Today’s Climate: January 9, 2009

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Toxic Coal Ash Piling Up in Ponds in 32 States (AP)

An AP analysis of the most recent Energy Department data has found that 156 coal-fired power plants in 32 states store ash in surface ponds similar to the one that collapsed last month in Tennessee.

Exxon CEO Advocates Emissions Tax (Wall Street Journal)

The chief executive of Exxon Mobil has called on Congress to enact a tax on greenhouse-gas emissions for the first time.

NY Gov Calls for More Energy Efficiency (Earth2Tech)

NY Gov. David Paterson set some lofty goals for energy efficiency and renewable power in his first state of the state address yesterday, aiming to cut electricity use by 15% and raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 30% by 2015.

Climate Warming Means Food Shortages, Study Warns (Reuters)

The warming climate is likely to put stress on crops and livestock alike and could cause serious food shortages for half the world’s population, US researchers have predicted.

Nuke Plant Cuts Power by 60% After Leak (AP)

Vermont’s lone nuclear power plant is cutting the amount of power it generates by 60% after finding a leak of mildly radioactive water.

Bush Moves to Update U.S. Policy in Arctic Region (The Wall Street Journal)

The Bush administration in its final days is preparing to issue a directive to federal agencies that would lay the groundwork for allowing the US to assert greater sovereignty over the oil-rich Arctic region, people familiar with the matter have said.

Coal Industry Digs, Cuts Back, to Weather Recession (AP)

The ailing economy has left a big question mark hanging over the US coal industry: will last year’s high-priced contracts and today’s declining costs be enough to offset rapidly falling world demand this year?

M.T.A. May Ask Patrons to Contribute to Environmental Programs (New York Times)

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has said that it is considering a "green MetroCard" program that would let riders make donations to help pay for making its operations more environmentally sustainable.