Today’s Climate: April 7, 2009

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Salazar: Eastern Wind Could Equal Coal for Power (AP)

If wind power were fully developed off the East Coast, turbines could generate enough electricity to replace most, if not all, the coal-fired plants in the US, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday.

Carbon Cap Deal "Very Difficult:" UN Climate Chief (Reuters)

The Bonn climate talks are split over the level of action that industrialized nations will take to curb their emissions by 2020. More ambitious goals would unlock stronger action from developing nations, the UN’s climate chief said.

US: ‘No Time to Lose’ in Arctic, Antarctica (AP)

Opening a two-week conference of parties to the 50-year-old Antarctic Treaty, Secretary of State Clinton said the collapse Saturday of an Antarctic ice bridge was a stark reminder that the poles are gravely threatened by climate change.

Archer Daniels Begins Work on CO2 Well in Illinois (Chicago Tribune)

Archer Daniels Midland has unveiled an $84 million federally sponsored project to inject greenhouse gases from its corn mill deep into the ground, a project supposedly meant to inform Illinois’s FuturGen "clean coal" proposal.

US Power Plant Carbon Emissions Fell in 2008: Study (Reuters)

Climate warming emissions from US power plants fell 3.1% in 2008, the Environmental Integrity Project said. Despite the one-year drop, carbon emissions from power plants have risen 0.9% since 2003 and 4.5% since 1998.

Court Rules Against Navajo Nation in Coal Case (AP)

The US Supreme Court has unanimously ruled against the Navajo Nation for a second time in its battle with the federal government over whether the tribe should have gotten more money for coal on its land.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors Rethink Stance on Offshore Drilling (Los Angeles Times)

Eight months after their surprising embrace of offshore oil drilling, Santa Barbara County supervisors are set today to resume their decades-old opposition to the practice.

Chrysler’s Electric Vehicles Will Use A123 Batteries (MIT Technology Review)

A123 Systems, one of the companies GM had considered as a battery-cell supplier for its Volt plug-in hybrid, will manufacture batteries for five plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles to be sold by Chrysler.

Total May Delay 230,000 Barrel Oil-Sands Project (Bloomberg)

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil company, may postpone its decision to invest in Canada’s oil sands due to high costs and has suspended and may dismantle a pilot project.

Edmonton Greenpeace Buries Bucks to Protest Carbon Capture (Calgary Herald)

In a move designed to put the spotlight on Alberta’s plans to invest $2 billion in CCS technology, Greenpeace buried $600 on legislature grounds — the approximate amount each Alberta taxpayer will pay into the project.

Japan Loses No. 2 Spot to Spain in Solar Photovoltaic Capacity: Study (Kyodo News)

Japan has slipped from the no. 2 position in the world in grid-connected solar photovoltaic capacity, replaced by Spain, according to a study by an international body. Germany topped the list.

Empire State Building Gets a Green Makeover to Cut CO2 Emissions (Guardian)

The owners of the Empire State Building announced they were investing an additional $20 million to reduce its carbon footprint and energy consumption. The retrofit is being added to a renovation already costing half a billion dollars.

Being Green Brings in the Greenbacks, Survey Finds (PC World)

Companies in Europe serious about going green were rewarded with a 2 percent higher profit margin compared to others in the same industry, according to a survey done in Europe.