The US trade deficit fell to a four-year low in November, aided by growing US energy production. Some say lifting decades-old restrictions on oil and gas exports would close the gap further, but skeptics say more exports undermine energy security.
The EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard program has attracted controversy for driving up food prices and the cost of gasoline. Republican lawmakers lambasted the EPA's fuel standard in a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, but supporters say the standard is flexible and an important part of a transition to alternative fuels.
Ernest Moniz earned bipartisan approval Thursday as the Senate voted 97-0 to confirm the nuclear physicist as the next secretary of the Department of Energy. The support for Ernest Moniz is in contrast to divided opinions over Gina McCarthy, President Obama's pick to head the EPA.
Clean-energy advocates, environmentalists, and others descended on Washington Sunday, in what organizers say was the largest climate protest in US history. Their rallying point was opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, which would take Canadian tar sands and transport it to US refineries.
A Keystone XL pipeline protest ended in the arrest of several high-profile figures and marked the first time the Sierra Club has engaged in an act of civil disobedience. Can passive resistance stop the Keystone XL pipeline?
Throughout election 2012, President Obama has promoted an America dependent on a diverse energy portfolio, rather than the volatile global oil market. What does his reelection mean for energy?