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Tokyo Taking Step Away From Iran’s Oil

TOKYO, (UPI) — Japan is set to start cutting back on the amount of crude oil it purchases from Iran once new contracts enter into force, an official said. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced last month that 10 European countries and Japan were exempt from U.S. sanctions on Tehran because of their decisions […]

U.S. Announces Funding For ‘Bio-Oil’

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Department said up to $15 million is available to help support nearly a dozen so-called bio-oil projects targeted for the transportation sector. “Driving innovation through targeted investments helps to speed development of next-generation biofuels made in America, biofuels that will help to protect American families and businesses from the […]

High-Water Mark For U.S. Gasoline Reached

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — If gasoline prices in the United States haven’t peaked, they should relatively soon, the president of a survey company said. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States reached $3.94 per gallon last week, the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said. That price was 2 […]

China Expands Oldest Nuclear Power Plant

BEIJING, (UPI) — China has expanded its oldest nuclear power plant. With the addition of a new pressurized water reactor power-generating unit, the Qinshan nuclear power facility near Shanghai has a total capacity of 4.32 million kilowatts, from its previous capacity of 650,000 kilowatts, said operator China National Nuclear Corp., state-run news agency Xinhua a […]

States Ranked On Water-Need Preparations

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  Only nine U.S. states have taken comprehensive steps to address their vulnerability to water-related effects of climate change, environmental advocates say. A state-by-state analysis of water readiness released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council found 29 states are completely unprepared for growing water threats to their economies and public health. The […]

House Accuses Obama Of Targeting Coal

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee said he wanted information about how the government was reconsidering coal waste regulation. The committee last year began investigating how Office of Surface Mining regulations meant to replace the 2008 Stream Buffer Zone regulation affected unemployment. The 2008 measure permitted the discharge of coal […]

Marathon, EPA Work To Curb Emissions

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  The U.S. Environmental Protection said it reached an agreement with Marathon Petroleum Corp. that would reduce air pollution by thousands of tons. Marathon, in a deal with the EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice, agreed to implement controls on its flares and to cap the amount of waste gas it burns […]

Analysts Warn Of Cost Of Iranian Sanctions

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  Sanctions on the Iranian energy sector are affecting gasoline prices and a sanctions opponent said it’s unfair for U.S. leaders not to inform the public. The United States and European Union have placed sanctions on the Iranian energy sector and its central bank to pressure Tehran to abandon its nuclear research program. […]

Nebraska Takes Step Closer To Keystone XL

LINCOLN, Neb., (UPI) –  At least one public hearing is scheduled in Nebraska for the Keystone XL pipeline before a route is determined, a state proposal says. Nebraska lawmakers last week, by a 35-to-2 vote, approved a preliminary measure that would let TransCanada move ahead with a $2 million study to find a new route […]

Fukushima To Be New Geothermal Site?

TOKYO, (UPI) –  Fukushima, the prefecture where Japan’s nuclear power plant disaster occurred, could host the country’s largest geothermal power plant. The proposed plant would have an electricity generation capacity of 270,000 kilowatts, roughly one-quarter of what a nuclear plant can generate, the Asahi Shimbun reports. Partners for the project include Mitsubishi Corp., Sumitomo Corp., […]

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