Business

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.

UK Activists Hail Court Ruling in "McLibel" Case
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Gilbert Reilhac, Reuters

Two Britons found to have libelled the U.S. fast food chain McDonald's after the longest court case in English legal history did not have a fair trial, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday.

Oil Rises as OPEC Says May Cut Supply
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Oil prices rose Monday as the OPEC cartel said it might cut supply as the Northern Hemisphere winter draws to a close.

California's emission rules here? Auto Dealers Say it's a Bad Idea
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Gordon, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.

Advocates of a move to adopt California's stringent automobile emissions standards didn't dream up barren Cascade Mountain ski slopes and green daffodil stalks now shooting up around Puget Sound to help make their case.

Libby, Mont., Residents Hope to Hold Big Corporation Accountable for Asbestos Illnesses
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Gallagher, Associated Press

They're getting ready for the Asbestos Health Fair in this old mining town.

Governor's Crusade Against Business Rules has Found No Villains
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Dion Nissenbaum, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

When Arnold Schwarzenegger took office, he vowed to whack away at a tangle of California regulations he blamed for choking the frail state economy.

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