May 3, 2013 |
Ordering some Chardonnay or Cabernet while eating out can sometimes be the priciest part of a meal. And it's only getting more expensive. The price of vino by the glass rose steadily over the last six months, according to Restaurant Sciences, an independent firm that tracks food and beverage product sales. The cause of the costlier buzz? A tightening squeeze on wine inventories - some even call it a shortage - coupled with swelling consumer demand for the alcohol. "We're seeing more and more wine lists with nothing under $40 for a bottle," said Michael Whiteman, president of Baum/Whiteman International Restaurant Consultants.
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December 21, 2011 |
Finally, some sanity regarding smokestack emissions. After decades of political squabbling, on Wednesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, which will dramatically cut the amount of highly toxic mercury and about 70 other pollutants released in the United States. The rules target the emissions from coal-fired power plants. Mercury is the key element addressed by these rules, but it's only one of many chemicals -- plus fine particulate matter, which plays a role in asthma and other respiratory illnesses nationwide -- that are regulated by MATS.
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May 2, 2011 |
California's authority to enact automotive air pollution standards that are stricter than federal law has withstood legal challenge after a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Automobile Dealers Assn. did not have legal standing in the case. Under the 1970 Clean Air Act, California may request waivers of federal standards to enact its own, stricter laws — a right granted because the state had its own pollution laws before the federal government's.
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July 28, 2004 |
The lingering sting from Orange County's 1994 bankruptcy may soon be a little less painful. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday hired a consultant to help the county figure out the best way to pay back some of its bankruptcy debt early -- a strategy that could save the county about $143 million, one county official said. Orange County declared bankruptcy in 1994 after a risky borrow-and-invest strategy backfired, causing more than $1.6 billion in losses.
June 3, 2011 |
Car engines are getting smaller. Ford Motor Co. plans to add a three-cylinder engine to the lineup of vehicles it sells in North America. The automaker on Thursday unveiled details for the new power plant but did not say which models will have it, noting only that it will be in small cars. More specific information on what cars will have the engine is expected later this year. The new 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder — the smallest engine Ford has ever built — is patterned on the same technology used in much bigger vehicles, including Ford's F-150 pickup truck.
December 12, 2013 |
America's cars, trucks and SUVs took a record step in 2012 toward a cleaner future, with the average fuel economy for new vehicles hitting an all-time high of 23.6 miles per gallon, according to a new report released by the EPA. That average is a 1.2 mpg increase over 2011 vehicles, a jump that is the second highest in the last 30 years. Fuel economy has increased in seven of the last eight years, the agency announced in Thursday's report. "Today's new vehicles are cleaner and more fuel efficient than ever, saving American families money at the gas pump and helping to keep the air that we breathe cleaner," Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, said in a statement.