December 9, 2010
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."
U.S. Launches Drive to Boost Clean Energy Exports
The United States onTuesday launched a new drive to boost exports of renewable energy products with a warning from Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
Overhaul of Oil Industry Urged
The oil and gas industry needs a "major transformation" in its approach to safety to avoid another big offshore-drilling disaster, a leader of the panel investigating the BP accident plans to say.
China and U.S. Narrow Gap on Climate
With narrowing differences over a key issue, verification, there is growing hope of modest success at the conference.
Closing Coal-Fired Plant Could Set Precedent.
The early closure the Boardman coal-fired power plant could set a national precedent. But it puts the utility in a bind: How to afford a massive slate of investments without driving rates to the stratosphere.
Pact Could Be Near to Save Tropical Forests
For years, policymakers and scientists alike have spoken of the need to save tropical forests as a way of curbing climate change. By week's end, U.N. negotiators may finally set the rules of the road for doing it.
U.N.'s Ban Urges Climate Deal, Short of Perfect
Saying the health of the planet is at stake, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged 190 nations meeting in Mexico on Tuesday to agree to steps to fight climate change.
EPA Says Gas Driller Contaminated Texas Aquifer
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an emergency order accusing a Texas gas driller of contaminating an aquifer.
Report Says Drilling Agency Needs More Inspectors
The Interior Dept's top watchdog calls for increasing the number of offshore drilling inspectors, more surprise inspections and stiffer penalties on companies found to violate federal rules on drilling.
December 7, 2010
Mount Everest Shows Signs of Heavy Metal Pollution
Future Uncertain for White House Energy Post
Canada among Top Climate Change Culprits
Canada is the fourth worst out of 57 countries evaluated for their performances in helping halt climate change. The top three are Saudia Arabia, Kazakhstan and Australia, according to a new report.
Republicans Urge Opening of Arctic Refuge to Deepwater Drilling
The leading GOP candidate to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee is calling for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and a massive increase in deepwater oil production
If an Island State Vanishes, Is It Still a Nation?
Encroaching seas in the far Pacific are raising the salt level in the wells of the Marshall Islands. Waves threaten to cut one in two. "It's getting worse," says Kaminaga Kaminaga, the nation's climate change coordinator.