Today’s Climate: January 26, 2009

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Obama Acts to Reverse Bush Climate Moves: Officials (Reuters)

Pres. Obama will start reversing Bush’s climate policies today with steps to raise fuel efficiency standards and grant states authority to limit greenhouse gas emissions from cars, EPA officials have said.

California Adding Green Jobs; Leads Nation in Energy Efficiency (Mercury News)

From 2005 to 2007, the number of green jobs grew 10%, to about 105,000 in California, according to a new report by research group Next 10. During the same period, statewide job growth was about 1 percent.

Southern California Utilities Eye Inland Desert as Energy Goldmine (The Press-Enterprise)

Spurred by a state renewable energy requirement, all of the major utilities in California are now scrambling to sign contracts to purchase electricity from new solar, wind and geothermal projects planned in the Imperial Valley and Mojave Desert.

Global Warming Could Unleash Ocean ‘Dead Zones:’ Study (AFP)

Global warming may create dramatic "dead zones" in the ocean that would be devoid of fish and seafood for up to 2,000 years, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Western Govs Sense Chance for Electric Grid Work (AP)

Some Western governors are working to ensure that the plan for $825 billion in economic stimulus spending will spur development of power lines and other energy infrastructure projects in their states.

Obama Calls UN Chief to Discuss World Issues (AFP)

Pres. Obama on Friday called UN chief Ban Ki-moon to review a host of world issues, including the global economic crisis, climate change and food security, the world body and the White House have said.

China Dams Reveal Flaws in Climate Change Weapon (AP)

A hydroelectric dam in Xiaoxi, China, is supposed to help a German power company contribute to solving climate, while putting "carbon credits" into the pockets of Chinese developers. The reality is that the dam will shortchange German consumers, Chinese villagers and the climate itself.

Opinion: TVA Should Not Compromise On Energy Efficiency (The Chattanoogan)

The word is out that the TVA may nix funding for the utility’s energy efficiency programs to pay for the Kingston Coal Ash Disaster. That would be a mistake. Unleashing the power of efficiency is an important way to reduce the production of coal ash.