Energy Issues

Energy Crisis : Analysis
Employees of Cabot Oil and Gas work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pa.

Is America on the verge of becoming the world's biggest oil producer?

A fracking revolution may pave the way for U.S. energy independence

Energy Crisis : Opinion Brief
Under Team Obama's ambitious new fuel-efficiency standards, car owners would save some $8,000 in gas costs over the lifetime of a vehicle purchased in 2025.

Obama's 54-mile-per-gallon fuel standards: Extreme?

Environmentalists are hailing new auto rules as a key step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions — but Mitt Romney says the regulations go way too far

BP Oil Spill: In Perspective : Instant Guide
Fire boats battle the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon in April 2010: Hollywood is making a movie based on the crew's fight for survival.

Deepwater Horizon: Is Hollywood exploiting the BP oil spill?

The action film will reportedly follow The New York Times' blow-by-blow account of the drilling crew's fight for survival — while largely ignoring the environmental disaster

Energy Crisis : Opinion Brief
President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a White House press conference April 2: Spurned by Obama, Harper appears to be cozying up to China.

Did Obama push Canada into China's arms by rejecting the Keystone Pipeline?

China is in the process of acquiring a stake in Canada's valuable Alberta oil sands, months after Obama suspended a plan to invest in the region

Energy Crisis : Energy
Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon watches the Oklahoma City Thunder play: The billionaire owns 19 percent of the NBA franchise and got his company to sign a $36 million sponsorship deal for the team.

The trials and tribulations of America's natural gas king: A guide

Aubrey McClendon turned Chesapeake Energy into the country's second-largest producer of natural gas, but his alleged reckless greed has landed him in big trouble

The BP Oil Spill : Instant Guide
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse in Houston, after he was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages related to BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill and cleanup.

The first BP oil spill arrest: An instant guide

Two years after the devastating disaster, the feds arrest a fairly minor player in the major BP oil spill. What's going on?

BP Oil Spill: In Perspective : Analysis
Nearly two years after the BP oil spill, commercial fisherman are finding shrimp in the Gulf that are eyeless... and lacking eye sockets.

BP oil spill: The 'horribly mutated' creatures living in the Gulf

Fish, shrimp, and crabs are missing eyes and suffering strange deformities, according to a harrowing new report — yet the FDA insists the seafood's safe to eat

Energy Crisis : Energy
Men work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Penn.

Can natural gas drive the U.S. economy?

New drilling technologies like fracking could turn the U.S. into the Middle East of natural gas, fueling economic growth for years to come

Energy Crisis : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: Why you're wrong about gas prices and politics

Think gas station owners are raking it in? Think Republicans loathe renewable energy? Think again

Energy Crisis : Energy
A coal-fired power plant in Tampa, Fla.: New EPA rules could make it nearly impossible to build new coal power plants.

Did Obama's EPA kill coal power?

The environmental agency limits emissions for coal plants, a possible death knell for the industry

Energy Crisis : Opinion Brief
President Obama speaks at Keystone XL pipeline site in the south Thursday: Trying to have it both ways?

Obama's Keystone Pipeline turnaround: A 'publicity stunt'?

The president says he's committed to an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy, but some wonder how he can support clean energy while championing more oil drilling

Energy Crisis : Forecast
Workers clean up a massive oil spill in Michigan in July 2010: Some researchers say a similar spill would be all but inevitable for Keystone XL.

The Keystone XL pipeline: Would a catastrophic oil spill be inevitable?

A new study argues that the damage from spills would likely destroy more jobs than the controversial pipeline could ever create

Energy Crisis : Opinion Brief
Philips won the U.S. Department of Energy's L Prize with an LED bulb that is cost-efficient in the long run but destined to cause some sticker shock.

Obama's $50 light bulb: 'Too pricey'?

The winner of a $10 million government contest to develop a super-efficient light bulb is here. But will anybody want it?

BP Oil Spill: In Perspective : By the numbers
Oil rigs off the coast of Long Beach, Calif.: The Obama administration has approved more than 400 drilling permits since the BP oil spill nearly two years ago.

The return of deepwater drilling: By the numbers

Nearly two years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, deepwater drilling has regained momentum around the world — even in the Gulf

Energy Crisis : Analysis
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke: Are the Feds' easy money policies pushing up fuel prices?

High gas prices: Blame the Fed?

The central bank's easy-money policies are coming under fire as prices rise at the pump

Energy Crisis : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: 5 myths about gas prices, Big Oil, and the presidency

Our national discussion on uncomfortably high gas prices is filled with exaggerations and distortions. It's time we wised up

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