Oil and Gas


Fri October 5, 2012
Solve This

Candidates Tout Different Routes To 'Energy Security'

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 9:07 pm

President Obama and Mitt Romney are both calling on the U.S. to become less dependent on foreign oil, though their plans differ. Here, workers with Bramwell Petroleum set up a derrick for a new oil well near Spivey, Kan., in March.
Mike Hutmacher MCT/Landov

The pressing energy issue in the 2008 presidential campaign was how to reduce carbon emissions and limit global warming. Four years later, the drive for "green energy" has been replaced by a new imperative: the need to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

"I will set a national goal of North American energy independence by 2020," Mitt Romney declared during a campaign speech in August. "That means we produce all the energy we use in North America."

He reiterated that goal in the opening minutes of the presidential candidates' debate in Denver this week.

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Sat September 29, 2012
The Spotlight: BURN, An Energy Journal

The Spotlight: The Power of One Election & America's Energy Future

Host of BURN, Alex Chadwick
American Public Media


Fri September 28, 2012
Planet Money

Pork, Helium, Maple Syrup: Our Favorite Strategic Reserves

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 10:47 pm

Quick: Which country has a strategic pork reserve?
Robert Smith NPR

There are some things you just can't live without. Gas. Electricity. Bacon. No matter the price, you're gonna buy it. That's why many countries have strategic reserves of basic necessities. The reserves guarantee a temporary supply of the things people can't live without, and can serve as a short-term buffer against price spikes.

Different countries have different things they can't live with out. Here are a few of our favorite strategic reserves:


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Wed September 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Halliburton Loses Radioactive Rod, The National Guard Is Called In to Help

You thought this happened only to Homer Simpson.

But, no, it happened in real life to oilfield workers in Texas: During the course of their work, they lost a radioactive rod. That's the story our friends at State Impact Texas are telling this afternoon.

We'll let you click over to get the full story about how even the National Guard has been enlisted, but here are the basics:

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Thu September 13, 2012

How the West Was Won: Region's Role in Election Debated

The University of Denver will host the first presidential debate on Oct. 3rd.
University of Denver
  • Kirk Siegler reporting for All Things Considered