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  • Groundbreaking Tech Begets a Clean-Up Industry Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:42 AM ET

    The U.S. natural gas boom has kicked off a gold rush among companies trying to cash in on minimizing the industry’s environmental footprint.

  • Can the Natural Gas Sector Save the US Economy? Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:41 AM ET

    Natural gas's real potential for economic impact lies in the vast reservoirs of shale gas that are newly accessible through hydraulic fracturing.

  • Fracking Brings Riches and Reservations Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:41 AM ET

    Amid cries for energy independence, fracking has become crucial to taking advantage of previously untapped resources. Take a closer look at hydraulic fracturing, and why the technology has become so important and controversial.

  • Natural Gas: A Raging Bull in its Battle with Coal Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:39 AM ET

    Environmental issues aside,  the economics of natural gas may have already dethroned coal as the nation's key source of electrical power.

  • Fracking Would Revive Texas' Energy-Patch Glory Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    Natural gas has often taken a backseat to crude oil in the Texas energy business, but the advent of fracking shale gas has given it star billing in the Lone Star State — and the nation.

  • Big Players Poised for Big Payoff Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:36 AM ET

    The natural gas industry may be hurting from rock-bottom prices now but if allowed to fully exploit the shale-gas boom, there may be few losers and many winners in the years to come.

  • The Fracking of America Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:34 AM ET
    Men work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site.

    It's almost impossible to overestimate the importance of fracking to the natural gas industry and the nation. It's also difficult to understate the controversy surrounding the environmental issues.  Our special report, "Who's Winning the Natural Gas Game?," addresses both

  • Should Government Get Involved in the Boom? Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:34 AM ET

    Other countries have invested billions in alternative fuels, from Brazil's government-sponsored soybean-ethanol push to France's headlong expansion of nuclear power after the oil shocks of the 1970s. Should the U.S. do the same? 

  • Bounty Could Make or Break Other Industries Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    The proliferation of fracking and the likelihood of a long-running, shale-gas boom are destined to make winners and losers out of a lot of industries beyond the energy sector.

  • US Navy Floats Underwater Solar-Cell Solution Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 8:35 AM ET
    USS Mount Whitney

    The breakthrough may prove important to the development of underwater autonomous systems — which provide situational awareness and long-term environment monitoring — a growing market.

  • States Chase Clean Tech Dollars and Jobs Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 12:44 PM ET

    Even as certain tax credits and funding from Washington have dried up, U.S. states remain in competition for clean energy funding, especially from venture capitalists.

  • Investors May Want to Stay on the Defensive Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 9:53 AM ET

    With uncertainty and volatility big issues much like last year, money managers say go for high dividend-paying stocks and sectors such as healthcare, consumer staples and utilities.

  • In Rush to Assist Solyndra, US Missed Warning Signs Friday, 23 Sep 2011 | 9:51 AM ET
    Solyndra 200 Series solar panels.

    Industry analysts and government auditors say the administration failed to take note of trouble in the solar energy marketplace, the New York Times reports.

  • China Benefits as US Solar Industry Withers Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 9:13 PM ET
    A worker installs solar panels at the Lieberose Solar Park in Lieberose, Germany.

    The bankruptcies of three American solar power companies in the last month, have left China’s industry with a dominant sales position — almost three-fifths of the world’s production capacity — and rapidly declining costs. The NYT reports.

  • Recent surveys show energy supply concerns are forcing corporate offices to implement energy-reduction ideas, from lighting retrofits and HVAC system upgrades, to building redesign and rooftop solar panels, as much as climate change considerations.

  • Hot And Cold Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 10:04 AM ET

    Energy used to be something we took for granted; it is was cheap, accessible and plentiful. Now, energy seems precious, complicated and fractious, a chip in the high-stakes game of geopolitics.

  • Power strip

    Even when renewable energy is relatively cheap to produce, current costs to store huge amounts of solar and wind power can be two or three times the value for utilities supplying electricity.

  • Does the Solar Industry Have a PR Problem? Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 10:01 AM ET
    Solar Panels on a residential roof.

    With all its attributes, solar energy still hasn't taken off with consumers. What's not to like. Apparently, a lot.  For one, switching over is a" a hassle," says a solar firm CEO.

  • Oil-Price Volatility Bedevils Business and Consumers Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 10:00 AM ET

    The resulting yo-yo effect on fuel prices for the last three years has made it hard for consumers and businesses to loosen their purse strings enough to jump start the lackluster economy.

  • Detroit Readies Hydrogen-Car Push Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 10:00 AM ET
    Chrysler's ecoVoyager concept car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show.The ecoVoyager mates an lithium-ion battery pack to an advanced hydrogen fuel cell, resulting in a vehicle with a range of more than 300 miles that emits nothing from the tailpipe but water vapor.

    Automakers are gearing up for mass-market production of hydrogen-powered cars starting in 2015, but the fuel-cell technology has plenty of skeptics, including President Barack Obama.

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