A wind-powered water pump and a wind-driven electricity turbine share a field near the town of Calumet in western Oklahoma. Joe Wertz/NPR hide caption

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Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

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Shell's Olympus production platform and drilling rig is located about 130 miles south of New Orleans. It is 406 feet tall and weighs more than 120,000 tons. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Up Close And Personal With A 40-Story Oil Rig In The Gulf

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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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