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Alternative Energy Could Face A Tough Battle for Funding
Written by Miranda Marquit   
As oil prices fall, alternative energy is shunted aside.

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XTO Plans to Reduce Debt
Written by Miranda Marquit   
On Monday, energy stocks got a bit of a boost as speculations over an OPEC production cut sent oil prices a little bit higher, and as bargain hunters began looking for what quality could be had for bargain prices.

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Cleaning Up Oil Spills with Microbes: A Really Great Idea
Written by Jeanne Roberts   


Cleaning Up Oil Spills with Microbes: A Really Great Idea
Photo: gari.baldi, Creative Commons, Flickr

Microbes are a class of living organisms that include bacteria, viruses and fungi.

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The Oil in Your Backyard
Written by Jeanne Roberts   


The Oil in Your Backyard
Photo: SchultzLabs, Creative Commons, Flickr

Oil runs the world, fueling industrial processes that make everything from computers to plastic containers. Without it, vehicles, airplanes, trucks that bring food to grocer’s shelves, and ships that bring steel from China wouldn't run. The modern world would grind to a halt.

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Energy Stocks Got a Boost Monday
Written by Miranda Marquit   
Right now, as the stock market rally eases a bit in terms of the financial sector, the energy sector is holding gains. A measure of confidence is returning, thanks to remarks from Ben Bernanke regarding his dedication to stimulate the economy. Also helping the energy sector is the expectation that OPEC will soon be cutting production. This means that supply will decline along with demand, and that oil prices are expected to even out a bit. As a result, Big Oil companies are getting a little boost. ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) posted the top price earnings out the gate Monday morning on combined confidence and OPEC news.

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Exxon Mobil (XOM) Works On Its Eco Image
Written by Miranda Marquit   
Exxon Mobil (XOM) Works On Its Eco Image
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Even in this down economy, there are people who are still interested in environmental issues, and Exxon Mobil (XOM) is not about to be left off the bandwagon. The company is releasing ads that highlight its focus on environmental protection and alternative energy. The question, though, is whether this is more Big Oil greenwashing or if XOM is sincere in its efforts.
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Big Oil Falls with the Stock Market
Written by Miranda Marquit   
Big Oil Falls with the Stock Market
Photo: tsevis, Creative Commons, Flickr
As the stock market tumbles for yet another day, Big Oil stocks find themselves hard hit. Indeed, energy investments, from Big Oil companies like Exxon (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) to the Amex Natural Gas Index (XNG) to alternative energy like First Solar (FSLR) are suffering massive losses as the hemoraging continues. Oil companies, especially, are feeling the pinch.
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Why I Like Obama on Energy
Written by Miranda Marquit   
Why I Like Obama on Energy
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Tonight I watched the second presidential debate. Both John McCain and Barack Obama pointed out that energy is a foundation of our economy. But from what they said about energy and the environment, I agree more with Obama's view of things.
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Tesoro (TSO) Fights California Ethanol Mandate
Written by Miranda Marquit   
Back in August, California's Air Resources Board passed a mandate requiring that
Tesoro (TSO) Fights California Ethanol Mandate
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ethanol blend in gasoline be upped to 10 percent (from 5.7 percent). Oil refineries in California have until 2009 to carry out the changes that would bring companies in compliance with the mandate. Tesoro (TSO), however, is fighting back.
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Sarah Palin to Fall In Line With John McCain's Energy Policy
Written by Miranda Marquit   
Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin does have a record of taking on Big Oil and forcing companies like Exxon (XOM -- who is suing the state) to make unpleasant concessions in her home state of Alaska.

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What Would Big Oil Invest In?
Written by Miranda Marquit   
Does Big Oil see which way the wind is blowing (and where the sun is shining)?
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XTO Energy (XTO): A Good Pick?
Written by Miranda Marquit   
If you are looking into energy stocks (which are rather volatile right now, what with all the oil fluctuations), it can be difficult to decide what to go with. ExxonMobile (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) seem a little expensive -- even if they are gaining along with the rest of the stock market. This is part of the reason that some investors like XTO Energy (XTO).
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American Lifestyle, American Emissions
Written by Jeanne Roberts   
American Lifestyle, American Emissions
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Reports from reputable scientific groups like the Global Carbon Project of Australia indicate the rise in global carbon dioxide emissions last year exceeded even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) predictions. This is pretty alarming, considering the IPCC is far from optimistic.

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Occidental Petroleum (OXY) Plans to Buy Oil and Gas Fields in the Midwest
Written by Miranda Marquit   
OXY to buy out Plains Exploration & Production (PXP) for $1.25 billion.

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ExxonMobil (XOM) is Hoarding Cash and Stockholders are Paying the Price
Written by Miranda Marquit   
Bloomberg reports that XOM's cash stockpile is contributing to share price drop.

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Chevron (CVX) Continues Its Deal with Saudi Arabia
Written by Miranda Marquit   
Saudi allows CVX to continue its operations in the kingdom on behalf of the government.

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Energy East (EAS) Could Be Acquired by Iberdrola
Written by Miranda Marquit   
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Photo: -Marlith-, Creative Commons, Flickr
Iberdrola (IBE.MC), the wind energy giant from Spain, has been trying to buy Energy East (EAS) since June 2007. However, it has run up against hurdles as different public service commissions in the states that would be serviced by the new arrangement put the deal up for a vote. Now, though, the New York Public Service Commission has voted (4-0) to approve the acquisition -- provided Iberdrola meets some fairly stiff demands:
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Geothermal Exploration to Begin in Western States
Written by Miranda Marquit   
AltaRock secures rights for geothermal development.
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BP (BP) Gets Bloggers Involved
Written by Miranda Marquit   
BP (BP) Gets Bloggers Involved
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The power of bloggers is once again being put in the spotlight as BP (BP) encourages bloggers to use the latest product offering from the company, BP with Invigorate. BP offered some schwag to the bloggers in exchange for their thoughts on exclusively using BP with Invigorate. According to the BP Web site, Invigorate cleans, protects and enhances the performance of your car. It's supposed to save you money in the long run on gas and maintenance. BP is hoping that enlisting the help of bloggers will create some buzz around the product.

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Getting Us Off Oil: Barack Obama and the Alternative Energy Presidency
Written by Michelle Haimoff   
In his Democratic presidential nomination acceptance speech on Thursday night, Senator Obama said:

For the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as president:In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.


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China Beats Big Oil to Iraqi Oil Fields
Written by Miranda Marquit   

China Beats Big Oil to Iraqi Oil Fields
Photo: skinr, Creative Commons, Flickr
While the U.S. is busy trying to govern Iraq and keep the peace, China has settled a deal with Iraq allowing it to be the first international oil company to develop a rather large discovered oil field in one of the areas of Iraq considered "new" in terms of oil production. CNPC, the state-run oil company in China, made a deal for a $3 billion contract for Adhab. The Guardian reports on China's continued competition against U.S. Big Oil companies for resources:
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