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Solution to Greenhouse Gases is New Nuclear Plants, Bush Says 4779da8fa5a0f34&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss . By Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times, May 25, 2006. "President Bush [went to the Limerick Generating Station in Pennsylvania to call] for the construction of more nuclear power plants to help reduce the greenhouse gases believed to contribute to global warming inline=nyt-classifier . S Speaking in front of this hamlet's twin nuclear cooling towers on Wednesday, Mr. Bush promoted the 2005 energy bill he signed into law, which provides tax incentives, loan guarantees and federal risk insurance for companies building nuclear plants. Before the law, he said, only 2 companies were considering building plants, but now 16 are."

NRDC: Key Questions on Nuclear Power Must Be Raised . Natural Resources Defense Council, May 24, 2006. "Amid the rush to embrace nuclear power as a solution to global warming, critical questions about this technology are being overlooked, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. President Bush's remarks Wednesday on nuclear power at the Limerick Generating Station in Pennsylvania serve as a reminder that the debate needs to fully address such vital issues as the exorbitant cost of building new nuclear facilities, the potential proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and the disposal of radioactive wastes, said Dr. Thomas B. Cochran, director of NRDC's nuclear program. Until such matters are answered satisfactorily, we need to adopt a realistic view toward the promises -- and the pitfalls -- of nuclear power, Cochran said."

Fusion Reactor Work Gets Go-ahead . BBC News, May 24, 2006. "Seven international parties involved in an experimental nuclear fusion reactor project have initialed a 10bn-euro [$12.8 billion] agreement on the plan. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) will be the most expensive joint scientific project after the International Space Station. Wednesday's agreement in Brussels gives the go-ahead for practical work on the project to start. Fusion taps energy from reactions like those that power the Sun. The seven-party consortium, which includes the European Union, the US, Japan, China, Russia and others, agreed last year to build Iter in Cadarache, in the southern French region of Provence. The parties say fusion will lead to a cheaper, safer, cleaner and endless energy resource in the years ahead." (For a look at the same development by James Randerson of The Guardian, click here,,1781601,00.html?gusrc=rss .)

Storm Gathers Over New Offshore Wind Farm Plan thers/?page=full . By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe, May 25, 2006. Many in the Massachusetts fishing village of Fairhaven, on Buzzards Bay, think Jay Cashman, the developer of South Coast Wind, has chosen the wrong place for as many as 120 wind turbines. His plan "emerged as the latest target for an offshore wind farm, after a proposal to build one [proposed by Cape Wind Associates] off swankier Nantucket hit resistance in Congress and among local politicians," and it is raising issues of clout. (In the liveliest debate yet among candidates for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, state Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly was criticized by the two other candidates for his opposition to the Cape Wind project on Nantucket Sound, as Scott Helman reports here rats_debate_reilly_is_the_target/?page=full .)

Enough Coal On Hand to Keep U.S. Cool?  By Mark Clayton, The Christian Science Monitor, May 25, 2006. "With at least a few utilities unable to get enough coal shipped by rail, some are resorting to extreme measures - even importing it. S It's more than a little ironic: Even though the United States guzzles imported oil by the tanker load, it is often called the "Saudi Arabia of coal," with enough domestic reserves to last centuries. But getting America's abundant coal to where it is most needed is a growing challenge for power companies -- and the railroads that supply them."

Forecasters Predict 4 to 6 Major Hurricanes SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2006-05-22-23-02-46 . By Laura Wides-Munoz, The Christian Science Monitor, May 23, 2006. "With visible reminders from last year's Atlantic hurricane season S still dotting parts of Florida and the Gulf Coast, forecasters warned storm-weary residents to prepare for as many as six major hurricanes this year. There could be up to 16 named storms, the National Hurricane Center announced Monday. But 2006 should not be as destructive as last season's record year, which had 28 named storms, 15 of which were hurricanes, seven of them Category 3 or higher. This year the Atlantic has less warm water, which fuels potential storms, meteorologists said. (For the next two days, writes AP's Stacey Plaisance C&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2006-05-23-04-14-14 , New Orleans will test new evacuation plans and emergency response strategies designed to prevent the kind of confusion experienced before Hurricane Katrina made landfall last year. The Christian Science Monitor's Peter N. Spotts reports  on the difficulty of getting residents in hurricane-prone areas to heed the warnings of NOAA and other groups.)

Texans Can Slow Global Warming 722792.html . Commentary by Jim Marston, San Antonio Express-News, May 25, 2006. "Few at the Capitol [in Austin] seem concerned [about climate change]. Other states, from California to Connecticut, led by Republicans and Democrats alike, are years ahead of Texas. We emit more carbon dioxide than any other state . By John Heilemann, New York Magazine, issue of May 29, 2006. A compelling profile of Al Gore, based in part on Heilemann's accompanying the former vice president for a few stops on his increasingly well-known national tour on global warming.

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