Air pollution in Beijing reached such levels that Chinese officials are now openly talking about the need to clean the air. But China faces an enormous task given its overwhelming reliance on coal and weak environmental regulation.
From the fracking revolution to the CAFE standards to India's record blackout, 2012 had plenty of energy stories. Vote for your pick of top energy story for the year.
Coal will surpass oil as the world’s most popular fuel source within 10 years, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.
Copper-mining giant Freeport-McMoRan will purchase two oil and gas companies, which could rescue a venture by McMoRan Exploration Co. to drill one of the deepest offshore oil wells on record.
One big reason the US will become nearly energy self-sufficient by 2035 is increased energy efficiency, says Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency. Aggressive energy efficiency policies could yield even bigger gains.
National security and foreign policy planners can make some reasonable assumptions about what the American energy revolution and oil boom could mean for US interests, Rogers writes.
Shale predictions move from the outrageous, through far fetched to conservative within two years, Grealy writes.