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Starting up the gas grill may cost you a bit more this year

Jul 1, 2021
Heating your home too. Propane futures are trading at roughly twice what they were the past two summers and retail prices are up as well.
Elevated propane prices are making cookouts less affordable and might do the same to home heating when the winter comes.
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Oil producers look at output levels as demand returns

Jun 30, 2021
OPEC and its allies are scheduled to meet Thursday as oil prices keep rising.
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With Keystone XL scrapped, oil companies look for workarounds

Jun 10, 2021
Pipelines have met increasing opposition, but persistent demand for crude may help them get approved.
Miles of unused pipe, prepared for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, sit in a North Dakota lot in 2014.
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Searching for meaning in the North Dakota oil boom

Feb 16, 2021
In a new book, Michael Patrick F. Smith reflects on his time working on an oil field in North Dakota.
An oil drilling rig in North Dakota in 2013.
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Oil drilling bids for Alaskan wildlife refuge expected to be meager

Jan 1, 2021
Oil giants are expected to sit out the bidding, which would mean low lease prices and measly royalties for the government.
Native American leaders hold signs against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge outside the U.S. Capitol in 2018.
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The name of the game in West Texas oil and gas these days: consolidation

Dec 22, 2020
The Diamondback-QEP deal demonstrates the urge to merge while energy prices are weak.
Rail cars carrying crude oil near Odessa, Texas. Sluggish markets are driving companies to find partners.
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OPEC has to decide whether it will continue to curb oil output

Nov 27, 2020
Ramping up production when demand is still weak could have major consequences on a relatively stable oil market.
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Oil-rich countries have been hit hard by the pandemic. How can they move on?

Oil prices are still far below the break-even point for many producers in the Middle East.
Transitioning away from oil, for countries that depend on the industry, is easier said than done.
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$8 billion natural gas pipeline canceled, raising questions about fuel's future

Jul 6, 2020
With challenges from environmental groups and state governments, the idea of natural gas as a bridge fuel may be fading.
Climate activists protest the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in February.
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Pandemic may be a turning point for oil business, executives and analysts say

Jun 9, 2020
With carbon emissions and air pollution plummeting during the lockdown, experts question whether we'll return to our old driving and flying habits.
Oil storage tanks in Carson, California. The use of fossil fuels dropped during the lockdown, and supplies piled up.
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