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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.

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President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sit for tea after a stroll in the gardens of Hyderabad House, where the leaders held their talks, in New Delhi, India, Sunday. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India) INDIA OUT

U.S., India reach agreement on nuclear power

- The Washington Times

President Obama announced a tentative agreement Sunday with India's prime minister to open the country to U.S. firms investing in commercial nuclear power, a step that they said underscores improved bilateral relations.

FILE - In this April 17, 2012, file photo, then National Economic Council Deputy Director Brian Deese speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama has chosen a veteran White House aide and deputy director in his budget office, Deese, to replace John Podesta as a senior adviser and presidential whisperer. The choice signals a generational change at the White House and a shift from a well-known Washington operative to trusted insider. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama taps longtime aide to replace Podesta in senior role

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama has chosen Brian Deese, a veteran White House aide and a deputy director in his budget office, to replace John Podesta as a senior adviser and presidential whisperer, White House officials said Wednesday.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking at the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston in this Dec. 4, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Hillary Clinton declines to take position on Keystone

- Associated Press

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday declined again to take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, telling an audience in Canada that she would not express her views because of an ongoing review by the State Department.

In this Feb. 21, 2012 file photo, oil field equipment silhouetted against the sky near Medicine Lodge, Kan. Plunging crude prices are hitting oil producers especially hard in places like Kansas, where the industry is dominated by smaller, independent operators who depend more heavily on the cash flow from producing wells to pay for drilling new ones. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Schlumberger cutting 9,000 jobs

Associated Press

Oil services provider Schlumberger Ltd. says it is cutting 9,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a joint press conference with Pakistani prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Kerry praised the Pakistani military's operation against militants in the country's northwest, saying the results are "significant." (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

U.S. pushes Bulgaria on energy dependence, corruption

- Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Bulgaria on Thursday to wean itself from its near-total dependence on Russia for energy and calling for the NATO member to boost anti-corruption efforts.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, joined by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., heads to a meeting of House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Ryan, the party's last vice presidential nominee, said this week that he will not seek the presidency in 2016 and will work to shape GOP policy as head of the powerful Ways and Means panel. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Paul Ryan kills gas tax idea

- The Washington Times

Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, ruled out Thursday the possibility of the House taking up a bill to raise the gasoline tax to pay for highway projects, and idea that has been floated by Senate Republicans.

From left to right, Richard Doidge Managing Director of Maersk Oil Middle East, Suhail bin Mohammed al-Mazroui, UAE Oil Minister and Fouad Siniora former Lebanese Prime Minister take part in the 6th Gulf Intelligence UAE Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

UAE energy minister: No change in OPEC policy amid oil slide

- Associated Press

The energy minister for the United Arab Emirates said Tuesday there are no plans for OPEC to curb production to shore up falling crude prices, and instead put the onus on shale oil drillers for oversupplying the market.

In this Jan. 8, 2015, file photo, men work on an oil pump during a sandstorm in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. The price of oil dipped below $45 a barrel Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, following the latest sign from OPEC that the group doesn't plan to cut production. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Government predicts shale slowdown as oil falls

- Associated Press

As oil's long slide continued, the Energy Department forecast Tuesday that production from U.S. shale operators will begin to tail off in the second half of the year.