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  • Can the Natural Gas Sector Save the US Economy? Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:41 AM ET

    Natural gas's real potential for economic impact lies in the vast reservoirs of shale gas that are newly accessible through hydraulic fracturing.

  • Fracking Brings Riches and Reservations Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:41 AM ET

    Amid cries for energy independence, fracking has become crucial to taking advantage of previously untapped resources. Take a closer look at hydraulic fracturing, and why the technology has become so important and controversial.

  • Natural Gas: A Raging Bull in its Battle with Coal Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:39 AM ET

    Environmental issues aside,  the economics of natural gas may have already dethroned coal as the nation's key source of electrical power.

  • Fracking Would Revive Texas' Energy-Patch Glory Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    Natural gas has often taken a backseat to crude oil in the Texas energy business, but the advent of fracking shale gas has given it star billing in the Lone Star State — and the nation.

  • Big Players Poised for Big Payoff Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:36 AM ET

    The natural gas industry may be hurting from rock-bottom prices now but if allowed to fully exploit the shale-gas boom, there may be few losers and many winners in the years to come.

  • Domestic Critics Slow Potential LNG Export Boom Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:35 AM ET

    Heated debate over the impact of  liquefied natural gas exports on domestic prices is threatening to derail them at a crucial time for the U.S. industry.

  • The Fracking of America Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:34 AM ET
    Men work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site.

    It's almost impossible to overestimate the importance of fracking to the natural gas industry and the nation. It's also difficult to understate the controversy surrounding the environmental issues.  Our special report, "Who's Winning the Natural Gas Game?," addresses both

  • Should Government Get Involved in the Boom? Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:34 AM ET

    Other countries have invested billions in alternative fuels, from Brazil's government-sponsored soybean-ethanol push to France's headlong expansion of nuclear power after the oil shocks of the 1970s. Should the U.S. do the same? 

  • Bounty Could Make or Break Other Industries Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    The proliferation of fracking and the likelihood of a long-running, shale-gas boom are destined to make winners and losers out of a lot of industries beyond the energy sector.

  • Poll: Is Shale-Gas Fracking Safe? Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:32 AM ET

    Proponents say proper technology for fracking is already in place, but opponents worry about water contamination. What do you think?

  • Heading Off Threats to Global Energy Security Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 8:48 AM ET
    Locals ride a canoe past oil instalations belonging to the Mobil oil company in Bonny Island, Nigeria, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006. Militant groups using kidnappings and sabotage attacks to press their demands for a share of the region's oil wealth, which they accuse the central government of stealing, have made southern Nigeria a volatile place. (AP Photo/George Osodi)

    Michael Bagley, president of corporate intelligence firm Jellyfish Operations, and security expert Jennifer Giroux discuss how companies can plan and react in hostile environments.

  • Istanbul's Arasta Bazaar

    Though Turkey was one of several countries to receive a temporary waiver from U.S. sanctions, it is looking to Saudi Arabia and Libya for crude oil, as well as a number of other energy sources.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks at Latin American summit

    Venezuela now boasts the world's largest proven oil reserves but the claim is “irrelevant” because the Latin American producer is struggling to secure enough investment and technical expertise to unlock the resource, Ed Morse, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities Research for Citigroup Global Markets told CNBC.

  • US Consumers Will Return to Buying     Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | 7:10 PM ET

    Todd Everts, President & CEO, Wall Street Global is confident that U.S. consumers will return to buying as they believe the economy will improve.

  • BP sign

    BP is promising investors its ready to shift back to expanding its oil production and building financial momentum.

  • Sanctions Not Impacting Iranian Oil: Report Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 3:28 PM ET
    View of Iran's oil industry installations in Mahshahr, Khuzestan province, southern Iran.

    An updated industry report published shows Iran as having produced 3.752 million barrels per day (bpd) in February, marking the highest output since December 2008.

  • Mitt Romney Not ‘Apologizing for Success’ Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 3:16 PM ET

    Mitt Romney on Tuesday called the Buffett Rule a “gimmick” and dismissed the plan to make millionaires pay a minimum of 30 percent in income tax little more than political posturing.

  • Nat Gas Prices 'Close to a Bottom': Boone Pickens Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 | 3:46 PM ET
    Boone T. Pickens

    Natural gas prices, which earlier Wednesday broke below $2, are as low as they'll get, T. Boone Pickens told CNBC.

  • Vale's Giant Iron Ore Ships     Monday, 9 Apr 2012 | 6:46 PM ET

    Michael Langford, Proprietary Trader, StreamTrading.com explains why Vale's Valemax ships, which are fleet of very large ore carriers, will be positive for importers such as China, but negative for shipowners.

  • Natural Gas

    The energy industry will be glad to partner with private equity and spend the several billions of dollars it will take to build highway infrastructure to encourage consumers to use natural gas —if the U.S. government says it "won't stand in the way of making that happen," the head of Anadarko Petroleum told CNBC Monday.