Dawn of a Brave New Oil Era?

With China now the world's second largest oil-consuming nation, the USA needs to reduce its imports by exploiting more local resources and greater conservation.

Published: 29-Mar-2005

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Maine's attorney general plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over new federal mercury pollution rules, an attorney for the state said Monday.

Maine will join at least eight other states in a lawsuit calling for more aggressive restrictions on coal-fired power plants - considered the nation's largest source of mercury pollution and the primary reason Maine's lakes and freshwater fish are contaminated. The lawsuit will be filed in the next week or two, said Assistant Attorney General Jerry Reid.

Although a lawsuit pitting the state against the Bush administration is unfortunate, he said, "it's also necessary under these circumstances."


Visits to China, India, Malaysia and Pakistan are significant because the trip spells out the Saudi Kingdom's Look East policy, representing a new reorientation in its foreign policy that was heavily tilted toward the West.

The worst two scenarios suggest a drastic decline in output to 875,000 barrels a day by the end of 2007 and to just 520,000 a day by the end of 2008.

Bush said he envisioned a future in which a plug-in hybrid car could drive 40 miles on a lithium-ion battery, then stop at a filling station for ethanol, a fuel usually made from corn, similar to HyMotion Prius pictured below.


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