Energy

Bush Touts Ethanol Plan on N.C. Laboratory Tour
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

President Bush toured a laboratory working to convert wood chips to ethanol Thursday, touting his plan to boost U.S. use of the home-grown fuel fivefold over 10 years.

Legislation Aims at Brighter Future for Solar Power
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Sarah Breitenbach, Frederick News-Post

Heather Iager, a dairy farmer in Libertytown, Maryland, wants to go green, but even in a county that's home to one of the nation's largest solar manufacturing plants, she's finding it difficult.

Cleanups of Leaking Fuel Tanks Lag; Job Could Cost $12 Billion
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

It will cost at least $12 billion to clean up contamination from tens of thousands of gasoline storage tanks that are leaking underground, congressional auditors say. Some 117,000 faulty tanks await cleanups, according to the latest figures current as of September 2005.

Green Limo Line at Oscars Gets Longer and Sexier
February 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Mary Milliken, Reuters

From a plug-in hybrid car to the sexy electric Tesla Roadster, celebrities wanting to make a green statement on the way to the red carpet of the Oscars will have plenty of environment-friendly rides this Sunday.

Nine States Sue over Mercury Emissions, Questioning Rule on Cement Plants
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Michigan and eight other states sued the Bush administration Tuesday, saying the White House failed to adequately regulate emissions of mercury and other pollutants at cement plants.

Montana Farmers Blaming Irrigation Problems on Water Discharged from Methane Drilling
February 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Matthew Brown, Associated Press

When the soil in Roger Muggli's fields turned bad last year, damaging more than 300 acres of alfalfa, the third-generation farmer quickly named a culprit: coal-bed methane drilling along the nearby Tongue River.

EU Energy Ministers Postpone Decision on Plan to Turn Europe into Low-Carbon Economy
February 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Aoife White, Associated Press

StorEU energy ministers on Thursday postponed major decisions on an ambitious plan to turn Europe into a low-carbon economy, failing to agree on a plan to open up energy markets and set binding targets for renewable energy.

Big Oil Warns Biofuels Will Not Meet U.S. Energy Needs
February 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Erwin Seba, Reuters

Top executives in the U.S. oil and electricity industries warned U.S. lawmakers this week against relying solely on biofuels for energy security, calling instead for more domestic drilling, streamlined regulation, and access to foreign reserves.

Canada Mulls Tax Credits for Hybrid Cars
February 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Canadian government is considering introducing a tax credit or tax rebate for the purchase of environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles, a government source said Wednesday.

Greenpeace Wins Court Ruling Quashing British Government Nuclear Power Decision
February 15, 2007 12:00 AM - D'Arcy Doran, Associated Press

Greenpeace on Thursday won a High Court ruling that could force the British government to rethink its decision to build new nuclear power stations. High Court judge Jeremy Sullivan ruled that the consultation process was flawed and unfair leading up to the government announcement last year that it planned to make nuclear power a key energy source in the coming decades.

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