Energy

Hindus Defy Pollution to Bathe in Ganges Festival
January 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Alistair Scrutton, Reuters

Hindu holy men brandishing spears and tridents charged into the sacred Ganges on Monday, after threats to boycott the world's largest religious festival over pollution failed to dent devotees' fervour.

Chevrolet Volt Plugs Into Concept of Running Car with Electricity Only
January 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Adam Wilmoth, Daily Oklahoman

Plug-in electric technology is seen by proponents as a key step in weaning the country off its dependence on foreign oil by instead pursuing cheaper, cleaner, domestically produced electricity.

Montana Woman to Head Forest Service
January 14, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Montana forester Gail Kimbell was named Friday to head the U.S. Forest Service and quickly came under fire from a Senate Democrat who represents her state. Kimbell, the first woman to hold the job, succeeds retiring chief Dale Bosworth.

Quebec Begins Five-Billion-Dollar Hydro-Electric Project
January 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Robert Melnbardis, Reuters

Quebec began construction of a C$5 billion ($4.2 billion) hydro-electric project Thursday that will add 883 megawatts of generating capacity to the provincially owned utility's power network, officials said.

Rampant Gold Mining Polluting Huge Tiger Reserve in Myanmar
January 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

The military junta is allowing gold mines to pollute the world's largest wild tiger reserve in northwest Myanmar, and has promoted development that is destroying ethnic Kachin communities, a report released Wednesday alleges.

Bush Lifts Oil and Gas Drilling Ban for Alaska Bay
January 10, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

President Bush lifted a ban Tuesday on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay, an area known for its endangered whales and the world's largest run of sockeye salmon.

Pennsylvania State Agency Refuses to Publish Tough Pollution Rule
January 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Marc Levy, Associated Press

An obscure state agency is blocking the implementation of new restrictions on mercury pollution by refusing to print the rule in a record of administrative actions.

Portuguese Entrepreneur Finds His Own Answer to Energy Problems
January 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

As the European Commission urges the continent to move away from traditional energy sources and adopt a lifestyle that cares for the environment, Eduardo Rocha is one step ahead.

Conservationists Say Oil Hunt Damages Congo Park
January 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Christian Tsoumou, Reuters

Oil exploration activities, including underground explosions, are seriously damaging Congo Republic's most diverse ecological zone in violation of national park legislation, conservationists say.

Oil Plunges Four Percent on Mild U.S. Weather
January 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Matthew Robinson, Reuters

Oil prices dropped 4 percent to below $59 Wednesday as mild weather in the U.S. Northeast cut fuel demand in the world's biggest heating oil market and signs emerged that investor interest in commodities was flagging.

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