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U.S. Mulls Lifting Oil Export Ban, but a Tough Sell on the Hill

Congress keeps trying to lift the 40-year-old ban on crude exports. Politics keeps getting in the way.

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Mexico’s Crude Capitalism

The country is providing a model for a new Latin American energy policy. But will it work?


The Gulf’s Castles of Sand

Oil prices have plummeted, leaving Saudi Arabia and its allies with a long-term economic crisis — just as Iran’s economy looks poised for rapid gains.


Obama Uses Arctic Trip to Hammer Republicans on Climate Change

The president says the melting Arctic shows that global warming is real -- and that the GOP is in denial about its causes and impact.

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Public Advocates Accuse House Ethics Committee of Undermining House Ethics

Public Citizen wants the House Ethics Committee to release an independent report a trip by U.S. lawmakers to Azerbaijan.


China’s Meltdown Spells Even More Peril for Petro-States

Oil prices were already fighting a massive hangover. Now, market convulsions in China threaten oil-dependent regimes from Russia to Venezuela.

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