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Insurers Drop Backing for Asbestos Trust Fund, but Other Businesses Groups Renew Their Support
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press

A group of insurance companies have rescinded their backing for Senate legislation that would end asbestos liability lawsuits in exchange for a victims trust fund, but other business groups moved quickly Tuesday to restate their support for a compromise trust fund bill.

House Panel Revives U.S. Energy Bill
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

A House committee Tuesday dusted off an energy bill that backers say will boost U.S. oil and natural gas production but critics deride as a bonanza for oil companies with no immediate relief for consumer pocketbooks.

Canadian Automakers Volunteer to Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth Duff-Brown, Associated Press

A landmark agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 17 percent over the next five years was formally signed Tuesday by the Canadian government and the country's automobile industry.

Company Proposes Massive Development for Maine's North Woods
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Jerry Harkavy, Associated Press

One of the nation's biggest landowners has filed a plan to develop nearly 1,000 camp lots and two resorts in the North Woods of Maine, an area where Henry David Thoreau roamed 150 years ago.

Shipper's Waste Dumping Draws Big Fine
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Craig Welch, The Seattle Times

Owners of one of the world's largest cargo-shipping businesses -- a company for which the Port of Tacoma last year built a 171-acre terminal -- agreed yesterday to pay $25 million in fines for secretly dumping oil into the oceans and repeatedly doctoring log books to cover it up.

Rolls-Royce in Venture to Develop Fuel Cell-Based Power System
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Siti Rahil, Kyodo News International

Luxury car maker Rolls-Royce plc signed an agreement Wednesday with a Singapore consortium that includes several Singapore government-linked entities to jointly invest US$100 million in a new venture to develop a commercially viable power system based on fuel cell technology.

Study Suggests Salmon Thrived Above Klamath Dams
April 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Based on a review of historical and archaeological evidence, a group of federal biologists has concluded that salmon definitely spawned in waters far above a series of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River that have blocked fish since 1917.

Scientists Artificially Inseminate Whale
April 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

After bringing in a parade of males and watching for years as nature never took its course, scientists at Mystic Aquarium have performed what is believed to be the first artificial insemination of a beluga whale.

Ask Umbra: As the World Learns
April 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

A new-to-the-movement greenie wonders how enviro sage Umbra Fisk is able to keep well-informed on the major issues. Fisk suggests some great green resources and asks readers for their own faves in Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website.

Yucca Mountain E-mails Not Likely to Discredit Project, DOE Concluded
April 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

Energy Department officials concluded last month that e-mails by Yucca Mountain workers talking about making up data "are not likely to discredit or bring into question" key scientific conclusions about the proposed nuclear waste dump site, according to internal department documents.

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