• WASHINGTON, Nov 7- As incoming head of the Senate Energy Committee, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski will gain more clout in January to reverse the 40- year ban on most U.S. crude oil exports, but she is unlikely to rush into legislative action. But upon taking the reins, Murkowski's first steps to roll back the ban, imposed by Congress after the Arab oil embargo in the 1970 s, are...

  • Sandy-like storm headed for Alaska Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 10:44 AM ET
    NASA's Terra satellite passed over Tropical Storm Nuri on Nov. 6, 2014, and captured an infrared picture of the storm.

    A massive Sandy-eske storm will hit Alaska—will cause a major chill for much of the United States. NBC News reports.

  • Pot muscles into mainstream as voters OK measures Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 1:55 PM ET
    Marijuana-based products are displayed at the "Oregon's Finest" medical marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon.

    More regions have joined Colorado and Washington state in allowing recreational marijuana use. Businesses in turn are hoping for revenue and jobs.

  • Legal cannabis industry to quadruple by 2018: ArcView  Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    CNBC's Kate Rogers reports Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C., are now joining Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational pot use.

  • Recap: Election 2014—Waking up to a GOP Congress Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 10:37 AM ET
    On November 4, Americans will head to the polls to cast their vote in the mid-term elections with the control of the U.S. Senate in question.

    The Republican Party won control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, in a night that turned out to be a historic defeat for Democrats.

  • Voters make it clear: Raise the minimum wage Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 7:17 AM ET
    Placards during demonstration for higher wages in Chicago.

    Voters in five states approved ballot measures calling for raises in their states' minimum wages, adding to the federal debate.

  • What this election means for the sweep of history Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 10:07 AM ET
    Voters wait in line to enter a polling place at the Jamestown Town Hall before the poll opens Nov. 4, 2014, in Jamestown, North Carolina.

    Voters go to the polls for midterm congressional elections Tuesday, but just 10 states will decide the most important result.

  • Nov 3- Energy and climate are central issues on some of the tightest U.S. Senate races of 2014 and have created a surge in spending by outside groups. First-term Democrat Mark Begich has stood behind actions by President Obama' s Environmental Protection Agency, including a decision to limit development of the massive Pebble Mine project in the state because it...

  • LONDON, Oct 31- Gasoline prices in all parts of the United States are tied to Brent rather than the domestic crude oil benchmark WTI, according to a detailed study published on Thursday by the Energy Information Administration. "The issue of which crude oil matters most for U.S. gasoline prices is particularly relevant as policymakers in the executive branch and...

  • This should bolster the case for lifting the ban by oil producers such as Pioneer Natural Resources, Anadarko Petroleum and Marathon Oil, which want an expanded market for their crude. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, who in January started a campaign to relax the oil export ban, said the report proves that a change in policy would be advantageous...

  • LONDON, Oct 30- Chad Holliday, the former chairman of Bank of America and DuPont widely credited for his sustainable energy vision, will become the first American chairman at Royal Dutch Shell, an oil major with tense relations with green groups. An engineer by education, Holliday spent most of his career at DuPont, having joined the U.S. chemical giant in 1970 and...

  • Current polling suggests Republicans will take control of the Senate and hold onto the House. If Republicans take control of the Senate, McConnell has said he may use high-pressure tactics to challenge Obama, such as attaching riders to rein in the EPA via must-pass spending bills that only require a simple majority to pass. As McConnell mulls using riders to...

  • VANCOUVER, Oct 29- The steel-making coal market, where prices have plunged to seven-year lows due to oversupply, could be back in balance by the middle of next year if producers continue to cut back output, the chief of Teck Resources Ltd said on Wednesday. Prices for steelmaking coal are at their lowest levels since 2007, below $120 a tonne, hurt by oversupply and...

  • DENVER, Oct 29- Green billionaire Tom Steyer vowed to make the November congressional elections about climate change. But NextGen and other green groups are not talking about climate change as much as one would expect. NextGen and other green groups say they're simply doing what it takes to elect the candidates they support.

  • Oct 29- Canadian miner Teck Resources Ltd reported a 68.5 percent drop in quarterly earnings on Wednesday, hurt by lower prices for steelmaking coal and a fall in copper production. But the company, which is also one of the world's biggest producers of zinc, raised its full-year production forecast for the metal for the second time this year due to the strong...

  • DENVER, Oct 29- Green billionaire Tom Steyer vowed to make the November congressional elections about climate change. But NextGen and other green groups are not talking about climate change as much as one would expect. NextGen and other green groups say they're simply doing what it takes to elect the candidates they support.

  • In some states, cheap oil isn't such a good thing Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 10:15 AM ET
    An oil refinery in Kenai, Alaska.

    The recent drop in oil prices may soon take a big bite out of tax revenues in states that are big energy producers.

  • LONDON, Oct 27- Thanks to shale, energy-producing states have been the strongest economic performers in the United States over the past decade, sharply improving their position compared with the energy-consuming states. Only 13 of the 50 states produced more energy than they consumed in 2010, the latest year for which comprehensive data is available,...

  • Producers for American Crude Oil Exports, or PACE, is the first lobbying group to form to reverse the trade restriction passed by Congress in the 1970 s after the Arab oil embargo caused fears of domestic oil shortages. As the U.S. oil boom of the last six years builds an excess of crude, calls have risen for Congress and the Obama administration to relax the ban.

  • COLUMN-History of controls on U.S. oil exports: Kemp Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 23- On Oct. 20, 1973, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia imposed a total embargo on oil shipments to the United States among other countries in response to their support for Israel during the Arab-Israeli war. Following the U.S. mid-term elections next month, Congress will take up the issue again, a debate that would benefit from an understanding of the history...