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TXU Corp. board accepts biggest buyout offer in U.S. history
26 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
The white-hot controversy over 11 proposed coal plants in Texas has taken on a new hue. The board of TXU Corp., which has kicked up an anti-coal firestorm among businesses, politicians, and citizens, voted yesterday to accept the largest leveraged buyout offer in U.S. history — and the $45 billion …

“An Inconvenient Truth” wins Oscars, Al Gore wins affection
26 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
Rock star. Superhero. Visionary. That pre-Oscar hype paled next to last night’s event, which saw Al Gore — looking blissfully bloated in a Ralph Lauren tux — take home an award for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song. OK, technically the Goracle himself didn’t win either of the statuettes …

Michael Boots, director of the Seafood Choices Alliance, InterActivates
26 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
If greens and commercial fisherfolk are getting along swimmingly, Michael Boots calls it a good day. His organization, the Seafood Choices Alliance, facilitates dialogue between the seafood industry and the conservation community in order to tip the scales toward sustainable oceans. As InterActivist this week, Boots chats about his career …

Federal inspectors find hundreds of coal-mine safety violations
26 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
Coal miners across the country are working in unsafe conditions, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. As if spending the day in methane-filled caverns wasn’t dangerous enough, inspectors have found hundreds of unsafe seals, the walls built to block off mined-out areas. Two major accidents last year …

Umbra on boiling water for tea
26 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
If warming up with an herbal brew is your cup of tea, maybe you’ve given some thought to this question: is it more efficient to heat the water in the microwave, on the stove, or in an electric kettle? Advice maven Umbra Fisk takes a look at all three choices, …

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