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Oil prices ticked up 19 cents Monday to finish at $89.38 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange—the highest close for crude since Oct., 2008. Cold weather in the Northeast has led to high demand for heating oil, and investors were also spurred by rumblings that the Federal Reserve may soon prepare a new […]

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Crude oil prices rose by more than five bucks last week, the biggest percentage gain since the beginning of the year. The rise to nearly $88 per barrel resulted in warnings from AAA, the Lundberg Survey and other sources that prices at the pumps—already at $2.80 on average in the U.S., and at $3.15 in […]

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At an appearance in San Francisco last month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tipped her department’s hand in its plans to approve a vast 2,000-mile expansion of the Keystone tar sands pipeline, which would run between Alberta, Canada, and the Texas Gulf Coast. The original pipeline, which runs between Canada and Illinois, is capable of […]

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To many Americans, energy security might seem a vague, quasi-utopian concept—along the lines of “paying off the national debt.” But for the U.S. military, finding new ways to deploy renewable energy as quickly as possible is about more than saving money at the pump or cutting emissions. According to The New York Times, top Pentagon […]

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The White House and leading Democrats in the Senate have abandoned all efforts to pass comprehensive climate legislation this year. Senate leaders are said to be drafting a pared down energy bill that would create a handful of new incentives and programs but do nothing to cap greenhouse gas emissions. Highlights of the limited bill […]

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Billionaire oil man turned energy independence activist T. Boone Pickens has lately been doing the cable news talk show rounds again, trying put a little wind back into the sails of his flagging Pickens Plan. The alternative energy scheme would seek to replace gasoline with compressed natural gas, which generates 30 percent less emissions and […]

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On Friday, the White House took another step towards increasing the efficiency of American vehicles and offering support for electric-drive vehicles. Is it a coincidence that this new drive for vehicle efficiency comes as the impact of the Gulf oil spill reaches disastrous proportions? No way. “The disaster in the Gulf only underscores that even […]

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A mix of electric cars, natural gas and offshore drilling. Can it pass? If the American Power Act becomes law, it could mean a whole new round of subsidies and tax credits for green cars, and aggressive cuts to emissions. The bill would aim to gradually slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 4.75 percent […]

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The ethanol lobby has been extremely successful over the course of the last decade in growing the industry into one of Washington’s favorite pet projects. A reported 76 percent of each dollar in subsidies to renewable energies is allocated to ethanol, including $5 billion in annual tax credits. Auto companies historically have been supportive of […]

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If you’re mad about the spill, think about what you’re driving. The devastating oil spill in the Gulf Coast will embolden green transportation advocates to push harder for change—from fuel-efficient cars to public transportation and bicycle use. But that change won’t happen until drivers make a fundamental connection between their oil use, oil spills, and […]

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