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Senior Associate Editor
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Patterson joined Kiplinger in December 2010, covering energy and commodities markets, autos, environment and sports business for The Kiplinger Letter. Prior to joining Kiplinger, he covered federal grant funding and congressional appropriations for Thompson Publishing Group, writing for a range of print and online publications. He holds a BA in history from the University of Rochester.
Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices
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With crude oil likely coming off its lows, some money is returning to the oil patch.
Also hurting the once dominant energy source: declining exports.
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Conservation and technological advances will help utilities meet needs, but at a cost.
Mounting strains on the electric grid will hit consumers in their wallets but will lead to new business opportunities, too.
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What the coming boost in exports spells for U.S. consumers, gas producers and investors.
Solutions to energy and safety concerns will be in hot demand.
Energy costs should be relatively easy on your wallet in 2014.
An energy revolution is under way in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. And it’s not just energy companies that are benefiting.
Sales are closing in on prerecession highs, as shoppers flock to showrooms and dealers roll out hot new models.
More crude produced in the U.S. and lower demand for it both here and overseas spell relief for consumers.
A harsher climate spells new costs for businesses and homeowners, especially as government aid dries up.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama once again stressed the need to spend more federal funds on crumbling infrastructure in coming years, but given the focus on budget cutting on Capitol ...
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Automakers are introducing mind-boggling technology that will see cars parking and driving themselves, leaving their "drivers" free to -- what else -- safely surf the Internet while on the move.
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Ramped-up efforts to diversify U.S. energy use are paying off. The United States is lessening its dependence on imports from politically shaky parts of the globe such as the Middle East and Africa. Look ...
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Both industries are surviving on economic merits, not government help.
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