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  • If Chavez Dies, What's Next for the US and Venezuela? Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 11:25 AM ET
    Hugo Chavez wins election.

    The implications of Hugo Chavez's illness are enormous, for Venezuela, for the world, and particularly for the U.S., which remains highly dependent on imports of Venezuelan crude.

  • Big Oil Goes Solar in Middle East Energy Search Monday, 17 Dec 2012 | 11:41 AM ET

    Solar technology can use heat from the sun to extract heavy crude from aging fields — an idea that is gaining ground with Big Oil companies.

  • Gazprom Pays Price for Doing Putin's Bidding: Analysts Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 | 11:08 AM ET
    Gazprom

    Russia's Gazprom will beat Exxon Mobil this year to become the most profitable company in the world, and yet its shares are down 18 percent. Why? The answer may lie with the priorities of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • The US Will Become an Energy Exporter: CEO     Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 | 5:30 AM ET

    Dr. Gary Ross, CEO at PIRA Energy Group, tells CNBC that the Shale revolution is a game changer and that people don't realize how huge the United States shale oil reserves are.

  • Iran Skirts Sanctions, With a Little Help From Friends Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 1:37 PM ET

    Despite pressure from the U.S. and others, several companies are still investing in the Iranian energy sector.

  • HSBC to Pay $1.9 Billion for Money Laundering Monday, 10 Dec 2012 | 7:27 PM ET

    Federal and state authorities plan to announce a record $1.9 billion settlement with HSBC on Tuesday, a major victory in the government's broad crackdown on money laundering at banks.

  • Will the Shale Boom Live Up to the Hype? Thursday, 6 Dec 2012 | 2:46 PM ET

    Energy security expert Michael Levi discusses how the oil and gas industry is heading toward transformation.

  • China Further Fuels Tension in South China Sea Dispute Thursday, 6 Dec 2012 | 4:04 AM ET
    oil drilling in the south China Seas

    China told Vietnam on Thursday to stop unilateral oil exploration in disputed areas of the South China Sea, raising tension in protracted maritime territorial disputes with its neighbors.

  • US Can Use More Gas Shipments Abroad: Study Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | 3:07 PM ET

    America should embrace shipping its surplus natural gas abroad, according to a study released on Wednesday.

  • Freeport Buying Plains Exploration & McMoRan     Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | 11:23 AM ET

    CNBC's David Faber has the latest details on Freeport-McMoRan's acquisition of Plains Exploration and McMoRan Exploration, in a deal that will create a natural resource giant.

  • Oil Market Is Tighter Than You Think: Expert     Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 2:15 AM ET

    Mark Lewis, director of Commodities Research at Deutsche Bank Securities, informs CNBC as to why the oil price remains so high when there is so much supply coming into the market.

  • Ukraine Nearly Signs $1.1 Billion Fake Gas Deal Thursday, 29 Nov 2012 | 12:44 PM ET

    Ukraine was about to sign a $1.1 billion dollar deal with Spain’s Gas Natural Fenosa when it realized one teensy problem--the deal was a fake!

  • Iran in Position to Threaten Oil lanes Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 12:05 PM ET

    In December, the U.S. military will have only one aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf for the first time in two years. The Iranian navy said it was kicking off a military exercise in the region at that time.  If talks scheduled between Tehran and the IAEA turn sour, there's potential for Iran to exploit the security vacuum for geopolitical gain.

  • How Shareholders Are Squeezing the Fracking Industry Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 3:26 PM ET

    Activism surrounding fracking has now migrated into the ranks of actual shareholders in the companies that perform fracking.

  • The Energy Factor: Fracking     Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 8:44 AM ET

    CNBC's Brian Shactman reports on the oil boom which has resulted from fracking the Bakken shale in North Dakota.

  • Is a Larger Middle East War Inevitable? Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:14 AM ET

    Double, double toil and trouble.  All the elements for a larger regional conflict are slowly falling into place, just as the witches’ ingredients in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as the fateful day, November 6th, or Election Day approaches. Oilprice.com reports.

  • Forget Renewables, We Need Cheap Oil Now: Analyst Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:45 PM ET

    What does our worlds energy future look like? To help us look into the future we spoke with Gail Tverberg, a well-known independent researcher and commentator on energy issues and author of the popular blog, Our Finite World.

  • The Path Past Politics to Natural Gas Exports Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:58 PM ET
    hydraulic fracturing process

    US natural gas production is rising despite fewer rigs in operation, but far more reserves could be unleashed by fracking. Exports are one answer to overabundance, so what's the holdup? Oilprice.com reports.

  • Bombs Dumped in Gulf of Mexico Threaten Oil Rigs Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:24 PM ET
    Gas is flared off from a Petroleos Mexicanos offshore platform producing oil from the Ku-Maloob-Zaap field in the Gulf of Mexico 65 miles northeast of Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico.

    The U.S. designated certain areas around its coast for the safe dumping of explosives, but the records of where these munitions were dumped are incomplete. Now those forgotten payloads have become a real hazard for oil ocmpanies that drill deep sea wells.

  • Oil Pump

    On June 30, 2009, oil mysteriously jumped by more than $1.50 a barrel during the night, to reach its highest price in eight months, the kind of swing that is caused by a major geopolitical event.

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