October 26, 2010

Water Emerges as New Weapon in Texas Coal Plant Fight

Vrious water factions — farmers, environmentalists and growing, thirsty cities — have come together as allies against proposed coal plants across Texas.

Houston Chronicle

GOP Poised to Win Congress Redistricting Edge, Too

The GOP could capture new Senate or House majorities in a dozen to 18 states — along with critical new power to redraw district maps and influence elections for a decade to come.


In Alaska Senate Race, Front-Runner Isn’t on Ballot

A few weeks ago, Sen. Murkowski’s re-election bid looked like a long shot, but polls indicate she may be the first person to win a Senate election as a write-in candidate since 1954.

New York Times

New BP CEO Turns Down Markey’s Request to Testify — Again

Robert Dudley said he has “an enormous amount of work,” but Rep. Edward Markey said “the American people deserve answers.”

The Hill

Climate Change to Hit Asia’s Poor Hardest: W.Bank

Asia’s poor will bear the brunt of disasters sparked by climate change and rapid urbanisation, a World Bank expert told a regional conference Tuesday.



Forestry Takes Center Stage at UN Talks on Nature

Delegates at a UN meeting to preserve natural resources were on Tuesday trying to agree on ways to deploy about $4 billion in cash to help developing nations save tropical forests.


Indonesia to Stop Allowing Conversion of Primary, Peatland Forests

The government is to stop issuing permits for conversion of primary forest zones and peatland forests in another effort to decrease emission of greenhouse gases.


Drought Brings Amazon Tributary to Lowest Level In a Century

One of the most important tributaries of the Amazon river has fallen to its lowest level in over a century, following a fierce drought that has raised concerns about climate change.




Australia Kicks Off Construction of Water-Free Solar Power Plant

Construction will begin tomorrow on Australia’s largest concentrated solar-thermal tower system near Newcastle in New South Wales.

Business Green

Trucking Industry Gives Initial Praise to Proposed Carbon, Efficiency Controls

Trucking groups are giving favorable initial reaction to the Obama administration’s first-time proposed greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency requirements for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles amid merely lukewarm support from environmental groups.

The Hill

Technology Can Save Feds $1T in 10 Years

A report from the Technology CEO Council has found seven initiatives — from green data centers to paperless offices — that will create billions of dollars a year in savings at the federal level.


MPs Could Call Time on ‘Energy-Sapping’ GMT

MPs will this week consider whether keeping British Summer Time throughout the winter and putting the clocks forward an additional hour in summer would drastically reduce the UK’s energy use.

Business Green

October 25, 2010

California Voters Likely to Keep Global Warming Law

Prop. 23, which would suspend new emissions standards until unemployment drops, trails 48% to 32% among likely voters, a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll shows.

Los Angeles Times

California’s Anti-Green Politics: The Alberta Connection

Valero Energy, the massive Texas refiner with close ties to Canada’s oil sands industry, has so far contributed more than $5 million to support Prop. 23.

The Tyee

Tea Party Climate Deniers Funded by BP and Other Polluters

BP and several other big European companies are funding the midterm election campaigns of Tea Party favourites who deny the existence of global warming.


Tea Party Group to Keep Up Pressure

A leading tea party group, anticipating big electoral gains for conservative Republicans, is laying plans to maintain pressure on new members of Congress after the Nov. 2 vote.

Wall Street Journal

AP-GfK Poll: One-Third May Still Switch Candidates

One in three people has yet to lock onto a choice in the Nov. congressional elections, according to an AP-GfK Poll. Yet even these folks offer little hope to Democrats.


Manchin: I ‘Never Did Favor Cap-and-Trade’

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) denied supporting any kind of price for carbon during an interview on Sunday, arguing that technological solutions are more viable.

The Hill