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    Not long ago, it was hard for retail investors to play the oil patch. Not anymore. As the energy bull market rages on, investors looking for a piece of the gains in oil and gas (and alternative energy) need only select from the dozens of energy-oriented Exchange Traded Funds (ETFSs) that are cropping up to meet demand.

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    Even with erratic federal and state subsidies, wind capacity in the US has blossomed since 2000, and there is now enough to serve 5 million homes. The Energy Dept. estimates wind could fulfill 20 percent of our electricity needs by 2020 if the right infrastructure is put in place.

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    Geothermal power has not only been getting investor attention recently, but it can lay claim to being perhaps the oldest of renewable energy sources.  It is also genuinely renewable. Estimates vary considerably, but all say the potential is vast compared to what exists today.

  • With the proliferation of energy-oriented mutual funds over the last ten years, getting a piece of this supercharged, if highly volatile, sector has never been easier. But energy funds have been notoriously hot and cold over the years, so investors should allocate no more than 5 percent of their total portfolio to this sector.

  • Real estate giants gathered in New York City on Thursday for the Bank of America Homebuilder Conference.  CNBC has the highlights from the conference.

  • CNBC asked real estate experts for their insight on the economy, the housing market and commercial real estate.

  • Energy prices have doubled over the past year, and to better understand why, CNBC asked prominent executives, politicians and analysts for their insight.

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    Saudi Arabia's pledge to boost oil production by 500,000 barrels per day may not be achievable, a source close to the Saudi oil industry told CNBC.com.

  • The start of hurricane and driving season in the U.S., coupled with instability in Nigeria and fuel stockpiling for winter will likely keep the crude price from falling, analysts told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Saudi Arabia's oil output increase by almost 500,000 barrels a day this quarter, to 9.54 million barrels, CNBC has learned from sources in the Saudi Oil Ministry.

  • 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.

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

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

  • James Rogers sees a tough summer ahead for the American consumer.  The chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy says the spike in energy prices has already brought about profound changes in consumers' lives.

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    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 Mobile

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

  • Its price has become one of the most widely discussed, debated and feared topics on Wall Street and on Main Street. But what's next? Will it continue to climb toward a "super spike" or have we seen the top for oil prices?

  • Tell Us: Who's to Blame for America's Oil Crisis?

  • Russia is a safe country for foreign energy companies to make investments and doesn’t use natural-gas prices for political purposes, the deputy chairman of energy giant Gazprom said in an exclusive interview on CNBC’s "Closing Bell."

  • Friday may be national Bike-to-Work Day, but more and more commuters are doing it on a daily basis, driven by ever-higher gasoline prices.

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