U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans on Friday to bolster U.S. missile defenses in response to "irresponsible and reckless provocations" by North Korea, which threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States last week.» Read More
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb 25- U.S. federal prosecutors have been asked to take legal action over safety and environmental violations discovered on one of two drillships Royal Dutch Shell used last year in Arctic waters off Alaska, officials said on Monday.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb 21- Companies that use hydraulic fracturing to extract oil or gas in Alaska would have to disclose the chemicals they pump into the ground, notify everyone nearby and test water quality before and after they do it under new rules proposed by state regulators.
*California missing out on typical February rains. WASHINGTON, Feb 21- The historic U.S. drought of 2012 could spread this spring to more of California and southern Florida, balancing improvement expected in the upper Midwest and parts of the South, government climate and agriculture experts said on Thursday.
LONDON, Feb 15- President Barack Obama's policy on energy and climate change remains inscrutable, full of strategic ambiguity, which probably suits him just fine.
WASHINGTON, Feb 14- Two of the most liberal U.S. senators on Thursday proposed a bill to tax carbon emissions, raising up to $1.2 trillion in revenue over 10 years that would largely be returned consumers.
Feb 14- A federal judge on Thursday accepted Transocean Ltd's guilty plea for violating the U.S. The Deepwater Horizon rig, which was owned by Transocean and contracted by BP, was drilling a mile-deep well on April 20, 2010, when a surge of methane gas caused a blowout that killed 11 workers.
*White House says proposal has bipartisan, industry support. WASHINGTON, Feb 13- President Barack Obama wants Congress to create a $2 billion clean-energy transportation fund using fees paid by oil and gas producers on federal lands, the White House said Wednesday, expanding a plan announced in Obama's State of the Union address.
Feb 13- Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp offered to buy Orko Silver Corp, topping a bid from First Majestic Silver Corp and opening a race for control of one of the world's largest undeveloped silver deposits. The prize is Orko's La Preciosa project in Mexico, which Coeur estimates holds 99 million ounces of indicated silver resources.
ANCHORAGE/ OSLO, Feb 12- It may not be this year, but Royal Dutch/Shell and other oil companies will be back to drill in northern Alaska's seas, drawn by political stability and shallow waters.
Homeowners who took on mortgages well after the housing bubble burst are doing a better job in keeping up with payments, a trend that has helped push the national rate of late payments on home loans to the lowest level in four years.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb 8- The stricken Shell rig that has been anchored for a month in a bay off Kodiak Island is not subject to an Alaska oil and gas property tax, a state official said on Friday, adding a new wrinkle to a controversy over its potential tax liability.
LONDON, Feb 6- Abundant, affordable, clean, diverse and secure energy is in the U.S. national interest. So finds a report on the future of the country's energy system published on Monday by Senator Lisa Murkowski, the highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb 4- Alaska will offer potential developers the chance to explore geothermal resources at an active volcano in Cook Inlet, the state's oldest producing oil and gas basin, state officials said on Monday.
WASHINGTON, Feb 4- U.S. independence from OPEC could be a reality if the U.S. government opens more lands for oil and gas development, speeds permitting and approves the Keystone XL pipeline, the top Republican on the Senate energy committee said in a policy report on Monday.
Feb 4- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the world's second-largest cruise operator, on Monday said that strong U.S. demand and a jump in bookings so far this year would help mitigate lingering weakness in Europe in 2013..
Feb 4- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the world's second-largest cruise operator, on Monday said that strong U.S. demand and a jump in bookings so far this year would mitigate lingering weakness in Europe in 2013..
McDonald's popular $1 McDouble cheeseburger, which has lured customers to the Golden Arches since 2008, is getting hard to sustain as rising beef prices threaten the company's profit margin.
*McDouble price above $1 in LA, Manhattan and Chicago McDonald's promoting $1 Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger. Feb 1- McDonald's popular $1 McDouble cheeseburger, which has lured customers to the Golden Arches since 2008, is getting hard to sustain as rising beef prices threaten the company's profit margin.
OSLO, Jan 31- Norway's ruling Labour Party is set to support oil exploration off a pristine northern archipelago, bringing to a head controversy over drilling in the Arctic in the run up to elections this year.
*Washington to decide on Keystone XL in coming months. The Canadian government has been an enthusiastic supporter of TransCanada Corp's plan to build the $5.3 billion pipeline, which would open up a huge new market on the U.S. Gulf Coast for crude derived from oil sands in Alberta.