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Exxon Mobil Makes $29B Bet On Natural Gas

December 15, 2009 9:05 am | by MARK WILLIAMS, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, is making a $29 billion bet that pressure to curb climate change will mean natural gas.

Tank Explosion Injures Two Chemical Plant Workers

December 14, 2009 12:36 pm | Comments

An explosion at a chemical plant in the Houston area shook nearby homes, generated black smoke seen for miles and injured two workers.

TX Governor Blasts EPA's Greenhouse Gas Finding

December 14, 2009 12:28 pm | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked the U.S. EPA to withdraw its finding that greenhouse gases threaten the public health and welfare of Americans, alleging the conclusion is based on "manipulated data."

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The Reality Of Implementing Climate Policy

December 14, 2009 12:20 pm | by RAVI NESSMAN & ROD MCGUIRK, Associated Press Writers | Comments

Domestic political opposition, corruption, grass-roots intransigence and sheer bureaucratic incompetence stand as significant roadblocks to any agreement on emissions curbs.

Biobutanol Breakthroughs

December 14, 2009 12:04 pm | by JIM LANE, Biofuels Digest | Comments

Researchers from UCLA have genetically modified cyanobacteria to produce the liquid fuel isobutanol directly from carbon dioxide and sunlight.

China Detains Three Over Tainted Milk

December 14, 2009 11:42 am | Comments

Police in China have detained three people suspected of selling tons of milk powder tainted with an industrial chemical.

Exxon Mobil Sued For Manipulating Fuel Marketplace

December 14, 2009 11:35 am | Comments

United Dealers New Jersey station owners seek to have the Court declare certain practices of ExxonMobil unlawful and reduce gasoline prices in New Jersey and ultimately, throughout the country.

Antitrust Regulators Raid Drugmakers

December 14, 2009 11:29 am | Comments

 European Union antitrust regulators made surprise raids on the offices of drugmakers in several European nations to seek evidence that they struck anticompetitive business deals.

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CSB: Citgo Covered Up Hydrofluoric Acid Leak

December 14, 2009 11:19 am | by JOHN McFARLAND, Associated Press Writer | Comments

 Federal officials issued urgent new safety recommendations Wednesday for a Texas oil refinery where 21 tons of deadly acid were released this summer.

Walter Energy Closes Fiber Plant, Ramps Up Coke Plant

December 14, 2009 11:09 am | Comments

Walter Energy Inc. said Friday it plans to close an Alabama fiber plant effective immediately, eliminating 87 jobs, after the business struggled during the recession.

Mexican Drug Cartels Resort To 'Old School' Precursor Chemicals

December 14, 2009 10:49 am | by DAVID W. KOOP, Associated Press Writer | Comments

 Mexican cartels are increasingly going "old school" to keep supplying America with methamphetamine despite an ingredient squeeze.

Monsanto's Dominance Seeded In Licensing Agreements

December 14, 2009 10:24 am | by CHRISTOPHER LEONARD, AP Agribusiness Writer | Comments

Contracts detailing Monsanto's business practices reveal how it's squeezing competitors, controlling smaller companies and protecting its dominance over the market for genetically altered crops.

Rain-Producing Silver Iodide Used To Fight Drought

December 14, 2009 9:48 am | by SAMANTHA YOUNG, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Faced with water shortages, growing populations and the threat that climate change could make matters worse, governments around the globe have increasingly turned to cloud seeding.

Faulty Valve Blamed For Propane Blaze

December 14, 2009 9:34 am | Comments

Investigators are blaming a faulty valve for a propane-fueled blaze at a closed Nebraska manufacturing plant that forced thousands of evacuations.

Biodiesel Plant Looks To Poultry Fat For Fuel Feedstock

December 14, 2009 4:54 am | by AMY LORENTZEN, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Elevance Renewable Sciences plans to make jet fuel, lubricants and adhesives from plant oils and poultry fat instead of petroleum-based chemicals.

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