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The Wall Street Journal: Energy Blog: In Other Papers: Fish vs. People

April 23, 2007, 10:57 am
Posted by WSJ.com Staff

Here’s a quick roundup of energy news from some other publications:

Dams on the Klamath River in the U.S. Northwest are sources of clean, hydroelectric power, but they also keep endangered salmon from migrating and have damaged commercial fishing and threatened Indian livelihoods. The New York Times takes a look at what happens when one “green” imperative clashes with another.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain will call for a cap on greenhouse-gas emissions in a speech today, calling global warming “a serious and urgent economic, environmental and national security challenge,” the New York Times reports.

White House political guru Karl Rove got into a spat with celebrities/global-warming activists Sheryl Crow and Laurie David at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Saturday, the New York Times reports. They say they wanted him to take “a fresh look” at global warming. He wasn’t in the mood, apparently.

Exxon Mobil is running against the grain of popular opinion when it comes to alternative fuels — and so far is making tons of money doing it, Fortune magazine observes in a profile of the world’s biggest oil company.

On the other side of the spectrum, USA Today takes a look at BP’s new marketing campaign, meant to dispel “two of the biggest negative perceptions of Big Oil: that gas station service stinks and that oil companies don’t care about the environment.”

China’s automobile market will likely be the biggest in the world in the next decade, and demand there for alternative-fuel cars could affect the kinds of cars sold in the rest of the world, the Financial Times reports.

USA Today has a roundup of yesterday’s Earth Day events , with particular focus on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to charge drivers $8 to enter most parts of Manhattan during work hours.

Bloomberg’s plan will not be cheap,” the New York Daily News points out, costing the city some $32 billion. The New York Post editorial board calls it “a lot to swallow in a single gulp,” but also says it’s “worth the effort.”

CNN/Money takes a look at the history of and prospects for coal-to-liquid technology, which has a rather unfortunate pedigree (hint: “Hitler” appears in the headline).

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