Today’s Climate: January 10-11, 2009

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Stimulus Bill May Include Energy Measures (Washington Post)

Congressional leaders and Obama advisers are looking at including as much as $25 billion of energy tax credits in the president-elect’s economic stimulus package.

Obama Stimulus Plan Can Add and Save Millions of Jobs (Reuters)

Obama said Saturday that his economic plan would now save or create four million US jobs. A half a million of them would come from investing in clean energy and energy efficiency.

Waste Spills at Another T.V.A. Power Plant (New York Times)

Ten thousand gallons of waste from a pond at an Alabama coal plant run by the TVA escaped Friday into a Tennessee River tributary — less than 3 weeks after a rupture in a similar pond at another TVA plant spilled a billion gallons of coal ash in East Tennessee.

Waxman Says U.S. Climate Bill May Clear House Panel This Year (Bloomberg)

U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman has said he is "determined" to pass a climate-protection bill this year in the House Energy and Commerce Committee he heads.

Partisan Wrangling Mars Senate Wilderness Bill (AP)


In an early showdown for the new Congress, senators are considering setting aside more than two million acres in nine states as wilderness.

Kansas Gov. Sebelius Offers Energy Proposals (Kansas City Star)

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius released proposals Friday, the eve of the 2009 legislative session, to encourage renewable energy, create green jobs and curb the state’s reliance on carbon fuels. 

PSC Backs Crist on Renewables Goal (The Florida Times-Union)

Florida’s Public Service Commission has unanimously backed a plan by Gov. Crist to require power companies to generate 20% of their power from renewable sources by 2020.

Chrysler Plans Electric Car Push in 2010 (Wall Street Journal)

In advance of the Detroit auto show, Chrysler has announced that it expects to start producing an electric car in 2010 — and that it aims to have four electric vehicles in the market by 2013.