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Interior Department's Steven Griles Resigns
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Steven Griles, the former lobbyist who oversaw the Bush administration's push to open more public land to energy development, said Tuesday he was resigning as the Interior Department's No. 2 official.

More Federal Money Needed for Energy Security, Panel Concludes
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Future energy security will require development of new nuclear power plants, coal that is less polluting and tougher federal requirements on automobile fuel economy, a nonpartisan panel of energy experts says.

United States Defends Global Warming Strategy at International Climate Summit
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Bill Cormier, Associated Press

The United States stood by its refusal to sign a landmark global warming agreement, insisting at an environmental conference here that it is doing more to battle climate change than many nations.

U.S. Scientists Rank Honda First for Clean Cars for Third Time
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

A group of U.S. scientists on Tuesday gave Honda Motor Co. the top slot in a survey of automakers' technologies to produce environmentally friendly cars.

Maryland Heights, Md., Firm Gets Extension for Toxic Cleanup in Peru
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Sara Shipley and Peter Shinkle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Violence erupted in La Oroya, Peru, this week as Doe Run Resources Corp. of Maryland Heights won an extension on its government-mandated plan to clean up toxic pollution at its metallurgical complex in the Andes Mountains.

Energy Experts Suggest New Guidelines on Mileage, Greenhouse Gases
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - David Ivanovich, Houston Chronicle

Hoping to break the national impasse over energy, a panel of experts today will call for limits on greenhouse gas emissions, tougher car mileage rules and a financial safety net for companies building a gas pipeline from Alaska.

U.S. Economy Shrugs off Soaring Oil Prices
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Charles Stein, The Boston Globe

Despite a huge run-up in oil prices this year, the resilient American economy has continued to grow at brisk pace, defying predictions of an oil-related slowdown.

Automakers Sue California over New Pollution Limits
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Kerry Cavanaugh, Daily News, Los Angeles

Nine automakers sued Tuesday to block California's new global warming vehicle pollution limits, claiming the state overstepped its bounds and could force consumers to pay thousands more for new cars.

Giant Pacific Octopus Doesn't Give Up on Motherhood
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

It was a May-December romance that really had legs: Young Aurora, a female giant octopus and her aging cephalopod suitor J-1 were thrown together for a blind date seven months ago by aquarists who hoped the two would mate.

North Carolina 'Tinkerer' Recycles Automotive Antifreeze, Sells it Back to Shops
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Bonner, The Herald-Sun

All but worthless in itself, used motor oil became valuable enough 20 years ago that a network developed to link auto repair shops with re-refiners who turned waste oil into fuel or an ingredient in asphalt.

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