Today’s Climate: June 17, 2009

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Senate Committee Approves Energy Bill, With 4 GOP Votes (CQ Politics)

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 15-8 today to approve comprehensive energy legislation, with four Republicans — including the panel’s ranking member — supporting the measure.

ADB Plans $2B Clean Energy Investment by 2013 (Reuters)

The Asian Development Bank said today it will increase its investment in clean energy to $2 billion a year starting in 2013 to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the region.

Study: Green Industries Create More Jobs (EurActiv)

The number of jobs in low-carbon sectors is already outstripping those in Europe’s traditional polluting industries, a WWF study finds.

UK Publishes Plans for CCS (Energy Efficiency News)

The UK Government today published details of its plans for cutting emissions while still burning coal by requiring carbon capture and storage (CCS) for all new power stations.

Climate Change Slowing China’s Drive to End Poverty (Reuters)

Climate change is making some of the poorest people in China even more destitute and undermining the development that was a cornerstone of Communist rule, academics and campaigners said today.

Western Governors ID ‘Renewable Energy Hubs’ (Denver Post)

The Western Governors’ Association has identified 36 "renewable-energy hubs" capable of producing enough electricity for about 5 million homes, and its members pressed federal officials to speed approvals for new energy projects and new transmission lines.

Can Congress Avoid a Biomass Boondoggle? (Washington Post)

Congress must ensure that it does not give biomass suppliers incentives to produce a fuel that is barely better – or that is perhaps worse – than fossil fuels. Sensitive lands should remain protected, a Washington Post editorial published today reads.

Australia’s Quiet Carbon Farming Revolution (Reuters)

On the rolling hills of Winona, a quiet revolution is taking place which Australian farmers hope will see them selling soil carbon credits in the fight against climate change.

ConocoPhillips’ Anti-Climate Argument: You’ll Spark an Oil Crisis (AFP)

Government efforts to curb climate change could soon spur an oil crisis more severe than those already experienced, the head of oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips says.

AEP Chief: Utilities Could Cash in on Climate Bill (Forbes)

Legislation requiring heavy investment in clean technologies should actually boost utilities’ profits, AEP CEO Mike Morris says.

EPA Targets Cement Industry Emissions (Los Angeles Times)

Environmentalists and industry representatives pleaded their case with regulators over rules that would slash toxic emissions from cement kilns, the top source of mercury emissions in California.

UK Firms Urged to Disclose ‘Forest Footprint’ (Business Green)

A new investor-backed project in the UK will call on 200 companies to provide information on their forestry policies.

$10M Solar Plant to Power Masdar City Construction (Cleantech)

The largest utility-scale solar project in the Middle East and North Africa has been connected to the electric grid to provide power for the construction of the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city.

Space Solar Flies Closer to Earth (Earth2Tech)

Capturing solar power in space: It may sound like a bad sci-fi movie, but a growing number of companies think it could solve the world’s energy crisis. PowerSat Corp. filed the latest provisional patent for two technologies it claims could help make the transmission of solar power from space more cost-effective.