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  • Commodities Tomorrow: Heavy Volume in Gold & Silver Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:00 PM ET
    Commodities Tomorrow: Heavy Volume in Gold & Silver

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • 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.

  • Exxon, Rosneft to Drill in Soviet Nuclear Dump Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 2:58 PM ET
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    Exxon Mobil and Rosneft are planning to drill in the Kara Sea that holds enough oil to supply the world for five years. But environmentalists fear nuclear radiation.

  • An aerial view looking south along the Mediterranean coast of the walled old city of Akko in northern Israel.

    Israel is interested in developing natural gas alternatives in the eastern Mediterranean. The problem is that it is in contested waters claimed by not only Israel, but the Palestinian Authority, the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey.

  • What's Next? $90 Oil? Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 | 4:00 PM ET
    What's Next? $90 Oil?

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson takes a look what fueled Wednesday's dramatic slide in oil futures -- the biggest drop in two months -- and where prices could be headed from here.

  • Can Syria's Rebels Ever Overthrow Assad? Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 2:49 PM ET
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    In an interview with OilPrice.com, the president of a private intelligence company discusses whether rebels can defeat Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

  • Commodities Next Week: Iran Sanctions Deadline Sunday

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead to where oil and precious metals are likely headed next week.

  • 4 Biofuels That Don't Take Food Off People's Tables Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 | 3:53 PM ET
    Micro algae in solution bubble in a jug during a NASA tour of its OMEGA wastewater biofuel system at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant in San Francisco, California. The OMEGA, or Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae project, uses treated sewage to grow algae in floating tubes that can capture carbon dioxide and produce biofuel without competing with agriculture for water, fertilizer, or land.

    The production of advanced biofuels was up this year by some 437 gallons over last year, but economic challenges remain formidable and technology will be the key to unlocking potential.

  • A makeshift emerald mine in The Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan.

    Officials and industry experts are worried that the potential wealth to be made from Afghanistan's resources has increased the level of corruption, violence, and intrigue in the country.

  • No Need to Import OPEC Oil: Pickens Monday, 10 Sep 2012 | 4:10 PM ET
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    The U.S. has the natural resources to one day stop importing OPEC crude oil, Boone Pickens, founder of BP Capital, told CNBC’s "Street Signs" on Monday.

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    Saudi Arabia, the world's central bank for oil, could become a net oil importer by 2030 according to a new study by Citigroup, the international financial conglomerate.

  • Five Oligarchs Whose Names You Need to Know Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 3:53 PM ET
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    Oligarchs are the wealthy few who benefit from the government and for all intents and purposes call the shots behind the scenes. Oilprice.com considers five key oligarchs and oligarch families who will shape the future.

  • Oil Prices: Supply Worries Aren't What Matters Now Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
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    Geopolitical and economic issues are shaping the price of oil more than worries about supply.

  • Chavez Plans to Double Venezuela Oil Output by 2019 Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | 4:01 PM ET
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks at Latin American summit

    The Venezuelan president pledged to invest $130 billion in Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt between 2013 and 2019 to boost national production from 3 million barrels per day to 6 million bpd, doubling output to make it OPEC’s second-largest producer after Saudi Arabia, knocking Iran into third place.

  • Real estate developer Donald Trump blames President Obama for the rising price of oil, warning, "this country can never, ever recover" if oil prices continue to go up.

  • The Real Factors Behind Gasoline Price Volatility Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 5:19 PM ET
    A worker pumps gasoline into a car.

    Nothing infuriates Americans more than volatile, spiking gasoline prices. But often the causes given for gasoline price hikes seem contrived.

  • Demand Is Weak, So Why Are Oil Prices Rising? Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 2:21 PM ET
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    Fundamentally, it seems, markets are well supplied, though it may be emotional factors driving certain aspects of the energy market.

  • India’s New Oil Find: Is It a Sea—or a Puddle? Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | 12:49 PM ET
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    According to the U.S. government’s Energy Information Agency, “In 2009, India was the fourth largest energy consumer in the world, after the United States, China, and Russia. Despite a slowing global economy, India's energy demand continues to rise. As vehicle ownership expands, petroleum demand in the transport sector is expected to grow in the coming years. While India's domestic energy resource base is substantial, the country relies on imports for a considerable amount of its energy use. According to the International Energy Agency, hydrocarbons account for the majority of India's energy use.”

  • New Ray Gun Used to Fight High Sea Pirates Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 2:10 PM ET
    Raytheon's Silent Guardian Protection System

    Gulf states are planning to use ray guns to protect their oil and gas infrastructure and also dissuade pirate attacks.

  • Syrian Energy Sanctions Hammer on Assad Regime Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 5:14 PM ET
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    The International Monetary Fund said Syria was one of the few countries in the Middle East whose economy is expected to contract in 2012. The IMF expected the regional economy to grow by more than 5 percent in 2012, an increase from last year. Economic problems for Damascus were compounded last week when the U.S. government extended sanctions on Iran to include the Syrian energy sector. Washington said the government in Damascus was generating millions in revenue through gasoline sales to Iran. With few political or military options available, economic warfare may be the best option for an international community frustrated with the bloodshed.