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Energy secretary: Administration working hard for coal power

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the “war on coal” political messaging is untrue, adding that the Obama administration is working to keep coal an important part of a low-carbon energy future. Moniz spoke Monday at West Virginia University during the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum. He also toured Longview Power’s coal-fired plant with Sen. Joe ...

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US rig count up 11 this week to 508; Texas up 4

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 508. A year ago, 848 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 414 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas ...

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North Dakota tribe’s request to stop work on pipeline denied

pipeline protest, Dakota Access Pipeline

NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s attempt to halt construction of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline near their North Dakota reservation was denied Friday by a federal judge. The tribe had challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits at more than 200 water crossings for Dallas-based Energy Transfer ...

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If a top drive motor design has worked for 50 years, why change it? Because new technology gives you more horsepower and torque

high power density motor, Ward Leonard

Oft times when something is working, the prevailing attitude is usually, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Especially if something has been working for more than 50 years. That pretty much describes what has happened with top drive motors in the oil patch.  The induction motors really hadn’t changed since their introduction in 1982. They seemed to work well, ...

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Apache may have struck big in West Texas

Apache, Texas oil discovery

DALLAS (AP) — A Houston driller is boasting of a big new oil and gas discovery in West Texas. Apache Corp. believes there could be 3 billion barrels of oil and 75 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in an area it calls Alpine High. The company announced its discovery Wednesday after two years of drilling in the largely undeveloped ...

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OBAMA LEGACY: Quiet but big changes in energy, pollution

solar panel, Obama legacy, clean energy

HANGZHOU, China (AP) — Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the United States has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama’s presidency, slicing the nation’s output of polluting gases that are warming Earth. As politicians tangled in the U.S. and on the world stage, the U.S. slowly but surely ...

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Utility wants New Mexico regulators to act on electric rate request

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric provider wants state regulators to act on a proposed rate increase rather than delay a decision with more hearings. Public Service Co. of New Mexico filed a response Monday with the state Public Regulation Commission, saying extensive testimony and exhibits submitted over the course of the yearlong case provide enough information for ...

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WHY IT MATTERS: Climate Change

campaign 2016, climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: It’s as if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live on two entirely different Earths: one warming, one not. Clinton says climate change “threatens us all,” while Trump tweets that global warming is “mythical” and repeatedly refers to it as a “hoax.” Measurements and scientists say Clinton’s Earth is much closer to reality. ...

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Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest

totem pole, protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands. This is the fourth year the Lummi Nation in northwest Washington has embarked ...

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