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Senate Passes Energy Bill Without House Tax Package

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By Steven Mufson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 14, 2007; D01

The Senate passed an energy bill with overwhelming bipartisan support last night but only after a Republican filibuster threat forced Democratic leaders to ditch the bill’s tax package, which would have extended tax breaks for wind and solar projects while reducing breaks for the biggest oil and gas companies.

The revised bill, approved by a 86 to 8 vote, would boost fuel efficiency standards for new automobile fleets to 35 miles a gallon by 2020, increase energy efficiency standards for appliances and buildings, and set a mandate for the vastly expanded use of ethanol and other biofuels.

The measure will go back to the House and, if approved, to President Bush, who said last night that he would sign it.

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Power plants are focus of drive to cut mercury

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USA Today – October 29, 2007
Power plants are focus of drive to cut mercury
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-10-29-mercury-cover_N.htm
By Larry Wheeler, Gannett News Service

Despite decades of government attempts to regulate it, ban it and erase it from household use, the poisonous metal mercury remains a threat to the environment and public health, especially to children and to women of childbearing age.

As many as 600,000 babies may be born in the USA each year with irreversible brain damage because pregnant mothers ate mercury-contaminated fish, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Medical researchers are just beginning to explore such mercury exposure in adults, which can leave some people struggling through life in a disorienting “fish fog.” Nationwide, more than 8,000 lakes, rivers and bays are compromised by mercury’s toxic effects.

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Mercury emitters rush to meet new U.S. rules

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USA Today – October 29, 2007
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-10-29-mercury-emitters_N.htm
By Larry Wheeler, Gannett News Service
CHESTER, Va. — The big power plant that hugs the shoreline of the winding James River just south of Richmond is getting bigger.

Construction of a sprawling pollution-control project will almost double the size of Dominion Resources’ Chesterfield plant, which supplies electricity to about 300,000 homes and businesses in central Virginia.

When it’s all over, the complex — including metal towers, a tile-lined wet scrubber and a towering new chimney — will cut the plant’s emissions of mercury and other pollutants by an estimated 90%.

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The Daily Evergreen

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Tracy Lyons Kicks Off Tour – Mercury Rising Tour begins tonight as part of WSU’s Sustainability Smackdown.
By: Tamara Vallejos – The Daily Evergreen

Imagine discovering that your body was being poisoned by mercury and other life-threatening toxins, simply by performing the basic and essential task of breathing.

For musician Tracy Lyons, that discovery was an eye-opening reality. The singer, who split her time growing up between Northern Ireland and Canada, has since become an environmental activist, working to raise awareness of pollution’s health consequences.

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Ecorazzi.com Feature

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Tracy Lyons New Tour To Focus On Green, Use Fuel Cell
Filed under: music — michael @ 4:10 pm
Singer-songwriter Tracy Lyons is setting off on her Mercury Rising tour next week and bringing the green with her. A longtime activist and supporter of the National Resource Defense Council, Lyons plans on using her tour to draw attention to global warming, alternative/clean energy solutions and the negative effects that pollution has on health. From the article,