Falling oil prices last year spelled trouble for Russia, which gets half its budget from fossil fuel revenues, writes Andy Tully. But the modest revival in prices over the last few month has made economic forecasts more optimistic.
In coal-loving Kentucky, Obama's climate regulations and the cheap price of natural gas are making the fossil fuel an appealing alternative to coal, writes Andy Tully.
With solar costs falling, oil-poor countries in the Middle East – like Egypt and Jordan – might be able to cash in on their plentiful sun power, writes Darrell Delamaide.
Big investors are confident that fossil fuels will remain a key energy source for years down the road, writes Michael McDonald, and the number of clean energy patents – a proxy for innovation – fell last year.
With the world’s largest coal consumers trying to rid themselves of the dirty fuel, it appears that there is little room to maneuver for coal producers, Cunningham writes. 2015 may be the year in which it all starts to fall apart.
The high energy prices of the last decade or so may be, in part, responsible for low productivity growth in the US, Cobb writes.