Business

Solar Project on the Hot Spot
February 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John G. Edwards, Las Vegas Review-Journal

The chairman of the Nevada Senate Commerce Committee, state Sen. Randolph Towsend, on Wednesday questioned a representative of a solar power development company, Solargenix Energy, about its stalled plans to develop a 50-megawatt, solar thermal power plant in the Eldorado Valley outside of Boulder City.

Firm Ready to Bet on Nuclear Power
February 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Stan Choe, The Charlotte Observer

Nuclear power may be coming back into vogue in the United States, and companies are looking to jump in.

Groups Oppose Ethanol Proposal
February 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

As Wisconsin legislators sift through the science behind ethanol and its proposed use in automobile fuel statewide, some high-profile environmental groups are denouncing the "green" alternative, saying it causes more harm than good.

Fuel Cells to Supply Electricity at Sheraton
February 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Shannon McMahon, The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina announced yesterday that fuel cells will supply two-thirds of the hotel's electricity by the end of the year.

Pesticide Tax, Farmer Education Could Lessen Pollution from Runoff, Report Says
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Brian Skoloff, Associated Press

An environmental group has proposed a tax hike on pesticides that would fund classes for California farmers on how to reduce the amount of toxic runoff in the state's water supply.

Development of Sakhalin Oil Fields Should Be Delayed to Protect Gray Whales, Independent Report Says
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Sam Cage, Associated Press

A consortium led by the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. should halt operations and delay further development of oil and gas fields near gray whale feeding grounds off Russia's far-eastern Sakhalin island, an independent study recommended Wednesday.

Economic Development Officials Battling Air-Pollution Designations
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Malia Rulon, Associated Press

Robert Stec would like to help clean up the nation's dirty air, but at $1 million a plant to install air-pollution control technology, it would be cheaper for him to move his furniture manufacturing business overseas.

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.

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