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Texas Shrimpers Blame U.S. Government for Industry's Decline
May 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, Texas

For people like Robert L. Perkins III, the U.S. government is to blame for the demise of the shrimping industry. "The same thing that happened to our textile industry is happening (to shrimping)," in the Brownsville/Port Isabel area, he said. "I wonder who is next."

Harvest from the Ashes
May 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Marcelene Edwards, The News Tribune

Twenty-five years ago, the Weyerhaeuser Co. wanted to keep cutting trees on the flanks of rumbling, spitting Mount St. Helens. But to play it safe, the company moved loggers 15 miles from the mountain -- and thought that would be far enough.

EarthNews Radio: Hemp Industry Association
May 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Businesses with hemp-based products face a number of challenges from legislatures. One organization is working to make consumers aware of the benefits of hemp.

California Judge Rejects Challenge to Diesel Emission Rules
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

Truck drivers face tougher pollution regulations starting Saturday after diesel engine manufacturers lost a court battle to postpone the deadline.

China to Create Powerful New Energy Agency Headed by Top Economic Planner
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China, struggling to cope with surging demand for power and soaring oil imports, has created a powerful new agency to oversee its energy sector, the government said Friday.

Traveling Light: The Environmental Impact of Vacation Travel
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

The month of May is when many people start thinking about their plans for vacations for summer, and Memorial Day is the start of the traditional "driving season." With fuel prices at all-time highs and concern about the environment growing, there will be an environment-consciousness component to vacation planning for many.

Hybrid Catfish Nears Commercial Use
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Garry Mitchell, Associated Press

Like any farmer, catfish growers have a taste for higher yields. Now after three decades of research, a hybrid catfish developed at Auburn University may satisfy that appetite for profit. There are other hybrids in the ponds -- strains of catfish crossed naturally -- but Auburn's hybrid catfish is the first manually fertilized for commercial use, according to its developers.

North Slope Oil Companies Gamble on Heavy Oil
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Oil companies are betting that heavy oil in Alaska will result in a big payoff. Heavy oil, which has the consistency of thick molasses, lies in sandstone above the huge reservoir of light oil that has been flowing down the trans-Alaska pipeline since 1977. With that reservoir being drawn down, BP Group PLC and ConocoPhillips Co. are turning to hard-to-pump heavy oil to extend the life of Alaska's largest oil field.

Petroleum Industry Funds Challenge to Benzene Study
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Wendy Benjaminson, Associated Press

An oil industry trade group is challenging a U.S. government study about the dangers of benzene exposure by financing a study of its own.

Professors Develop Spreadsheet to Help Farmers Allocate Water Supplies
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Emily Fredrix, Associated Press

Scholars think tweaking variables on a spreadsheet could help those who work the land cope with a drought that just won't go away.

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