Energy

EU Seeks Biofuel Imports, Environment Standards Too
July 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeff Mason and William Schomberg, Reuters

The European Union signalled on Thursday it was ready to ramp up imports of biofuels from countries such as Brazil but warned producers it expected strict environmental standards to be met.

UN Official Says Cuba Has Solved Its Energy Crisis Without Sacrificing Its Environment
July 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Will Weissert, Associated Press

Cuba has solved crippling energy shortages that plagued the island as recently as 2004 without sacrificing a long-term commitment to promoting environmentally friendly fuels, the head of the U.N. Environment Program said Wednesday.

India Invests US$595 Million in International Reactor Project To Combat Global Warming
July 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

India is investing nearly US$600 million in an international project to create an experimental fusion reactor aimed at combating global warming by providing an alternative to fossil fuels, the government said Thursday.

Alaska Opens Application Process for Gas Pipeline
July 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Steve Quinn, Associated Press

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday the state is ready to receive applications to build a natural gas pipeline that officials believe will ultimately deliver trillions of cubic feet of reserves to market.

Chinese Environmental Watchdog Freezes Industrial Development on Parts of Filthy Rivers
July 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China's environmental watchdog froze industrial development along parts of four filthy rivers to force a cleanup but indicated corruption may thwart the effort, news reports said Wednesday.

Australia Protects Rock Art, but OKs LNG Plant
July 4, 2007 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters

Vast areas of ancient Aboriginal rock art dating back to the last ice age will be protected in Australia's northwest, but some may be moved to make way for a major gas terminal, the Australian government said on Tuesday.

Texas Begins Desalinating Sea Water
July 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

On a one-acre site alongside a string of shrimp boats docked on the Brownsville ship channel stands a $2.2 million assembly of pipes, sheds, and humming machinery -- Texas' entree into global efforts to make sea water suitable to drink.

Nuclear Energy Hot Topic Once Again
July 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

Thanks to global warming, nuclear energy is hot again. Its promise of abundant, carbon emissions-free power is being pushed by the president and newly considered by environmentalists. But any expansion won't come cheap or easy.

Australian Crews Plan Second Bid To Float Beached Freighter
June 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Rick Rycroft, Associated Press

Salvage crews planned a second attempt to free a coal freighter carrying hundreds of thousands of liters (gallons) of fuel oil from a sandbar after two tow lines snapped in a failed bid overnight, officials said Friday.

House Committee Defeats Increase to Gas Mileage Standards
June 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

A House committee on Thursday rejected an auto industry-backed plan to raise gas mileage standards for new vehicles. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee wanted to increase the requirements for any vehicle that uses renewable fuels.

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