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Thursday, February 18, 2010
National: Senate Climate Bill Update: Kerry-Graham-Lieberman, Cap-and-Dividend, Murkowski EPA Resolution, Graham Energy Bill -
While Washington D.C. digs out from its “snowmagedon” the Senate and lobbyists continue to be very busy. We provide an update on major developments.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
National: Obama Administration Awards $8.3 Billion in Nuclear Loan Guarantees to Spur Climate Legislation -
In the first of a series of events this week to demonstrate the Administration’s willingness to compromise in order to pass climate and energy legislation – as well as create jobs -- the President announced loan guarantees to start building new nuclear reactors in the U.S.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
National: 3 Companies Leave Climate Coalition – Problem or a Change in Strategy? -
Three companies announced their departure from the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), established to pass federal climate legislation. Is this a indication of serious problems or a change in strategy by the departing members?
Thursday, February 18, 2010
National: Obama Administration Reaffirms Support for Cap and Trade -
Last week the Obama administration released its annual Economic Report of the President, which assesses the administration’s economic priorities and progress. In the report released by the White House Council of Economic Advisors, the administration reaffirms its commitment to cap and trade to reduce carbon emissions.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
National: Electric Utility Industry Sees Cap and Trade Bill as a Priority -
The nation's largest electric utility industry association formally signaled that passage of a federal cap and trade bill is a priority for 2010.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
National: DC’s “Snowmaggedon” Provides Fuel for Climate Change Skeptics -
Climate change skeptics used DC’s record-breaking snowfall this past week as an opportunity to criticize climate change science. Pundits declared it was the end of climate change legislation. However, the Winter Olympics is struggling to maintain enough snow for the games, Western Australia is suffering through the worst heat wave in 750 years, and Brazil has record temperatures. Is it global warming, climate change, or fantasy? Who’s right?
Thursday, February 18, 2010
National: EPA & Senate Pursue SOx, NOx, and Mercury Emission Cuts – In Addition to Greenhouse Gas -
A bipartisan group of senators have submitted legislation that would amend the Clean Air Act to require drastic sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury emission cuts. At the same time EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson signaled her agency’s intent to move forward on rulemaking this spring to reduce SOx, NOx, Mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. The impact of EPA regulation on coal-fired electricity generation will be measured in tens of Gigawatts.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
National: Pentagon Will Soon Produce Algae Biofuels Equal to Cost of Fossil Fuels -
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) claims that it will begin producing algae-based jet fuel for less than $3/gallon. DARPA has already extracted oil from algae ponds at a cost of $2/gallon. The Agency plans to begin large-scale refining of algae biofuels.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
States: Referendum Struggles to Sink California’s AB 32 GHG Program -
An effort to use California’s infamous referendum process to stop implementation of the state’s landmark greenhouse gas program is struggling.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
States: California Moves to Establish Carbon Offset Protocols for Compliance -
The State of California created quite a stir with companies when it announced that it was withdrawing adoption of climate protocols widely used throughout the U.S. Instead, it plans to use those protocols to assure compliance with its forthcoming cap and trade program – and to avoid litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Thursday, February 18, 2010
States: Arizona Won’t Participate in WCI Cap and Trade Program -
Arizona’s governor has signed an executive order that the state will prevent the state from participating in the Western Climate Initiative’s cap and trade program that begins in 2012. With other WCI states in revolt, does this mean that California “goes it alone?”
Thursday, February 18, 2010
States: Utah House of Representatives Passes Resolution Condemning Climate Science -
In a 56-17 vote, the Utah House of Representatives adopted a resolution questioning the validity of climate change science and calling on federal policymakers to stop all carbon reduction programs. The resolution is non-binding and will go to the Utah Senate.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
States: Massachusetts Expects to Achieve its Emission Reduction Targets -
Massachusetts released a draft report indicating that it will meet the emissions targets set by the State’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 by reducing its emissions to 18.6 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. The estimated emissions level will provide a basis upon which Gov. Patrick (D) will set binding emission reduction targets.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
States: Oregon Will Reduce Tax Credits for Clean Energy -
Legislation reducing the incentives for clean energy is expected to become law in the coming weeks. We evaluate the changes.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
International: UN Climate Chief De Boer Will Step Down in July -
Yvo de Boer will step down as UN Climate Chief on July 1 to join the private sector. De Boer’s announcement triggered doubts about progress in establishing a global agreement on climate change.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
International: Report by Economists Declares EU Emissions Trading Scheme a Success -
A report released by American and European economists from leading universities indicates that the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EUETS) has been successful in curbing GHG emissions, despite initial problems.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
International: EU Study Suggests Cap-and-Trade to Reduce Shipping Emissions -
A report by the European Commission recommended the use of a cap-and-trade scheme to reduce GHG emissions from shipping in EU waters.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
International: New Reports Raise Questions About the EU’s Biofuels Policies -
A yet-to-be-released report from the European Commission and a report from development organization ActionAid are expected to highlight the environmental and human impacts of biofuels.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
International: Chinese City Begins Pilot Cap-and-Trade Scheme -
China test-drives a cap and trade system based upon carbon intensity and not on absolute emissions.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
International: South Korea Reviews Carbon Tax as Complement to Cap-and-Trade -
South Korea announced plans to review the feasibility of using a carbon tax to achieve its emission reduction targets. If implemented, the carbon tax would complement a pilot national cap-and-trade scheme set to begin later this year.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
International: CDM Expected To Clarify Carbon Protocol Standards for Financial Subsidies -
The Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board (CDM EB) is expected to soon provide additional clarification on additionality related to its recent decision to reject 6 wind farms in China for carbon credit. The guidance is an outgrowth of the internal debate over just how stringent CDM protocols should be.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
International: CDM Approves Co-Firing of Biomass as a Methodology for CERs -
The Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board (CDM EB) approved the use of “co-firing” as a method for creating Certified Emission Reduction credits (CERs).
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Laugh of the Week -
The Daly Show lampoons the sudden chill over climate change due to Washington DC snowstorms. Hey, is it getting dark in here?
Thursday, February 04, 2010
National: Obama Reaffirms Support for Climate Bill -
A day after President Obama’s remarks suggesting that an energy bill might be split from a climate bill, the President reiterated his support for a cap and trade bill.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
National: Senator Graham Drops a Major Hint on Climate Bill Structure -
Climate bill co-author Senator Lindsey Graham revealed a new approach that he expects the legislation to take.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
National: California Approves First-In-the-Nation Power Plant with Federal Carbon Emission Limits -
In a landmark decision on greenhouse gas emissions that will affect all future new power plant projects nationwide, Calpine Corporation was granted a federal PSD permit today to begin building a power plant with greenhouse gas emission limits. Today’s permitting decision also has significant implications for EPA’s proposed stationary source greenhouse gas rule that will be finalized in seven weeks.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
National: House Bill Introduced to Block EPA GHG Rulemaking -
Facing reelection this fall, two influential House committee chairmen file a bill to block EPA’s independent rulemaking ability on greenhouse gases.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
National: Obama Administration Finalizes Renewable Fuels Standard, Proposes Additional Support for Biofuels and Clean Coal -
Wednesday the EPA issued its final rules for biofuels while Administration announced plans for financial aid to the biofuel and coal industry. The biofuels rules now include new greenhouse gas requirements that were controversial in draft form and could result in Congressional intervention. The clean coal initiative is focused on carbon capture and storage.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
National: Federal Trade Commission Expected to Increase Enforcement Against Green Product Claims -
Following almost a year of rumblings, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plans to update its Green Guides for the first time since 1998 to address the issue of “greenwashing” where corporate claims on sustainability and carbon neutrality don’t match reality. As a first step, 78 high-profile branded companies and retailers received warnings from the FTC this week that they may be breaking the law by using misleading environmental labeling.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
National: Pentagon Addresses Climate Change -
In its Quadrennial Defense Review, the Department of Defense considered the potential impacts of climate change on military operations and geopolitics. DOD’s findings focus on military facilities and operations, energy, systems, and procurement decisions.
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