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Greenpeace activists dump coal at S. Africa utility

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Greenpeace activists dumped three trucks of coal in front of the headquarters of South African state utility Eskom Monday to protest what they called its lack of commitment to green energy. Activists from the global environmental organisation paraded in front of the five tonnes of coal blocking…

Venezuela tries to trim energy consumption by 10 percent

CARACAS — Venezuela, one of the world’s leading oil producers, is trying to limit its power consumption as the country’s decrepit power utilities struggle to keep up with the demand. The government on Monday said the biggest electricity consumers — shopping malls, factories, office buildings and even some homes —…

Athens crippled by anti-austerity protest

Hundreds of unionists protested in Athens on Tuesday against proposed wage cuts in Greece’s inefficient public utility services as a transport strike sparked huge traffic snarl-ups in the capital. The protesters gathered in front of the Greek parliament as the chamber discussed salary cuts of up to 25 percent for…

Banks spying on your bills, rent payments, paychecks: report

The age of the plain old credit score is gone, says a report at the Wall Street Journal, and it’s been replaced by ever more intrusive efforts by banks and credit agencies to gauge exactly what you’re worth, and what you can pay. To that end, financial firms are now…

School bus crash leaves two dead, 50 hurt in Missouri

At least two people were dead and 50 hurt when two school buses collided with a truck and sports utility vehicle on a Missouri highway Thursday, media reported. The buses were full of eighth grade students belonging to a school band on their way to the Six Flags amusement park,…

Arizona GOP candidate calls for cutting off illegal immigrants’ utilities

Arizona’s campaign against Mexican immigrants seems to intensify with every passing week. This latest round of escalation, however, has even some proponents of getting tough on illegal immigrants wondering if it’s just gone a bit too far. The state has been at the very epicenter of America’s immigration debate ever…

Exclusive: Proposal to water down climate bill would favor Obama aides’ former employer

We are ‘proud to be the president’s utility,’ company’s lobbyist says Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff to President Barack Obama, said in little-noticed remarks Friday that his administration will consider a climate change bill that only includes carbon caps on electric utilities. “The idea of a ‘utilities only’ [approach] will…

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