October 26, 2010

Fed Panel Gets 60-Day Extension on Spill Report

A federal panel investigating the Gulf spill is getting 60 extra days to complete its report because more time is needed to do forensic testing on the piece of equipment that failed.

Feds Approve Largest-Ever Solar Project in Calif.

The Obama administration has approved a thousand-megawatt solar project on federal land in southern California, the largest solar project ever planned on U.S. public lands.

Bloomberg Report Puts U.S. Solar Sector on Brink of Immense Growth

A new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance says the U.S. solar market is poised to make impressive growth by 2020 and could reach 4.3% of the country's power capacity.

Vestas to Cut 3,000 Jobs as Profit Falls

Vestas Wind Systems posted a 24% drop in third-quarter net profit and announced plans to cut 3,000 jobs to cope with expected weaker conditions in the wind market next year.

Water Emerges as New Weapon in Texas Coal Plant Fight

Vrious water factions -- farmers, environmentalists and growing, thirsty cities -- have come together as allies against proposed coal plants across Texas.

GOP Poised to Win Congress Redistricting Edge, Too

The GOP could capture new Senate or House majorities in a dozen to 18 states -- along with critical new power to redraw district maps and influence elections for a decade to come.

In Alaska Senate Race, Front-Runner Isn’t on Ballot

A few weeks ago, Sen. Murkowski's re-election bid looked like a long shot, but polls indicate she may be the first person to win a Senate election as a write-in candidate since 1954.

New BP CEO Turns Down Markey's Request to Testify — Again

Robert Dudley said he has "an enormous amount of work," but Rep. Edward Markey said "the American people deserve answers."

Climate Change to Hit Asia's Poor Hardest: W.Bank

Asia's poor will bear the brunt of disasters sparked by climate change and rapid urbanisation, a World Bank expert told a regional conference Tuesday.


Forestry Takes Center Stage at UN Talks on Nature

Delegates at a UN meeting to preserve natural resources were on Tuesday trying to agree on ways to deploy about $4 billion in cash to help developing nations save tropical forests.

Indonesia to Stop Allowing Conversion of Primary, Peatland Forests

The government is to stop issuing permits for conversion of primary forest zones and peatland forests in another effort to decrease emission of greenhouse gases.

Drought Brings Amazon Tributary to Lowest Level In a Century

One of the most important tributaries of the Amazon river has fallen to its lowest level in over a century, following a fierce drought that has raised concerns about climate change.



Australia Kicks Off Construction of Water-Free Solar Power Plant

Construction will begin tomorrow on Australia's largest concentrated solar-thermal tower system near Newcastle in New South Wales.

Trucking Industry Gives Initial Praise to Proposed Carbon, Efficiency Controls

Trucking groups are giving favorable initial reaction to the Obama administration's first-time proposed greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency requirements for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles amid merely lukewarm support from environmental groups.

Technology Can Save Feds $1T in 10 Years

A report from the Technology CEO Council has found seven initiatives -- from green data centers to paperless offices -- that will create billions of dollars a year in savings at the federal level.

MPs Could Call Time on 'Energy-Sapping' GMT

MPs will this week consider whether keeping British Summer Time throughout the winter and putting the clocks forward an additional hour in summer would drastically reduce the UK's energy use.

October 25, 2010

California Voters Likely to Keep Global Warming Law

Prop. 23, which would suspend new emissions standards until unemployment drops, trails 48% to 32% among likely voters, a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll shows.

California's Anti-Green Politics: The Alberta Connection

Valero Energy, the massive Texas refiner with close ties to Canada's oil sands industry, has so far contributed more than $5 million to support Prop. 23.

Tea Party Climate Deniers Funded by BP and Other Polluters

BP and several other big European companies are funding the midterm election campaigns of Tea Party favourites who deny the existence of global warming.

Tea Party Group to Keep Up Pressure

A leading tea party group, anticipating big electoral gains for conservative Republicans, is laying plans to maintain pressure on new members of Congress after the Nov. 2 vote.

AP-GfK Poll: One-Third May Still Switch Candidates

One in three people has yet to lock onto a choice in the Nov. congressional elections, according to an AP-GfK Poll. Yet even these folks offer little hope to Democrats.

Manchin: I 'Never Did Favor Cap-and-Trade'

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) denied supporting any kind of price for carbon during an interview on Sunday, arguing that technological solutions are more viable.

Gas Drilling Is the Top Issue for Onorato and Corbett in Governor's Race

The Marcellus Shale industry is an issue on the minds of voters and the two gubernatorial candidates, who each have received donations from the drilling companies.

BP Sells Four Gulf of Mexico Oil Fields

BP has raised $650 million by selling four oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico, the latest in a series of asset sales following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Analysis: Cap and Cut Fears Cast Pall on German Solar Recovery

Germany's battered solar stocks could take a further hit as fears of a fresh cut in sector subsidies and a cap on new installations outweigh a recent pick-up in earnings.

U.N. Panel Seeks to Streamline JI CO2 Cutting Scheme

A UN panel has proposed merging the two tracks of its Joint Implementation (JI) emissions cutting mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol, the JI Supervisory Committee said.

Wind Sector Woes Hang Over Vestas Q3 Report

Vestas, the world's largest wind turbine maker, is expected to show the strain of a stagnant U.S. market when it reports third-quarter results on Tuesday.

GE Confirms £100m UK Turbine Plant Investment

GE today joined arch-rival Siemens in confirming that it will too will continue with plans for a new wind turbine factory in the UK, after the government vowed to put low carbon technology at heart of £200bn infrastructure plan.

Queen's £38M a Year Offshore Windfarm Windfall

The Royal Family have secured a lucrative deal that will earn them tens of millions of pounds from the massive expansion of offshore windfarms.

October 24, 2010

Coast Guard Investigates Slick Off Gulf Coast

The Coast Guard is investigating a large brown slick floating near the mouth of the Mississippi river and said on Saturday it could be weathered oil from the BP spill or just algae bloom.


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