The big question is whether that modest progress on removing fossil fuel subsidies can be locked in. If oil prices rise, there will be a lot of pressure to reinstitute support.
Smart phones, tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronics demand more lithium. But the largest driver for future lithium use will be in electric vehicles and home batteries for solar panels. That has lithium on the verge a boom for which supply can no longer be taken for granted.
A renewed downturn in oil prices is sparking pessimism among traders. In recent weeks speculators have taken the most bearish position on oil in years.
Russia is facing a mounting fiscal crisis as the combination of low oil prices and western sanctions continue to take their toll.
Cuba is in the process of opening up its economy to foreign investment, a process that could accelerate following the recent thaw in relations between Havana and Washington.
After decades of strong financial numbers and dominance in the electric power sector, US coal producers are starting to fall apart faster than anyone could have anticipated.
With a nuclear deal in hand, it's not just oil that Iranians can offer. The country has the second biggest natural gas reserves in the world.
The future of US energy is looking like it will rely heavily on renewable sources. The more difficult question is when, and at what rate, that future will arrive.
Shell is on track to begin drilling in US Arctic waters by the end of July, writes Andy Tully. But getting to this point has been difficult for the oil major, and weather and other obstacles remain.
The Greek debt crisis is sowing divisions in Europe, Nick Cunningham writes, and that could be to Russia's advantage.
Canada hopes new emissions rules will get the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline one step closer to US State Department approval. The pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of Canadian oil sands to US Gulf Coast refineries daily.
The deadline for Iran nuclear talks is looming, and a successful deal would mean must more Iranian oil on the world market. As Nick Cunningham writes, Western oil majors are among those clambering to invest.
The fallout from Greece's economic troubles could drag down the Eurozone, writes Charles Kennedy – and that has implications for oil prices around the world.
The rail line involved in the 2013 Lac-Megantic oil train derailment, which killed 47 people, now faces criminal charges for breaking Canadian safety and environmental laws. The disaster raised questions about oil train safety throughout North America.
A deal stopping Iran's nuclear program and lifting Western sanctions on the country would immediately push down oil prices, writes Nick Cunningham. The country has 40 million barrels of oil in storage and could ramp up production quickly.
Exxon Mobil is halting production at three offshore oil platforms because it has no way to transport its crude. In May, a pipeline breach spilled an estimated 100,000 gallons of oil along the scenic Santa Barbara coast.
Russia's state gas company will soon begin surveying for a pipeline through the Black Sea. That pipeline will carry Russian gas to Turkey and into Europe, sidestepping routes through Ukraine that have been shut off amid political disputes.
The debate over lifting the ban on US oil exports is heating up in Washington. Allowing for crude oil exports could create US jobs, writes Michael McDonald, and push down the international price of oil.
Western sanctions on Russia haven't stopped Royal Dutch Shell from partnering with Russia's Gazprom on several projects, writes Charles Kennedy. Many of the projects will help Russian gas get to Europe.