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The tanker Constitution Spirit heads towards Galveston Bay, outbound and empty after offloading another shipment of heavy crude oil from Mexico.

Mexico announced plans to end all oil exports by 2023, a bid by to make the country "self-sufficient" and better control the price of gasoline - but experts aren’t as positive that such self-sufficiency would be good for Mexico, and even doubt that such a goal is economically viable. Read more»

Used car and truck prices are up 31% over the previous year.

Consumer prices jumped 6.8% in November 2021 from a year earlier – the fastest rate of increase since 1982 – and an economist explains what’s driving the recent increase in inflation and how it affects consumers, companies and the economy. Read more»

Ruins of Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Canyon.

President Joe Biden on Monday said the administration will move to prevent oil and gas development for two decades near Chaco Canyon, an area in northwestern New Mexico that’s culturally significant to the area’s Native American communities and important for biodiversity. Read more»

COP President Alok Sharma at Cop 26.

The United Kingdom government is taking sharp criticism for a “non-sensical” early outline of the final declaration from the COP 26 climate summit, released Sunday morning, that makes no mention of the words “energy”, “fossil”, “fuel”, or “renewable”. Read more»

The market at Panajachel, Guatemala.

For those living on a small island or in the heart of drought-hit Africa, the progress at the climate talks in Glasgow does not seem so rosy as the flurry of announcements and political grandstanding of the first few days would suggest. Read more»

The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona. The plant was decommissioned in 2019, and the smokestacks demolished on December 18, 2020.

People around the world know that West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin is the essential 50th vote in the U.S. Senate that President Joe Biden needs to pass his climate agenda into law - which doesn’t bode well, given Manchin’s longstanding opposition to ambitious climate action. Read more»

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge was part of Boston’s Big Dig, which was infamous for its cost overruns.

The U.S. government may be on the verge of spending as much as US$4.5 trillion in what could be one of the biggest investments in infrastructure and the social safety net in decades – but some of the money will undoubtedly be lost to fraud. Read more»

‘Discourses of delay’ by the fossil fuel companies. Left: Chevron; middle: BP and Shell; right: ExxonMobil.

By downplaying the urgency of the climate crisis, the fossil fuel industry has new tools to delay efforts to curb fossil fuel emissions - and worse yet: even industry critics haven’t fully caught up to this new approach. Read more»

In 2020, about 9.8% of U.S. petroleum imports (most of it crude oil) came from Persian Gulf countries, according to the EIA. That has dropped to an average of about 6.6% through the first five months of 2021.

Although former President Donald Trump and Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert have both made claims that America is back to relying on the Middle East for energy, the United States continues a decades-long trend to import a smaller amount of its petroleum from the Middle East. Read more»

Pumpjack wells pull up oil in the Permian Basin near Roswell, New Mexico. About 32 million acres were under lease to oil and gas developers at the end of fiscal year 2015, before the leasing push under the Trump administration.

Over the past four years, oil and gas producers have applied for more than 10,000 permits to drill for oil and gas on federal land in New Mexico - a drastic increase that comes at a time when climate science shows that new drilling and production should be winding down. Read more»

Rural areas, such as Lexington, Georgia, face a continuing shift of political power to faster-growing cities and suburbs.

As states turn to drawing new state legislative and congressional districts after census numbers come out Aug. 12, they’re likely to find that rural, generally conservative areas have shrunk in the past 10 years and stand to lose power in statehouses and Congress. Read more»

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg addresses climate strikers at Civic Center Park in Denver.

The role schools can play — both in economic recovery and in addressing climate change — is often overlooked. Increased investment can help decarbonize our schools, lower annual energy and operations costs, improve health, safety and learning outcomes and provide opportunities for students to develop the skills needed to advance a sustainable future. Additionally, this investment will create living labs for environmental sustainability, clean energy and climate solutions. Read more»

Indoor cultivation requires nearly nonstop use of lights and various heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

States legalizing cannabis so far have done little to limit or even track the huge amounts of energy needed to grow it indoors. Read more»

Havasupai Councilwoman Carletta Tilousi, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans and the Grand Canyon Trust’s Amber Reimondo, from left, backed the mining ban, while Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson opposed it.

Tribal and environmental officials urged House lawmakers Wednesday to protect sacred land and natural resources by supporting a permanent ban on mining on just over 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon. Read more»

Proposition 127 would have required Arizona’s 16 regulated utilities to get 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, by 2030.

The fight over whether Arizona should get half of its electricity from solar, wind and other renewable sources turned bitter election night when Attorney General Mark Brnovich called out California billionaire Tom Steyer for using California’s energy policies to try to influence Arizona’s policies. Read more»

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