Energy

Coal likely to boost U.S. 2007 carbon emissions
December 13, 2007 05:58 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. emissions of the main greenhouse gas carbon dioxide will likely rise this year as power plants turn to cheap and plentiful coal, which could add pressure on the government to regulate the gases scientists blame for global warming.

California scientists create new standard for cleaner transportation fuels
December 13, 2007 04:32 PM - University of California Newswire

Davis, California - University of California experts today released their much-anticipated blueprint for fighting global warming by reducing the amount of carbon emitted when transportation fuels are used in California.  This "Low Carbon Fuel Standard," designed to stimulate improvements in transportation-fuel technologies, is expected to become the foundation for similar initiatives in other states, as well as nationally and internationally.

The end of Bretton Woods?
December 13, 2007 12:12 PM - Pablo Paster, Triple Pundit

The mainstream media doesn't seem to understand the potential magnitude of changes currently underway in the sensitive international monetary balance. On December 8th Iran decided to no longer accept the US dollar in exchange for its oil.

Bob Geldof calls for more nuclear power
December 13, 2007 09:07 AM - Reuters

The Irish former rock star, known for his campaigning on poverty relief in Africa, was writing on a blog set up by carmaker Lexus to promote hybrid road vehicles.

California greenhouse gas law may stand: judge
December 12, 2007 03:25 PM - Reuters

A spokesman for the auto industry, which had argued that California's law is unconstitutional, said an appeal is uncertain. "We're still reviewing the decision and a decision on whether or not to appeal hasn't been made yet," said Charles Territo, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

Oil-eating bugs may unlock clean energy from crude
December 12, 2007 01:21 PM - By Jeffrey Jones, Reuters

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A tiny oil-eating bug that lives deep underground may allow the world's oil industry to unlock energy trapped in trillions of barrels of heavy crude, which is costly and dirty to produce using today's methods.

Canada set to order restart of isotope reactor
December 12, 2007 12:13 PM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian Parliament was set to overrule the country's nuclear watchdog on Wednesday and order a reactor that makes crucial radioisotopes for cancer tests be restarted immediately.

U.N.'s Ban urges 2009 deadline for climate deal
December 12, 2007 11:33 AM - By Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world on Wednesday to agree to work out a new climate treaty by 2009 but said it might be "too ambitious" to set goals for greenhouse gas cuts in Bali.

U.S. still hooked on oil in 2030, but renewables rise
December 12, 2007 09:19 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will still rely on oil, natural gas and coal for its main energy supplies through 2030, but ethanol and other renewable energy sources will double during the period, the government's top energy forecasting agency said on Wednesday.

Papua New Guinea biofuel firm plans London listing
December 12, 2007 05:23 AM - Reuters

The firm hopes to benefit from a near doubling in the price of palm oil in the last year, driven by demand for biofuels and economic growth in China and India. Palm oil is also used for cooking and in products such as soap and ice cream.

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