December 10, 2010
Russia Will Not Renew Kyoto Protocol
The UN climate change conference in Cancún – and the future of the Kyoto protocol – was cast into doubt after Russia said it would not renew its commitment to the treaty.
Kuwait Offers to Invest €600 Million in French Nuke Giant
French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund has offered to invest €600 million in French state-controlled nuclear engineering firm Areva for a 4.8% stake in the company.
Tax Bill To Extend 45-cent Ethanol Credit One Year
A tax-cut bill in the Senate will extend the 45-cent a gallon ethanol tax credit -- the major subsidy for the biofuel -- for one year, said two ethanol industry sources
In Cancún, a Roar of Indignation From Bolivia
"If, from here, we send the Kyoto Protocol to the rubbish bin we are responsible for ecocide and genocide because we'll be sending many people to their deaths," he said.
December 9, 2010
Smart Grid in Europe is All about Renewables
George Bernard Shaw once claimed that England and America were "two countries divided by a common language". This adage may hold true even when the language is smart grid.
Cancun Delegates Debate Climate Fund: Who Pays?
Should airline passengers pay a small tax to help out? How about global money dealers? Or perhaps governments should take gasoline subsidies and put it toward the climate cause.
Japan Defiant in Face of Diplomatic Pressure
A senior Japanese negotiator said it had come under intense diplomatic pressure to soften its stance at the climate talks in Cancún, but said his country would not compromise
Industry Launches Campaign to Promote Canadian Oil Sand Imports
The American Petroleum Institute, the powerful oil and natural-gas industry trade group, will launch an ad campaign and "grassroots outreach" effort to sell "the benefits of oil sands to U.S. consumers."
U.S. Govt, Halliburton Reach Deal on Fracking Info
Halliburton has reached an agreement to provide EPA with details about the chemicals it uses in a controversial technique to drill for natural gas, on a rolling basis through the end of January 2011
Climate Change Shifts River's Course between Congo and Uganda
Increased flooding of the Semliki river in recent years has led to major shifts in its course – and the moving river means that Uganda is shrinking.
Climate Pledges Are 9 Gigatons Short
The "gigaton gap" looms large as UN climate talks in Cancún enter their final days without new commitments from big polluters to cut their carbon dioxide emissions: a 5 to 9 gigaton gap.
EU Coal Nations Near Victory in Subsidies Fight
Germany and other European coal-mining countries looked set on Wednesday for a victory over environmentalists by securing an extension of coal subsidies until 2018
G-20 Determines World's Energy Fate, Says Report
China may lead, but government policies of the 20 most influential nations collectively hold power over how much money is privately invested in clean power projects, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Big Business Backs Deforestation Deal
Titans of the corporate world arrived in Cancún today to endorse a deal in the works at the UN summit to take on climate change by protecting tropical forests.
World Bank Fund for New Carbon Trading Schemes
The World Bank will open a new $US100m fund to help developing countries set up carbon trading schemes.
Italy Regulator Suspends Greenhouse Gas Market
Italy's energy markets regulator GME has suspended the local bourse for greenhouse gas emissions, citing market irregularities
UN Climate Talks Seek to Avert Damaging Failure
Almost 200 nations sought to break a deadlock between rich and poor on steps to fight global warming and avert a new, damaging setback after they failed to agree to a U.N. treaty last year in Copenhagen.
Japan Eyes Environment Tax from October 2011
Japan's tax commission will propose the introduction of an environment tax from October 2011 to help curb greenhouse gas emissions, the Nikkei business daily said.
Colo. Regulators Split on Xcel Coal-to-Gas Plan
Colorado regulators are split on Xcel Energy's plan for cutting air pollution from coal-fired power plants by 2018.
December 8, 2010
Blankenship Gets $12 Million Retirement Package
Massey Energy late today detailed its severance package for retiring CEO Don Blankenship. The deal appears to include $12 million, in two payments.
Upton Wins Energy and Commerce Gavel
Rep. Fred Upton beat out Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and others in contentious race for the chairmanship.
Push for Ethanol Credits in Tax Package
Corn-belt senators are preparing to push for inclusion of a proposal to extend ethanol tax credits as part of a broad tax package negotiated by the White House
Wind Group Warns of Job Losses
The wind industry urged Congress on Tuesday to extend a cash grant program for production of renewable energy, claiming tens of thousands of jobs are at stake.
Rockefeller Eyes Omnibus to Block EPA Climate Rules
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is pinning his hopes for blocking EPA climate change rules on the uncertain prospect that lawmakers will move an omnibus federal spending package this year
Archaeologists Warn of Climate Threat to Past Treasures
Mummies decaying in Siberia, pyramids vanishing under the sand in Sudan, Maya temples collapsing: climate change risks destroying countless treasures from our shared past, archaeologists warn.
Defense Department to Test Concentrating Solar
Skyline Solar says that two military bases in desert areas will use its solar arrays to test how quickly the concentrating photovoltaic systems can be installed and upgraded in the field.
Canada Fights to Stop States From Lowering Fuel Carbon Levels
How Alberta, Ottawa and oil sands corporations are teaming to oppose climate change laws across America. First in a multi-part series.
EPA Wants More Time to Rework Boiler Emissions Rule
EPA is requesting more time to issue a final rule meant to reduce potentially harmful air emissions from industrial boilers
The Peasant View of Cancún: 'They want to turn the air into a commodity'
"What they are proposing is good only for capitalists. Capitalism has caused climate change and now it wants to make new business from it. They want to turn the air into a commodity."
Supreme Court to Hear Key Global Warming Case
The Supreme Court said Monday it would consider a key global warming case over the right of US states to regulate carbon emissions as a "public nuisance."