Thu January 26, 2012

On Western Swing, President Obama to Stump for Clean Energy in Colorado

President Obama boards Air Force One at Buckley Air Force Base during a previous visit to the base on Feb. 18, 2010.
Pete Souza White House

Fresh off his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama has embarked on a five-state campaign-style tour which will include a brief stop today in the Denver area. Mr. Obama is scheduled to give a speech on “new energy” at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

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Tue January 24, 2012

Is The Booming Natural Gas Industry Overproducing?

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 10:25 am

Hydraulic fracturing wells have been producing a tremendous amount of natural gas — far more than the current demand. Above, a Cabot Oil & Gas natural gas drill at a fracking site in South Montrose, Pa.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The practice of hydraulic fracturing — pumping fluid into underground rock to push up natural gas — has its detractors, especially among environmentalists. But it's becoming clear that whatever its drawbacks, "fracking," as it's called, is producing a lot of gas — maybe too much gas.

Fracking was once a small part of the natural gas industry, a technique to get hard-to-reach deposits in underground shale. Then the technology improved, and the dinner bell rang. Everybody wanted in. Now there's so much gas on the market that the price is at a 10-year low.

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Thu December 1, 2011
Around the Nation

Oil Boom Puts Strain On North Dakota Towns

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 9:30 am

Austin Mitchell walks away from an oil derrick outside Williston, N.D. With what many are calling the largest oil boom in recent North American history, temporary camps to house the huge influx of workers now dot the sparse North Dakota landscape.
Gregory Bull AP

The tough economy has taken its toll on most states, putting budgets deep in the red and putting people out of work.

But North Dakota has a low 3.5 percent unemployment rate and a state budget with a billion dollar surplus. That's because of a major oil boom in the western part of the state, a discovery of at least 2 billion barrels to be gained by fracking — the controversial process of injecting fluid deep into underground rock formations to force the oil out.

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Fri November 18, 2011

Chu Touts Colorado Solar Industry at Arvada Firm

Energy Secretary Steven Chu toured a thin film solar manufacturing plant in Arvada Friday.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

In Arvada today, the Obama Administration’s top energy official warned that China will continue to dominate the solar panel manufacturing market unless the US better supports the fledgling industry.  Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s visit to Colorado came just one day after he received a grilling on Capitol Hill from House Republicans over the fallout from the Solyndra solar scandal.

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Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Solyndra Loan Decisions 'Were Mine,' Energy Secretary Chu Says

"The final decisions on Solyndra were mine, and I made them with the best interest of the taxpayer in mind," Energy Secretary Steven Chu plans to tell Congress today, as a House committee digs into the controversial $528 million in federal loans made to the now-bankrupt solar energy company.

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