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Government blocks wind farm plans

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The U.S. government has ordered work stopped on more than a dozen wind farms, saying the giant turbines might interfere with military radar. But supporters of wind power say the reason for the actions is political and has little to do with national security, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. sciencedaily


Hydrogen Powered Cars the Norm by 2050

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Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will overtake conventional gas powered automobiles in the year 2030, and be the most produced type vehicle on the market by 2050. That’s one point of discussion at the opening day of the Tennessee Valley Corridor National Technology Summit. wdef


Province urged to get serious about geothermal energy

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Former governor general Ed Schreyer says it’s time take a major step toward using the earth’s natural energy to heat and cool more buildings in Manitoba. Geothermal systems use underground pipes to moderate the existing heating and cooling systems in buildings. While they can be more expensive to install, they produce virtually no greenhouse gases […]


Wal-Mart Weighs Selling Ethanol-Based Fuel

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AP – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. may offer ethanol made from corn at its 383 U.S. gas stations, a company spokesman said Wednesday. Wal-Mart stressed it is not ready yet to make any announcements, but corn growers said Wal-Mart’s entry into a market now mainly made up of scattered independent gas stations would be a significant […]


Cleaner energy key to future

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The response should include both supply options Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Griffith University and president of the Australian Conservation Foundation. He is the Earth Champion ambassador for Earth Dialogues Brisbane, July 21-24. couriermail


Oil: black gold

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In respect of proven reserves, Peak oil is not far away. Numbers vary but, on average, it is said that the peak will occur in about 40 years from now. This peak could be postponed by 3 things: 1. Finding new reserves – which is becoming increasingly more difficult. 2. A rise in the recovery […]


Consumer, Environmental Fury Kicks Off Exxon Meeting

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Simmering consumer fury over soaring gasoline prices and angst over Exxon Mobil Corp.’s environmental policies converged on a Dallas symphony hall on Wednesday as the company kicked off its annual shareholders’ meeting. A normally raucous affair teeming with protesters, angry shareholders and police officers, Exxon’s meeting has drawn more attention than usual this year. About […]


New Solutions for World’s Energy Woes

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The number is staggering: Approximately 2 billion of the world’s people — nearly one-third of the human population — have no access to electricity. Consequently, they do without many of the amenities that people in the developed world take for granted-everything from air conditioning and refrigeration to television, indoor lighting, and pumps that supply drinking […]


Researchers Modify Bacterium to Produce Ethanol Directly with High Yield

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Researchers from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico have genetically engineered the bacterium Bacillus subtilis to ferment glucose sugar directly to ethanol with a high (86%) yield. This is the first step in their quest to develop bacteria that can breakdown and ferment cellulose biomass directly to ethanol. greencarcongress


How do you make a fuel cell? Print it

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The technology that helped make black-light posters and concert T-shirts a cultural mainstay is now being used to make fuel cells, chip packages and PC components. South San Francisco, Calif.-based EoPlex Technologies has come up with a technique for producing mechanical components with industrial printers. Instead of embossing a logo through thin layers of ink […]


Star Battery Unveiled at 50th Anniversary of Russian Science Center

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On May 25th, the world-renown Russian Science Center celebrated its 50th year anniversary of Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) by presenting a new “star battery” technology. Invented by the scientists at the Scientific Center of Applied Research (SCAR) at JINR, the Star battery was produced on the basis of a new substance to be […]


Scientists Say Arctic Was Once Tropical

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(AP) – Scientists have found what might have been the ideal ancient vacation hotspot with a 74-degree Fahrenheit average temperature, alligator ancestors and palm trees. It’s smack in the middle of the Arctic. First-of-its-kind core samples dug up from deep beneath the Arctic Ocean floor show that 55 million years ago an area near the […]


Bush Energy Plan Whacks Conservation

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Christian Science Monitor – The push to solve the nation’s energy woes are bumping up against the federal government’s budget problems. To be sure, the Bush administration is anxious to fund its new Advanced Energy Initiative – long-term research into nuclear, coal, wind, solar, and hydrogen power. But to accomplish that, it is cutting lesser-known […]


The Day After Peak Oil

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Creative Loafing – You haven’t heard a lot in the mainstream press about something called “peak oil.” The Atlanta Daily Newspaper of Declining Circulation — whose marketing and news orthodoxy is that sprawl is splendid — has mentioned the term only four times. Ever. Those items include one letter and, oh, one column from the […]


Cleaner Energy Key to Future

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The Courier-Mail – ENERGY is the basis of modern civilisation. We have easier lives than our grandparents did because we use much more energy: electricity, gas and transport fuels. Our energy use is equivalent to 40 slaves working for us in shifts, doing what slaves used to do: it produces our food, transports us, washes […]


Oil-Rich Venezuela Looks to Tar Deposits

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Houston Chronicle – Beneath the plains and winding tributaries of the Orinoco River lie what Venezuela believes is the planet’s largest oil deposit _ a tar-soaked basin that could help meet spiraling global energy needs. It’s known as the “Faja,” or “belt”: a strip three times the area of Kuwait potentially holding 1.2 trillion barrels […]


For Many Russians, Making Ends Meet is a Daily Grind

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Knight Ridder – Thanks to high oil prices, Russia – the commodity’s No. 2 exporter – is booming in many ways. The government is paying off debt early, amassing a $60 billion windfall fund and reporting $225 billion in foreign reserves. Real estate prices in Moscow have never been higher, and the nation boasts 33 […]


Belgium plans first renewable energy Antarctic base

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Belgium will build the first polar station powered solely by renewable sources of energy at a site in the Antarctic that will study climate change. The base will be constructed from November 2007 to March 2008 at a cost of 6.4 million euros ($8.2 million), project organizer The International Polar Foundation (IPF) said when he […]


Has Chavez crippled his oil giant?

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Venezuela oil giant PDVSA is the spearhead of President Hugo Chavez’s revolution, but his ambitious development projects have weakened the state-owned company, industry experts told AFP. Oil production in Venezuela, which hosts the OPEC summit this Thursday, is far below its official cartel quota because Petroleos de Venezuela still hasn’t recovered from crucial manpower losses […]


Chevron Pursues Opportunities in Emerging Biofuels Sector

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Chevron Corporation said it has formed a biofuels business unit to advance technology and pursue commercial opportunities related to the production and distribution of ethanol and biodiesel in the United States. Chevron will officially announce the business unit today in Galveston, Texas, where the company is participating in a groundbreaking ceremony to inaugurate construction of […]


Oil giant ordered to shell out

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“If Shell have the guts to come to the Ijaws’ land, we won’t just kidnap their workers, now they will disappear,” threatened Joseph Evah, coordinator of the Ijaw Monitoring Group, in the wake of a court judgement against oil giant Shell. The judgement, which Shell has appealed, ordered the company to pay $1,5-billion to the […]


Shell to add biocomponent to diesel fuel

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As of the first of June 2006 (Thursday) Shell will blend 2 percent biofuel in its diesel. This was announced Wednesday by the Anglo-Dutch oil company. The oil company started last January with blending biofuel to it’s Euro 95 gasoline. Biofuels help to reduce the exhaust of carbondioxide by car drivers. To stimulate the use […]


The Hybrid Savings Hype

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Hybrids might be hip, but are they saving consumers enough at the pump to compensate for their high sticker price? With gas prices soaring and the summer driving season upon us, you’d think fuel-sipping hybrids would be all the rage on the road. And you’d be wrong. Just ask Wilmington, Del., Honda dealer Frank Ursomarso. […]


Energy Shortage

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Sherwood Boehlert, the moderate Republican who will retire this fall, observed on the floor of the House last week that despite polls showing conservation as the “preferred option” among Americans worried about high gas prices and oil dependency, “this Congress has not voted on a single conservation measure since gasoline hit $3 a gallon.” At […]


U.S. has complex views on cars, gas prices

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Announced by the sharp crack of a backfiring engine, the caravan of old Pontiacs and Fords wended their way off the highway and into the gas station-restaurant, arriving, it seemed, from another time. On a blustery May day, Carl and Frances Barrier’s 8-cylinder Pontiac Deluxe, vintage 1940, needed this stop in the Kansas plains to […]


Gas Bank Is Like Money in the Tank

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Members pay for bulk fuel in advance After all, Blount is paying only 89 cents a gallon for gas. It costs her just $20 to fill the tank. Blount is one of 9,600 members of First Fuel Banks, a family-run business here where customers have been pre-buying gasoline in bulk on the commodities market for […]


Diesel a Savior in Squeeze on Energy? Obstacles Exist

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WASHINGTON Though President Bush, who often mentions diesels as a promising way to promote a sharp rise in fuel economy, has laid out goals to reduce oil imports, those goals may be extremely difficult to reach, some experts say. Some auto industry experts predict that with new technology and tax breaks, the American market could […]


Exxon hosts shareholder meeting amid consumer fury

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DALLAS (Reuters) – Simmering consumer fury over soaring gasoline prices and angst over Exxon Mobil Corp.’s environmental policies will converge on a Dallas symphony hall on Wednesday when the company hosts its annual shareholders’ meeting. A normally raucous affair teeming with protesters, angry shareholders and police officers, Exxon’s meeting is expected to draw more attention […]


Readers share tips for coping with gas prices

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Slow down, shop local and buy a motorcycle are common sentiments Many readers responded to our solicitation about whether gas prices were affecting their driving habits with: Yes, they are. They reported that they are, indeed, trying to save trips and shop closer to home. And more than a few shed some crocodile tears for […]


Japan Curbs Oil Imports From Iran on Concern Over Disruptions

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Japan is curbing crude oil imports from Iran, its third-largest supplier, out of concern the standoff over the Middle Eastern country’s nuclear program increases the risk of supply disruptions. Imports from Iran tumbled 20 percent to 2.18 million kiloliters (37,614 barrels a day) last month, bringing the decline to 14 percent for the four months […]


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