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  • 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.

  • Crisis in the Gulf

    President Barack Obama's administration won't allow any new oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven years because of the BP oil spill.

  • Chevy Volt

    General Motors said Tuesday it will hire 1,000 additional engineers and researchers in the Detroit area as it moves toward the next generation of electric vehicle technology.

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    Some of the loudest advocates for immediate action to end our fossil fuel addiction are also those pushing the most offensive carbon drug of all — coal.

  • Legendary oil and natural gas executive T. Boone Pickens outlines his energy plan,  which includes an expansion of renewables in power generation, and advancing the use of domestic fuels — most logically natural gas — for transportation , which  accounts for two-thirds of our oil use.

  • Governor Arnold Shwarzenegger joined several leaders from around the world to announce the first alliance that will work toward climate change solutions.

    R20 Regions of Climate Action wants to create a new paradigm for achieving energy independence, saving vast sums of money, and putting their citizenry to work again.

  • Coal Plant

    Even as developed countries close or limit the construction of coal-fired power plants out of concern over pollution and climate-warming emissions, coal has found a rapidly expanding market elsewhere: Asia, particularly China. The NYT reports.

  • VirtuWatt

    Whether it's a startup in need of capital to power growth or a bigger company looking for a new source of growth through an emerging sector, more deals are being done.

  • Former Shell Oil company executive John Hofmeister told CNBC Monday that the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium is an example of the “starvation,” imposed on the hydrocarbon industry by the Obama administration.

  • The New GM

    General Motors will return to the public market this week in what is expected to be the largest IPO in US history, and Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation, told CNBC the automaker’s comeback will be a transformative moment for the industry.

  • 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.

    Here are the opinions of four drivers all living in America's heartland and one Chevy dealer in Indiana. They gave their views on what was once considered the country's greatest brand.

  • Touting his energy plan to get America off foreign oil, financier T. Boone Pickens told CNBC Wednesday  that the U.S. is importing oil from its "enemies."

  • Investing In Green - A CNBC Special Report

    With energy prices low by recent standards, credit conditions stubbornly tight—by any standard—and cap-and-trade legislation on life support, you'd think green investment would be in the doldrums.  Think again.

  • Wetlands

    Though the future of a cap-and-trade-based carbon market now looks grim, there are other less-known environmental markets--such as wetlands mitigation--that are up and running and attracting investor attention.

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    Corporations appear to have fewer questions than lawmakers about how climate change will alter how the world uses energy and natural resources, and are actively pursuing technologies they expect will give them a leg up in an economy less dependent on fossil fuels.

  • Factory Emissions

    Oil and coal companies helped elect a Congress more hostile to those sustainable energy solutions, but at least three oracles offer a different vision for our carbon powered Congress to follow that may result in more jobs and a faster economic recovery.

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    Natural gas has historically been one of the toughest trades in the commodities group and, once again, funds are losing big betting the wrong way.

  • Crude oil is near its highest level since 2008, hovering around $87 a barrel, and Tom Petrie, vice chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, expects the hot commodity to test $100 in the next year.

  • Sheet of US one hundred dollar bills

    After a hot first half, investment slowed in the third quarter, but the sector is still attracting more capital than others.

  • Weathered oil collects on surface of water after explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.

    The presidential commission investigating the massive Gulf oil spill has found no instance where a decision deliberately sacrificed safety to cut costs.