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Fiery Accident Spurs Safer Rail Transport For Crude Oil

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It's been one year since an oil train derailment outside Casselton, N.D. Since then, state and federal regulators have taken steps to make it safer to transport crude by rail.

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High Electric Bills Gobble Up Savings From Cheap Oil In New England

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Falling oil prices are perhaps nowhere more welcome than in northern New England, where most homes burn heating oil in their furnaces and high electricity prices are going up.

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Morning Edition

Heating New England Homes: The Good And Bad News

Monday, December 22, 2014

Low heating oil prices mean New Englanders don't have to bundle up at home this year, but they will have to watch their rising electric bills.

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Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

Saturday, December 20, 2014

An analyst from GasBuddy.com says 24 states have at least one station with the price per gallon at $1.99 or less.

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All Things Considered

No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Creditors Worry as Oil Prices Dive

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Most Americans are thrilled to pay less at the pump. But the truth is that declining oil prices could post serious problems for the U.S. economy.

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Morning Edition

For Crop-Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop-duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.

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Morning Edition

Texas Braces For A Drop In Production After Oil Prices Fall

Monday, December 15, 2014

Oil production has been booming in Texas, fueled by technological advances. But the fall in oil prices will slow things down. The coming year is likely to see a weeding out of the weakest producers.

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Morning Edition

Should Homeowners With Solar Panels Pay To Maintain Electrical Grid?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Utilities say consumers who put solar panels on their roofs should help pay to maintain the lines that carry the power they sell back into the system. Panel leasing firms say that's anti-competitive.

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Morning Edition

Scientists Track Down Serious Methane Leaks In Natural Gas Wells

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Faulty gear and attempts to clear liquid from wells can release enough gas to power hundreds of homes, new research reveals. Scientists say finding the leaks is a first step to plugging them.

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All Things Considered

Coming Soon To A Filling Station Near You: $1.99 Gasoline

Friday, December 05, 2014

OnCue in Oklahoma City was the first place in the country to drop its price per gallon below $2. Several other cities are likely to get similarly cheap gas soon, an expert says.

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The Takeaway

Nuclear Accident at Europe's Largest Plant

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The power plant is five hours east of Donetsk, an area where Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists are still fighting, despite a truce agreed to in September.

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All Things Considered

Oil Deal Provides Much-Needed Revenue In Iraq

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Melissa Block talks with Ben Lando of the Iraq Oil Report about the deal between Baghdad and the Kurds over oil revenue.

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All Things Considered

Low Oil Prices Accelerate Trouble For Venezuela

Monday, December 01, 2014

The drop in the price of oil might be having a positive effect on the disposable income of Americans, but for people who live in countries whose economies are dependent on the high price of oil it's a different story. Audie Cornish talks to Daniel Yergin, author of The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World

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Tumbling Oil Prices Give A Boost To Drivers During The Holidays

Monday, December 01, 2014

An OPEC meeting last week sent oil prices tumbling when the cartel decided not to restrict production to boost prices. Now some are predicting parts of the U.S. will see gas prices under $2 a gallon.

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Experts Predict Low Oil Prices Through Next Year

Friday, November 28, 2014

Following a decision by OPEC ministers not to cut production, crude prices had fallen to a four-year low before rebounding slightly.

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OPEC Declines Action As World Oil Prices Hit Record Lows

Thursday, November 27, 2014

OPEC oil producers met Thursday to discuss falling world oil prices — something big producer Saudi Arabia seeks to preserve in order to compete with U.S. oil production. But other OPEC countries want to get prices back up because their governments need the money.

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Oil Prices Tumble After OPEC Holds Firm On Output

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting in Austria could not agree to cut production in an effort to stabilize global crude prices.

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Morning Edition

Energy Boom Helps Texas Commuter School Launch Football Program

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The University of Texas Permian Basin is in Odessa, home to the football team featured in the movie Friday Night Lights. It's hoped that football will bring more students and more alumni dollars.

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Morning Edition

Solar Energy's Popularity Increases As Rooftop Panels Get Less Expensive

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Solar energy is now competitive with the cost of power generated by coal, oil and natural gas. David Greene talks to Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media, a trade journal covering alternative technology.

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