Energy

Pa. Governor Signs Law To Expand Alternative Energy Use, Solar Industries
August 23, 2007 08:11 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

ERIE, Pa. - The Governor of Pennsylvania signed a bill today to grow the alternative energy industry in that state. He did it while visiting an Erie County middle school that is adding a 30-kilowatt photovoltaic system as part of its renovation. The solar panels were funded with a $250,000 grant through the state's Energy Harvest program.

Costs Make LIPA Reconsider Offshore NY Wind Farm
August 23, 2007 05:23 PM - Reuters

The Long Island Power Authority is reconsidering an offshore wind project after a study it commissioned showed it could add $2.50 to the average monthly consumer power bill.

Great Lakes Waste Issues May Kill BP Refinery Plan
August 23, 2007 05:21 PM - Reuters, Matthew Robinson

British oil giant BP Plc may scrap a $3.8 billion expansion plan for its Whiting, Indiana, refinery if it cannot develop technology to limit the level of pollution the plant releases into Lake Michigan.

Scientist says tests back Russia Arctic claim
August 23, 2007 10:20 AM - Conor Sweeney -Reuters

A Russian scientist said on Thursday that fresh test results back his country's legal bid to take control of the Arctic, just weeks after a submarine planted the Russian national flag on the North Pole's seabed. The race to claim ownership of the Arctic, home to vast untapped gas and oil reserves, has intensified with Canada, Denmark, Norway and the U.S. all vying with Russia to build their political and legal case to claim jurisdiction.

Hot compost bugs promise greener car fuel
August 23, 2007 10:04 AM - Pete Harrison - Reuters

A laboratory of hot, bubbling jars of bacteria near London holds the key to curbing CO2 pollution from cars, says Hamish Curran, Chief Executive of Britain's TMO Renewables. "We believe what we've found is not far from the silver bullet, and our demonstration plant will be about showing that," Curran told Reuters during a visit to the group's laboratories in Guildford on Wednesday.

Got an addiction? Milk and oil prices rise, but demand remains strong
August 23, 2007 09:36 AM - Danielle Nierenberg -Worldwatch Institute

They're items nearly every American can't live without, and they've been in the news a lot this summer. As prices for gasoline and milk rise, consumers have balked at—but still paid for—gas that hovers at around $3 a gallon and milk that costs anywhere from $3 to $5 a carton. But the question isn't whether these prices are too high—it's whether we're paying enough for our penchant for cheap dairy and fossil fuels.

GOP Presidential Hopeful Takes Anti-Washington Stance on a Wide Range of Issues
August 23, 2007 09:17 AM - Brendan Riley, Associated Press

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney took a strong states' rights stance Wednesday on Western issues of water, mining and public lands, saying he's against "heavy-handed" intrusion by the federal government.

Bush Administration Set to Ease Legal Limits on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
August 23, 2007 08:01 AM - EarthJustice

Continuing a dangerous and irresponsible trend, the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) this week will announce plans to try again to make stream annihilation legal by exempting coal mining wastes from a 1983 regulation.

Automakers, UAW, and St. Louis Leaders Support of Raising Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards
August 22, 2007 09:44 PM - PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS - Hundreds of autoworkers, business leaders and government officials from St. Louis and surrounding counties rallied this morning at Gateway Mall in downtown St. Louis, urging federal lawmakers to protect jobs and consumer choice by supporting the bi- partisan federal legislation introduced by Representatives Baron Hill (D-IN) and Lee Terry (R-NE) to raise fuel economy in cars and trucks. Local congressional representatives from Missouri and Illinois were thanked for their support of the bill.

Department of Energy Awards $3.8 Million in Funding to 38 U.S. Universities for Nuclear Research Infrastructure
August 22, 2007 04:12 PM - U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today strengthened its commitment to advancing nuclear power by awarding $100,000 to 38 universities to enhance nuclear research and development (R&D) under President Bush’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP).

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