Today’s Climate: March 23, 2010

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Democratic Senators Push for Climate Bill This Year (Bloomberg)

Twenty-two Democratic senators urged that the Senate take up energy and climate legislation this year focused on "jobs and reduced dependence on foreign oil."

Graham: Colleagues Will Be ‘Risk Averse’ Following Health Care Debate (The Hill)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that he remains committed to working on climate legislation in the wake of the contentious health care debate, but warned that the effort now faces a tougher road.

Valero CEO Says EPA Rules Will Freeze Investment (Reuters)

The U.S. refining industry will freeze investment in anything beyond maintaining operations if the EPA moves to regulate carbon pollution, the CEO of Valero Energy Corp said.

Enviros Cut Deal with Obama on Buffer Zone (Coal Tattoo)

Environmental groups have cut a deal with the Obama administration to drop — at least for now — their litigation over the controversial "buffer zone" rule governing mountaintop removal and other coal mining.

China Climate Chief: EU Should Not Backtrack on Kyoto (EurActiv)

China’s top climate negotiator said the EU should put pressure on other developed countries that have not ratified the Kyoto Protocol to make comparable emission cuts.

World Bank Helps Indonesia Increase Geothermal Energy (ClimateWire)

The World Bank has announced $400 million to help double Indonesia’s geothermal energy capacity, part of a broad effort at the bank to ramp up climate change spending in the developing world.

Iberdrola to Build 400 MW Baltic Offshore Wind Park (Reuters)

Spanish utility Iberdrola on Monday said its renewables unit had bought the rights to build a 400-MW offshore wind project in the Baltic Sea scheduled to enter production by 2014.

Lord Oxburgh to Head New UEA Inquiry (Guardian)

The University of East Anglia has asked Lord Oxburgh, former chair of the House of Lords science and technology select committee, to head a new inquiry into the results produced by the climate scientists at the center of a media storm.

Eating Less Meat Won’t Reduce Global Warming: Study (AFP)

Eating less meat will not reduce global warming, and claims that it will distract from efforts to find real solutions to climate change, a leading air quality expert said in a new report.

Public Support for Nuclear Power at New Peak (Reuters)

The majority of Americans who favor nuclear power hit a new high this year, according to a poll on Monday that suggests growing support for Pres. Obama’s aid to the nuclear industry.

Bill Gates Start-Up in Talks on Small Nuclear Reactor (Wall Street Journal)

An energy start-up backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is in discussions with Toshiba Corp. on developing a small-scale nuclear reactor that it says would represent a long-term bet to make nuclear power safer and cheaper.

Sweden Eyes Nuclear Revival 30 Years After Ban (Reuters)

Sweden’s election-year push to overturn a 30-year-old ban on new nuclear reactors will test how much green concerns on atomic power still resonate in a modern European state seeking cheap and carbon-free electricity.

Executive Shakeup at Nanosolar (Green Inc.)

Nanosolar, a prominent solar start-up in Silicon Valley, said it has replaced its co-founder and chief executive, Martin Roscheisen, with Geoff Tate, a veteran of the chip industry. The company declined to give details of Mr. Roscheisen’s departure.

Activists Unveil Anti Oil-Sands Game (Reuters)

Activists have launched an online video game, "Tar Nation," to attack leading politicians’ support for development of Canada’s oil sands, which greens portray as a crime against nature.

DOE, USDA, and NSF Launch Climate Prediction Research Program (Green Car Congress)

The U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture and the National Science Foundation are launching a joint research program to produce high-resolution models for predicting climate change and its resulting impacts.