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Maryland Proposal Would Slap Annual $750 Registration Surcharge on Hummers, other Mammoth SUVs
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Driving a super-sized sport utility vehicle on Maryland roads would cost $750 more a year under a measure being considered by state lawmakers.
China Miners: Losing Jobs Biggest Worry
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Stephanie Hoo, Associated Press
They work in one of the world's most hazardous industries, tunneling far beneath the earth's surface for coal to power China's booming economy.
Oil Prices Soar as OPEC Cut Worries Linger
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Oil prices surged more than a dollar Wednesday as worries over a possible OPEC output cut this spring countered a rise in crude and gasoline stocks in the United States.
Japan Government Drafts Bill on Making Firms Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International
The government has drawn up a bill to revise the law to curb global warming by mandating that sizable factories and offices report the amounts of greenhouse gases emitted above certain limits, a copy of the draft showed Wednesday.
Environmental Officials Defend Rules on Construction
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Barker, The Knoxville News-Sentinel
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials said Monday concerns about businesses wielding improper influence in the agency are unfounded.
Victoria, Texas, Considers Getting into Methane Gas Mining Business
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - David Tewes, Victoria Advocate
The city of Victoria is looking into the possibility of mining methane gas from the landfill near Bloomington and selling it, which could net a profit for taxpayers and help protect the atmosphere.
U.S. Cities Eye Ocean Waves for Power Supplies
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Leonard Anderson and Timothy Gardner, Reuters
Since ancient times poets have revered the power of the seas. Now energy companies and coastal cities like New York and San Francisco are aiming to tap ocean waves and tidal currents as abundant sources of electricity.
Unions Lobbying Democrats to Back President's Clean Air Plan
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Malia Rulon, Associated Press
A coalition of labor unions -- traditionally a bastion of support for Democrats -- are lobbying senators of that party in favor of President Bush's air-pollution plan.
Salvage and Oil Cleanup of Aleutian Freighter Wreck Halted Until Spring
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Volz, Associated Press
Salvage and cleanup operations of a freighter that wrecked in the Aleutian Islands have been shut down until spring, the Coast Guard said Monday.
Do Cows and Tennis Balls Stoke Global Warming?
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Cows and sheep grazing in fields, joggers' shoes or even the kitchen fridge could all be targeted under a new U.N. pact meant to rein in global warming.