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  • Toyota Says Prius is not Government-Funded Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 11:08 PM ET
    **FILE** Unsold 2007 Prius hybrid sedans sit on the lot of a Toyota dealership in Boulder, Colo., on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007. Hybrid vehicles are on track to achieve record U.S. sales this year despite signs consumer interest in hybrids is waning, an auto information company said Thursday.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

    Toyota Motor on Wednesday challenged a claim by a former senior executive that Japan's government funded the development of technology that drives the market-leading Prius hybrid.

  • US March Auto Sales Drop, GM Off 13% Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 2:37 AM ET
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    U.S. auto sales dropped 12 percent in March in a decline blamed on shaky consumer confidence, high fuel prices and concern that a housing market downturn could spread into a full recession.

  • Wind turbines are seen in Dronten, the Netherlands, July 27, 2006. The Dutch have used windmills for centuries to pump water out of their low-lying country, and old-fashioned wooden mills are closely linked with their international image. But in the face of a large and growing lobby against the windmill's modern electricity-generating counterpart, the wind turbine, the country has now started moving them offshore and out of sight. (AP Photo/ Peter Dejong)

    Democrats think they have a revenue-neutral solution: shift some $18 billion in subsidies now helping the bottom line of the oil and gas industry to fledging green industries – wind, solar and alternative fuels.

  • Truckers Snarl Traffic in Protest of Fuel Prices Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | 2:46 PM ET
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    Independent truckers around the country pulled their rigs off the road and others slowed to a crawl on major highways in a loosely organized protest of high fuel prices.

  • Russian Tatneft Mulls Joint Project with Chevron Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | 4:08 AM ET

    Russian mid-sized oil firm Tatneft said on Tuesday it is considering a joint project with Chevron after the head of the U.S. oil major's Russian operations met the president of Tatarstan.

  • Kansas Coal Plants Still Caught in Standoff Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 2:50 PM ET
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    Supporters of two controversial coal power plants proposed for Western Kansas say they hope to pass new legislation this week that could override an expected veto by the governor and allow the $3.6 billion project to move ahead.

  • Daimler CEO Sees Fuel Cell Use in Near Future Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 2:33 PM ET

    With summer driving season around the corner, and the cost of gasoline at record highs, pain at the pump has become an everyday reality. And that has some automakers shifting their focus to alternative fuels, like hydrogen cells.

  • Kansas Coal Plants Still Caught in Standoff Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 1:08 PM ET
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    Supporters of two controversial coal power plants proposed for Western Kansas say they hope to pass new legislation this week that could override an expected veto by the governor and allow the $3.6 billion project to move ahead.

  • Oil Firms 'In Liquidation,' Says 'Peak Oil' Advocate Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | 1:26 PM ET
    Matt Simmons

    Oil majors can't get ahead of production declines despite spending on unconventional sources, an energy sector investment banker says.

  • US Gas Prices Rise to Record $3.26 per Gallon Monday, 24 Mar 2008 | 4:40 AM ET

    The average price of a gallon of gas in the United States has risen to a record $3.26, and the cost of diesel fuel has soared to a record $4.06 a gallon, adding to pressure on consumers and the companies that deliver their goods.

  • The 'Peak Oil' Theory: Will Oil Reserves Run Dry? Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | 6:27 PM ET
    Matt Simmons

    The concept of "peak oil" could  be thrown out the window if vast offshore and unconventional sources can be developed. Two experts weigh in on the subject.

  • Salt could shake up world energy supply Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 12:57 PM ET

    Salt power  is a tantalizing, if  still distant, alternative energy prospect as high oil prices make  more exotic alternatives  look more economical.

  • On the Line: Darling International CEO Randal Stuewe Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 7:27 PM ET

    Finally, a stock that touches on three key trends: animal feed, biofuel and the environment.

  • US Gasoline Prices Rise to New Record Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 11:39 AM ET
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    The cost of filling up the family car jumped to a record high Tuesday, adding to the challenges consumers already face with falling home values and rising food prices.

  • Catastrophes Cost $70 Billion in '07: Swiss Re Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 9:18 AM ET

    Economic losses from natural and man-made catastrophes in 2007 were more than $70 billion, with insurers hit by claims amounting to $28 billion, according to research released on Tuesday by Swiss Re, the world's largest reinsurer.

  • Venezuela's Chavez Is Roiling Oil Markets Again Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 2:21 PM ET
    Hugo Chavez

    Continued military tensions between Colombia and its neighbors Venezuela and Ecuador--both OPEC members--are expected to keep upward pressure on oil prices. But analysts say it won't cause a significant spike in crude as long as armed conflict is avoided.

  • Geneva Motor Show: A Bevy of Beauties Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 11:26 AM ET

    It was all about beautiful cars and gorgeous girls as CNBC took to the ground for the 78th Geneva Motor Show, where automakers revealed their latest models, concept cars and technical and environmental innovations for 2008.

  • Gazprom Cuts Gas Supplies to Ukraine by 25% Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | 1:33 PM ET

    Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom reduced supplies to Ukraine by a quarter on Monday, just hours after its chairman and Kremlin candidate Dmitry Medvedev won Russia's presidential election.

  • Ford to Cut Shifts, Lay Off Some 2,500 Workers Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | 12:00 PM ET
    Ford announced today that it is cutting production by 21% resulting in downtime at the assembly plant in St. Thomas Ontario on Friday Aug. 18, 2006. Ford Motor Co. announces sharp cuts in its North American production that would force it to partially shut down plants in the U.S. and Canada in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Geoff Robins)

    Ford Motor said Monday it would eliminate shifts at four U.S. plants and lay off some 2,500 workers -- or almost 5 percent of its remaining work force -- as part of an effort to cut costs and return to profitability next year.

  • Venezuela Wants OPEC to Study Exxon Fight Saturday, 1 Mar 2008 | 1:55 PM ET
    Hugo Chavez

    Venezuela wants next week's OPEC meeting to discuss its escalating legal battle with Exxon Mobil, a Venezuelan official was reported by Algeria's official APS news agency as saying on Saturday.