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Senate-approved energy bill calls for fuel-economy increase
22 Jun 2007 at 12:06pm
First, the good news: the U.S. Senate has passed an energy bill containing the first significant fuel-economy increase in years. The bill requires cars and light trucks to get an average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020, up from the current 22.2 mpg for light trucks and 27.5 mpg …
Feds misled Manhattan residents about post-9/11 health effects, says report
22 Jun 2007 at 12:06pm
The U.S. government misled New Yorkers about residential asbestos levels after 9/11, says, um, the U.S. government. In a report released this week, the Government Accountability Office takes issue with the U.S. EPA’s claims that only a “very small” number of indoor air samples were contaminated after the attack, and …
Current U.S. ground-level ozone standard deemed insufficient
22 Jun 2007 at 12:06pm
Smoggy air could get cleaner if a new U.S. EPA standard passes muster. Agency head Stephen Johnson has proposed lowering the allowable amount of ground-level ozone from 80 to 84 parts per billion to 70 to 75 ppb, since “the current standard is insufficient to protect public health.” But the …
Renewable-energy investments booming around the world
22 Jun 2007 at 12:06pm
Investment in renewable energy zoomed to record levels in 2006 and shows no sign of flagging, a United Nations report said this week. More than one-fifth of that investment went into companies or projects in developing countries. Thanks to high oil prices, desire for energy independence, government incentives, and worries …
Big-budget, zero-carbon comedy “Evan Almighty” opens today
22 Jun 2007 at 12:06pm
Today marks the debut of a movie that is, depending whom you ask, either a shining star in the eco-entertainment pantheon or a crass manifestation of green gone bad. “Evan Almighty,” with Steve Carell as a latter-day Noah, bills itself as “the first major motion picture comedy to zero out …

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