North America will continue to show the world the way on shale gas and oil, Grealy writes, but we're only at the first baby steps of shale.
Across the US Midwest, homeowners are restoring their yards and former farmland to the native prairie that existed in pre-settlement days. The benefits can be substantial — the need for less water and no fertilizer, and an ecosystem that supports wildlife.
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.
As Americans take stock of 2012 and gear up for 2013, it's tempting to adopt "decline think" about the country, especially since there is still no deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of steep budget cuts and tax increases. But here are six reasons Americans should still be optimistic about their future.