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FILE - In this April 3, 2014 file photo giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany.  The U.N. weather agency says carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013. The World Meteorological Organization says the heat-trapping gas blamed for global warming was at global concentrations of 396 parts per million last year. That is an increase of 2.9 ppm from the previous year, which the Geneva-based agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 was the biggest year-to-year change in three decades. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Climate skeptics push back over new rise in carbon

- The Washington Times

The World Meteorological Organization warned this week that concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached a new high last year, but critics of climate change alarmism say that’s not necessarily a bad thing but instead a reflection of economic progress around the world.

Breitling Energy CEO Chris Faulkner downplays the dangers of fracking brought forth by environmentalists. (Lloyd Villas/The Washington Times)

U.S. oil surplus eases prices in global crises

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Increased U.S. production is helping to create an oil surplus on world markets, driving down prices despite a myriad of threats to oil supplies, and doing more to crush Russia’s economy than the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and European Union, said Chris Faulkner, chief executive of Breitling Energy.

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Crews from Southern California Edison power company work to clean up and restore power on Live Oak Avenue, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, in Temple City, Calif. (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)

Edison penalized $24.5M over 2011 windstorm

Associated Press

State regulators have voted to penalize Southern California Edison $24.5 million for a 2011 windstorm that left more than 400,000 without power and an incident in which three people were electrocuted.

NC governor defends handling Duke shares, sale

Associated Press

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory attributes the omission of Duke Energy shares he previously owned from his annual disclosure form to a misinterpretation by his attorney.

GOP Senate hopeful Mike McFadden speaks to supporters during a victory party at O' Gara's Bar and Grill Tuesday night Aug. 12, 2014 in St. Paul Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt)  MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT

McFadden reverses course on gas tax hike

Associated Press

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is backing away from remarks supporting a raise in the gas tax to pay for highway repairs.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz confirmed the Obama administration will make available billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees to support construction of nuclear power plants.

Energy secretary vows to get NM nuke dump working

- Associated Press

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is vowing to get southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump back in operation as soon as possible after a mysterious radiation leak that has indefinitely shuttered the nation's only permanent repository for waste from decades of nuclear bomb building.

FILE -  In this May 1, 2009 file photo, offshore oil drilling platform 'Gail' operated by Venoco, Inc., is shown off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a new rule on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 requiring oil and gas companies to report chemicals discharged off the Southern California coast from hydraulic fracturing. The rule goes into effect on March 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Greens split with Obama on Atlantic drilling moves

- The Washington Times

Environmental groups and lawmakers have heaped praise on President Obama's plans to limit carbon emissions from power plants, but the two sides are at odds over his early moves to open the Atlantic Ocean to offshore drilling for the first time in 30 years, The Hill reported.

Kinder Morgan to combine its family of companies

- Associated Press

The group of oil and gas pipeline and storage companies controlled by Kinder Morgan but traded separately will combine and become the 4th biggest U.S. energy company by market value.

FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo, Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk holds up a bottle of wine given as a gift from one of their first customers, right, during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. Tesla Motors says it is preparing a site near Reno, Nevada, as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other locations. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

NV business leaders want special session for Tesla

Associated Press

Nevada business leaders want the Legislature to consider holding a special session early next year to put together an incentive package to help lure Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, center, is applauded by Senate leader Raul Cervantes Andrade, left, and House Speaker Jose Gonzalez Morfin at a ceremony to mark the signing of a historic energy reform bill, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The law will open the state-run oil, gas and electricity industries to foreign and private companies. Mexico is hoping for tens of billions of dollars in outside investment in deep-water oil drilling and shale gas production. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico opens gas, oil to foreign, private firms

Associated Press

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law on Monday new rules governing a historic opening of the state-run oil, gas and electricity industries to foreign and private companies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with local officials in Voronezh, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Putin says he has ordered the government to develop measures in response to Western sanctions. In a meeting with state officials in the city of Voronezh on Tuesday, did not specify what the measures might be but said: "I have given the order today to formulate them," Russian news agencies reported. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti,  Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

Oil giants sidestep sanctions, keep drilling with Russia

- The Washington Times

The West's major oil companies have been seamlessly sidestepping sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. and European Union, for the most part pressing full speed ahead on joint ventures to drill for oil and gas with sanctioned Russian companies and executives.

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2014 file photo, Sen. Mary Landrieu speaks to local elected officials at the Louisiana Municipal Association's annual convention in Baton Rouge, La. Landrieu critics are hoping to use her support of abortion rights to undermine her bid to be re-elected to a fourth term. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Analysis: Landrieu's clout pitch has a weakness

- Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu wants her ascension to the chairmanship of the Senate's energy committee to showcase her seniority and ability to champion Louisiana issues in Washington as she tries to persuade voters to keep her in office.