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Ron Paul promises ‘big cuts’ in new ad

The Ron Paul presidential campaign released an energetic new TV advertisement on Monday, which touts the Texas congressman as the only Republican candidate serious about cutting the federal debt. “What’s up with these sorry politicians?” the 30-second ad says. “Lots of bark, but when it’s show time, whimpering like little…

Global carbon at record high: IEA

PARIS (AFP) – Carbon-dioxide emissions hit a record high last year, the International Energy Agency said on Monday, dimming the prospects of limiting the global temperature increase to two degrees Celsius. “Energy-related carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2010 were the highest in history, according to the latest estimates,” the International Energy…

IAEA warned Japan that quakes could be too much for nuclear facilities, leaked cable reveals

The international nuclear watchdog warned Japan in 2008 that powerful earthquakes could be too strong for their nuclear reactors, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks Tuesday night. During a December 2008 G8 Nuclear Safety and Security Group (NSSG) meeting in Tokyo, an official from the International Atomic…

U.S. issues second post-spill drilling permit in Gulf

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The government has given BHP Billiton the second new permit to drill in the Gulf of Mexico since the Macondo oil spill, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said on Saturday. A BHP spokesman confirmed that the new permit has been issued for resumption of drilling of a production well at Shenzi. “We are…

Energy agency warns of danger from high oil prices

PARIS – The global recovery will drive oil prices dangerously higher this year, possibly to the level where they could push the economy into a marked slowdown, the IEA warned Thursday. The prospect of rising inflation, driven by oil and other higher commodity prices, coupled with political instability in the…

US helps Ukraine get rid of enriched uranium

WASHINGTON — The United States has helped Ukraine remove 50 kilos (111 pounds) of highly enriched uranium from three Ukrainian sites to be disposed of in Russia, US officials announced Friday. The move was made as part of a pledge by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych at a nuclear security summit…

Outgoing Republican blasts global warming skepticism

An outgoing Republican congressman attacked his conservative colleagues for ignoring the problems the United States may face due to climate change at a House Science subcommittee hearing Wednesday “I would also suggest to my Free Enterprise colleagues — especially conservatives here — whether you think it’s all a bunch of…

Sen. Reid’s new chief of staff a former Comcast exec, longtime personal contributor

Has a former Comcast vice president purchased himself a seat behind the US Senate Majority Leader? Harry B. Krone, a longtime financial supporter of Sen. Harry Reid and former executive for the nation’s largest cable TV provider, will fill the role of Reid’s chief of staff, according to published reports…

Feds launch investigation of Gulf platform fire

Federal drilling overseers to investigate fire on Gulf of Mexico oil platform The agency that oversees offshore drilling will investigate the fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Thursday’s fire came less than five months after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11…

Tropical Storm Alex expected to churn toward Gulf of Mexico

A potentially dangerous tropical storm named Alex that experts say could complicate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill clean-up formed Saturday in the Caribbean Sea. At 0900 GMT, the eye of the storm, which packed sustained winds of 40 miles (65 kilometers) an hour, was located 220 miles (355 kilometers)…

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