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Santa Barbara, Calif., Construction Company Tapping Power of the Sun
December 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Maria Zate, Santa Barbara News-Press, Calif.

Santa Barbara contractor Joe Campanelli is helping local property owners see the light, or more accurately, the power of light.

Fidel Castro Announces Discovery of Crude Oil Deposit off Cuban Coast
December 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

President Fidel Castro said a crude oil deposit has been discovered off Cuba containing up to 100 million barrels, good news for a country that imports about half the petroleum it needs.

Mexican Authorities Working to Clean up Gulf Oil Spill
December 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Authorities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz worked to clean up oil and oil-soaked sand and vegetation on Friday after 5,000 barrels of crude into a river leading to the Gulf of Mexico, coating local beaches, federal officials said.

China Approaches Canada in search for New Oil Sources
December 24, 2004 12:00 AM - The Times of India

China's thirst for oil has brought it to the doorstep of the United States. Chinese energy companies are on the verge of striking ambitious deals in Canada in efforts to win access to some of the most prized oil reserves in North America.

Italian Cities Clamp down on High-Polluting Cars
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Citizens in one Alpine region of northern Italy have been walking or taking the bus to work since a curfew on more polluting cars and scooters came into force this month.

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Dishes on Organics, Consolidation, Unions
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Grist Magazine

Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey generates schizoid reactions in the enviro community. Mackey chats with Grist Magazine.

Newmont Admits Emitting Mercury in Indonesia, Denies Health Impact
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A U.S. mining company has admitted that it released tons of mercury into the air and water over a period of years at one of its Indonesian gold mines, but denied that it had any health impact on people.

Former Chairman Urges Navajo to Fight New Mexico Water Rights Settlement
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today

Former Navajo Chairman Peter MacDonald urged the Navajo Nation Council to reject a San Juan River water rights settlement with the state of New Mexico and instead take the battle for Navajo water rights to court, under the Winters Doctrine, which gives precedence to Indian water claims.

Chavez Land Crusade Eyes UK-Owned Venezuelan Ranch
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Pascal Fletcher, Reuters

A cattle ranch in Venezuela owned by one of Britain's richest families may become a test case in President Hugo Chavez's crusade to redistribute land to the poor as part of his leftist revolution.

Avocado Oil, Taco Grease Fuel Eco-Bus in Mexico
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

Ecologists toured Mexico City taco stands and sushi bars Wednesday to refuel an old school bus with waste cooking oil that will power the next leg of a green-awareness tour from California to Costa Rica.

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