With U.S. Oil Supply Climbing, Some Call For End To Export Ban

NPR |Sept. 16, 2014 7:37 a.m.

Much of the U.S. oil industry wants to lift a ban that followed the 1970s energy crisis. But those worried about the possibility of higher gas prices and climate change want to keep the ban in place.

With Turmoil Roiling Abroad, Why Aren't Oil Prices Bubbling Up?

NPR |Sept. 16, 2014 5:32 a.m.

Conflict in oil-producing regions usually sends oil prices higher. But the cost of oil has actually dropped, despite turmoil in the Middle East. Economists say it's a matter of supply and demand.

No Gas Guzzlers Here; Beijing Hosts First All-Electric Car Race

NPR |Sept. 15, 2014 10:32 a.m.

The very first Formula E all-electric car race took place over the weekend in Beijing. Promoters hope the 10-race series will boost sales of alternative fuel cars.

New York Says It's Time To Flip The Switch On Its Power Grid

NPR |Sept. 10, 2014 8:18 a.m.

Officials want to overhaul the state's energy grid. Experts say the plan would help utilities withstand severe weather events, but it would also require a massive re-engineering of the power system.

Nebraska's Supreme Court To Hear Keystone XL Pipeline Case

NPR |Sept. 05, 2014 7:58 a.m.

The White House delayed a decision on the pipeline until a Nebraska route is approved. The state's high court hears arguments on Friday over whether the governor had authority to approve the route.

Federal Judge Decides BP Acted With Gross Negligence In Gulf Oil Spill

NPR |Sept. 04, 2014 3:51 p.m.

A federal judge has ruled that British Petroleum is guilty of gross negligence in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill. The decision means BP might be fined billions of dollars in penalties for its role.

Against Oil Industry's Rising Tide, N.D. Farmers Strike Back

NPR |Aug. 19, 2014 4:38 p.m.

As North Dakota's oil boom takes hold, the state's agricultural producers are feeling neglected. Grain competes with oil for space on trains and roads, and spills can damage cropland. Emily Guerin of Prairie Public Broadcasting reports that the Democratic candidate for agricultural commissioner is proposing a "landowners bill of rights" to protect farmers and ranchers.

Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

NPR |Aug. 19, 2014 3:57 a.m.

The state produces a lot of energy, but as wind power companies try to expand there they are meeting resistance from an unlikely alliance: environmentalists and the oil industry.

Comment Period For Offshore Drilling Ends Friday

NPR |Aug. 15, 2014 4:36 a.m.

The federal government is developing its offshore oil and gas leasing plan for a 5-year period that begins in 2017. Right now most of the activity is in the Gulf of Mexico.

Will Alaskans Vote To Repeal State's Tax Cut On Oil Production?

NPR |Aug. 14, 2014 5:02 a.m.

Voters in Alaska will decide next week whether to repeal a major oil industry tax cut. With no sales or income tax, the state gets nearly all its revenue from taxing oil production.

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