November 23, 2010
State Regulators Approve Cape Wind Power Contract
Utility commission says Cape Wind is in public interest despite higher electricity cost, a decision that clears one of the last hurdles for controversial offshore wind project.
EPA Sets New Rules for Carbon Dioxide Storage
The Obama administration is imposing new rules to protect drinking water and track the amount of carbon dioxide stored underground by "clean coal" technology.
Salazar Session Disappoints Gulf Drillers
Interior Secretary Salazar met with oil and gas companies that work in the Gulf's shallow waters on Monday, but the talks did nothing to jump start drilling activity as the industry had hoped.
Landrieu Threatens Other Stalling Tactics if Interior Disregards Drilling Pledges
Sen. Mary Landrieu is threatening to block additional Obama administration officials and toss up other roadblocks if officials do not speed up the issuance of drilling permits.
Greenpeace Activists Scale Oil Rig Off Mexico
Four Greenpeace activists on Monday scaled a Mexican offshore oil rig to protest against global reliance on fossil fuels ahead of a UN climate conference, the group said.
Indonesia Eyeing $1Bn Climate Aid to Cut Down Forests
Indonesia plans to class large areas of its remaining natural forests as "degraded" in order to cut them down and receive nearly $1bn of climate aid for replanting them with palm trees and biofuel crops, according to Greenpeace.
Canada’s Oilsands Strategy Includes Lobbying Against Global Warming Measures
Three major departments in the federal government have been actively coordinating a communications strategy with Alberta and its fossil-fuel industry to fight international global-warming policies that "target" oilsands production, newly released federal documents reveal.
November 22, 2010
U.S. Climate Scientists Fight Back after Year of Skepticism
After a year of attacks, climate scientists in America today launched a new website aimed at closing the gap between scientific knowledge and public understanding of global warming.
Experts Claim 2006 Climate Report Plagiarized
An influential 2006 congressional report that raised questions about the validity of global warming was partly based on plagiarized material, experts say.
No Letup in Carbon Emissions, Scientists Warn
Emissions of greenhouse gases that stoke climate change edged back less than hoped in 2009 as falls in rich nations were outweighed by rises in China and India, scientists said Sunday.
China Feels Heat of Climate Change Rifts
Coaxing China into a global bargain to fight climate change that also satisfies the U.S. threatens to be even more daunting and elusive than fixing the economic rifts dividing them.
Importing Coal, China Burns It as Others Stop
EU Says May Unveil CO2 Credit Curb Plan in Cancun
The European Commission said on Monday a proposal to limit the use of some carbon credits from industrial gas projects in its emissions trading scheme might be unveiled in Cancun.
Climate Bill's Death Ends Carbon Credit Program
Programs that paid farmers for not tilling their land and taking other carbon-conserving measures are shutting down with the death of a climate bill.
Illinois' First Clean Coal Project Faces Judgement Day
Backers and critics of the proposed Taylorville Energy Center are ratcheting up campaigns to win legislative support as Illinois' first clean-coal project faces judgment day in Springfield.
Texas Languishes in Shade on Solar Power Development
Texas is No. 9 among states when it comes to the amount of sunlight that could be used to make electricity. But the state ranks 16th in the amount of solar actually installed.
UK Government to Launch North Sea Review
The UK government will launch a review of environmental regulation of North Sea oil and gas rigs in January in the wake of BP's catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Google’s GFleet To Provide Testing Ground for Electric Cars
Google will add Honda's electric Fit car to its so-called "Gfleet," which Dave Dewitt, principal engineer for Honda R&D, described as a "car share program with 2,600 members."
November 21, 2010
GOP Win Dims Prospects for Climate Bill, But Obama Eyes Plan B Ahead of UN Talks
The new GOP majority in Congress will have few easy options for undoing the White House's Plan B on climate, a set of new regulations that will cut emissions from power plants and factories.
China Says Rare Earth Crackdown Will Not Cut Output
China's five-month crackdown on illegal mining of rare earth will not cut output of the key material, Chinese officials said on Sunday.
UK's Last Chance for Carbon-Capture Plant Gets Under Way
Other bids to trap CO2 have failed. But supporters of the technology say a project in Fife could still transform the use of fossil fuel.
Kyoto Doubts Prompt Japan to Hedge Carbon-Trading Bet
Japan is building a new emissions market as the widest carbon-trading spreads in four months signal that the 1997 Kyoto treaty will be scrapped.
China Rules Out Linking Climate Aid to Transparency
China said on Friday it will not agree to any deal tying climate change aid from rich nations to its acceptance of tighter international checks of its emissions, which it said will grow for some time.
Japan Set to Delay CO2 Law, Fossil Fuel Tax Mulled
Japan is unlikely to legislate cuts in CO2 emissions before U.N.-led climate talks in Mexico this month, but its enactment in the new year could include a tax on users of fossil fuels.
US, China Launch Clean Energy Research Initiative
Energy Secretary Steven Chu said last week the U.S. and China had launched a joint clean energy initiative -- one of the largest research collaborations between two countries in the world.
Dominion to Shut Mass. Salem Harbor Coal Plant
Dominion expects to shut the Salem Harbor coal/oil-fired plant in Mass. within seven years as the high cost of keeping up with stringent pollution rules could make it uneconomic to keep it operating.
Australia: Toxins Found at Third Site as Fracking Fears Build
Traces of toxic chemicals have been found at a ''fracking'' operation to extract coal seam gas - the third time this year that gas producers have detected contamination at a drill site.
Profs: Natural Gas Wells Pose Threat
With the potential to release uranium and other hazardous materials, the process of Marcellus Shale drilling and "fracking" must be tightly regulated, university professors said Friday during a conference.
EPA Ethanol Verdict Delayed Again
The Obama administration is punting until next year its decision on adding more ethanol to the gasoline blend for older cars.
Out of Gas: Boom Goes Bust
Encana Natural Gas, the only company to drill a Marcellus Shale gas well in Luzerne County, announced Thursday that it is ceasing operations in the county and Pennsylvania.