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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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Morning Edition

Critics Say More Oil Industry Royalties Should Go Into U.S. Coffers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rules for oil and gas companies drilling on federal land allow them to use some of the gas free of charge. Critics say taxpayers should get royalties for that gas and any that is vented or flared.

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Morning Edition

Experts Suggest OPEC's Power Over Oil Prices Is Waning

Monday, November 24, 2014

Members of OPEC meet this week. It used to be the world held its breath when this happened, worried what the meeting would mean for oil prices. But experts say times have changed.

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The Takeaway

Iran Deadline for Nuclear Talks Postponed

Monday, November 24, 2014

Negotiations with Iran, which are expected to resume in seven months, center on how much nuclear fuel Iran can produce and what kind of sanctions relief they'll receive.

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A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Human waste can help things grow and even cook your dinner. It might sound gross, but don't worry, the odor has been removed. Plus: It's good for the environment!

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Poo Power: New British Bus Runs On Human Waste

Friday, November 21, 2014

Touting the use of renewable energy, the Bath Bus Company says the Bio-Bus runs cleaner than a bus powered by a traditional diesel engine.

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All Things Considered

Native Americans, Landowners Protest Keystone XL Pipeline In South Dakota

Friday, November 21, 2014

The U.S. Senate failed to approve the Keystone XL pipeline but the issue appears headed for a green light in the GOP-controlled Congress next year.

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Turkey Looks For Energy In An Abundant Resource: Pistachio Shells

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Converting the shells into biogas could provide most of the heat for a planned city of 200,000, engineers say. There's precedent in Australia, where macadamia nut shells are generating power.

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Morning Edition

1 Vote Keeps Keystone XL Pipeline From Senate Passage

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

All 45 Republicans were on board, but the bill fell short of just one Democrat. It's a project President Obama has not been a fan of.

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Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, In A Close Vote

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The controversial project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed to get the approval of Congress.

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How Many Louisiana Jobs Are Actually At Stake In Keystone Debate?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Momentum to push legislation approving the oil pipeline is getting a boost from the Dec. 6 Louisiana Senate runoff — even though the unbuilt portion of pipeline wouldn't run anywhere near the state.

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Morning Edition

Who Pays For Outdated Power Plant That Lacks Customers?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Electricity rates in Michigan's Upper Peninsula could go up next month by as much as 30 percent. Residents might have to start paying to keep a coal plant open that isn't needed anymore.

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All Things Considered

What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Monday, November 17, 2014

The long-delayed project is a jobs generator to some and an ecological disaster to others. Ahead of a key Senate vote, we revisit what the Keystone XL pipeline would do and why it's so contentious.

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The Takeaway

After Years in Limbo, Senate to Vote on Keystone XL

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Keystone XL pipeline has been in political limbo for years. Sen. John Hoeven explains why Congress has decided to move forward on Keystone legislation now.

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Judge Denies BP's Attempt To Avoid Up To $18 Billion In Fines

Friday, November 14, 2014

Last month, the company asked the judge to reconsider a ruling that could trigger fines under the Clean Water Act. And on Thursday, he said no. The company says it will appeal.

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The Takeaway

Putin Uses Ukraine, Iran to Antagonize the West

Thursday, November 13, 2014

From Ukraine to Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t afraid of antagonizing the West—even if it does come with some economic pain.

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Congress Will Vote On Keystone XL Pipeline, With An Eye On Louisiana

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The two bills' sponsors — Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. — are heading toward a runoff election next month.

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Morning Edition

After Solyndra Loss, U.S. Energy Loan Program Turning A Profit

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The federal government lost hundreds of millions of dollars when solar panel maker Solyndra and car company Fisker went bankrupt. Now the loan program has made up for early losses and is in the black.

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