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U.N. Raises Possible Biofuel Problems
May 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
Biofuels like ethanol can help reduce global warming and create jobs for the rural poor, but the benefits may be offset by serious environmental problems and increased food prices for the hungry, the United Nations concluded Tuesday in its first major report on bioenergy.
Obama Says U.S. Auto Industry Must Look to Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
May 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Corey Williams, Associated Press
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday faulted U.S. automakers for failing to do what foreign manufacturers have accomplished in producing fuel-efficient vehicles.
Massachusetts Challenges Federal Energy Rules
May 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Massachusetts sued the federal government Monday, accusing energy regulators of failing to tighten standards that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate the need for major new power plants.
Republicans Criticize Pelosi over Project in Water Development Bill
May 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press
Republicans are accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of including a provision in a water redevelopment bill that could benefit property her husband owns in San Francisco.
Report Says Malaysia Seeks To Rehabilitate Borneo Rain Forests Marred by Logging
May 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Malaysian authorities need 200 million ringgit (US$58 million; euro42 million) to replant trees and restore heavily logged forests that are home to thousands of orangutans on Borneo island, a news report said Sunday.
Wind Farms Useful but May Threaten Birds
May 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
Wind farms could generate up to 7 percent of U.S. electricity in 15 years, but scientists want more study of the threat the spinning blades pose to birds and bats.
Jeans Firms Pollute Mexican City with Blue Dye
May 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters
Jeans factories have given jobs to thousands in the city of Tehuacan, the heartland of Mexico's denim industry, but they are pumping blue chemicals into rivers used to irrigate corn fields downstream.
Ethanol Bill Heads to Full Senate, Prompts Debate over Coal as Motor Fuel
May 3, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
Senators moved ahead Wednesday on legislation to replace one-quarter of the nation's gasoline with ethanol and set a goal of cutting gasoline consumption nearly in half by 2030.
Tribes, Fishermen Sue PacifiCorp over Klamath Dams
May 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Environmentalists, commercial fishermen and Native American tribes sued Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary PacifiCorp in San Francisco Wednesday, claiming that two of its dams on the Klamath River are killing salmon and causing human health hazards.
Senate Panel OKs Bill To Increase Green U.S. Power
May 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
The U.S. Senate may vote later this month on an energy bill that would by 2020 require that 15 percent of U.S. electricity be produced by renewable sources such as wind and solar.