June 23, 2011 The move is aimed at offsetting some of the losses due to recent unrest in North Africa and the Middle East. It's only the third time that the U.S. and other members of the International Energy Agency have acted together to tap reserves.
An oil drilling rig is seen near Ray, N.D., last September. The well is being drilled into the Bakken Formation, one of the largest contiguous deposits of oil and natural gas in the United States.
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April 1, 2011 Can you guess the number of rigs that are now actively looking for oil and natural gas in the United States? It now stands at 1,776 — one of America's favorite numbers. The figure reflects a rise of 38 rigs in the past week, and a gain of 311 over the same week one year ago.
March 14, 2011 There's this uncanny thing happening with the President Obama's energy policy. The energy sources he wants to tap keep experiencing disasters, first offshore oil, now nuclear power which has had new questions raised about it in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake.
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