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  • The Bearish Case for Oil     Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012 | 1:14 PM ET

    Paul Sankey, Deutsche Bank analyst, explains his bearish call on global oil.

  • Mexican Oil Company’s Alleged Drug Ties Probed Friday, 31 Aug 2012 | 4:26 PM ET
    ADT Petroservicios

    US companies and individuals have been prohibited from doing business with Mexican oil company ADT Petroservicios and the company’s U.S. assets have been frozen due to owner Francisco Antonio Colorado Cessa’s links to the Los Zetas drug-trafficking cartel.

  • Dennis Gartman: Look for Gains in Gold, Brent Friday, 31 Aug 2012 | 12:43 PM ET

    It is time to own gold in yen, euro and dollar terms, as well as Brent crude, noted investor Dennis Gartman said Friday on CNBC.

  • The Real Factors Behind Gasoline Price Volatility Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 5:19 PM ET
    A worker pumps gasoline into a car.

    Nothing infuriates Americans more than volatile, spiking gasoline prices. But often the causes given for gasoline price hikes seem contrived.

  • How the East Coast Avoided an Oil Crunch Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 2:30 PM ET
    An oil refinery in Elizabeth, N.J. is shown in this aerial photo of Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007. Oil prices extended their rise above $78 a barrel Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007 after finishing at a record close the previous session as a production increase from OPEC failed to calm market concerns about the availability of supplies for winter in the Northern Hemisphere. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Last September, Sunoco and ConocoPhillips announced they would both close their Pennsylvania oil refineries. Fortunately, a public/private/labor partnership solution came together.

  • Demand Is Weak, So Why Are Oil Prices Rising? Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 2:21 PM ET

    Fundamentally, it seems, markets are well supplied, though it may be emotional factors driving certain aspects of the energy market.

  • India’s New Oil Find: Is It a Sea—or a Puddle? Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | 12:49 PM ET
    off shore oil rig

    According to the U.S. government’s Energy Information Agency, “In 2009, India was the fourth largest energy consumer in the world, after the United States, China, and Russia. Despite a slowing global economy, India's energy demand continues to rise. As vehicle ownership expands, petroleum demand in the transport sector is expected to grow in the coming years. While India's domestic energy resource base is substantial, the country relies on imports for a considerable amount of its energy use. According to the International Energy Agency, hydrocarbons account for the majority of India's energy use.”

  • The White House has confirmed the Obama administration is considering tapping oil from the 727 million barrel Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Traders at the NYMEX were quick to accuse the administration of playing politics.

  • New Ray Gun Used to Fight High Sea Pirates Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 2:10 PM ET
    Raytheon's Silent Guardian Protection System

    Gulf states are planning to use ray guns to protect their oil and gas infrastructure and also dissuade pirate attacks.

  • off shore oil rig

    China’s sluggish growth and contractions in oil supply and demand should be enough to convince oil market bulls that the oil rally can’t continue for long, Neil Atkinson, Director of Energy Research and Analysis at Data Monitor, told CNBC.

  • Syrian Energy Sanctions Hammer on Assad Regime Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 5:14 PM ET

    The International Monetary Fund said Syria was one of the few countries in the Middle East whose economy is expected to contract in 2012. The IMF expected the regional economy to grow by more than 5 percent in 2012, an increase from last year. Economic problems for Damascus were compounded last week when the U.S. government extended sanctions on Iran to include the Syrian energy sector. Washington said the government in Damascus was generating millions in revenue through gasoline sales to Iran. With few political or military options available, economic warfare may be the best option for an international community frustrated with the bloodshed.

  • Sanctions Force Iranian Retreat From Global Stage Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 1:48 PM ET
    Oil refinery and petrochemical complex, Mahshahr, Iran,

    Iran has struggled to find a reliable consumer base given international sanctions pressure, and its recent production levels suggest the Islamic republic is retreating somewhat from the international energy sector.

  • A major oil find by Canada’s Tethys Petroleum in Tajikistan comes at a bad time for the Central Asian country, as the security situation is about to skyrocket out of control in a restive province on the border with Afghanistan.

  • Is Cold Fusion Finally Being Accepted by Scientists? Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 5:59 PM ET
    The coal fueled Fiddlers Ferry power station emits vapour into the night sky on November 16, 2009 in Warrington, United Kingdom.

    The promise of discovering a clean, green, safe, and (due to the fact that it is fueled by the most abundant metal and gas on the planet, nickel and hydrogen) cheap renewable energy source is causing many investors and scientists to overcome their previous reluctance and enter the field.

  • IEA Cuts 2013 Oil Demand Forecast on Weak Economy Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 4:00 AM ET

    A combination of persistently high prices and a weak economic backdrop will keep a lid on oil consumption this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday, while a slightly improved demand growth for 2013 will likely be offset by, among other things, the resumption of nuclear capacity in Japan reducing the need for oil.

  • China vs. the US in Africa: Who's 'Winning?' Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 5:04 PM ET
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a speech on August 8, 2012 at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. Clinton urged South Africa to build on icon Nelson Mandela's legacy and flex its growing influence on the global sticking points of Syria, Iran and Zimbabwe.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the midst of an 11-day trip across sub-Saharan Africa. Speaking on 1 August on the topic “Remarks on Building Sustainable Partnerships in Africa,” Clinton at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, Clinton told her audience, “The Obama Administration’s comprehensive strategy on Sub-Saharan Africa is based on four pillars: first, to promote opportunity and development; second, to spur economic growth, trade, and investment; third, to advance peace and security; and fourth, to strengthen democratic institutions.”

  • US Midwest Hit by Perfect Storm on Gas Prices Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | 4:00 PM ET
    Gas Pump

    Retail gasoline prices in the U.S. Midwest were as much as 50 cents higher than in the rest of the country this week, and a number of contributing factors are to blame.

  • Israel: No Oil, but Now Overflowing in NatGas Monday, 6 Aug 2012 | 2:58 PM ET
    A flame rises from a tower at Yemen's second liquid natural gas plant in the coastal area of Balhaf.

    Ever since its founding as an autonomous state in 1948, Israel has relied on imported energy to meet its domestic power demands. However, offshore exploration operations have now found giant natural gas fields able to supply the country with more gas than it can use.

  • Why the Kurds Hold All the Cards in Iraq Oil Sector Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 3:35 PM ET
    Tawke oil field near the town of Zacho in Dohuk province about 250 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.

    The Kurdish government in Iraq announced Wednesday it would resume oil exports from the region later this week. Erbil had shut down exports in April, blaming the central government in Baghdad for withholding payments owed to international oil companies working in the semi-autonomous north. The region's Ministry of Natural Resources said the resumption was a goodwill gesture meant to encourage the central government to settle the outstanding payments. With foreign companies seemingly focusing their financial energy in northern Iraq, however, the gesture may be more of a power play than a confidence-building effort.

  • Which Large Oil Fields Are Waiting to Be Developed? Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 9:48 AM ET
    An oil drilling rig in the Junin 10 field in the Orinoco Oil Belt, in Anzoategui, Venezuela on January 24, 2012.

    For a variety of reasons there still exist many untapped oil fields in the world. Those reasons may be political, technological, geological, or economical; but as time goes on they are being resolved to the extent that some huge fields are now becoming available for exploration and production.