The price of a barrel of U.S. crude oil has plummeted by more than 50 percent since June 2014. U.S. producers claim that they're at a competitive disadvantage because they're restricted to selling their oil domestically at a time when they desperately need new markets to sell their expanding inventories.
Activists are taking the issue of private prisons to the public. Justice advocacy organizations started the campaign the same day private prison companies applied for a new contract with the Arizona Department of Corrections.
It certainly seems like Arizona would be a haven for solar energy production and use, but recent conflicts among the state’s utilities and some solar companies have industry observers saying Arizona is on the verge of falling behind.