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ExxonMobil: A 'Private Empire' On The World Stage

In Private Empire, investigative journalist Steve Coll explains how ExxonMobil has used its money and power to wield significant influence in Washington, D.C., concerning issues like climate change.
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Montgomery County Businesses Decry Energy Tax Extension

Businesses and other constituents in Montgomery County are asking the county council to nix a plan to extend an energy tax hike indefinitely.


With Purchase, Delta May Revive Ailing Pa. Refinery

Delta Airlines has decided to do something about high gas prices. The company is buying a refinery. The airline plans to hold down its jet fuel bills and claims the refinery will pay for itself in one year.
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Montgomery County Holding Hearing On Energy Tax

Business leaders in Montgomery County are objecting to the continued imposition of an energy tax that was pushed through originally as a temporary measure to close a budget gap during the worst of the recession. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday night.


Energy Transfer Partners To Buy Sunoco For $5.3B

The acquisition would give Energy Transfer the capability to transport crude and other liquid hydrocarbons that are being produced in greater quantities thanks to the boom in shale drilling.
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Study: Renewable Energy Increases Virginia Employment

Environmental advocates say renewable energy would significantly increase employment in Virginia.


Mining Quarries Millions Of Miles From Earth

A private company has unveiled plans to mine precious metals and water from nearby asteroids. Planetary Resources co-founder Eric Anderson discusses the various stages of the mining process and how the excavated minerals could impact future space exploration and innovation on Earth.

After Backlash, Ethanol Industry Is Thriving

After being hyped as a homegrown remedy to America's dependence on foreign oil, the federally supported corn-based fuel ended up under attack as an environmental and economic failure. Now the smoke has cleared, and U.S. ethanol producers are booming.
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Maryland Fracking Report Likely Delayed

Fracking in western Maryland may be further delayed, as a study into the safety of the practice, used to extract natural gas, is not likely to be completed by its August deadline.