October 24, 2010

East Timor Forges Ahead on Deepwater Oil Drilling

While much of the world, including the EU, is rethinking the risks and benefits of drilling, East Timor, among the poorest nations in Asia, is just beginning to authorize it.

Greece Plans Green Projects Worth 45 Bln Euros

Greece aims to attract renewable energy investments worth 45 billion euros over the next five years amid efforts to turn around its ailing economy, the prime minister said on Saturday.


Space Tourism to Accelerate Climate Change

Climate change caused by black carbon, or soot, emitted during a decade of commercial space flight would be comparable to that from current global aviation, researchers estimate.

October 22, 2010

U.S. Envoy Hopeful on Climate Deal

The top U.S. climate negotiator said Friday after a "constructive" meeting with his Chinese counterpart that "there's a deal to be had" at the November warming summit in Mexico.

U.S. to Issue Guidance on Greenhouse Gas Rules Soon

U.S. EPA will soon provide guidance on its greenhouse gas regulations for stationary sources, the head of the agency, Lisa Jackson, said on Thursday.

Clinton Remarks on Canadian Pipeline Stir Debate

Senators from both parties criticized Secretary of State Clinton on Thursday for signaling likely support for a $7 billion pipeline to carry Canadian oil to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Feds Failing to Meet Legal Obligations Regarding Oil Sands, Report Says

Canada is contributing to international controversy over the oil sands by failing to live up to its legal and constitutional responsibilities to regulate the industry, says a new report.

U.S. Launches Renewable Energy Initiative

The U.S. launched a renewable energy initiative to boost biofuel production to create jobs, lessen the effects of climate change and wean the country off oil imports, an official said.


Warmer Arctic Probably Permanent: Scientists

In an international assessment of the Arctic, scientists from the U.S., Canada, Russia, Denmark and other countries said the region will not return to its former, colder state.

Coal Looms Large for Democrat in Texas Governor's Race

Bill White, the man vying to be Texas' first Democratic governor in more than a decade, said he would like to see coal's usage drop from 50 to 35% in a dozen years or sooner.

W.Va. House Hopefuls Are Running on Coal

Both nominees for Congress from W.Va. voiced skepticism of climate science, and the Republican, David McKinley, flatly called concerns about warming "an attack on coal."

Senate Foes Give Mountaintop Mining a Pass

Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates are unwilling to blast the practice of mountaintop removal mining as the two rivals depict themselves as pro-coal.

Climate Regs Coming for Trucks, Buses

The Obama administration will propose first-ever emission limits for heavy trucks and buses next week.

Pennsylvania Gov. Declares Natural Gas Tax Dead

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on Thursday declared his plan to tax natural gas production "clearly dead this year" due to Republican opposition.

Money, Polls Rebuff California Green Law Challenge

The Public Policy Institute of California poll found 48% of likely voters oppose Prop. 23 to suspend the state's landmark climate law and 37% support it. Some 15% did not know.

Gulf Deepwater Drilling Freeze Thawing Slowly

Some leading drilling contractors, after reporting declines in quarterly profits, said on there were encouraging signs for activity in the Gulf next year despite a shortage of permits.

Gulf Corals in Oil Spill Zone Appear Healthy

Just 20 miles north of where BP's well spewed oil into the sea, life appears bountiful despite initial fears that crude could have wiped out many of these delicate deepwater habitats.

$1B Market for Wind Energy Storage By 2015

The market for wind power energy storage systems will reach $1.1 billion by 2015, according to a new analysis.

U.K.'s 'Stealth' Carbon Tax May Add About 10% to Companies' Energy Bills

The U.K. Treasury's decision to keep about $5.5 billion from a carbon-cutting program for large electricity users may add 10 percent to energy bills for universities, hospitals and shops.

Plants Clean Air Pollution Better Than Expected

Plants, especially some trees under stress, are even better than expected at scrubbing certain chemical pollutants out of the air, researchers reported on Thursday.

Florida Inmates To Receive Training in Solar Installation

The Florida Department of Corrections gas received a $740,000 grant to provide solar training to inmates nearing release.

October 21, 2010

Climate Change Doubt Is Tea Party Article of Faith

Those who support the Tea Party movement are considerably more dubious about the existence and effects of global warming than the American public at large.

Climate Change Could Cost U.S. Gulf Coast Billions: Study

The US Gulf Coast, battered by hurricanes and a devastating oil spill, faces cumulative losses of $350 billion if it fails to address the effects of climate change, a new study said.


Clinton Seems Poised to Approve TransCanada Pipeline

Secretary of State Clinton appears poised to approve a
 controversial TransCanada pipeline carrying tar sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to Texas despite strong opposition.

$700,000 from Gates to Help Protect CA Climate Law

The campaign against Proposition 23 is getting a $700,000 financial boost from high-tech billionaire Bill Gates.

California Vote Has Canadian Green Partners on Edge

Canadian provinces moving to cut their emissions are facing a setback if California, a key partner, decides the battle against global warming should wait for better economic times.


Wyo. Oil Spill Hints at Niobrara Shale's Potential

Word is out that a well in Wyoming has tapped oil from the Niobrara Shale — not from a news release or government records, but from 15 acres of ranch land blackened by an oil spill.


Grassley Slams Stimulus Energy Program Following DOE Report

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is alleging a new report critical of DOE-backed home weatherization in Illinois reveals broad problems.


Judge: Drilling Safety Rules Improperly Issued

A federal judge has ruled that the Interior Department improperly issued new safety rules after it imposed a moratorium on deep water drilling in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.


Lawmakers Steer Clear of BP Cash

BP's political action committee has become a pariah in the aftermath of the oil spill, as lawmakers avoid accepting campaign contributions from the firm responsible for the disaster.

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