Today’s Climate: February 21, 2010

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State Senate committee Urges EPA to Cease Regulating Greenhouse Gases (Deseret News)

The Utah Senate Natural Resources Committee passed a controversial climate change resolution on Friday urging the U.S. EPA to cease its regulation of CO2 as a pollutant.

Ohio Coal Group Challenges EPA on Greenhouse Gases (AP)

The Ohio Coal Association has joined a growing list of industry groups and states that are challenging the federal government’s finding that carbon pollution is dangerous to humans.

Oregon Lawmakers Extend Moratorium on Offshore Drilling (Los Angeles Times)

A 10-year moratorium on offshore oil and gas development along the Oregon coast won final passage in the Legislature last week, though lawmakers stopped short of adopting a permanent ban.

More Wis. Power Plants Violate Clean Air Act (AP)

At least five more state-run power plants are not in compliance with federal clean air regulations and need to install tighter pollution controls, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration has acknowledged.

Science Damaged by Climate Row Says NASA Chief Cicerone (BBC News)

President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Ralph Cicerone, said scandals including the "climategate" e-mail controversy had eroded public trust in scientists, during remarkes at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting.

UK: Greens Target Economy in Hunt for First Election Win (Reuters)

The Green Party is on course to win its first seat in the UK parliament at an election expected in May, with a campaign that will focus as much on economic worries as the environment, its leader said.

Ormat CEO Expects to Double Power Output From Geothermal Plants (Bloomberg)

Ormat Industries Ltd., the second-biggest owner of geothermal power plants in the U.S., expects to double its output, aided by cash from government stimulus programs, Chief Executive Dita Bronicki said.

NREL Finds Wind Resources Higher than Initial Estimates (Environmental Leader)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s most recent assessment shows that U.S. wind resources are larger than previously estimated, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

EDF Plans Solar Plant at Euro Disney (The Independent)

Energy company EDF plans to build France’s biggest solar-power plant at the Euro Disney theme park resort on the outskirts of Paris.

Jordan Enlists Army in Climate Fight (Reuters)

Jordan has unveiled plans to help fight climate change, including efforts to make its military equipment more efficient by 2020.

Launch of European Climate Satellite is Delayed (AFP)

The launch next week of a European satellite designed to monitor the response of ice sheets to climate change has been delayed by a technical worry, the European Space Agency said.

Climate Changes ‘Behind Shifts in Wetland Birds’ (BBC News)

The numbers of birds, including ring plovers and pochards, wintering in the UK have fallen by around a half in the past decade due to climate changes, according to a new study.