Energy

EPA Plan to Tighten Smog Standards Collides with Bush Goal to Cut Gas Use
January 31, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Federal scientists want to tighten smog standards, a step that would allow tens of millions of Americans to breathe easier. The plan also would run head-on into President Bush's hopes of weaning Americans from gasoline by using more smog-producing ethanol.

California May Ban Conventional Lightbulbs by 2012
January 31, 2007 12:00 AM - Bernie Woodall, Reuters

A California lawmaker wants to make his state the first to ban incandescent lightbulbs as part of California's groundbreaking initiatives to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

USDA Seeks Land Reserve of 6,250 Acres in Arkansas
January 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Federal and state officials will spend $9.4 million to enroll up to 6,250 acres of land in northeast Arkansas into a program to restore hardwood forests, boost animal populations, improve water quality and sequester carbon, federal officials said on Monday.

Australian State Leader Says Drinking Water Must Be Recycled
January 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

An Australian state plans to introduce recycled sewage to its drinking water as a record drought threatens water supplies around the nation, a state leader said Monday.

Washington Lawmakers Considering Legislation for Biofuels Production Incentives
January 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press

Plenty of farmers and others in Washington state love the idea of growing crops to make clean-burning vehicle fuels to cut pollution and the nation's reliance on foreign oil.

Report Warns of Obstacles to Sustainable Biofuels Sector
January 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Thomas Wagner, Associated Press

The benefits of biofuel made from beets, sugar cane and other crops may be weakened if the sector continues to expand without controls and trade agreements, an environmental think tank said on Friday.

New Suit Planned Over Brooklyn Oil Spill
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - David B. Caruso, Associated Press

An environmental group and several city politicians said Wednesday they plan to file a new lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. over its handling of a huge underground oil spill in Brooklyn.

Australian PM Plans to Restore Parched Rivers
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters

Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced plans on Thursday to spend more than A$10 billion ($7 billion) to restore the nation's ailing rivers, making dwindling water supplies his priority in an election year.

Live-Fish Market Grows, Stripping Reefs
January 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

The appetite for live reef fish -- a status symbol for many newly rich Chinese -- has caused the populations of these predators to plummet around Asia as fishermen increasingly resort to cyanide and dynamite to bring in the valuable catch. Entire reef ecosystems, already endangered by pollution and global warming, are at risk.

House Approves Fees, Taxes on Oil Companies; Plans to Use Money for Renewable Fuels
January 19, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The House rolled back billions of dollars in oil industry subsidies Thursday in what supporters hailed as a new direction in energy policy toward more renewable fuels. Critics said the action would reduce domestic oil production and increase reliance on imports.

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