Today’s Climate: December 3, 2009

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Saudi Arabia: Hacked E-Mails Will Have ‘Huge Impact’ on Copenhagen (BBC)

Saudi Arabia’s lead negotiator says the hacked e-mails and resulting controversy stirred by skeptics will have “a huge impact" on next week’s UN climate summit. That’s a boon for the world’s leading oil producer, which has fought emissions curbs and argues it should get cash compensation for any restrictions on its oil sales.

Stern: Global Emissions Only ‘Few Billion Tons’ Short of Targets (Guardian)

Offers on the table ahead of the Copenhagen climate talks are only "a few billion tonnes" short of the scale required to meet 2020 environment targets, British economist Nicholas Stern said today. There’s still a significant way to go, but it’s possible.

Businesses Demand Strong Copenhagen Agreement (Business Green)

Over 850 of the world’s largest companies, including Shell, Tesco, Vodafone, Unilever and Lloyds are calling on British Prime Minister Gordon Brown today to secure a strong agreement at the upcoming Copenhagen climate change summit.

USDA: Climate Bill Can Benefit Farmers Despite Higher Costs (ClimateWire)

Farmers have more to gain than lose from a cap-and-trade regime for greenhouse gases, despite estimates that they could see significantly higher production costs, according to a new analysis from the Agriculture Department.

EPA Rejects Inhofe Call to Delay Endangerment Finding (Tulsa World)

EPA Chief Lisa Jackson says endangerment finding will proceed, while
Sen. Barbara Boxer urges an investigation into why hackers stole the private e-mails of climate scientists.

E.ON Chief Fears CCS May Never Be Viable (Telegraph)

"There are two elephants in the room: markets and money," E.ON chief Paul Golby said. "If these are not resolved, nothing is likely to progress to long-term carbon capture and storage beyond the blueprint stage."

General Electric Returns to Wind Financing (Wall Street Journal)

In a sign that the permafrost on wind investments is thawing, GE Energy Financial Services announced plans to invest in a $117 million expansion of an Oklahoma wind farm called Blue Canyon V.

Second Utility Boosts Cape Wind’s Future (News Journal)

Cape Wind is negotiating a contract for a second utility, New England’s National Grid, to buy power from the 130-turbine off-shore wind farm planned for Nantucket Sound.

EPA to Drop Rule Allowing Hazardous Waste Burned as Fuel (ENS)

The EPA announced plans to repeal a last-minute Bush administration rule that would have permitted the burning of hazardous waste as fuel.

Defense Giant Lockheed Martin Takes Aim at Energy Business (Earth2Tech)

Lockheed Martin’s overarching energy strategy includes project management for solar thermal technology, wind, synthetic fuels, fuel cells (mobile soldier power), ocean energy technology, satellite and carbon monitoring systems and smart grid systems.

Kohl’s Sets Target of Carbon Neutrality by End of 2010 (GreenBiz)

Kohl’s Department Stores has a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for its U.S. stores, distribution centers and corporate offices by the close of 2010.

Japanese cell-phone giant plans emissions-tracking network (Daily Finance)

The largest Japanese cell-phone company, NTT DOCOMO, unveiled plans to piggyback an emissions-tracking network on top of its existing large network of cell-phone towers.

As Emissions Increase, Carbon Sinks Get Clogged (Washington Post)

A global society of conservation biologists is urging policy makers to make steeper emission cuts to ensure humans do not exhaust forests’ capacity to store carbon in the decades to come.

Britain Gives Go-Ahead for Nationwide Smart Metering (Guardian)

Power suppliers have been given responsibility for installing smart meters in all 26 million of Britain’s homes by 2020. Government says the savings will dwarf the program’s cost.

Polls Show International Split Over Climate Change (EurActiv)

The overwhelming majority of EU citizens consider climate change a serious problem, while more than one-third of Americans say it’s not an issue, international polls reveal.