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The New York Times reports that Russia is looking to use its huge natural-gas supplies to power vehicles. From their story:

Gazprom, the state-owned energy monopoly better known for heating houses and powering factories in Europe, is making a bet that natural gas cars are an alluring market for future growth, at home in Russia and in other European countries that have bought its gas. All the ingredients are in place for adoption of natural gas vehicles in Russia, the world’s second-largest gas producer after the United States, with economic and environmental payoffs.

AP reports that oil prices fell after the International Energy Agency lowered its global demand forecast.