Today’s Climate: October 31-November 1

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EPA Attorneys: Cap and Trade Claims Ignore Bills’ Flaws (Washington Post)

Claims that a cap and trade program would guarantee greenhouse gas reductions ignore flaws in both bills that would undermine even their weak emissions-reduction targets and would lock in climate degradation, two EPA attorneys write.

Republicans Move to Delay Climate Bill Progress (Washington Post)

All seven Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee plan to boycott next week’s work session on a climate-change bill, an aide says. It’s a move aimed at thwarting Democratic efforts to advance the legislation quickly.

Denmark: Delaying UN Climate Deal Makes No Sense (Reuters)

Major nations still want a new UN deal in Copenhagen in December, and a few months’ delay to give bogged-down negotiators more time would not help, Danish Climate and Energy Minister Connie Hedegaard says.

Bluewater Wind Expects to Sell Controlling Stake, Possibly to NRG (Wind Action)

Offshore wind company Bluewater Wind expects to sell controlling interest in the firm, and sources familiar with the plan say it is in serious negotiations with NRG Energy. The deal would give Bluewater immediate financing to keep its projects moving.

EPA Asked to Address Southern Environmental Injustice (Facing South)

Environmental leaders representing more than a dozen polluted communities across the South are calling on federal officials to take action to protect low-income communities and people of color from toxic contamination.

Faith Leaders: Tackling Climate Change Is Moral Duty (Reuters)

Leaders of every major faith in Britain have called for governments to secure a climate change deal in Copenhagen, saying it was “morally imperative” to tackle the causes of global warming which most affected the poor.

Carter, Mandela, Other Elders Call for Action on Climate (Global Atlanta)

The Elders, a group of international leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela, issued a statement of concern about climate change ahead of negotiations in Copenhagen. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was among them.

Germany’s Merkel Heads to Washington to Talk Climate (EarthTimes)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due in Washington on Monday and says she’ll work closely with the U.S. on shaping world plans to fight climate change, shrugging off environmentalist criticism of her own government.

The Nuclear Wait (New York Times)

A graphic look at U.S. nuclear reactor plans. The country has new applications for 26 nuclear power reactors, but the government approval process is lengthy, and no new building has begun.

Researchers Discuss How Best to Geoengineer the Planet (CNet)

At an MIT symposium on the potential benefits and pitfalls of geoengineering, researchers describe how everything from shooting light-blocking particles into the atmosphere to "artificial trees" is being seriously studied, despite some trepidation.

Sen. Bernie Sanders Unfiltered on Energy Policy (Huffington Post)

Some of us in the Senate and the House are trying to be aggressive and to address the environmental crises we are facing, the Vermont Independent explains in a video Q&A.

Monckton’s Climate Views too Extreme for Even Glenn Beck (Guardian)

The U.S. House’s favorite climate denier, Lord Monckton, discovered that his signature tune – that a climate treaty in Copenhagen was just a sneaky way of creating a world government – was too far out there even for Fox’s Glenn Beck.