Energy

U.S. Aid Sanctions Turn Taps Off Critical Palestinian Water, Wastewater Projects
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Amy Teibel, Associated Press

One slip, and Issa Abu Shakr's 5-year-old nephew plunged into the fetid stream of sewage that flows outside the family's West Bank home. The contact with the filthy water required multiple blood transfusions and a 10-day hospital stay, Abu Shakr says.

EU Still Stuck on Green Fuels Target
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Mark John and Ingrid Melander, Reuters

European Union foreign ministers sought on Monday to narrow differences on how to combat climate change but resistance remained to a German bid to fix mandatory targets for the use of "green fuels."

European Lighting Industry Agrees to Push Energy-Saving Bulbs
March 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Toby Sterling, Associated Press

The world's three largest light bulb makers said Thursday they will push European consumers to switch to energy-saving bulbs in a bid to cut carbon dioxide emissions that are believed to contribute to global warming.

TXU Buyers Moved to Soften Potential Opposition to Huge Takeover
March 2, 2007 12:00 AM - David Koenig, Associated Press

The investors buying TXU Corp. say they can finance the biggest private-takeover ever, cut electricity rates, cancel new power plants -- and still make money. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Texas Pacific Group believe they can do this, most obviously, because TXU is the largest electricity producer in a big state that is expected to keep growing at a fast clip.

Whalers, North Alaskans Try to Block Oil Lease Sale
March 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Groups in Alaska have sued the U.S. Interior Department to block an offshore oil and gas lease sale that residents say threatens Arctic marine wildlife and the traditional Inupiat Eskimo way of life.

Australia's First Wave Power Plant Ready to Roll
March 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

Australia's cities are drought-parched and its desert outback drenched by floods, but climate change has not yet killed the country's famed surf beaches, or their promise of clean eco-power.

European Union Wants to Speed up Protection of Threatened Bluefin Tuna
February 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Raf Casert, Associated Press

European Union nations are poised to greatly increase protection for the overfished bluefin tuna, an increasingly rare delicacy in sushi shops around the world, officials said Tuesday.

Philips Agreement Boosts E.U. Incandescent Lightbulb Phaseout Plans
February 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Toby Sterling, Associated Press

European light bulb makers are close to an agreement in principle to work together on phasing out energy-wasting incandescent bulbs for the consumer market, the chief executive of Royal Philips Electronics NV's lighting division said Monday.

New Push for Conserving Electricity Starts to Show Results
February 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Tom Fowler, Houston Chronicle

Baker Hughes has added some 800 workers to its 140-acre Rankin Road campus in the last few years but barely a penny to its power bill. By replacing hundreds of old light fixtures and upgrading air-conditioning equipment, the oil-field-services giant cut its power consumption by more than 1 megawatt in 2006 alone.

Global Warming Worries to Boost Renewables
February 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Three decades after former U.S. President Jimmy Carter experimented with solar panels on the White House roof, grim U.N. warnings about climate change may kick-start wider global use of renewable energy.

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