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.
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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. Published November 25, 2014
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?
Montana authorities charged Tuesday that coal sales between mining companies and their own affiliates are subject to manipulation and need to be treated differently from other sales.
Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
Outgoing Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday his administration will propose some of the nations' toughest regulations next month governing the extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus shale rock formation underlying parts of far western Maryland through the drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Notable conservative pundit and writer Mark Steyn is heading to the D.C. Court of Appeals on Tuesday over a defamation suit brought by climate scientist Michael Mann, who says those who outed his "hockey stick" theory as fraudulent were wrongfully assailing his work and character.
Falling global oil prices may be good for consumers but will pose new challenges for America's producers, according to a new global energy survey by the International Energy Agency.
Conservation groups sued the government Tuesday to force officials to undertake their first broad review of the federal coal-leasing program in decades and consider how burning the fuel contributes to climate change.
Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist.
President Obama said on a nationally televised interview that he's tried to accommodate Republicans in Congress and wait patiently for them to make the move on immigration — and that historians will say that he's been "very restrained" with his executive actions.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ripped the Obama administration's policies on Israel and Iran at a dinner Sunday evening in New York hosted by a major Jewish group.
Facing still significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months.
Renewed failure by Iran and the U.S. to reach a nuclear agreement by a Monday deadline reflects the difficulties each side has with crossing red lines they brought with them to the negotiating table.
A legislative committee has endorsed the idea of the state taking over sole regulation of uranium mining in Wyoming, the largest producer of uranium in the country.
President Obama's willingness to extend by seven months the talks on ending Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions thrusts any final decision on the matter into a new year when Republicans will have control of both chambers of Congress and be able to press their own efforts at increasing sanctions or other pressures on Tehran.
U.S. and Iranian officials appeared close on Sunday to extending the high-stakes talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program after failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for a deal that would open the program to close international scrutiny in exchange for a withdrawal of crippling Western sanctions on Tehran.
A national survey reveals the average price of regular gasoline has plunged another 10 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.84.
A judge in southwestern Illinois has denied a bid by a landowners group to suspend the state's new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling, ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show they would suffer immediate harm if the practice commonly known as "fracking" was to go forward.
The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.
In the not so distant past, it was not uncommon for sawmills to burn their waste products such as woodchips and sawdust in teepee burners.
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Claiming a key victory in the fight to escape reliance on foreign fuel, the Obama administration announced Wednesday that domestic oil production surpassed imports for the first time in nearly two decades.
Failing to heed the lessons of the Solyndra debacle, Energy Department officials kept quiet about their knowledge that a government-backed electric car charger company was sliding toward bankruptcy and putting taxpayer money at risk, the agency's chief watchdog has found.
The Keystone XL pipeline has been knocked out of the headlines in recent weeks, but debate over the project found new life on Capitol Hill this week.
The Energy Department's latest biomass plant is seeing plenty of green — it's environmentally friendly and it's costing taxpayers a wad of money.
In a possible sign that New York State won't be allowing fracking anytime soon, drilling giant Chesapeake Energy reportedly has abandoned its fight to retain land leases in portions of the state sitting atop vast natural gas reserves.
BP is seeking to stop paying millions of dollars in what it calls spurious compensation claims stemming from the catastrophic 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
To John LaRue, the renaissance in U.S. manufacturing is no dream. It's already here.
It's been almost 17 years, but educators have called for national teaching guidelines for science in schools around the nation — and they want part of the curriculum to focus on climate change and evolution.
Congress is warning gas prices — already on the upswing, these past few weeks — could go even higher, given an Environmental Protection Agency mandate on renewable fuels that's about to take effect.
Several think tanks will hold a conference Thursday linking the Arab Spring to global warming.
Millions of dollars already have been spent, and much more soon will be dumped into a litany of studies looking at fracking's impact on water and air quality and at possible links to cancer and other diseases.