Today’s Climate: March 2, 2010

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Top House Republicans Ready Bill to Thwart EPA Climate Rules (The Hill)

Senior House Republican leaders, including Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), plan to roll out a resolution today that would nullify EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases.

US Senate’s Top Climate Skeptic Accused of Waging ‘McCarthyite Witch-Hunt’ (Guardian)

America’s most ardent global warming skeptic, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), is being accused of turning the controversy over climate science into a McCarthyite witch-hunt by calling for a criminal investigation of scientists.

Salazar Passes on Deciding Cape Wind Case For Now (Boston Herald)

U.S. Interior Secretary Salazar on Monday kicked a historical preservation review of Cape Wind’s impact on Nantucket Sound to an advisory panel and put off a decision on the offshore wind project.

Senate Climate Talks Intensify With New Carbon Pricing Draft Expected This Week (Climatewire)

The Senate trio at the center of talks on a comprehensive climate and energy bill will present a draft proposal this week, amid warnings from Democratic leadership that the window for action is closing.

China: Green Energy Program Drafted (China Daily)

China’s government has formulated a 10-year program under which clean energy will account for 15% of the total consumption mix by 2020, a top official has revealed.

Spain Eyes Doubling Renewables Output by 2020 (Reuters)

Spain’s government on Monday proposed more than doubling production from renewable energy sources by 2020 to just over 20% of total energy use, which would meet EU targets.

Indonesia May Join Basic Group on Climate Talks (Jakarta Post)

Indonesia said there have been informal offers from countries, such as India, to join the group of emerging powers, known as the Basic bloc, to help move stalled climate talks forward.

Australia Labor on Track for Election Victory: Poll (Reuters)

Australia’s Labor government maintains an election-winning lead over conservatives, a major poll showed on Tuesday, just days after predicting a "whacking" from voters over setbacks on climate change policy.

Utilities Push Back on FERC’s Transmission Authority (Earth2Tech)

The Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy — a new industry group made up of 10 big utilities — says it will lobby to change proposed Senate legislation that it says could unfairly spread the costs of building big new transmission lines across multiple states.

West Texas Breezes Push Wind Power to Set a Record on the Grid (Fort Worth Star Telegram)

With strong breezes blowing early Sunday afternoon in West Texas, wind generation hit a record 6,242 MW on the state grid, representing an exceptionally high 22% of demand at that time.

Sustainable Energy Bets on Ontario Solar Market (Reuters)

Sustainable Energy Technologies, a solar equipment maker that recently relocated to Toronto from Calgary, may soon land its first large-scale orders in its new home province, the world’s newest "go-to" region for solar power.

BYD, Daimler to Form Electric-Car Venture in China (Bloomberg)

Daimler AG and BYD Co., the Chinese carmaker backed by billionaire Warren Buffett, will jointly develop an electric vehicle to be sold in China, the world’s largest auto market.

ArcelorMittal Loses Court Challenge on Emissions (AP)

The world’s largest steel maker ArcelorMittal SA on Tuesday lost a legal challenge that sought to exempt it from the EU’s cap-and-trade system.

Global Warming Kicks Up Allergy Storm (HealthDay)

New research from Italy suggests that higher temperatures are lengthening the pollen season for some plants and trees, increasing the pollen load they produce and causing a rise in the number of people who are developing allergies.