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States Hit by Hurricane See Oyster Losses
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Garry Mitchell, Associated Press

Oyster reefs in Alabama suffered severe damage from Hurricane Ivan's wave surge, which flushed out an estimated 80 percent of the $4 million crop, disrupting the livelihood of some 200 oystermen who work the reefs in winter.

China to See More Energy Shortages, Report Says
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press

Shortages of coal and electricity are expected this winter in China, state media reported Monday.

Recycled Shipping Containers Make a Splash in Construction Scene
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Jody Snider, Daily Press

The steel cargo shipping containers routinely unloaded at ports like the Port of Hampton Roads one day could be used in the construction of homes, businesses and even office buildings.

Energy Secretary Abraham Resigns Post
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Steve Holland and Tom Doggett, Reuters

Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, whose tenure has seen U.S. crude oil prices soar to a record high of nearly $56 a barrel, has resigned but will stay in office until his successor is in place, the White House said Monday.

U.S. Exhorts Nations to Protect Sharks
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

The United States on Monday proposed broad international measures to curb the slaughter of sharks in the Atlantic Ocean and encourage the study and preservation of threatened shark populations throughout the world.

Soft Energy Pathfinder: Who Needs Oil, Anyway?
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Amory Lovins drives a hybrid that gets 64 miles per gallon and lives in a solar-powered house that is so energy-efficient he's able to grow bananas in an indoor jungle high in the Colorado Rockies.

Huge Demand Forces Toyota to Delay U.S. Sales of new Lexus Hybrid SUV
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. has been forced to delay the launch of the Lexus RX400h, the world's first luxury hybrid sport utility vehicle, in the United States until April next year due to soaring demand.

Toyota Hybrid Prius Wins European Car of Year Award
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its Prius, the world's first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, has been awarded 2005 European Car of the Year.

New Technology to Transform Harvest Waste into Ethanol, Plastic
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

A biotechnology breakthrough has the potential to transform the harvested corn and wheat fields of the Great Plains into the equivalent of the oil fields of the Middle East.

Norwalk, Conn., Home-Heating Oil Company Turns Up Bioheat with Soybean Oil
November 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Ragouzeos, The Hour, Norwalk, Conn.

Abandon toxic oil and turn up the heat with beans. Yes, beans. Soybeans. Local home-heating oil company Devine Bros. is venturing into a new energy source: a revolutionary alternative home heating oil that has greater lubricity and performance standards. The new fuel is compatible with current heating systems and is environmentally friendly — comprised, in part, by soybeans.

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