MACKAY, Australia (AP) — The Australian mining boom built over a decade on Chinese hunger for energy and raw materials is turning into bust for many business owners as China's cooling growth reverberates through a country accustomed to winning from the rise of an Asian economic giant.
BEIJING (AP) — Voracious demand for wood to feed factories for exports and satisfy wealthier consumers at home has turned China into a magnet for the illegal timber trade, causing other countries to strip their forests as Beijing does little to discourage the practices, an environmental group said in a report released Thursday.
The Australian government pushed a new 30 percent tax on big mining companies through Parliament on Monday but faces an uphill battle to reduce the tax burden on struggling companies outside the booming commodities sector.
The Senate passed the legislation 38 votes to 32, allowing the government to take a bigger slice of profits from a mining boom driven by Chinese and Indian demand for raw materials.
The rebound in oil prices following Wednesday’s slump was wiped out late Thursday by news of a jump in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for August delivery settled down 3 cents to $56.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent finished up 6 cents to $62.07, Dow Jones reports.
The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.
A $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund research into cutting particulate emissions from barbecues has attracted criticism from Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who declared his constituents “should be able to grill in peace,” The Hill reports.
The U.S. role in Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, and media coverage of it, had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attention, judging from the emails released by the State Department this week, E&E reports.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.