Today’s Climate: January 21, 2009

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Obama: US Will ‘Roll Back the Specter of a Warming Planet’ (AFP)

America will "roll back the specter of a warming planet" and "restore science to its rightful place," Pres. Obama pledged in his inaugural address. His remarks marked a stark departure from the climate-skeptic stance of his predecessor.

Inaugural Balls Take On a Green Tinge (Wall Street Journal)

At last night’s inaugural balls, environmental interests took center stage away from those closer to the Bush administration, such as the petroleum, auto and financial industries, some of which appeared reluctant to throw big parties after receiving bailout funds.

Obama Halts All Regulations Pending Review (AP)

One of Pres. Obama’s first acts yesterday was to put the brakes on all pending regulations that the Bush administration tried to push through in its waning days.

BLM to Establish Renewable Energy Offices (Wyoming Business Report)

On his last day in office, former Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne issued an order authorizing the Bureau of Land Management to establish coordination offices to expedite the permitting of wind, solar, biomass and geothermal projects on public lands.

9 Ways NASA Can Tackle Climate Change (Scientific American)

NASA, which has been studying the Earth’s climate for 30 years, could become one of the nation’s most potent weapons in battling climate change — if Pres. Obama and Congress give it the chance.

Oil-Sands Firms Must Reduce Use of River Water (The Canadian Press)

Canada’s Alberta government has ordered four oilsands giants to reduce the amount of water they use from the Athabasca River.

UK to Hold First Offshore Transmission Tenders (Reuters)

UK energy regulator Ofgem has appointed financial advisers to run the first round of tenders worth more than $14 billion for linking the world’s largest offshore wind farms to Britain’s national grid.

World’s Biggest Wind Turbine-Maker Says Global Downturn Slashing Demand (Guardian)

The world’s biggest wind turbine manufacturer Vestas says the economic crisis has left it with 15% excess manufacturing capacity. The news came as company works to restore its reputation following the discovery of fraud in its Spanish subsidiary.