March 17, 2011
The U.S. showed increasing alarm about how Japan was handling its nuclear crisis, urging Americans to leave the area near an earthquake-crippled power plant.
March 16, 2011
China has suspended approvals for proposed nuclear power plants and is making a comprehensive safety check of atomic plants following Japan's nuclear crisis, the cabinet said.
Water is being poured into reactors No.5 and No.6 at Fukushima's Daiichi nuclear power plant, the operating company said at a news conference on Wednesday.
Japan's nuclear industry faces tougher safety norms and higher costs for new plants but the quake-crippled complex won't soon displace nuclear from its key role in the nation's energy mix.
Obama Defends Nuclear Energy
Pres. Obama on Tuesday defended the use of nuclear energy despite the calamity in Japan where a nuclear power plant leaked radiation.
Nuclear Lobbyists' Clout Felt on Hill
Facing its biggest crisis in 25 years, the U.S. nuclear power industry can count on plenty of Democratic and Republican friends in both high and low places.
EU Says 'Stress Tests' Agreed for Nuclear Plants
The EU reached agreement Tuesday to conduct "stress tests" on the continent's nuclear power plants, the bloc's energy chief Guenther Oettinger said.
California Nuclear Plant Operators Say Facilities Can Withstand Large Earthquakes
State Department: Keystone Pipeline Needs Further Review
The State Department said Tuesday it will subject to further environmental review a massive proposed oil pipeline that has come under fire from environmentalists.
Republicans Move to Stop EPA CO2 Rules
Republicans in the Congress on Tuesday pushed forward with legislation that would kill the EPA's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.
Senate Dems Scramble to Defend EPA
Senate Democrats are scrambling to combat a GOP-led offensive against the Obama administration's climate regulations ahead of a possible Wednesday floor showdown.
Sen. Rockefeller Continues Push to Block Climate Action
Sen. Jay Rockefeller has filed an amendment that would suspend EPA regulation of greenhouse gases from stationary sources for two years.
GOP Rejects EPA's Climate Finding
House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans don't want Congress to go on record accepting the ideas that global warming is "unequivocal" and humans are likely the cause.
Six States Seek Right to Sue Over Greenhouse Gases
Six states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to let them sue power companies whose plants emit greenhouse gases, saying legal action is needed as a backup for the Obama administration's climate efforts.
Investor Confidence in Renewables Boosted
As Japan's nuclear crisis unfolds, energy and environmental experts said that investor confidence in the technology was already beginning to wane, with renewable energy and fossil fuels the likely beneficiaries.
China Rivals Narrow Gap on Wind Leader Vestas
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas retained its world-leading market position in 2010 despite fierce competition from Chinese rivals rising up the ranks, a report published on Tuesday showed.
Wind Installations to Rise 40 GW Over 2011
The wind industry has recovered from a slow 2010 and should see installations rise by 20 per cent over the course of this year, according to an industry report released yesterday.
Calif. Regulators to Decide How to Sanction Utility in Fatal Pipeline Blast Near San Francisco
Japan's Woes Prompt Venezuela to Halt Nuclear Plan
President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that the crisis at a Japanese nuclear plant after the country's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami have prompted him to halt Venezuela's plans to develop nuclear energy.
March 15, 2011
Radiation Fears Spark Panic Buying, Evacuations in Tokyo
Panic swept Tokyo on Tuesday after a rise in radioactive levels around a nuclear power plant north of the city, causing some to leave the capital and others to stock up on food and supplies.
Nuclear Sector Takes Beating But U.S. Offers Support
The nuclear power industry took a beating as governments addressed its safety and investors bailed out of stocks because of the crisis in Japan, but the U.S. offered some support.
House Dems Call for Hearings on U.S. Nuclear Safety
Top Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are calling on Republicans to hold hearings on U.S. nuclear power plant safety in light of the nuclear crisis in Japan.
Italy's Enel to Press Ahead with Nuclear Plans
Enel SpA will press ahead to launch nuclear power in Italy as part of $43.22 billion spending budget in the next five years, the Italian utility said.
Turkey Debates Nuclear Plans
Japan's massive quake is triggering debate in Turkey over plans to build the country's first nuclear power plants, and reviving fears over the earthquake risk to Istanbul.
Venture capital investment in clean technology companies rose 46 percent to $5.1 billion last year after a big decline in 2009, according to a report by research firm Clean Edge.
Fewer Americans Worry About Climate Change: Poll
The number of Americans who are worried about global warming has fallen to nearly the historic low reached in 1998, a poll released Monday showed.
Illinois Governor Vetoes Bills for Two Coal-to-Gas Plants
Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed two bills that would have paved the way for two coal-to-gas plants to be built in Illinois. The move would have meant higher utility bills for consumers.
NM Uranium Enrichment Plant Considering Expansion
A company building a $3 billion uranium enrichment plant in New Mexico said it wants to expand the project and insisted the facility poses no danger because it's built to withstand earthquakes.
Plans Dropped for Proposed Wash. Biomass Plant
A joint venture between AREVA and Duke Energy is dropping plans to build a 55-megawatt power plant in Washington state that would have burned wood waste to generate electricity.
Chevron Aims to Boost Drilling
Chevron said it plans to increase drilling for unconventional gas and oil reserves in the U.S. and elsewhere, and it plans raise total production 1% this year.