Blackouts are common in Haiti. In this February 2006 photo, Haitian electoral workers count ballots by candlelight during a routine blackout in Port-au-Prince.
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For many Haitians, blackouts do not just signal a political crisis; they also symbolize feelings of their loss of political power.
The Flint Hills Resources oil refinery, near downtown Houston.
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The coal, oil and natural gas industries are also connected with human rights violations, public health disasters and environmental devastation.
Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih.
AP Photo/Ronald Zak
The oil-exporting organization may have mustered the political will to cut production, but its disunity remains intact.
Protesters are seen outside an event Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was attending in Calgary on Nov. 22, 2018.
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Canada has joined the international community in calling for a transition away from fossil fuels. There is no reason to wait for more painful disruption before planning for that transition.
A fan of fuel blends that contain as much as 85 percent ethanol.
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Vehicles made before 2001 could suffer fuel system or engine damage if they're run on E15.
Kenya is ill-prepared for the environmental, health and safety impacts that accompany oil production.
Kenya must address the needs and priorities of the oil sector in regards to environment, health and safety.
Kenya needs more skilled local workers who can be employed in the oil sector.
A major constraint that prevents Kenyans from benefiting from the oil sector includes the lack of specialised training or technical skills
Nine years after the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea, victims have yet to receive compensation.
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Despite its magnitude, the response to the Montara oil spill did not receive the publicity of other offshore oil disasters like the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Joggers and sightseers take in the Doha skyline.
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Qatar's decision to aid Turkey in the face of American sanctions against the country may finally be a snub too far for its close relationship with the US.
A woman in Venezuela shows off the new two and five bolivar soberano bills.
Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Venezuela recently devalued its bolivar by 95 percent to tame rabid hyperinflation that has been sending prices on everyday goods through the roof. If history is a guide, it won't work.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was a major financier of Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, seen here at a 2016 commemoration on the third anniversary of the socialist leader’s death.
Cheap Venezuelan oil boosted Nicaragua's economy and funded President Daniel Ortega's many anti-poverty programs. With Venezuela in crisis, the oil has dried up – as has support for Ortega's regime.
Khalid Al-Falih Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia, has said the diplomatic dispute won’t affect oil exports to Canada.
(AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)
Saudi Arabia has said it won't curb the flow of oil to Canada, but the Maritimes should think more seriously about replacing the Saudi supply with crude from more trusted sources.
Fields of sunflowers are now a common sight all over the world – but this has only been the case relatively recently.
President Gerald Ford discussing plans for a Strategic Petroleum Reserve with workers in California in 1975.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum
There's no precedent for selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve at a time when there's no market-driven reason for doing that.
The U.S. won’t be able to walk all over Putin with unilateral sanctions.
American policymakers and lawmakers are floating unilateral sanctions against Russia, Iran and even Turkey in an effort to change behavior. But research shows sanctions only work in narrow circumstances.
Limited by illiteracy and workloads women are less involved in Turkana.
Turkana women weren't properly represented in decisions made between the oil company and community.
Muhammad bin Salman is set on transforming the oil-rich kingdom into a modern, economically diverse superpower. It won't be easy.
Vladimir Putin, autographing a natural gas pipeline in Vladivostok.
AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin
Even if Asia buys most of the natural gas the U.S. will be exporting soon, America's growing role in that market could wind up reducing Russia's political influence in Europe.
Gas prices usually rise heading into long weekends. The reasons behind wild oil price fluctuations, reflected at the pumps, is about a lot more than economics.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Oil prices have little to do with supply or demand or even economic forces. Instead, it's all about politics.
A aerial view of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain tank farm is pictured in Burnaby, B.C. The federal government is buying Trans Mountain and all of Kinder Morgan Canada’s core assets. Opposition to pipeline construction in Canada has transformed over the decades, shifting from being a local issue to one of global concerns.
THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
Canada has a long history of building energy pipelines against a backdrop of environmental uncertainty. Decades ago, the opposition came from local groups. Now it's a global issue.