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Clinton: Protect Obama’s environmental actions

Hillary Clinton and Martha Coakley

NEW YORK — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said steps President Barack Obama has taken to help the environment must be protected at all costs. Clinton spoke Monday at a dinner of the League of Conservation Voters in New York as she weighs another presidential campaign. She told the audience that this is an exciting time for environmental ...

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Time to help America’s oil industry compete with OPEC

oil derrick

Over the Thanksgiving holiday some news broke that no doubt has many North Dakotans – private citizens and policymakers alike – feeling a bit nervous. OPEC, the international oil cartel, has announced that they won’t be cutting oil production in the face of dropping prices. That means oil prices are going to remain low for the foreseeable future, and places ...

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Behavioral explanations make sense of oil’s plunge: Kemp

LONDON, Dec 1 – “The market is not a weighing machine, on which the value of each issue is recorded by an exact and impersonal mechanism,” Benjamin Graham and David Dodd wrote in their landmark work on “Security Analysis” in 1934. “The market is a voting machine, whereon countless individuals register choices, which are the product partly of reason and ...

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Editorial: Reaction to CU fracking study much ado about little

You might have heard that fracking fluid is as safe as ice cream. A study published by researchers at the University of Colorado concluded that eight samples of fracking fluid, which oil and gas operators inject into wells, contained chemicals that are also found in ice cream, toothpaste and other household goods, and this comparison was misleadingly repeated in media ...

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Oil market reveals its wild side again: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 28 – Following OPEC’s decision on Thursday to leave production unchanged, Brent crude futures experienced the first three-standard deviation down-move since the flash crash of May 2011 and before that the depths of the recession in March 2009. With U.S. markets and financial institutions closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, limited liquidity probably exaggerated the scale of the move. ...

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EDITORIAL: Energy becomes a major player at Statehouse

It wasn’t that surprising to learn last week that Republicans in the state House and Senate would upgrade the energy committee in each chamber to major committee status. What is surprising is that energy had not already been afforded such a status in a state that for years has been one of the country’s top producers of coal and natural ...

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Browser add-on adds on savings

couponmate

The Evolution of Online Couponing Despite the cheapest gas prices in five years, holiday shoppers will still browse the web for the best deals. Especially oil and gas employees who can’t take an extended break from work to snag the best deals in the store. So if you can’t get away from the rig, don’t worry! Because just in time ...

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Editorial: Energy security

energy

There is a recurring theme that surfaces most every issue involving America’s oil and gas industry: Energy independence. It alternately can be discussed as energy security or increased domestic energy supply. The bottom line is to be less beholden to an insecure Middle East, where oil and gas supplies are high but so is instability. The approach makes sense. Which ...

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Low oil price to boost stocks, deflation risk: James Saft

Lower energy prices should stick around, boosting growth and risky assets like stocks but increasing the risks of deflation. Oil prices are already down about 30 percent since June, and with little consensus about the likely outcome from a meeting of ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting on Nov. 27, a snap back seems unlikely and ...

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The dark side of the boom isn’t so dark

darksideoftheboom

The New York Times has a very, very ugly profile of the North Dakota government’s handling of the state’s Bakken oil boom up this weekend. The paper is also promising a second article which they pitch as “an examination of an unusual land deal and questions about the North Dakota government’s relationship with the booming oil industry.” Not disclosed in ...

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