Today’s Climate: January 11, 2010

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Largest U.S. Farm Group Rallies Against Climate Bill (Reuters)

The largest U.S. farm group will oppose aggressively "misguided" climate legislation pending in Congress, said Bob Stallman, president of the 6 million-member American Farm Bureau Federation.

Rich Nations ‘Ganged Up’ in Copenhagen (The Age)

In his first detailed, post-Copenhagen interview with the Western media, climate ambassador Yu Qingtai said the ”key lesson” rich countries should take from the Denmark summit is that China cannot be pushed around.

India Plans 20,000 MW from Solar Power by 2022 (IANS)

India’s solar energy mission, the centerpiece of its activities to combat climate change, will aim to generate 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced on Monday.

Enviro Groups Try to Block Parts of California’s Green Building Code (Los Angeles Times)

The Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council are among six groups waging a campaign to derail some of the rules of California’s first-in-the-nation green building code, saying they aren’t tough enough.

Smaller, Electric Cars Take Spotlight at Detroit Auto Show (AP)

Electric, hybrid and small cars will grab center stage at the Detroit auto show this week, including the first show appearance of Nissan’s all-electric Leaf, due in showrooms in late 2010.

States Want Delay on Emission Rules (Wall Street Journal)

A growing number of state regulators are urging the Obama administration to slow the rollout of proposed federal rules to curb greenhouse gases, saying the administration’s approach could undercut their own efforts to fight climate change.

UK to Meet Carbon Goals Only Due to Recession, Lawmakers Say (Bloomberg)

The UK is only on track to meet its self-imposed greenhouse gas reduction targets because of the recession, a panel of lawmakers from the nation’s three main political parties said.

UK: New Offshore Wind Projects to Enjoy Burgeoning Investor Confidence (Business Green)

The UK wind energy industry has downplayed fears that uncertainty over the future of financial subsidies will make it difficult for developers to raise capital for the new wave of 9 offshore wind projects awarded last week.

EU Carbon Prices Up as Cold Weather Snap Continues (Reuters)

European Union carbon emissions futures rose on Monday, as a cold weather snap across Europe continued, supporting demand for emissions permits.

Qatar Airways, Other Firms Target Green Jet Fuel (AP)

Qatar Airways and other state companies in the tiny energy-rich Gulf nation say they are targeting the development of "sustainable bio jet fuel."

Of $2.3B in New Manufacturing Tax Credits, Solar Firms Score Cool Billion (PV Tech)

Solar PV and thermal companies garnered a sizable $1 billion of the Obama administration’s $2.3 billion in advanced energy manufacturing tax credits announced last week. Dow Corning landed the largest solar award for its polysilicon plant in Michigan.

Singapore Pares Emission Cut Plans after Copenhagen (Reuters)

Singapore said on Monday it will go ahead with existing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 7-11 percent below 1990 levels but further pledged reductions will depend on a successful agreement in global climate talks.

Power Firms Face Accusations of Profiteering from Britain’s Big Freeze (Guardian)

Energy companies have been accused of profiteering by failing to pass on steep falls in world gas prices to consumers at a time when bitterly cold weather means soaring bills for tens of millions of customers.

Pine Beetles Transform Canadian Forests into Greenhouse Enemy (Globe and Mail)

One billion trees across British Columbia killed by pine beetles are now seeping the greenhouse gases they had stored up in their decades of growth.