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  • Galveston oil spill: Does oil boom mean more spills?

    Galveston oil spill released heavy sticky oil into Galveston Bay Saturday, shutting down a major shipping route and creating a large oil slick. The safety record of oil tankers has improved dramatically over recent decades. Does Galveston oil spill highlight risks of increased tanker traffic?

  • Galveston oil spill backs up Gulf of Mexico traffic

    Galveston oil spill: Crews cleaned and attempted to contain an oil spill in Galveston Bay Sunday. It's unclear exactly how much oil was spilled from a barge carrying nearly a million gallons Saturday.

  • U.N. climate change report details 'abrupt or drastic changes' worldwide

    A report by the a U.N. panel on climate change due this week details potential damage to nature, world economic growth, and food supplies. The report is meant to guide U.N. policies in the run-up to a 2015 summit on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • With Crimea annexation, Putin expands oil and gas empire

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill Friday officially incorporating Crimea as part of Russia. Moscow's Crimea annexation is a double whammy against Ukrainian energy security – blocking Kiev's access to Black Sea oil and gas while extending Mr. Putin's energy dominance in Europe. 

  • BP returns to Gulf of Mexico nearly 4 years after ban

    Oil supermajor BP took its first step Wednesday toward returning to offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after a drilling moratorium put in place following the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Four years after that tragedy, officials say the region is still a centerpiece of the US energy portfolio.

  • More US sanctions on Russia over Crimea. Why energy is largely untouched. (+video)

    In the latest round of sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea, President Obama blocked an additional 20 prominent Russians from visiting or doing business with the US. But Thursday's list largely avoids targeting a major source of Russia's revenue and influence: energy.

  • Russia annexes Crimea. Could it boost Ukraine's energy outlook?

    Russia's intervention in Crimea could provide more impetus to invest in Ukraine's shale gas resources, according to Robert Bensh, a Kiev-based energy expert with 13 years of experience in Ukraine's energy industry. The Crimea annexation should make energy independence a higher priority for Ukraine.

  • How solar energy empowers women, youth in rural Nicaragua

    Sabana Grande, a small northern Nicaraguan town has leveraged solar power to transform a community once ravaged by war, Guevara-Stone writes. 

  • Crimea makes Iran nuclear talks a bit awkward

    Iran nuclear talks find Russia and the West ostensibly on the same side, Cunningham writes. But Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the retaliatory steps taken by the US and the European Union to isolate Russia will certainly influence the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

  • Biden warns Russia about more sanctions, but not US 'energy weapon' (+video)

    Crimean and Russian leaders signed an agreement Tuesday, annexing the Ukrainian peninsula as part of Russia. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden promoted European energy security in Poland and Lithuania, but stopped short of aggressive US oil and gas intervention as a way to counter Russia.    

  • New York pipeline blast shakes up an industry (+video)

    New York City's fatal pipeline blast focuses new attention on the aging pipeline infrastructure, some of it more than a century old. With the natural gas industry needing at least 29,000 more miles of pipeline to meet new demand, can the system expand and become safer at the same time?  

  • Smog insurance? One response to Beijing's pollution

    Smog insurance: A state-owned Chinese insurance company will pay Beijing residents 1,500 yuan ($240) if they are hospitalized due to smog. If the official smog index reaches 300 for five consecutive days, it will pay out $48.

  • Warmest winter on record worsens California drought

    Warmer winters make for less snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. When the snow melts into the state's rivers, it provides water throughout the summer, when the state typically experiences little rain.

  • Can Crimea survive without Ukraine's power? (+video)

    Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine in a controversial referendum Sunday, but the peninsula is largely dependent on Ukraine for its power and natural gas. Moscow might be willing to change that, if it means access to the Black Sea's significant oil and gas resources.

  • Is Canada the next energy superpower?

    Canada is on the verge of becoming an energy superpower, according to its natural resources minister. The Canadian government is already signing trade deals and building pipelines that could help it beat the US in a race to energy hegemony, Graeber writes.

  • Lab results raise question: Do we need oil if we have natural gas?

    Researchers say they've unlocked the chemistry that could help gas beat oil as a cheaper source for liquid fuels and 'commodity' chemicals used to make plastics and other products.

  • Ukraine crisis: There is no US 'energy weapon'

    The Ukraine crisis has led many to call on the US to use its growing oil and natural gas production to help Ukraine and Europe wean itself off Russian energy. There's one very big problem with this view, Cobb writes: The US is still a net importer of both oil and natural gas.

  • Europe looks to cut Russian gas imports amid Ukraine crisis

    European leaders are scrambling to reduce their exposure to the political meddling of Russia, which has demonstrated its willingness to disrupt energy supplies for geopolitical leverage.

  • Would exporting energy to Ukraine raise US gas prices?

    The crisis in Ukraine has stirred support for expanded energy exports that could counter Russia's oil and gas leverage. How might expanding oil and gas exports impact US consumers? 

  • Three years after Fukushima tragedy, Japan makes U-turn on nuclear energy (+video)

    The terrible Fukushima nuclear accident has not stopped Japan from revamping its safety measures and restarting its nuclear reactors. Thirty-five years after its far less terrible Three Mile Island accident, the US still hesitates to embrace nuclear power

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