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Crude Oil Prices Drop As Saudis Refuse To Cut Production

The price of oil is down and continues to drop. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to thank, in part, for the lower prices at the pump as it fights to keep its place in the market.
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Strong U.S. Dollar Pushes Oil Prices Lower

Oil is denominated in dollars. When the dollar is strong compared to other currencies, it makes oil cheaper in the U.S. but more costly in many other countries. And that puts a crimp in global demand.
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Falling Oil Prices Could Affect Manufacturing, Automobile Industries

Audie Cornish talks to Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations about the ripple effects of plunging oil prices, and what they mean for American consumers.
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Long After Fracking Stops, The Noise Lives On

Most of the noise created by natural gas development is temporary. After drilling and fracking, the workers and equipment are gone. But compressor stations can stay noisy for years — even decades.
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As Oil Prices Slide, Speculation Rises On Shale Boom's Sustainability

Global oil prices have fallen to a 4-year low, confirming hopes and fears, depending on if you're a gasoline consumer or an oilman, that abundant U.S. crude is messing with the world's energy order.
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School Facilities Strained By Boom In Petroleum Engineering

Students want to cash in on that growing job market. Those high paying jobs are also attracting petroleum engineering professors. So there are fewer professors to teach ballooning classes.
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Fiery Oil-Train Derailments Prompt Calls For Less Flammable Oil

Trains carrying oil from North Dakota pass through American towns daily — and sometimes they derail and explode. The oil industry is now under pressure to make the oil less volatile before shipping.
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LED Lights Are A 'Transformative Technology' In The Developing World

This year's Nobel Prize in physics went to scientists who invented the blue light-emitting diode. Paired with solar power, the energy-efficient LED is bringing affordable light to places off the grid.
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Virginia County Mobilizes To Say 'No' To Natural Gas Pipeline

Residents of Floyd County in southwestern Virginia denied a plan that would have placed a 42-inch pipe carrying natural gas from the Marcellus Shale through their backyards.
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In Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom

Texas is in the midst of a fracking boom, which is opening up huge energy reserves and bringing in jobs. But traffic fatalities, some involving inexperienced and fatigued truck drivers, have surged.

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