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October 18-19, 2008

Oct 19, 2008

(AP)

Germany-based Solarworld has opened North America's largest solar cell manufacturer, a $440 million plant in Oregon that's expected to make enough cells to generate 500 MW of electricity a year.

(Reuters)

GM has sent a sales prospectus for the Hummer to potential bidders. The move comes four months after CEO Rick Wagoner said the company would look to sell the military-derived SUV brand.

(Bloomberg)

BMW has announced plans to lease 500 electric Mini Cooper cars in New York, New Jersey and California in early 2009, stepping up its pace to bring electric vehicles to market.

(Washington Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency has one of the most restrictive policies in the federal government on releasing scientific information to the press and public, according to a new "report card" issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

(AP)

The Interior Department has advanced a proposal that would ease restrictions on dumping mountaintop mining waste near rivers and streams, modifying protections that have been in place for a quarter-century.

(Guardian)

A major threat to Britain's ambitions for renewable energy will emerge this week when wind industry leaders admit that targets set for 2020 are looking increasingly unrealistic.