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  • Natural Gas Getting Hotter as Asian Demand Grows Friday, 6 Jun 2008 | 1:11 PM ET
    Natural Gas

    Global gas assets, especially in countries like Australia, have become a red-hot commodity as companies race to outbid each other for the clean energy to meet a spike in Asian demand that outpaces supply.

  • As Energy Costs Soar, US Looks to Solar Friday, 6 Jun 2008 | 10:28 AM ET
    Winemaker Greg Allen walks between floating solar panels on a pond behind the Far Niente winery in Oakville, Calif. The winery is trying out a new approach in the volts-for-vines tradeoff, saving vineyard space by floating solar panels on a pond that recycles water left over from the winemaking process. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Apple is considering harnessing the sun to power its iPod music players. California's Ironwood prison is installing more than 6,000 solar panels, and Boston's Fenway Park is tapping solar power for Red Sox baseball games.

  • IEA Urges "Energy Revolution" to Halve CO2 Friday, 6 Jun 2008 | 7:34 AM ET

    World governments must quickly start a $45 trillion "energy technology revolution" that could drive up the cost of producing carbon ten-fold, or risk emissions surging by 2050, the West's energy watchdog warned on Friday.

  • Web Sites That Help You To Live The Green Life Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 1:53 PM ET

    Today Discovery's launches its Planet Green eco-tainment cable channel, and the number of eco-friendly products on the market makes it clear that Green is H-O-T. National Geographic launched "Green Guide," its first service magazine.

  • Planet Green

    Tomorrow Discovery launches Planet Green, replacing its home network with the first 24/7 network dedicated to environmentally-friendly programming. The new buzz word is "eco-tainment" and the company that gave us the highly-rated "Planet Earth" series is betting it'll be in high demand.

  • Coal Expansion in Montana Hinges on Election Results Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 10:26 AM ET

    Underneath Montana lies an estimated $1.5 trillion of coal, but with uncertainty about future environmental rules, investors are wary about opening new mines in the rugged Western U.S. state.

  • Oil Price Crash Not Imminent Despite Bubble: Soros Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 10:18 AM ET

    The phenomenal rise in oil prices show signs of a bubble, but a crash is not imminent, billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday.

  • .Countrywide will be swallowed up by Bank of America sometime this summer, barring any last minute surprises. How will BofA celebrate? If this YouTube video is any indication, it will involve twisting a U2 hit into something Michael Scott would sing to motivate his staff on "The Office."

  • Senate to Take Up Landmark Climate Legislation Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | 9:26 AM ET
    Washington D.C.

    With the country in the grips of  near-hysteria over soaring gasoline prices, Congress begins debate Monday on landmark climate legislation that critics say will substantially increase energy costs – and not produce any of the intended environmental benefits.

  • Iran Builds 7 Refineries To Boost Capacity Saturday, 31 May 2008 | 9:45 AM 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)

    Iran is constructing seven refineries in an effort to boost its crude and gas refining capacity by more than 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd), a senior oil official was quoted as saying on Saturday.

  • Hurricane Season May Be A Perfect Storm for Energy Friday, 30 May 2008 | 10:42 AM ET

    The 2008 hurricane season officially begins on Sunday, and active season could have serious implications for energy prices.

  • CEOs Sound Off on America's Oil Crisis Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 11:48 AM ET

    CEOs on the frontlines of America's oil crisis discuss the effects soaring gasoline prices are having on their businesses and their customers.

  • $4 Gas Has Consumers at 'Tipping Point': AutoNation CEO Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 11:24 AM ET

    AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson joined the CNBC 'Squawk Box' crew to discuss the effects higher gasoline prices are having on the automotive industry and consumers.  Americans, he said, have finally reached the "tipping point" at four dollars a gallon.

  • Oil Prices Could Be Nearing A Peak After Record Rise Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 5:01 PM ET
    Oil Refinery

    The unprecedented run-up in oil prices may finally have reached a peak as the dollar stabilizes, Saudi Arabia boosts production slightly and demand slows, analysts say.

  • Exxon Holders Reject Split of CEO, Chairman Roles Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 2:13 PM ET
    Exxon Mobile

    Slightly less than 40 percent of shareholders voted at the oil company's annual meeting Wednesday to create an independent chairman.

  • Indonesia Unhappy with Costly Oil, Quits OPEC Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 10:03 AM ET

    Indonesia will quit the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries because as a net oil importer it is not happy with high global crude prices, the energy minister said on Wednesday.

  • Rockefellers to Face Off with Exxon CEO at Meeting Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 7:57 AM ET
    Exxon Mobile

    Exxon Mobil has scrapped with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez over nationalized oil projects and sparred with U.S. senators over high oil prices.

  • China "Quake Lake" Fears Prompt New Evacuation Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 12:01 AM ET
    An earthquake survivor looks for remains from his collapsed house following last week earthquake in Leigu near the town of Beichuan, southwest China's Sichuan Province Tuesday, May 20, 2008 .(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

    China has evacuated more than 150,000 people living below an swollen lake formed by this month's devastating earthquake amid fears it could burst and trigger massive flooding, state media said on Wednesday.

  • Strong Aftershock Causes More Misery in China Sunday, 25 May 2008 | 7:28 PM ET
    A man searches for his relatives in the debris of collapsed buildings at earthquake-hit Beichuan County in Mianyang of southwest China's Sichuan province, Thursday, May 15, 2008. The deadliest earthquake to hit China in decades has killed at least 19,509 people and the toll is likely to rise sharply as tens of thousands more remain buried under debris three days after the Monday tremor.(AP Photo/Color China Photo)**CHINA OUT**

    A strong aftershock jolted southwest China killing at least one person and injuring 400 others, state media said, nearly a fortnight after a big earthquake killed tens of thousands in the same area.

  • Gasoline Prices Soar as Memorial Holiday Begins Friday, 23 May 2008 | 11:52 AM ET
    New York Gas Prices at $4 per gallon

    As consumers began hitting the road Friday for the Memorial Day weekend, they faced the sobering reality that it now costs $87 to fill a Ford Explorer SUV, up $14 from last year, and $72 to fill a mid-sized Honda Accord, up $12