Energy

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.

Religious Leaders Tour Kentucky Coal Mining Sites, Praying for End to Mountaintop Removal
May 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Samiar Jafari, Associated Press

Amid a backdrop of bulldozers, warning sirens and mine blasts, demonstrators bowed their heads and prayed for the land, the water and mostly for an end to the practice of removing mountaintops to extract coal.

Scientists Display Modified Sorghum Crop
May 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Graczyk, Associated Press

Texas A&M University scientists showed off to state and federal officials Tuesday a genetically engineered crop of sorghum they believe will be a more efficient and economical option to corn in drier parts of the country as the nation pushes for alternative energy sources.

For Asian Countries, Targeting Rice Paddies Could Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

As delegates at a global warming conference hash out the best ways to reduce greenhouse gases, one of the problems -- and a possible solution -- may lie just outside Thailand's teeming capital in the country's rice fields.

Seven Colorado River States Submit Plan for Sharing Water in Drought
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Seven states dependent on the Colorado River filed a plan with the Interior Department on Monday aimed at divvying up water resources during times of drought. Officials said the long-debated pact would protect 30 million people who depend on the river for drinking water.

Interior Expands Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling off Alaska, Virginia and in Gulf
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The Interior Department announced a major expansion of offshore oil and gas development Monday with proposed lease sales covering 48 million new acres off Alaska, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and in the central Atlantic off Virginia.

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