Energy

Search for Water Gets Harder in U.S. Southwest
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Nick Carey, Reuters

The heavily forested, mountain town of Flagstaff has grown to 62,000 people from 45,000 in 1990, straining its water resources. Upper Lake Mary, a man-made reservoir that provides up to 40 percent of the town's water needs of 11 million gallons a day, is down to 18 percent of normal levels.

Greenpeace Asks Passengers at Four UK Airports To Travel by Train Instead
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Greenpeace set up booths at four British airports on Tuesday aimed at persuading people to help fight global warming by traveling by train instead of plane.

Galveston Group Kicks Off Lagoon Project
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council are embarking on a project to turn the island's East End lagoon into an environmental education center.

Powerful Interest Groups Complicate Swift Action on Energy in Congress
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Three powerful lobbying forces -- automakers, electric utilities and the coal industry -- are confounding Democrats' efforts to forge a less-polluting energy policy.

Parched Australia Plans Giant Desalination Plant
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australia is planning to build one of the world's largest desalination plants as part of a $4.9 billion ($4 billion) programme to provide drinking water to the nation's second-largest city Melbourne.

Push for Increase in Biofuels Causes Oil Industry To Scale Back Refinery Expansion
June 18, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A push from Congress and the White House for huge increases in biofuels, such as ethanol, is prompting the oil industry to scale back its plans for refinery expansions. That could keep gasoline prices high, possibly for years to come.

Canada Approves Plan To Bury Its Nuclear Waste
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

Canada said Thursday it had approved the idea of burying nuclear waste from its power plants deep in the ground at a single location, a proposal that green activists immediately condemned as too risky.

Democrats Struggle To Resolve Impasse Over Renewable Energy Proposal
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Senate Democrats, eager for a vote on energy legislation, ran into staunch Republican resistance Thursday to requiring that utilities use more wind, solar and other renewable sources to produce electricity.

Rental Car Companies Hertz, Avis Announce Plans To Boost Hybrid Fleets
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Bree Fowler, Associated Press

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. said Thursday it will spend $68 million to add 3,400 Toyota Prius hybrids to its fleets by 2008. And Avis Budget Group Inc. said this week it plans to make 1,000 hybrid Prius vehicles available for rent as early as next week.

Senate Debates Requirement for Utilities To Use More Renewable Fuels
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Senate Democrats proposed a requirement Wednesday that 15 percent of the nation's electricity be produced by wind, biomass and other renewable energy sources. Democrats were trying to include the renewable fuel requirements on a broader energy bill before the Senate, but they faced strong opposition from senators who worried that such a national mandate would raise electricity costs in some states.

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