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  • Four Ways to Make Your Tax Refund Pay You Back Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 | 2:17 PM ET

    For the nearly half of Americans expecting a refund on their taxes this year, four ideas for maximizing the money that's coming back.

  • BP Pays Record $4 Billion in Criminal Penalties Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 2:31 AM ET
    Smoke rises from a controlled burn May 19, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico.

    A U.S. judge accepted an agreement by BP to plead guilty for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

  • Chesapeake CEO to Step Down; Shares Jump After-Hours Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 6:58 PM ET

    Chesapeake Energy, battling a governance crisis and financial strain, said that CEO Aubrey McClendon is leaving the company.

  • Drifting Shell Drilling Rig Grounds on Rocks Off Alaska Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 2:05 AM ET

    An oil drilling rig owned by Royal Dutch Shell ran aground in Alaska after drifting in stormy weather, highlighting the serious risks of working in an offshore region where some in the industry see huge potential.

  • The Bulls Want to Run With SM Energy Sunday, 1 Jul 2012 | 2:53 PM ET

    OptionMonster’s tracking systems detected a giant upside trade in SM Energy, the wildcat oil company, which operates in Texas, Louisiana, and the Rockies.

  • The Math Behind the 100-Year Supply Debate Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    President Obama has said the U.S. has a supply of natural gas to last nearly 100 years. But it turns out geologists and other researchers disagree on that supply figure, which has huge implications for America's energy policy.

  • Nat Gas Prices Droop but Capital Spending Surges Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:42 AM ET

    U.S. energy producers' ability to pull natural gas from shale may have contributed to a price-dampening oversupply for now, but it’s also triggering tens of billions of dollars in capital investments.

  • 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.