Rob Nikolewski is the National Energy Corrrespondent for He is based in Santa Fe, N.M. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @NMWatchdog.

An OPEC crackup? Plenty of tension flowing strong among cartel members

By   /  December 19, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National  /  No Comments

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Some of the 12 members of OPEC are angry at the leadership of the cartel for not cutting oil production.

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As pump prices tumble, states feel pinch of lower oil prices

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Alaska, Energy and Environment, Finances, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but could prove to be a problem for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

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The empire strikes back: Saudi Arabia takes on U.S. shale

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas  /  No Comments

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OPEC leader Saudi Arabia is putting pressure on U.S. shale oil producers in an attempt to protect its share of the global market.

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Google engineers: Renewables can’t fix climate change

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

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A report by two Google engineers concludes that “trying to combat climate change exclusively with today’s renewable energy technologies simply won’t work.”

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Decision time for the Valles Caldera ‘experiment’

By   /  December 1, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Federal Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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A decision looms over the future of the Valles Caldera, which taxpayers acquired for $101 million 14 years ago and pay $3.5 million a year to maintain

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Schools from modest NM communities hold their own in statewide rankings

By   /  November 20, 2014  /  Education, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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A number of New Mexico schools from communities where household income is below the state median scored highly in rankings compiled by a national website.

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