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If I Could Have Written the Energy Bill...
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Ken Bossong, SUN DAY Campaign

(By Ken Bossong) Rising energy imports, climate change, and reliance on polluting fossil fuel and nuclear technologies all threaten the nation's economy, national security, public health, and the environment. None of these problems will go away. None will be solved by the new energy bill. In fact, all may well be made worse by it. Therefore, now that President Bush has signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, it is time for Congress to pass legislation that actually addresses the nation's energy needs.

Solar Power is Hot -- Too Hot
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsey Bruner, The Arizona Daily Sun

You can look but you can't buy. That was the word Friday from the solar energy corner of the Southwest Sustainability Expo at NAU. A worldwide shortage of solar panels has put most local projects on hold.

Used Boxes Unfold Booming Business
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Samantha Gonzaga, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Marty Metro's mantra is to rescue, reuse and recycle cardboard boxes. And, when there's time, he stops to plant a tree. Four years ago, Metro didn't just found a company with UsedCardboardBoxes.com he created an industry. His company now has warehouses in Pomona, Long Beach, Los Angeles and Tampa, Fla.

Almost 200 Pelicans Back in Wild after Surviving Louisiana Oil Spill
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Nearly 200 young brown pelicans that survived an oil spill in June are now back in the wild. Most have matured and joined wild birds, but a few still come back daily to feed, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist James Harris said.

Northeast States Sue EPA over Water Use Rules for Power Plants
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Six Northeast states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, claiming its rules on power plants' water use will cause fish kills and other environmental harm.

Newmont Executive Denies Polluting Indonesian Waters on First Day of Trial
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Miedy Pakasi, Associated Press

An American executive of Newmont Mining, the world's largest gold miner, told a court Friday that his company did not pollute a bay on Indonesia's Sulawesi Island, where it's accused of sickening villagers and causing fish stocks to plummet.

Listening System May Help Save Whales
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

Small survey planes, daylight and luck have long been the best tools for scientists hoping to spot the rare North Atlantic right whale. The results aren't too impressive. An estimated one in four whales are spotted by aerial surveys, leaving the rest vulnerable to ship strikes or fishing gear entanglements.

Chemist Tries to Solve World's Energy Woes
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Brian Bergstein, Associated Press

A U.S. chemist is trying to determine how the world will produce enough energy to supply 9 billion people by mid-century -- and whether that can be done without pumping off-the-charts amounts of carbon dioxide into the air.

U.S. Court Rejects Effort to Block Rules on Mercury Pollution
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

An effort by environmental groups to block the President George W. Bush's administration from implementing its new regulations on mercury pollution power plants was rejected by a federal appeals court.

Green Sea Turtle Makes Rare Va. Delivery
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A green sea turtle dug out a nest in the sands of this resort beach and left 124 eggs -- the first documented case of the protected turtle laying its eggs in Virginia.

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