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Texas landowners are fighting back against the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring Canadian oil sands to Texas refineries, The Associated Press reports.

The Texans oppose the project because TransCanada, the Canadian firm behind it, cannot guarantee the oil will stay in the country, will not commit to hiring local workers and has been more aggressive in obtaining land through court order than have other pipeline projects.

A program that lets miners pay the federal government to tap coal reserves on federal land could amount to a subsidy for Asian nations as producers export more coal to that region, notes Reuters.

The European Union might cap the amount of food-based biofuels that can contribute to its renewable fuels targets, according to AP.

Russian oil firm Rosneft is poised to become the world’s largest oil producer if it can close on plans to buy BP’s 50 percent stake in its Russian joint venture TNK-BP, Financial Times reports.