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  • 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.

  • Domestic Critics Slow Potential LNG Export Boom Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:35 AM ET

    Heated debate over the impact of  liquefied natural gas exports on domestic prices is threatening to derail them at a crucial time for the U.S. industry.

  • 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.

  • Poll: Is Shale-Gas Fracking Safe? Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:32 AM ET

    Proponents say proper technology for fracking is already in place, but opponents worry about water contamination. What do you think?

  • Heading Off Threats to Global Energy Security Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 8:48 AM ET
    Locals ride a canoe past oil instalations belonging to the Mobil oil company in Bonny Island, Nigeria, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006. Militant groups using kidnappings and sabotage attacks to press their demands for a share of the region's oil wealth, which they accuse the central government of stealing, have made southern Nigeria a volatile place. (AP Photo/George Osodi)

    Michael Bagley, president of corporate intelligence firm Jellyfish Operations, and security expert Jennifer Giroux discuss how companies can plan and react in hostile environments.

  • Istanbul's Arasta Bazaar

    Though Turkey was one of several countries to receive a temporary waiver from U.S. sanctions, it is looking to Saudi Arabia and Libya for crude oil, as well as a number of other energy sources.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks at Latin American summit

    Venezuela now boasts the world's largest proven oil reserves but the claim is “irrelevant” because the Latin American producer is struggling to secure enough investment and technical expertise to unlock the resource, Ed Morse, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities Research for Citigroup Global Markets told CNBC.

  • Natural Gas Prices Surge Over Surprise Outlook Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | 1:39 PM ET
    Natural Gas

    Natural gas futures surged over 12 percent on Thursday, topping $2.46 per million British Thermal Units (BTUs), after an unexpectedly bullish storage report helped prices rally above key technical levels.

  • Solar Power Rises in the Mideast, North Africa Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | 2:03 PM ET
    Sahara Desert

    A number of recent developments highlight the push for renewable energy in the MENA region, from Saudi Arabia’s ambitious solar plans to Qatar’s first-ever polysilicon plant and massive concentrated solar power plants across North Africa.

  • Carving Up Iraq, Barrel by Barrel Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 11:42 AM ET
    Tawke oil field near the town of Zacho in Dohuk province about 250 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.

    The struggle for power in Iraq between the north and south is shaping the future of energy production in the region and beyond.

  • Oil Declines, but Doesn't Help European Consumers Friday, 25 May 2012 | 3:25 PM ET

    As U.S. and European markets have tumbled in the last month, oil prices have also posted double-digit declines, but the slide isn't helping consumers in the euro zone.

  • Traders say weak U.S. ISM services data and other poor economic data from Europe trumps positive U.S. manufacturing data earlier this week and is adding to the pressure on oil prices.

  • Palladium's Revving Up Gains Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 3:24 PM ET
    Palladium

    Palladium raced ahead of all other metals in April. After climbing double digits in the first quarter, platinum and silver futures were down 4 and 5 percent, respectively. Both metals lost ground for the second consecutive month. Copper prices were flat, and gold seems to have lost its luster, posting its third straight monthly decline.

  • Equitable Origin is a start up that is trying to change the way oil and natural gas drilling occurs so that it is safer and cleaner, and there is accountability in the event of a disaster.

  • Spotlight: Energy Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 1:05 PM ET
    Wind farm in Evia, Greece

    There are too many options but no one solution to the energy problem. Our needs are many. The current alternative energies — solar, wind, biofuels, nuclear and geothermal — all have limitations, but they're worth it until something better comes along.

  • The State of Deepwater Drilling     Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 7:40 PM ET

    CNBC'S Brian Shactman reports on the state of deepwater drilling two years after the BP oil spill.

  • John Schiller, Energy XXI CEO, discusses where he sees oil prices headed and how his company plans to make money, with Mad Money's Jim Cramer.