Energy

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.

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.

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