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    In their new book, "IN TOO DEEP: BP and the Drilling Race That Took it Down," the authors take us behind the scenes examining the people and the culture to help explain how the "tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon was not simply a horrible accident. It was a disaster that many say was long in the making, was foreseeable, and almost inevitable."

  • Natural Gas

    "The rules of the game changed in really 2007, 2008 and 2009, and everybody is trying to figure out how they adapt to that environment," Raymond said.

  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline near Fairbanks

    The four-day shutdown of the Trans Alaska Pipeline, which sent a jolt through world energy markets, pushing the price of oil up $4 a barrel in two trading days, could be a sign of things to come.

  • In this handout image provided by General Motors, The first pre-production Chevrolet Volt is on the assembly line at the Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing plant in Detroit, Michigan.

    General Motors is on the road to recovery after its successful IPO in November. One of the drivers leading this charge, GM Vice Chairman Stephen Girsky, told CNBC on Tuesday there are several factors contributing to the automaker’s turnaround.

  • I've often said that nine out of ten mergers create little to no value, but perhaps Monday's deal between Progress Energy and Duke Energy will be one of the few that do, and here's why.

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    The shut down of a major Alaskan pipeline responsible for nearly 10 percent of US crude oil output for a second day has resulted in another black-eye for BP, many analysts say, but it could also have ramifications for other oil producers as well as crude oil prices in the days and weeks ahead.

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    General Motors says its U.S. sales for December of 2010 were up 16 percent over the same time in 2009. This was much better than analysts had expected.

  • Oil prices surged in 2010, up about 15 percent for the year, but Peter Beutel, president of Cameron Hanover, told CNBC Monday that the hot commodity's run is not over yet.

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    The Zayed Future Energy Prize, which will be awarded later this month, is remarkable for two reasons: It is sponsored by an oil-rich government in the Middle East; and the six finalists in 2011 include this author.

  • The Nissan Leaf

    This was the year General Motors and Nissan made good on their promise to bring mass-produced electric cars to the market. But don't count on seeing one in traffic soon.

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    The US may be entering a golden age of natural-gas use.  Yet despite its huge potential, there are two major obstacles facing the industry—low prices and a push by Washington toward renewable energy.

  • Kenneth R. Feinberg

    the New York Times reports.

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    The rise in oil prices could be just getting started, posing opportunities for investors—as well as challenges for consumers and hopes for US economic growth.

  • A year ago, almost no one knew a rare earth element from a rare coin. Today, rare earths are a global story—and a global investment opportunity.

  • Kristianstad, Sweden

    Like the hopeful delegates in Cancun, officials in Kristianstad pledged a decade ago to power the city entirely from renewable resources by 2010 — without really knowing if it was possible or affordable.

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    Critics say more studies are needed on the effects of formaldehyde in textiles, including a closer look at the effects of cumulative exposure, the New York Times reports.

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    A Mexican supreme court decision Tuesday is paving the way for dramatic changes in the country's oil industry—allowing for private investment for the first time in more than 70 years.

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    Skeptics can argue that climate change is not man made, but the reports show that 2010 was the hottest on record and, as a result, the cost of importing food is ever increasing.

  • The company said Friday that current President Baxter Phillips will replace Blankenship.

  • Car Keys

    All major automakers but Toyota reported strong U.S. sales increases in November as the auto industry's slow-motion recovery continued to gain traction.  Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Nissan, Hyundai and Honda all reported double-digit increases.