November 1, 2010

U.S. Plays Conflicted Role in Global Climate Debate

President Obama wants an ambitious climate package out of the upcoming talks in Cancun. But given his current domestic constraints, can the U.S. help make that happen?

October 31, 2010

Vietnam and Japan to Mine Rare Earths Together

Vietnam will partner with Japan in mining rare earth minerals and building a nuclear power plant in the Southeast Asian country, as Tokyo seeks to reduce its dependence on China.

Sec. Clinton: China Has ‘No Intention’ of Withholding Rare-Earth Minerals

Secretary of State Clinton said in Hanoi Saturday that China has provided reassurances it will not block export of rare-earth minerals used in energy and hi-tech industries.

 

Agreement In UN Plan To Protect Biodiversity

Delegates at a UN summit on Saturday reached an agreement to sign an historic global treaty to protect the world's ecosystems within 10 years.

Republicans on the Offensive as Tuesday Nears; House Could Fall, Senate Unlikely

Two days before Tuesday's midterm elections, Republicans appear poised to capture control of the House and are likely to make substantial gains in the Senate.

PGE Offers to Close Coal Plant Earlier

Portland General Electric has drafted a much firmer proposal to close Oregon's only coal plant by Dec. 31, 2020, at least 20 years earlier than anticipated.

Prop. 23 Is a Money Saver, Valero Contends

The Texas oil company says its big Wilmington refinery would face prohibitive new costs, which it would have to pass on to consumers, if there's no relief from California's new emissions law.

Better Monitoring Urged for Ailing Oceans by 2015

Ocean scientists urged governments to invest billions by 2015 in a new system to monitor the seas and give alerts of everything from tsunamis to acidification linked to climate change.

Inquiry Backs UK Oil Drilling

The chair of the parliamentary select committee investigating safety in the North Sea in the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill believes deepwater drilling should continue in the UK continental shelf.

Former Indonesian REDD Negotiator Arrested on Corruption Charge

Wandojo Siswanto, one of the lead negotiators for Indonesia's delegation at last year's climate talks in Copenhagen and a key architect of its Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation program, has been arrested and charged with receiving bribes.

October 30, 2010

Evangelical Climate Hawk Learns Hard Knocks

Ben Lowe, a 25-year-old first-time candidate, speaks in evangelical language and his moral compass points toward clean-energy investment. He's getting whomped.

 

California Doubles Offset Use in Cap-and-Trade Plan

California environmental regulators plan to let power plants, oil refineries and factories use more carbon offsets to meet pollution targets in the state's cap-and- trade program for greenhouse gases.

A GOP-Controlled House Would Attack EPA, Climate Science

If the GOP wins control of the House next week, senior congressional Republicans plan to launch a blistering attack on the Obama administration's environmental policies.

Need to move Indonesia capital growing urgent

Sea level rise, worsening flooding and land subsidence in and around Jakarta have prompted Indonesian officials to resurrect plans to move the country's capital.

China assures Clinton on rare earth exports

China assured U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday that it would be a "reliable supplier" of exotic metals key to the global high-tech industry, U.S. officials said.

Exxon Betting Big on Natural Gas

Exxon Mobil spent $41 billion a year ago to acquire XTO Energy, doubling its natural gas reserves. And it is building up a massive liquefied natural gas capacity around the globe.

Fracking Pumps Up Pressure in Upstate N.Y. Congressional Race

Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) has been an outspoken critic of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. His opponent, Republican George Phillips, supports "aggressive" development once regulators sign off.

October 29, 2010

Tensions High on Final Day of UN Biodiversity Talks

UN talks aimed at sealing a global pact to protect the world's ecosystems entered their final day on Friday amid high tensions, with negotiators yet to agree on a deal over money.

 

BP Shares Jump After Investigator Points Finger at Halliburton Over Gulf Well Cement

BP shares jumped this morning after a U.S. investigator pointed the finger at Halliburton, which, as a BP contractor, was responsible for cementing the blown-out well in the Gulf.

Scientists to See if Oil Spill Hurt Deep Sea Life

A team of scientists are leaving on a research cruise to see if the BP oil spill hurt deep-sea coral and organisms that live around natural oil and gas seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.

Obama May Discuss Rare Earth Policy with Chinese President

Pres. Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao may discuss access to Chinese supplies of rare earth elements when they meet Nov. 11, a White House official said.

 

IPCC: Attacks on Climate Science Echo Tobacco Industry Tactics

The attacks on climate science made ahead of the Copenhagen summit were "organised" to undermine efforts to tackle global warming, according to the vice-chair of the IPCC.

Global Warming 'Unquestionably' Linked to Humans: France

Global warming exists and is unquestionably due to human activity, the French Academy of Science said in a report published Thurs. and written by 120 scientists.

 

India Eyes U.S. Tech to Exploit Shale Gas

India plans to rope in the U.S. for technical knowhow to tap shale gas reserves when Pres. Obama visits the country next month.

'Slasher' in Line to Lead House Panel

Fred Upton (R-Mich.) could become a thorn in Obama's side if he takes over the Energy and Commerce panel.

Scenarios: Republicans May Revamp U.S. Energy Policy

U.S. energy policies face a big overhaul if Republicans, as expected, take control of the House and make gains in the Senate in next week's congressional elections.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Flexes Muscles to Defend Climate Law

The California governor is fighting hard to protect his green legacy, taking on oil executives who aim to annul his landmark global warming law via Proposition 23.

U.S. Environment Agency Urged by Oil Group to Delay New Ozone Standards

The Obama administration should postpone issuing restrictive ozone standards that would cost $10 trillion and more than 7 million jobs, the American Petroleum Institute said.

Clay on Coal a Health Risk in China

Clay-encrusted coal picked up off the ground and burned in poorly ventilated homes may expose millions of people in rural China to a toxin, researchers say.

Barton 'Confident' He Can Win Fight to Become Energy and Commerce Chairman

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said Thursday that he's "confident" of his ability to nab an influential House chairmanship if Republicans win control of the chamber in Nov. 2's elections.

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