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With new energy bills, Stevens delights and Obama disappoints
12 Jan 2007 at 12:01pm
One of the most environmentally encouraging bills to debut in the new 110th Congress has come not from the newly empowered Democrats, but from Republican Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, a zealous proponent of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And one of the bills that most rankles greens …

Insurer slapped with $2.5 million penalty in post-Katrina jury decision
12 Jan 2007 at 12:01pm
If a house falls in the Gulf Coast region and no insurer is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Heck yes — in this case, a $2.7 million boom that’s ricocheting around the country. Yesterday, a federal jury ordered insurance company State Farm to compensate a Biloxi, …

John Amos, eco-geographer and head of nonprofit SkyTruth, answers readers’ qu…
12 Jan 2007 at 12:01pm
Mining and drilling operations are noisy, smelly, and horrifically destructive — and while nonprofit SkyTruth hasn’t replicated the sound or scent of resource extraction, it does provide clear before-and-after satellite imagery of pulverized land. With those images available, says director John Amos, never again will a company or government be …

U.S. risk-assessment draft completely eviscerated by real live scientists
12 Jan 2007 at 12:01pm
The Bush administration’s quest to make federal-agency evaluations of public-health risks from chemicals and other products even more meaningless has been stymied. A draft risk-assessment policy issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget has been called “fundamentally flawed” by the National Research Council, which OMB had asked …

Cable magnate Ted Turner forms solar-energy business partnership
12 Jan 2007 at 12:01pm
Remember Ted Turner? Tall fellow, gray hair, owned a lotta cable TV and a lotta land and was married to Jane Fonda? Yeah, that one. Well, he’s back, and he’s sinking some of his legendary wealth into solar technology. Partnering with four-year-old, New Jersey-based Dome-Tech Solar, the skillionaire will focus …

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