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U.S. To Pledge Up To 28 Percent Emission Cut In Global Treaty

March 31, 2015 2:21 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

By announcing its commitment early, the U.S. hopes to dial up the political pressure on other countries to take equally ambitious steps to cut emissions.

Solar-Powered Plane Lands In China On Round-The-World Flight

March 31, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It flies next to the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing before heading to Hawaii on its five-month trip.

Low Crude Prices Curb Job Growth For Oil-Producing States

March 30, 2015 11:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

 Newly released estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the global drop in oil prices hindered growth in many of the country's top oil producing states.

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Senate Approves Long-Delayed Bill To Boost Energy Efficiency

March 30, 2015 10:02 am | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The measure exempts some energy-efficient water heaters from pending Energy Department rules and requires federal agencies to develop best practices to increase energy efficiency in federal buildings.

Study: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Benefit U.S. Energy Security

March 30, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. energy market would largely benefit from lifting the current ban on crude oil exports, according to a new report from researchers at Rice University.

Poll: Americans Evenly Divided On Fracking

March 27, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Obama administration recently released stricter rules for fracking on federal and Native American lands, while New York has banned the practice outright.

Oil Council: Shale Won't Last, Arctic Drilling Needed Now

March 27, 2015 10:00 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Environmental advocates say the Arctic ecosystem is too fragile to risk a spill, and cleanup would be difficult or perhaps even impossible because of weather and ice.

Behind The Historic U.S. Oil Supply Glut

March 27, 2015 9:54 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Societe Generale Global Head of Oil Research Michael Wittner discusses rising U.S. oil stockpiles.

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Lawmakers Unhappy With New Fracking Rules

March 26, 2015 2:36 pm | by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

$20 Oil Could Be A Reality If This Happens

March 25, 2015 2:31 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The U.S. is pumping so much oil it's running out of places to stash it, and that could have a big impact on oil prices.

Views Mixed On U.S. Oil Storage Crunch

March 25, 2015 1:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said as of March 6, the massive storage facility in Cushing, Oklahoma contained more than 51.5 million barrels of oil, a number that neared the complex's operational capacity.

GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

March 24, 2015 1:39 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky unveiled a draft bill that would allow governors to veto compliance with the federal rule if the governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability in the state.

Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers

March 24, 2015 1:18 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Silicon Valley start-up Ubiquitous Energy is making the world’s first transparent solar cells, a technology that could greatly expand the reach of solar power.

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Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The legalization of fracking in North Carolina comes amid calls for restrictions on the practice from environmental advocates. New York last year become the first state with substantial shale deposits to ban fracking.

Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 23, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists calculated that during the summer of 2012 in Beijing, replacing gas vehicles with electric cars could have reduced the heat island effect by nearly 1 degree Celsius.

Solar-Powered Plane Lands In Myanmar On Latest Leg

March 23, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As the plane touches down in Mandalay, Myanmar's second-largest city, a band of hundreds of students played music and dancers performed a regional dance wearing elephant costumes decorated with gold and glass gems.                   

Train Derailments In Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

New Power Tech Will Help Exelon Save Millions Of Gallons Of Water A Day

March 23, 2015 9:38 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Instead of water, each of the two plants will use two powerful air-cooled "Harriet" gas turbines and one air-cooled steam turbine developed by GE. “The technology uses the same cooling principle as the radiator in your car."          

Obama Administration Proposes Fracking Rules

March 20, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Current federal well-drilling regulations are more than 30 years old and they simply have not kept pace with the technical complexities of today’s hydraulic fracturing operations."                                                     

Europe Is Using So Much Solar Power That Today’s Eclipse Could Test Its Grid

March 20, 2015 10:00 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Europe’s solar power installations now total around 90 gigawatts of capacity. Experts had predicted almost 34 gigawatts will gradually disappear from the system if Friday turns out to be a clear day.        

Oil Prices Curb Fracking Efforts Abroad

March 19, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Currently, only the U.S., Canada, China and Argentina maintain commercial production of oil from shale deposits as large oil companies cut back on operations in Europe.            

Saudi Arabia Hopes to Lure Shale Workers From The US

March 19, 2015 1:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The continuing production increases in the U.S. contributed to rising global oil supplies and prices that are now trading at less than half of their mid-2014 peaks, a trend that led domestic companies to shut down rigs and lay off thousands. 

Kansas Ethanol Producers Say Proposed Tax Would Close Plants

March 19, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers, ethanol producers and representatives of the renewable energy industry testified to the committee that the tax would hurt rural economies and cause plant closures.            

Understanding The Shale Revolution: Q&A With Rick Strittmatter

March 19, 2015 10:20 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

We read about the challenges in the media, but it is with the help of innovations in the chemical industry that hydraulic fracturing becomes efficient, safe and sustainable.           

Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut In Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 19, 2015 10:07 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama hasn't fully explained how he'll meet that goal, but his aides have suggested that unprecedented pollution limits he's imposing on power plants will get the U.S. much of the way there.         

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