Energy

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.

One Word: Solar -- A Guest Commentary
January 18, 2007 12:00 AM - James Quigley, Center for Sustainable Energy

In a world where the gravest threats to the future are no longer characterized as merely an ethos, but as a planetary physical transformation, global climate change now trumps the comparatively mild worries faced by the baby boomers of the sixties.

Prices Soar for California Citrus after Temperatures Plummet; Governor Asks for Federal Aid
January 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Olivia Munoz, Associated Press

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked the federal government Tuesday for disaster aid because of an ongoing cold snap that has destroyed nearly $1 billion worth of California citrus, and industry officials said shoppers will feel the sting through higher prices for oranges, lemons and other produce.

Bush Readies Speech on Ethanol, Climate Change
January 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

President Bush's annual speech to Congress next week is likely to call for a massive increase in U.S. ethanol usage and tweak climate change policy while stopping short of mandatory emissions caps, sources familiar with White House plans said Tuesday.

Cambodia Says Asian, European Companies Are Flocking to the Country in Search of Oil
January 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Ker Munthit, Associated Press

Scores of Asian and European companies have expressed an interest in tapping Cambodia's oil wealth, though it will be years before the country realizes the benefits from its offshore reserves, a government official said Tuesday.

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