November 5, 2010
Prentice Resignation a Blow to Tory Environmental Agenda
Jim Prentice's surprise resignation has dealt another blow to the Harper government's battered environmental agenda.
What Happened to House Investigation of Massey's Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster?
Google’s Next Energy Play: Weather Forecasting?
Google is looking into ways to make its weather forecasting data better, which, in turn, could be used to make the power grid smarter.
Native Americans Sue U.S. over Desert Solar Power Plant
The Quechan tribe alleges that Tessera Solar's 709-megawatt project on 6,000 acres near El Centro could damage 'cultural and biological resources of significance.'
November 4, 2010
Clean-Energy Action Shifts to States Post-Election
Clean-energy industry professionals say that state-level efforts to encourage green technology and efficiency are more important in the wake of national elections.
Obama Vows to Work with GOP on Energy Policy Overhaul
President Obama yesterday singled out energy policy as one area where the administration can work with the newly Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
India's Demand for Fossil Fuels to Rise 40% in Ten Years
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh predicted India's future demand for hydrocarbon fuels will rise 40 percent over the next ten years.
Climate Cues From the Next House Speaker
Any legislative progress on climate change will depend on the cooperation of the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives and the incoming majority leader, John Boehner of Ohio.
Regional Carbon Markets Survive Elections
Regional U.S. carbon markets got a boost from Tuesday's mid-term elections but their backers have a lot of work to do before they notch significant environmental gains.
Science Takes a Hit on Election Day
The Democrats weren't the only big loser in yesterday's election. Science got clobbered, too.
Japan’s Auto Parts Makers Anticipating Shift to Electric Cars
Electric cars will render thousands of companies superfluous in the heart of Japan's auto parts region. That's why they're getting ready.
U.S. Gov't Awards $2.4 Billion for High-Speed Rail
A total of $2.4 billion will go to 23 states as part of federal public works project to build high-speed city-to-city passenger service across the U.S.
Carbon Market Falls on Obama’s Cap-and-Trade Retreat
Carbon markets saw the writing on the wall Wednesday when President Obama said cap-and-trade legislation will stay on ice after the big GOP midterm gains.
IEA: Climate Pledge Failure Would Boost Oil Prices
A reduction of ten percent in oil demand could knock about $20 off the price of a barrel of crude by 2035 if nations meet their pledges to cut fossil fuel consumption.
South Korea to Cut Coal Imports Ahead of Green Revolution
South Korea has signalled that it will cut coal imports as it looks to wean itself off fossil fuels and boost green investment.
Maersk First in Shipping Industry to Verify Emissions of Vessels
Maersk Line has become the first in its industry to independently verify its carbon emissions vessel by vessel.
November 3, 2010
Voters Keep California's Global Warming Law Intact
California voters defeated a ballot measure Tuesday that would have suspended the state's climate change law until the unemployment fell below 5.5 percent for a year.
GOP Wins House in Huge Swing
Republicans leaders won control of the House and Democrats managed to retain their majority in the Senate following months of voter discontent over the economy and government policy.
Republicans Make Gains in Governorships
GOP Seizes Control of Key State Legislatures
Republicans seized control of about a dozen state legislative chambers Tuesday night, delivering a major blow to Democrats and picking up key redistricting powers along the way.
S.Korea to Build $8.2 Billion Offshore Wind Farm
South Korea said Tuesday it would build a massive offshore wind farm off the west coast by 2019 to develop new sources of renewable energy and help wind turbine exporters.
Republican Wins to Hurt Obama's Clean Energy Plans
Big Republican wins in Tuesday's election will not only kill chances of a broad climate bill during President Barack Obama's first term, but clean energy legislation as well.
Global Warming May Bring Giant, Voracious Crabs to Antarctica
Changing ocean temperatures may allow giant, voracious, predatory crabs to enter the unique continental-shelf ecosystems of Antarctica.
Dems' Day of Reckoning Comes for Climate Vote
House Democrats who voted for the 2009 bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions – dubbed cap-and-tax by GOP opponents – had a terrible night.
New Mexico Adopts Cap-and-Trade
New Mexico adopted greenhouse gas reduction regulations—called the most stringent in the US—that will reduce pollutants through a regional cap on greenhouse gas emissions.
Extensive Corrosion on BP Pipelines in Alaska
Idaho Court Punts on Oil Shipments
Efforts to block shipments of giant oil processing equipment along a historic stretch of Highway 12 in Idaho, were dealt a blow by the state Supreme Court on Monday.
Rising Seas and the Groundwater Equation
Worldwide overpumping of groundwater, particularly in northern India, Iran, Mexico, northeastern China and the American West, is responsible for about 25 percent of the current rise in sea level.
San Francisco Bans Happy Meals
The city's board of supervisors votes to forbid restaurants from giving away toys with meals with high levels of calories, sugar and fat. That includes most of McDonald's Happy Meals.
November 2, 2010
Big Oil Spends $69.5m to Get the Congress It Wants
It's worth a lot to the oil and coal lobbies to get the Congress they want and the investment seems to be paying off.