The oil tanker HS Electra unloads oil from the North Sea at the Portland Pipe Line facility in South Portland, Maine, in 2013. John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port

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A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraq's Kurdish region anchors near Ashkelon, Israel. It's believed the oil has been off-loaded into Israel. The U.S. and Baghdad oppose the Kurdish export of oil from the autonomous northern region. David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kurds May Have Oil To Export, But Buyers Are Harder To Find

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Scotland's offshore oil platforms in the North Sea generate significant wealth for the nation — especially for the Shetland Islands, where oil tanker traffic boosts the local economy. Andy Buchanan - WPA Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence

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Givot Olam CEO Tovia Luskin expects to drill 40 wells and build a pipeline to a refinery on the coast. The company already has "proven and probable" reserves of 12.5 million barrels of oil. Luskin chose where to drill based on a passage from the Bible. Emily Harris/ NPR hide caption

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Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer

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On Dec. 23, 1973, cars formed a double line at a gas station in New York City. The Arab oil embargo caused gas shortages nationwide and shaped U.S. foreign policy to this day. Marty Lederhandler/AP hide caption

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Libyan oil exports have plunged because of strikes at oil terminals on the northeastern coast. Supply has also been disrupted in the country's southern fields. Hussein Malla/AP hide caption

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Bedouins watch flames rise in July 2011 after masked gunmen blew up a terminal of the Egyptian natural gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan. It was one of many attacks on the pipeline since the popular uprising that ousted longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak last year. AP hide caption

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Canceling Out The 'Background Noise' On Egypt-Israel Relations

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