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Ford Shedding Electric Trucks
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Thuy-Doan Le, Sacramento Bee

Drivers who formerly leased an electric-powered Ford Ranger truck will have a chance to purchase one for $6,000 in a lottery system this fall, Ford Motor Co. said. The plan is in response to public protests that Ford was discontinuing the program and sending the trucks to the scrap heap after the lease.

Auto Club: Gas Prices Climb Nearly 22 Cents in One Month; July Price is within 5 Cents of Record Monthly Average
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Southern California's average price for regular gasoline rose nearly 22 cents during the past month to come within 5 cents of the all-time record monthly average, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

NSTAR Reports Record Energy Use During Heatwave
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

With high temperatures and oppressive humidity bearing down on New England, NSTAR Electric & Gas yesterday set a new all-time record for electricity delivered to its 1.1 million electric customers.

Chirac Asks French Not to Waste Water During Summer Dry Spell
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

President Jacques Chirac urged the French on Monday not to waste water as the country copes with a spell of sizzling, arid weather that has forced several regions to impose restrictions to conserve water.

Drinking Water Tax Urged
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Derek Rose, Daily News

If New Yorkers want clean drinking water, they should ante up and pay for it. That's the word from Putnam County Executive Robert Bondi, who has suggested New York City residents chip in $2 a year each to keep oil, pesticides and septic waste out of their upstate water supply.

Officials Claim Japan Used Aid Promises to Win Support for Commercial Whaling
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Japan used promises of aid to buy support from impoverished nations for its bid to overturn an international ban on commercial whaling, former officials from three such countries have said.

Animal Rights Groups Back U.S. Bill to Make Antifreeze Bitter
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A pack of dogs joined forces with industry and consumer groups Monday to urge Congress to pass legislation requiring antifreeze manufacturers to make their otherwise sweet tasting product less appealing to animals and children.

Rare White Alligator in Legal Limbo
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A rare white alligator is being housed at Riverbanks Zoo, but the reptile is seen only by its keepers because it's evidence in a legal case against the brothers who captured it. Ted Clamp, 59, and his brother Heyward, 62, argue that they took the gator in to protect it, but they are charged with taking and possessing an American alligator, a crime under a state law designed to protect an endangered species.

On Beyond Organic: Paper or Plastic?
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

With single-use containers like grocery bags, disposable coffee cups, plastic water bottles, and plastic produce "clamshells" accounting for more than 30 percent of all materials headed for the landfill, Is "paper vs. plastic" even the right question?

A Close Shave for Switzerland's Bearded Vulture
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Schulman, WWF International

The black kites that swarm over Switzerland’s Lake Geneva are a dime a dozen. Sadly, the same can’t be said for a fellow raptor on the other side of the country that has come close to the brink of extinction. The bearded vulture, as with other scavenger species like hyenas, jackals, and sharks, gets a bad rap.

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