Today’s Climate: September 5-6, 2009

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Van Jones Resigns (AP)

Pres. Obama’s environmental adviser Van Jones, who became embroiled in a controversy over past statements, has resigned his White House job after what he calls a "vicious smear campaign against me.”

Climate Change Funding Talks Stall at G20 (Reuters)

Differences between rich and developing countries prevented G20 finance ministers from agreeing to measures on Saturday to curb global warming, casting more doubt on UN efforts to finalize a new climate treaty.

EU Details Funding to Break Climate Stalemate (Reuters)

The EU could offer about a quarter of the money needed to break the stalemate between rich and poor countries in global climate negotiations, an EU paper says.

New Climate Plan Would Favor Oil Sands (Toronto Star)

Ottawa is eying a climate change plan that would allow Alberta’s oil sands to continue growing – and polluting – but would clamp down on industries in the rest of the country.

Climate Change: Melting Ice will Trigger Wave of Natural Disasters (Guardian)

Scientists are to outline dramatic evidence that global warming threatens the planet in a new and unexpected way – by triggering earthquakes, tsunamis, avalanches and volcanic eruptions.

U.S. Wants G20 to Axe Fuel Subsidies (Reuters)

The U.S. plans to call on the Group of 20 to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies in five years and increase oil market transparency when the group meets at the end of the month.

Demand for Electricity Sputters and Bills May Fall (AP)

Consumers and businesses may finally be seeing some relief from rising utility bills, thanks to the biggest decline in U.S. electricity demand in decades, according to the Energy Information Agency.

Anti-Nuclear Rally Enlivens German Campaign (Reuters)

A convey of 350 farm tractors rumbled through Berlin on Saturday to launch a mass rally against nuclear power, designed to influence Germany’s general election in three weeks’ time.

With $535M Federal Loan, Solyndra Begins Work on Fremont Solar Plant (San Jose Mercury News)

Solar-panel maker Solyndra said Friday it would use a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government to build a factory in Fremont, California, which will ultimately employ 2,000 people.

New First Solar CEO Brings Government Expertise, Ties to GE (BNET)

First Solar has brought on new CEO Rob Gillette, who formerly ran Honeywell Aerospace, a division that brings in over $12 billion a year. That’s more than First Solar’s entire market cap.

Widen Global Warming Fight Beyond CO2: U.N. (Reuters)

The world should widen the fight against global warming by curbing a string of pollutants other than CO2, the main greenhouse gas, the U.N. Environment Program has said.

E.ON Completes Massive TX Wind Farm (

Germany’s E.ON has announced the completion of its 457-MW Panther Creek wind farm, located in Big Spring, Texas. It is now one of the ten largest wind farms in the U.S.

Kentucky Lures EV Maker (Cleantech Group)

Global Green Cars is looking to scale production of its plug-in vehicles with a new facility in Kentucky capable of making 30,000 cars and trucks annually, thanks to generous state incentives.