LONDON, July 31- Supporters of natural gas promote it as a clean "bridge fuel" between the coal-and-oil dominated energy system of the present and the zero-emissions system of the future based on renewables and nuclear power. Shifting to gas is at the heart of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed new rules for power plant emissions.» Read More
The House of Representatives Thursday passed an energy bill that would boost vehicle fuel economy requirements by 40 percent by 2020, raise ethanol use by five-fold by 2022 and impose $13 billion in new taxes on big oil and gas companies.
Australia cut its official forecast for 2007/08 total commodity export income on Thursday, citing the effects of the worst drought in a century on farming exports as well as a strong Australian dollar.
Faced with melting polar ice caps and worsening droughts, climate experts at a massive U.N. conference Monday urged quick action toward a new international pact stemming an increasingly destructive rise in world temperatures.
OPEC oil output fell short of the agreed level in November as field maintenance in the United Arab Emirates blunted the impact of a deal to raise supply, a Reuters survey found on Monday.
About 190 nations met on Monday under pressure to sharpen the fight against climate change by involving outsiders such as the United States to China in a long-term U.N.-led pact.
Australia's Labor leader Kevin Rudd was sworn in as prime minister on Monday, promising to urgently sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. But Rudd said that the country was likely to miss its Kyoto target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2012.
A constitutional referendum in Venezuela on Sunday is expected to significantly consolidate the power of President Hugo Chavez -- paving the way for a lifetime presidency and possibly an era of strong-man socialism -- but is not expected to fundamentally alter economic relations with the U.S., which are dominated by oil trade, analysts said Friday.
Multinational energy companies are looking at opportunities in Turkmenistan, a country of five million people that borders the Caspian Sea and sits on the world’s fourth or fifth largest reserves of natural gas.
U.S. retailers may be touting their environmental-friendliness this year, but just about the only "green" in evidence for the holidays is in the usual Christmas decorations.
Nuclear power is making a comeback in the US as the high cost of fossil fuels and concern about global warming make uranium-based generation a more attractive option, but the industry still faces regulatory and financial hurdles as well as lingering doubts about safety.
Top Gulf OPEC officials expressed alarm on Wednesday at oil prices threatening to top $100, but reiterated that markets were well supplied and steered clear of saying whether OPEC would raise output next week.
U.S. emissions of the gases blamed for global warming fell 1.5 percent in 2006 on mild weather and increased use of natural gas to generate power and alternative energy, the government estimated on Wednesday.
Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi on Tuesday gave no sign whether OPEC would agree this year's second output rise when it meets next week, but confirmed that the kingdom had boosted production to 9 million barrels per day (bpd).
Analysts sharply raised their average forecasts for oil prices next year to a record near $74 a barrel on expectations for a cold winter season, a weakening dollar and an influx of fund money, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.
US crude has been flirting with the $100-a barrel milestone for the past month. It got the market excited on Wednesday, when it briefly surged to a lifetime high of $99.29 a barrel, before settling lower. The market clearly wants to hit the benchmark – and will try again next week.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy visits China next week, hoping to capture billions of dollars in energy and aviation deals while taking a tough stand on global currency turmoil.
Britain's government unveiled plans to build a third runway at London's Heathrow airport, one of the busiest in the world, to increase its capacity.
Asian leaders were meeting in Singapore on Wednesday to discuss free trade, financial market stability and cutting greenhouse gases, after a Southeast Asian summit overshadowed by controversy over Myanmar.
AWB, Australia's embattled main wheat exporter, reported a 53 percent fall in full-year net profit on Wednesday, hit by a severe drought, but said the outlook for agribusiness in Australian was positive.
If your weekend reading didn't include the New York Times, you may have missed the latest findings from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report received space in newsprint but not nearly enough to equal the weightiness of this important report.