Energy

Parallels
12:10 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

As Oil Prices Fall, Who Wins And Who Loses?

Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali Al-Naimi, shown in Kuwait last month, has played down the drop in oil prices. The country continues to pump oil at high levels, saying it wants to preserve its market share. But this has also contributed to a 25 percent drop in oil prices since June.
Yasser Al-Zayyat AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 1:47 pm

With oil around $85 a barrel and tumbling to its lowest levels in several years, here's the upside: Gasoline prices are down, the U.S. is feeling less dependent on foreign crude, and serious economic pressure is growing on oil producers such as Iran and Russia.

Here's the downside: The low demand for oil reflects a fragile global economy that's vulnerable to additional shocks, like falling stock markets around the world.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:36 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rumbles Of New Scrutiny As Quakes Continue To Surge In Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin and Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague at the Governor's Energy Conference September 4, 2014 in Oklahoma CIty.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s earthquake surge and possible links to oil and gas activity have been studied in scientific papers, discussed at heated town-hall meetings and explored regulatory hearings.

The quakes are now triggering some rumblings at the state Capitol.

About 4,000 earthquakes have shaken Oklahoma this year, data from the Oklahoma Geological Survey show. Most of the quakes have been small — roughly 10 percent were 3.0-magnitude or greater, the threshold at which seismologists say the temblors are likely perceivable.

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Planet Money
4:34 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Strong U.S. Dollar Pushes Oil Prices Lower

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 11:32 am

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Business
4:34 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Crude Oil Prices Drop As Saudis Refuse To Cut Production

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 11:32 am

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The price of oil is plunging. Earlier this week, we told you it hit $89 a barrel.

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Today we can tell you it's down below $85 - the lowest price in years and down 25 percent in recent months.

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Energy
3:44 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Falling Oil Prices Could Affect Manufacturing, Automobile Industries

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 5:54 pm

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Energy
4:32 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Long After Fracking Stops, The Noise Lives On

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 5:41 pm

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Energy
5:46 am
Tue October 14, 2014

As Oil Prices Slide, Speculation Rises On Shale Boom's Sustainability

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 7:00 am

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NPR Story
4:09 am
Tue October 14, 2014

School Facilities Strained By Boom In Petroleum Engineering

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 7:00 am

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Business
3:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Fiery Oil-Train Derailments Prompt Calls For Less Flammable Oil

A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D., in this Dec. 30 photo. The fiery crash left an ominous cloud over the town and led some residents to evacuate.
Bruce Crummy AP

Once a day, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields rumbles through Bismarck, N.D., just a stone's throw from a downtown park.

The Bakken fields produce more than 1 million barrels of oil a day, making the state the nation's second-largest oil producer after Texas. But a dearth of pipelines means that most of that oil leaves the state by train — trains that run next to homes and through downtowns.

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Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Mon October 13, 2014

LED Lights Are A 'Transformative Technology' In The Developing World

A woman in Senegal charges her cellphone using a port in her solar-powered LED lantern.
Bruno Déméocq Courtesy of Lighting Africa

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 12:58 pm

When the news broke Tuesday that three scientists whose discoveries made practical household LED lighting possible had won the Nobel Prize in physics, most Americans probably thought of the LED screen in their TV, or perhaps about whether they might finally consider shifting to energy-efficient LED lighting in their homes. (The LED, or light-emitting diode, makes use of treated or coated semiconductors to produce light.

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