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D.C. runs low on green power

WASHINGTON – As Congress tries to clean up the nation’s energy sources and cut gases blamed for global warming, it is struggling to do so in its own backyard. The Capitol Power Plant, a 99-year-old facility that heats and cools the hallowed halls of Congress, still burns coal and accounts for one-third of the legislative branch’s greenhouse gas emissions. For a decade, lawmakers have attempted to clean it up.

Interior blocks plan for oil shale development

WASHINGTON – The Interior Department on Wednesday blocked a Bush administration plan to open parts of the Mountain West for oil shale development, announcing that it would first study the water, power and land-use issues that complicate one of the nation’s most abundant but controversial untapped sources of power. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar coupled the decision to cancel some shale development leases and launch a second round of leases limited to research purposes with a rebuke of what he called ex-President George W. Bush’s “headlong rush” to begin development.

Bill would turn Waste to Energy Plant green

OLYMPIA – How do you instantly boost the value of the electricity generated by Spokane’s waste-to-energy incinerator? You declare it renewable energy.

World in brief: Iran has enough fuel for bomb

Iran has enough nuclear fuel to build a bomb if it decides to take the drastic steps of violating its international treaty obligations, kicking out inspectors and further refining its supply, U.N. officials and arms-control experts said Thursday. Iran has made no such gestures and has slowed its expansion of machines producing nuclear fuel, increasing its production capacity by less than 5 percent over the last three months, according to a report issued Thursday by the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA.

Obama compares Canada’s oil to coal

OTTAWA – President Barack Obama on Tuesday compared Canada’s massive oil sands operations to the U.S. coal industry, saying he was concerned about the operations’ big carbon footprint. Obama heads to Canada, America’s top source of foreign oil, on Thursday in his first foreign trip as president.

EPA reconsiders coal emissions

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said it would reopen the possibility of regulating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, tossing aside a December Bush administration memorandum that said the agency would not limit those emissions. The decision could mark the first step toward the regulation of greenhouse gases emitted by coal plants, an issue that has been hotly contested by the coal industry and environmentalists since April 2007, when the Supreme Court ruled that carbon dioxide should be considered a pollutant subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act.

It’s Not Hard To Be Green

DIY. So last year. Now it's GIY. As in green-it-yourself. And just like DIY projects, there are plenty of easy GIY weekend home improvement projects that will save energy and money and add value to your home.

Energy Savers

With the volatile economy Americans are looking for ways to lower energy bills and extend natural resources and many Americans are interested in options that will help reduce dependence on foreign oil as well.