, 35 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi government reaches major oil deal with Kurds

- Associated Press

The Iraqi government on Tuesday reached a deal with the Kurdish local authorities in the country's north to exchange oil from the autonomous region for a nearly 20 percent share of the national budget, officials said.

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Occidental Petroleum completes spinoff

Associated Press

Oil and gas exploration and production company Occidental Petroleum has completed its spinoff of subsidiary California Resources Corp.

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a worker walks at power plant area  in Cirebon. The sprawling power station that hums and coughs along this coast in Indonesia is labeled as a Japanese contribution to the global fight against climate change. The plants promote new coal technology from Japanese companies, which is cleaner than old coal technology but still pollutes far more than solar, wind or natural gas. Villagers nearby also complain that the coal plant is damaging the local environment, and that stocks of fish, shrimp and green mussels have dwindled. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Climate funds for coal highlight lack of UN rules

- Associated Press

The sprawling power station that hums and coughs along this coast in Indonesia is labeled as a Japanese contribution to the global fight against climate change.

Military honour guard stand outside the main building of the new Presidential Palace complex after a welcome ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Putin arrived in Turkey for a one-day visit and met with Erdogan at his huge new palace on once-protected farm land and forest in Ankara, becoming the second foreign dignitary after the Pope Francis to be hosted at the lavish, 1000-room complex.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Putin says Russia will scrap South Stream pipeline

- Associated Press

Russia is scrapping the South Stream natural gas pipeline project and may cooperate with Turkey instead on building a gas hub for southern Europe, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, right, celebrates with Arseniy Yatsenyuk after Yatsenyuk was appointed as Prime Minister during the opening first session of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Parliament in Ukraine has opened for its first session since an election last month that ushered in a spate of pro-Western parties. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, Pool)

Ukraine gets loan to modernize gas pipelines

- Associated Press

Ukraine landed a 150 million euro ($187 million) loan on Monday to modernize its section of the pipeline used to deliver natural gas from Russia to Europe.

Peru's Minister of the Environment and new President of COP20, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, talks during the opening ceremony of the Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Delegates from more than 190 countries will meet in Lima for the next two weeks to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Climate change impacts heat up UN talks in Lima

- Associated Press

With this year on track to become the warmest on record, more than 190 nations began talks Monday on new limits for the greenhouse gases that are already changing global climate patterns and making life more difficult around the world.

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014 file photo, Bill Walker, an independent candidate for Alaska governor, answers a question during a debate in Anchorage, Alaska. State elections officials will begin counting more that 53,000 absentee and questioned ballots Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, that will finally decide who won the super-tight race between Walker the independent challenger and Republican Gov. Sean Parnell. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Bill Walker sworn in as Alaska's new governor

- Associated Press

In his first speech after taking office, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said his administration would begin work immediately to expand Medicaid in the state.

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, vehicles drive past the city limits of Reno, Texas. This rural community sits surrounded by hydraulic fracturing drilling operations and is considering passing a municipal ban on fracking within the city limits. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Texas towns test oil and gas supremacy on fracking

- Associated Press

A Texas hamlet shaken by its first recorded earthquake last year and hundreds since then is among communities now taking steps to challenge the oil and gas industry's traditional supremacy over the right to frack.

Secretary General of OPEC Abdalla Salem El-Badri of Libya speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. OPEC oil ministers have decided to keep their present output target at 30 million barrels a day, despite an oversupply of crude and plunging prices. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

- Associated Press

Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.

An excavator removes coal ash from the ash pond at Santee Cooper's Jefferies power generating station just outside Moncks Corner, S.C., on Feb. 26, 2014. The recycled coal ash is trucked from the site and then used in the manufacture of concrete. Santee Cooper is South Carolina's state-owned electric and water utility. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Committee looks into beneficial uses of coal ash

- Associated Press

With 108 million tons of coal ash stored in dumps across the state, a North Carolina environmental committee is looking at ways the waste can be safely recycled instead of buried in new landfills.

Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi is surrounded by journalists during the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) meeting Saturday in Cairo, Egypt. OPEC oil ministers downplayed expectations of, but didn't dismiss outright, an immediate output cut as they faced a third test in as many months of their ability to engineer a rebound in oil prices. (Associated Press)

Saudis suggest no need for OPEC output cut

Associated Press

Top OPEC producer Saudi Arabia suggested Wednesday there is no need for the cartel to cut its output ceiling despite a plunge in prices that has poorer members of the organization hurting.

In this photo provided by the Texas Parks And Wildlife Department Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Texas Game Warden boats watch from the rear as the 155-foot Kinta S, a 40-year-old freighter, sinks in 75 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico near Corpus Christi. The ship was scuttled to create a new artificial reef that will provide habitat for saltwater fish as well as a destination for underwater divers. (AP Photo/Texas Parks And Wildlife Department, Earl Nottingham)

Dutch seek to harness energy from salt water mix

- Associated Press

Dutch researchers are seeking to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility on Wednesday.

In this Dec. 13, 2009, file photo, oil personnel work at the Rumaila oil refinery, near the city of Basra, Iraq. OPEC's purpose is to coordinate oil output to keep prices high and stable, to maximize member countries’ revenue but make sure global demand for oil stays strong. A steep, coordinated cut in output could stop and possibly reverse what has been a 30 percent decline in price over five months. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)FILE

Guessing game: What are OPEC nations thinking?

- Associated Press

Does Saudi Arabia have it out for frackers in the U.S.? Or Iran? Or Russia? Will low oil prices make it easier to fight the Islamic State? Or harder?

In this Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, an oil pump works at sunset in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. The price of oil took another sharp tumble Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, as it appeared increasingly unlikely that OPEC members will cut production to staunch a plunge in prices that is entering its fifth month. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

As OPEC faces tough test, lower oil prices loom

- Associated Press

These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day.