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  • Betting on an Energy Bonanza Under the Caspian Sea Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 1:16 PM ET
    Caspian Sea

    Multinational energy companies are looking at opportunities in Turkmenistan, a country of five million people that borders the Caspian Sea and sits on the world’s fourth or fifth largest reserves of natural gas.

  • Oil May Hit $100 Next Week Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | 9:18 AM ET

    US crude has been flirting with the $100-a barrel milestone for the past month. It got the market excited on Wednesday, when it briefly surged to a lifetime high of $99.29 a barrel, before settling lower. The market clearly wants to hit the benchmark – and will try again next week.

  • Milestones In Crude Oil Prices Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 12:39 PM ET

    It seems downright unbelievable, but about a year ago, crude oil was trading at $50 a barrel.

  • What Record High Oil Prices Mean for You Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 11:28 AM ET

    Oil prices keep breaking record highs. What does it mean for the economy--and investors? Here's what some of the experts are saying on CNBC.

  • Cooler Weather Aids California Firefighters Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 | 5:00 PM ET

    Cool weather and calm skies helped thousands of firefighters beat back Southern California wildfires Saturday, although flare-ups in some places meant the battle was not yet over.

  • California Wildfire Damages Could Top $1.6 Billion Friday, 26 Oct 2007 | 12:27 AM ET
    A Los Angeles County firefighter braces against wind and flames as fire leaps across Rambla Pacifico in the Santa Monica Mountains.

    Insured losses from California wildfires could exceed $1.6 billion if the fires continued tospread, a risk modeling firm said Thursday.

  • Schwarzenegger: California Fires to Hit Economy Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 9:55 PM ET

    Wildfires continued to burn out of control across Southern California for a third day on Tuesday as 500,000 people fled the San Diego area, and firefighters made a desperate stand to save a mountain town ringed by flames.

  • Sony Closes HQ Near San Diego Due to Fires Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 12:21 PM ET

    The corporate headquarters of Sony Electronics has been closed Tuesday for the second day due to the wildfires ravaging Southern California.

  • 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.

  • The Business of the Undead Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | 11:27 AM ET
    Zombie

    There is a group of do-gooders based in St. Louis who hold blood drives and sell t-shirts and generally try to educate people about how best to prepare for disaster. Any disaster. Like, even the ultimate-worst-horrible-oh-my-goodness-I-can't-believe-this-is-happening-to-me kind of disaster. Just would that disaster be? Well, the group is called the Zombie Squad (or ZS), and it claims the worst of the worst is... zombies.

  • Pickens: Crude Oil Could Hit $100 by Next Year Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 4:29 PM ET
    Boone Pickens

    Oil tycoon Boone Pickens told CNBC that the price of crude oil could hit $100 a barrel by next year.   “The trend is up, demand is up and supply is flat, so it’s got to go on up,” said Pickens, CEO of BP Capital.

  • OPEC Would Discuss Output Hike if $80 Oil Lasts Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 5:38 AM ET
    Oil Refinery

    OPEC would likely hold consultations about boosting supply again if the price of oil stayed above $80 a barrel for more than 15-20 days, an OPEC source said on Tuesday.

  • Getting Down to Earth Amidst Soaring Oil Prices Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | 5:48 AM ET

    It’s been a busy week for us in the news industry.  Japan’s prime minister resigned and was promptly hospitalized; several big earthquakes hit Indonesia; Hurricane Humberto came out of nowhere, hitting the Texas-Louisiana coast with 85-mph winds; and the news highlighter for my little Commodity Store this week – crude oil prices hitting a record peak, crossing the $80 threshold to settle at $80.20 a barrel in New York on Thursday. 

  • OPEC Likely to Keep Oil Quota Unchanged Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | 8:39 AM ET
    Oil Pump

    The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will likely keep its official flow of oil steady when its meets Sept. 11 in Vienna, despite concerns that already high prices will spike when winter demand increases.

  • A COOL Reception for OPEC Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | 8:01 AM ET

    CNBC Europe's Steve Sedgwick reports from the OPEC meeting in Vienna and has a new idea for making member delegates feel welcome.

  • OPEC President Calls Oil Market Well Balanced Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 5:35 AM ET

    The oil market is well balanced with no shortage of supplies, OPEC's president said on Thursday, the latest comment by the producer group implying it will maintain output curbs at its meeting next week.

  • Shell, Dow in Talks on Iraq Chemical Plant Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 1:36 PM ET
    Shell

    Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Dow Chemical are in talks with the Iraqi government to renovate and expand a chemical plant in southern Iraq at a cost of up to $2.1 billion, the Iraqi industry minister said.

  • Don't Squeeze The Juice!!! Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 1:47 AM ET

    The 1983 comedy movie 'Trading Places' should be required viewing for those with a taste for investing in commodity markets.  Now I've got your attention ... orange juice futures, or to go by their official market designation -- Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice -- take center stage this week.  Especially now, during hurricane season. 

  • “It’s later than we think” warns a new and grim report on global warming. 2,500 of the world’s leading climate scientists say global warming is so severe it will continue for centuries leading to a far different planet. As you can imagine, the findings presented by the International Panel on Climate Change have sparked a wide range of reactions. On CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Joe Kernen spoke with an esteemed scientist who believes there might be a dirty little secret behind them.