Today’s Climate: February 10, 2010

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Obama: Energy Policy Must Have Some Old, Some New (AP)

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Pres. Obama said the country must develop cleaner energy technologies while at the same time still relying upon nuclear and coal.

China Plans for National Renewable Energy Center (China Daily)

China plans to build a national renewable energy center to further support development of the industry, an energy official said yesterday.

U.S. Climate Envoy Says China Tepid on Climate Deal (Reuters)

Todd Stern, senior U.S. official, criticized China for trying to weaken the UN Copenhagen Accord and raised the prospect that a fuller international pact may be not be struck by year’s end.

German Coalition Parties Agree Solar Subsidy Cuts From June 1 (Bloomberg)

Germany’s coalition government has agreed to delay by two months cuts to subsidized rates for solar power from rooftop panels, said Joachim Pfeiffer, energy spokesman in parliament for Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrats.

Senior Chinese Climatologist Calls for Reform of IPCC (Guardian)

The IPCC should be reformed to prevent political interference, improve research and reduce western bias, Lü Xuedu, the deputy director general of the National Climate Centre, said.

Con Edison Calls for More Solar Energy Projects (AP)

Con Edison, a unit of Consolidated Edison Inc., has filed a proposal with the state of New York calling for more funds for 25 megawatts of solar energy projects in New York City.

Leaks Trouble Nominees for Nuclear Panel (New York Times)

Tritium leaks like the one that threatens the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant are undermining confidence in other reactors around the country, three experts nominated by Pres. Obama to join the NRC said at their confirmation hearing.

Gazprom Scorns Shale Gas as ‘Danger to Drinking Water’ (Telegraph)

Russia’s Gazprom has attacked the idea that huge new US reserves of shale gas will harm its dominance as the world’s biggest producer, warning the energy source is a danger to drinking water.

Australia Solar Program Costs Rise $745 Million, Review Says (Bloomberg)

Australia’s household solar panel program cost almost seven times as much as expected with a $745 million rise in expenses as demand outstripped supply, the Australian Financial Review reported.

Spain Power Grid Can Feed 10 Million Electric Cars (Dow Jones)

Spain’s electricity system can supply power to some 10 million electric cars if charging were to be made at night when general demand is low, Ignacio Galan, chairman of electricity company Iberdrola SA, said.

China City Dips Toe in Carbon Cap and Trade (Reuters)

The northern Chinese port city of Tianjin has launched a small-scale energy intensity trading scheme with three pilot sales, taking a possible first step towards a nationwide cap-and-trade scheme.

Help Write the Full Story on the Hacked Emails Controversy (Guardian)

In a unique experiment, The Guardian has published online the manuscript of its investigation into the climate science emails stolen from the University of East Anglia. The paper will allow web users to annotate the manuscript to help create "the definitive account of the controversy."

U2 Gets Behind Carbon Trading, Raises Money for Geothermal (GreenBeat)

Rock band U2 is now raising funds in Turkey to pay for the country’s Dora-1 geothermal plant. It is also selling carbon offset credits for $1.89 a pop.