Today’s Climate: April 4-5, 2009

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Kansas Coal Plant Bill Clears Legislature (AP)

A bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in Kansas won final legislative approval Friday, but supporters failed again to generate the support they need to override an expected veto by Governor Sebelius.

Obama Climate Plans Face Long Route for Passage (Reuters)

The Senate last week voted in favor of a measure blocking lawmakers from attaching a cap-and-trade bill to the federal budget. Democrats now will need 60 votes in the Senate to end a potential filibuster of any such climate bill.

Consortium Drops Its Plan to Build New Power Lines (New York Times)

A consortium of private investors that sought to build high-voltage electricity transmission lines to carry power from renewable sources upstate to New York City said that it was suspending its efforts.

On College Campuses, a Surge of Interest in Science (Chicago Tribune)

The hottest subject on college campuses across the nation right now seems to be the science and technology of renewable energy — a surge of interest driven largely by the specter of global warming.

Alberta Hires Consultants to Lobby Washington (CBC News)

Alberta has hired a team of consultants to try and ensure that future climate legislation in the US does not undermine the province’s tar sands operation.

Polish Coal Plant Tops EU’s "Dirty Thirty" List (Reuters)

Poland is home once again to Europe’s dirtiest power plant, but German utilities still owned 11 of the 30 most polluting facilities in the EU in 2008, new data has shown.

Wordie Ice Shelf Has Vanished: Scientists (Reuters)

One Antarctic ice shelf has quickly vanished, another is disappearing and glaciers are melting faster than anyone thought due to climate change, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey and the British Antarctic Survey.

Switzerland’s Glaciers Continue to Disappear (SwissInfo)

Eighty-two of 88 glaciers measured in Switzerland between 2007 and 2008 reduced in length, according to scientists at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

China Will Not OK New Coal Licenses Until 2011 (Energy Tribune)

The economic slowdown has resulted in an excess of coal production capacity in China. The result is that the nation’s Ministry of Land and Resources will not issue any new coal mining licenses until 2011.

Oregon in Running for Electric Car Plant (The Oregonian)

Norway-based Think is considering Portland, Oregon for an electric-car manufacturing plant that would employ 900 workers.

Hyundai Says Plug-In Hybrid for U.S. by 2012 (Motor Trend)

Officials in Korea have confirmed that the brand will bring over its first plug-in hybrid to the US in late 2012, with plans to go head-to-head with the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius.

Did the Handling of the G20 Protests Reveal the Future of Policing? (Guardian)

Last week police used "kettling" — penning marchers in an area and refusing to let them out — to deal with the G20 demonstrations. Is this really the most sensible way to tackle protests?