natural gas

Is President Obama Trying to Kill King Coal?

Republican lawmakers are alleging that the EPA's new greenhouse gas regulations would kill the U.S. coal industry by making it too expensive to build new coal-fueled power plants. But even if that's true, how will it impact you?

Oil Hovers Around 8-Month Lows Near $80

Oil prices hovered around 8-month lows near $80 a barrel Thursday after the U.S. central bank balked at implementing vigorous stimulus measures to boost waning economic growth and U.S. crude stockpiles rose unexpectedly.

Oil Prices Hit 8-Month Low as Spain Optimism Fade

The price of oil hovered above $82 a barrel Tuesday after touching an eight-month low near $81 earlier in the session amid concern Spain's bank bailout won't be enough to stem Europe's debt crisis and suggestions OPEC could boost production targets.

Mother Nature Saved You at Least $47 This Winter

With less than one week until winter is officially over, Americans are celebrating the end of the season with an extra "spring" in their steps. What's got them feeling so happy? Two words: fatter wallets, thanks to warmer temperatures and lower heating costs.

Natural Gas: The Industry That Could Save America

The American economy is in the throes of the longest, most protracted recovery since the Great Depression. But there is an industry offering a beacon of hope, and it could soon serve as the tipping point that gets America back to work: natural gas.

America Will Be Energy Independent By 2030

The energy situation is looking pretty grim for much of the world. But here in North America? We're sitting pretty. Thanks to a boom in natural gas production from shale, and oil production from Canada's tar sands, North America will become an energy exporter over the coming decades.

Was That Another Fracking Earthquake?

Feeling the earth move under one's feet can be unsettling, even in places where it's a natural and fairly common occurrence. But far more disconcerting is when major tremors in places unaccustomed to earthquakes can be traced to human causes like fracking.

Prepare for Higher Heating Bills this Winter

This winter's weather is forecast to be milder than last year's, but many Americans will get a cold chill when they open their heating bills. Average household spending for the season will rise for natural gas and propane, and those who use heating oil will see their highest winter bills ever.

Big Oil Taking Small Steps Toward Big Renewables Profits

The oil industry giants are embracing alternative technologies -- including biofuels, geothermal and solar. Right now, renewable sources provide only a tiny fraction of the profits they derive from oil and gas, but they'll have a real impact on the revenues of majors like BP, Exxon Mobil and Chevron in the not-so-distant future.

The Motley Fool's Secret to Investing in Commodities

Investing is prone to manias and panics. Investors get excited as prices rise, and end up buying today what they should have bought years ago. The recent commodities sell-off reminded me of the rule I follow for commodities investing. Had you followed it, you'd have saved loads of money in 2008 and 2009 and made tons recently.

Three Dividend Stocks That Are Energy Plays Too

Given the uncertain prospects of the U.S. economic recovery, its not surprising that many investors are reluctant to pour more money into stocks this spring. One lower-risk way to invest is to buy stocks that also pay decent dividends. Here are three options in the energy sector:

Can You Profit from Obama's New Energy Policy?

Last week, President Obama outlined a new energy policy that aims to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil by using more natural gas, wind and solar power, and encouraging manufacturers to build more fuel-efficient cars. But how can patient investors capitalize on these trends?

Natural Gas: A Cure for America's Crazy Oil Addiction

Events in the Mideast have, once again, revealed the U.S. economy's vulnerability to an oil shock. Now more than ever, the nation must reduce its consumption of oil, especially from abroad, and become energy self-sufficient. And the way to do it is with our abundant domestic sources of natural gas.

Is Oil Output Peaking or Not? Either Way, Cheap Oil Is Gone

Proponents of the peak-oil theory can muster studies and statistics backing their claim that declining global oil output is nigh. Critics point to new technologies and unconventional oil fields as saviors. Either way, a return to the days of $1.50-a-gallon gasoline isn't going to happen.

Natural Gas Plant Explosions Cause Major Fire in Texas

Multiple explosions at a Texas natural-gas plant operated by Enterprise Products Partners caused a fire that can be seen from dozens of miles away, local TV station KHOU-TV reported Tuesday. The plant is in Mont Belvieu, about 35 miles east of Houston. No injury reports have been released.

Natural Gas Can Be America's Fuel of the Future

Unless there's a breakthrough in battery technology, gasoline will remain the primary auto fuel in the U.S. for years. But our dependence on imported oil comes with a major risk of supply disruption. And the U.S. has a domestic alternative that's ready and reliable: natural gas.

As Energy Prices Heat Up, Which Stocks to Play?

The Egyptian crisis has predictably stirred up energy stocks, which are once again on the rise. But regardless of whether oil prices remain sharply volatile, energy stocks deserve high priority in investor portfolios, argue some investment pros.

Big Oil Reacts to Obama's 'Discriminatory' Proposals

The American Petroleum Institute is taking issue with the president's State of the Union demand to end subsidies and tax breaks for oil producers. While Obama didn't say just which subsidies he'd cut, the industry isn't waiting for specifics to defend itself.

Natural Gas Boom: Cheap, Clean Fuel Presents Problem, Too

A natural gas boom is coming in the U.S, but while consumers are likely to benefit from the cheap energy source, investors may not. Huge new discoveries of domestic reserves may keep prices down, and the political push toward renewable energy sources could cut into producers' profits.

Oil Industry Plans Record Spending in 2011

One would think that BP's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill this year would have given pause to the global oil industry, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Companies in the sector are planning to spend a record $490 billion in 2011, including a large amount for deep-water development.

Flowserve's Rebound From the BP Bust Could Keep Going

When the BP Gulf oil spill hit, Flowserve's stock was one of the energy plays that got hammered along with BP. But seven months later, it has risen back to it pre-disaster level. And several analysts see even better days coming.

Natural Gas Firm Exco Gets $4.4 Billion Offer to Go Private

Natural gas prices have been persistently sluggish lately, but it looks like deal-making is revving up: The latest offer comes from the CEO of Exco Resources, Douglas Miller, who has offered to buy the energy company for $20.50 per share or about $4.4 billion.