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Senate panel approves bill to streamline tribal energy development

Navajo officials applauded a committee's approval of an energy bill that has provisions making it easier for the tribe to sign mining leases on its lands. But while critics liked the bill's renewable-energy language, they worried about the possibility of increased coal mining. ... Read more»

U.S. now sells more petro-goods to Mexico than it buys

For as far back as records go, Mexico had always exported more oil and petroleum products to the United States than it imported from its northern neighbor. This year, they're trading places.... Read more»

Fracking near Texas border has northern Mexico trembling

Defenders of shale gas drilling point out that the tremors it causes are minor. Tell that to earthquake-prone Mexico.... Read more»

Venezuela's protests careen into week 5

Amid a rising death toll, defiant demonstrators keep battling with government forces but their diffuse aims are still far from reach.... Read more»

Obama lunches in Mexico, business is served

NAFTA refreshments and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are on the menu when Obama meets Canada's Stephen Harper and Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto, while immigration and gang wars simmer.... Read more»

Facts of the union

We found a few overstatements and cherry-picked numbers among the applause lines and proposals in President Obama’s State of the Union address.... Read more»

Latin America's oil rush means more climate change

Latin America’s new oil rush may delight the region’s treasury ministers, but the extra greenhouse gases it will unleash will only deepen the world’s climate crisis.... Read more»

Obama’s numbers, October update

America is still gaining jobs under President Obama, but millions more live in poverty, typical household incomes have not kept pace with inflation, and the federal debt is up nearly 90 percent and on pace to double before he leaves office. Stockholders, meanwhile, are far wealthier than they were the day he was sworn in.... Read more»

Study: High arsenic levels in groundwater near fracking sites

A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale.... Read more»1

The great Mexican gamble: Can Big Oil save the economy?

President Enrique Peña Nieto on Monday called for constitutional changes to open Mexico's moribund petroleum and electricity industries to private investment for the first time in 75 years, while keeping a national grip on the resources themselves.... Read more»

Analysis

Big Oil rakes in huge profits, again

It was quite a week for Big Oil. The big five oil companies—BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell—reported their second-quarter 2013 profits last week, which were a combined $19.5 billion. That comes out to $145,000 in profit per minute—more than 88 percent of American households earn in an entire year.... Read more»1

Mexico elections like weird 'Wild West'

Candidates have been gunned down, gangster cash alleged in campaigns, governors accused of corruption and a cat, dog and donkey nominated for municipal office. Mexico's democracy is dancing dirty once again.... Read more»

Analysis

Latin America: Divided we stand

United and integrated, the region would be a force to reckon with on the world stage. But does Latin America’s unification reality match up to the rhetoric?... Read more»

Obama’s numbers (quarterly update)

There are insights that emerge from the first in a series of regular quarterly updates of key statistical indicators of the Obama presidency.... Read more»

Corporations, pro-biz nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars

Conservative foundations, multinational oil companies and a prescription drug maker were the most frequent sponsors of more than 100 expense-paid educational seminars attended by federal judges over a 4 1/2-year period, according to a Center for Public Integrity investigation.... Read more»

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