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  • U.S. Gasoline Prices Fell over Past Two Weeks Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | 4:27 AM ET

    The average retail price for a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 4.31 cents in the last two weeks, but is not expected to drop much more, according to an industry analyst.

  • Specialists Work on Kazakh Oil Row Solution: Prodi Sunday, 7 Oct 2007 | 3:36 PM ET

    Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, arriving in Kazakhstan on Sunday, said specialists were working on potential solutions to a dispute between Kazakh authorities and Italian oil company Eni.

  • GE to Shut Lighting Plants, Cut Up To 1,400 Jobs Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 6:12 PM ET

    General Electric said Thursday it will close a number of lighting plants in Brazil and the U.S., as part of a plan to restructure its consumer and industrial division, potentially cutting more than 1,400 jobs in the process.

  • ConocoPhillips 'Encouraged' by Venezuela Talks Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 3:06 PM ET

    ConocoPhillips Chief Executive James Mulva said on Wednesday he was "encouraged" by talks with Venezuela on reaching a compensation deal over the seizure of the oil company's assets there.

  • Energy Secretary Pushes for Energy-Efficient Bulbs Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 10:58 AM ET

    Amid soaring oil prices and ballooning global fuel demand, the Bush Administration is calling on Americans to help conserve energy on a personal level.

  • Indonesia Wants to Boost Share in Disputed Gas Block Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 5:33 AM ET

    Indonesia wants to boost its share of the revenues from a disputed offshore natural gas block held by U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro said late Tuesday.

  • Kazakhstan Softens Rhetoric Over Kashagan Oil Delay Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 5:02 AM ET

    Kazakhstan softened its rhetoric on Wednesday in a row over production delays with a group of oil companies led by Italy's Eni, saying it hoped to resolve environmental concerns at the offshore oilfield.

  • GM Sales Rise in September, While Ford, Toyota Fall Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 3:28 PM ET

    General Motors said U.S. sales rose nearly 4% in September, boosted by incentives on its pickup trucks, while Ford Motor and Toyota Motor posted declines.

  • September Auto Sales Expected to Decline Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 4:20 PM ET
    2008 Honda Accord

    September auto sales are expected to be weak due to a credit crunch, high gas prices and the troubled housing market, reflecting an overall slowdown for the year but little effect from the brief strike against General Motors, industry analysts say.

  • Russia's resources ministry asked the new prime minister on Friday to approve its plan to make oil firms spend billions of dollars on cutting the amount of gas wastefully flared off during oil production.

  • Record Coal Prices Hammer Power Generators Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 9:40 AM ET
    Coal Plant

    Record high coal prices and tight supply are piling the pressure on electricity generators already hit by soaring oil markets and high gas prices, industry players say.

  • World's Biggest Polluters Start Climate Talks Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 6:37 AM ET

    The world's biggest greenhouse gas polluters -- including the United States and China -- sent envoys to the U.S. State Department Thursday for discussions on climate change and what to do about it.

  • Kazakhstan Government Allowed to Break Oil Contracts Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 7:00 AM ET

    Kazakh lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday allowing the government to unilaterally break contracts with foreign companies, potentially threatening an Italian-led consortium developing a giant oilfield.

  • Philips Plans to Raise Environment-Friendly Sales Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 4:02 AM ET

    Philips Electronics said on Tuesday it plans to spend 1 billion euros ($1.41 billion) over the next five years to increase sales of environment-friendly products.

  • Wal-Mart to Look at Suppliers' Energy Efficiency Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 9:39 AM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores has formed a partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project to look for ways for its suppliers to better manage their energy efficiency, as part of its environmental push, the company said on Monday.

  • Oil Firms Boost Output from US Gulf after Storm Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 9:15 AM ET

    Oil companies increased oil and natural gas output from the offshore Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, recovering from a tropical depression that dealt the biggest blow to the region's energy production in two years.

  • Gingrich, Thompson, Clinton: Key Political Notes Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 11:21 AM ET
    Newt Gingrich

    Here are notes of interest from the political front. The first one on Newt Gingrich is from a breakfast meeting I attended this week with other journalists. The former Speaker sees a bleak Republican outlook but keeps a potential 2008 candidacy alive.

  • EU Clashes with U.S. Over Airline Emissions Trade Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 10:59 AM ET

    The European Union will press ahead with plans to include aviation in its emissions trading system despite United States' efforts through a U.N. body to discourage it, a spokeswoman for the EU executive said on Friday.

  • BP Says Alaska Oil Production Problems Inflated Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | 10:46 AM ET

    Oil major BP has complained to Alaska state officials about the description of at least two oil production disruptions posted on an official state website, a BP spokesman said Wednesday night.

  • Sakhalin-2's Winter Crude Exports Delayed Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 9:14 AM ET

    Russian Sakhalin-2's first year-round exports of Vityaz crude will be pushed back to next year due to delays in pipeline commissioning, sources said on Wednesday.