Today’s Climate: January 3-4, 2009

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Obama Sketches Out Recovery Plan (CNNMoney)

President-elect Obama on Saturday offered the most detailed statement yet of his economic recovery package. It includes plans to double renewable energy production and make public buildings more energy efficient.

U.S. Forest Policy Is Set to Change, Aiding Developer (Washington Post)

The Bush administration appears poised to push through a change in US Forest Service agreements that would make it easier for mountain forests to be converted to housing subdivisions.

Big Solar Power Plant Planned for Northwest China (Reuters)

Two Chinese companies have announced plans to build a solar power plant in northwestern China that could one day be the largest photovoltaic solar project in the world.

Mass. Launches Effort to Protect Coast Residents (The Boston Globe)

Massachusetts has kicked off an innovative pilot program to defend the state’s 78 coastal communities against rising sea levels and fiercer storms brought on by global warming.

Minn. Lawmakers Going to the Source of Dirty Car Emissions: Fuel (Minnesota Star Tribune)

The Minnesota State Legislature will consider a bill to implement a low carbon fuel standard that would force the petroleum industry to cut the carbon content of its fuels by 10% over 10 years.

Flat-Screen TVs to Face Energy-Efficiency Rules in California (Los Angeles Times)

California state regulators are getting ready to draft the nation’s first rules requiring retailers to sell only the most energy-efficient LCD and plasma TV sets, starting in 2011.

Ford Sees Sharp Drop in U.S. Sales (Reuters)

Ford has said it expects industry-wide December US auto sales to drop by some 35% from a year earlier, with no sign of a turnaround in the first quarter of this year.

Iowa Council Releases Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases (AP)

The Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council has released its final report that suggests ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90% by 2050.