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House Takes up Energy Price Gouging Measure

The House approved criminal penalties and fines of up to $150 million Wednesday for energy companies caught price gouging as lawmakers responded to public anger over high gasoline prices and huge oil industry profits. >> Read the Full Article

Democrats Want to Use Interior Nominee as a Platform for Energy Demands

Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne's nomination for interior secretary could run into trouble from Senate Democrats who want to use it as a bargaining chip to stop more oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, or at least assure their states get a cut. >> Read the Full Article

Red Tide Fears Broaden Shellfishing Ban

A partial ban on shellfishing has been imposed along the southern Maine coast in response to red tide concerns. Officials have suspended the harvesting of mussels, snails, European oysters and surf clams between the New Hampshire border and Port Clyde. >> Read the Full Article

South Africa to End 'Canned Hunting'

South Africa proposed new laws this week that would end the "canned hunting" of wildlife bred in captivity to be shot in closed reserves by wealthy tourists. >> Read the Full Article

Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Recovery, Scientists Claim

The ozone layer is showing signs of recovering, thanks to a drop in ozone-depleting chemicals, but it is unlikely to stabilise at pre-1980 levels, researchers said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Canada Investigates QE2 Liner over Dumping

Canada is investigating whether the luxury cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 illegally dumped garbage in Canadian waters and could prosecute if there is sufficient evidence, officials said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Crumbling Dike Threatens South Florida

Even a weak hurricane can overwhelm the leaky and crumbling dike around Florida's massive Lake Okeechobee, putting more than 40,000 people in "imminent danger," state officials said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Nationalization of Bolivian Natural Gas is Part of a Broader Global Trend

Soaring energy prices are fueling a global wave of natural-resource nationalization that is souring the investment landscape for international oil companies and reshaping energy politics for years to come. >> Read the Full Article

Greenpeace Report Warns Commonly Found Chemicals May Be Harming Reproductive Health

Greenpeace pushed Tuesday for EU legislation for tougher regulation of the chemicals industry, warning that not enough has been done to test the effect of chemicals found in consumer products -- from cosmetics to computers -- on human reproductive health. >> Read the Full Article

Oil in Alaska Refuge Seen Raising $111 Billion for U.S.

Allowing energy companies to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would raise about $111 billion over 30 years in corporate income taxes and royalty fees, based on current prices, a congressional research report said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article