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By Arshad Mohammed and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON | Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:57am EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Thursday delayed approval of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline until after the 2012 U.S. election, bowing to pressure from environmentalists and sparing President Barack Obama a damaging split with liberal voters he may need to […]

→  November 11, 2011

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON | Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:09pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democrats defeated a bill on Thursday that would have blocked federal environmental regulators from slashing power plant air pollution that blows downwind to other states and causes lung and heart problems. The bill, sponsored by Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican […]

"Storm of epic proportions" hits Alaska coast →  November 10, 2011

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Wed Nov 9, 2011 9:39pm EST ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A storm experts compared to a Category 3 hurricane lashed the western coast of Alaska on Wednesday, ripping roofs from buildings and pushing water and debris into communities, authorities said.   The storm, which began hitting Alaska late on […]

Australia passes landmark carbon price laws →  November 8, 2011

By James Grubel CANBERRA | Tue Nov 8, 2011 5:32am EST CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia passed landmark laws on Tuesday to impose a price on carbon emissions in one of the biggest economic reforms in a decade and injecting new impetus into December’s global climate talks in South Africa.   Tuesday’s vote in the upper […]

Floods encircle Bangkok industrial estates →  November 7, 2011

By Ploy Ten Kate and Alan Raybould BANGKOK | Mon Nov 7, 2011 2:49am EST BANGKOK (Reuters) – Floodwater encircled two industrial estates in the east of Bangkok on Monday and disrupted bus services in the Thai capital, although mass transit train systems were still running and central commercial districts remained dry.   Starting in […]

5.6 magnitude Oklahoma quake causes some damage →  November 6, 2011

By Steve Olafson OKLAHOMA CITY | Sun Nov 6, 2011 1:25am EST OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck in Oklahoma late on Saturday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said, toppling a chimney, damaging buildings and sending a boulder the size of an SUV onto a rural road. The quake was the strongest […]

Exxon Mobil says Montana spill to cost $135 million →  November 5, 2011

(Reuters) – Exxon Mobil’s response to a July oil spill into the Yellowstone River in Montana will cost a total of $135 million, the company said on Friday. Exxon Mobil said it has reached compensation agreements with over 95 percent of property owners who were affected by the spill, which released some 1,000 barrels of […]

Waterlogged Thailand will struggle to prevent future floods →  November 4, 2011

By Robert Birsel BANGKOK | Thu Nov 3, 2011 6:50am EDT BANGKOK (Reuters) – As waterlogged Thailand struggles to contain the worst floods in decades, it faces a simple truth: not a whole lot can be done to avoid a repeat disaster in the short term even with a new multi-billion dollar water-management policy.   […]

Bigger houses, smaller energy bills: It can be done →  November 2, 2011

By Elieen Gunn Wed Nov 2, 2011 5:16pm EDT (Reuters) – When Brian Castelli rebuilt his house in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC two years ago, it turned out to be twice the size of the one that used to sit on the same lot. That might seem excessive, but it turns out that […]

Nerves fray as power still out for 1.6 million in Northeast →  November 1, 2011

By Mary Ellen Godin MERIDEN, Connecticut | Tue Nov 1, 2011 4:27pm EDT MERIDEN, Connecticut (Reuters) – Cold, tired and frustrated, residents of more than 1.6 million homes in the Northeast remained without power on Tuesday and some were told it could take 10 more days to restore electricity after the rare and deadly October […]