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.

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.

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