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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.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
National: Study -- Companies Likely to Drop Suppliers Who Fail to Address GHG Emissions -
In a survey by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), 56% of large firms said they would drop suppliers in the future for failing to address carbon emissions.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
States: Petroleum and Trucking Groups Challenge California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard -
A group of organizations representing oil and trucking interests filed suit in federal court to stop implementation of a state law that would require fuel producers to cut the carbon intensity 10% by 2020.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
States: California Plans to Monitor Ambient Greenhouse Gas Concentrations -
The State of California will be the first state in the nation to establish a network of greenhouse gas monitors to measure local concentrations.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
International: UN Says GHG Emission Reduction Commitments by 55 Nations Fall Short -
55 nations, representing 78% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, submitted their plans for reducing emissions under the Copenhagen Accord. However, the UN Climate Change Secretariat criticized the commitments.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
International: EU Approves Financing for Carbon Capture -
The European Union (EU) approved a plan that would set aside 300 million emission allowances, valued at €3.8 billion, to be distributed to carbon capture projects through member states.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
National: White House Clarifies Obama Comments on Splitting Senate Climate and Energy Bill -
President Obama’s remarks Tuesday regarding the future of the Senate Climate bill sent shock waves through industry, environmental organizations and the Senate. Has he changed his position since last week’s State of the Union address? Did he miss-speak? Was he making an observation or a pronouncement? Late Tuesday evening, the White House clarified his comments.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
National: Obama Commits U.S. Government to 28% GHG Reduction -
On Friday, President Obama ordered government agencies to achieve a 28% reduction in GHG levels from 2008 levels by 2020 mostly through increased energy and fuel efficiency.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
National: Obama to Propose $54 Billion in Nuclear Power Loans to Spur Climate Bill -
When the White House releases its fiscal year 2011 budget request Monday, it will include $54 billion in nuclear power loan guarantees in an attempt to send the signal that the Administration is willing to strike a deal on a federal climate bill.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
National: U.S. Joins Nations Announcing GHG Reduction Targets Under Copenhagen Accord -
The United States has joined the Copenhagen Accord negotiated by President Obama with a non-binding commitment to reduce U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases. The U.S. joins 25 other countries in voluntarily establishing a cap on their emissions.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
National: Companies Increase Purchase of Voluntary Carbon Credits -
Despite uncertainty over the fate of federal climate legislation, U.S. voluntary carbon markets saw a significant uptick in companies purchasing carbon credits to voluntarily offset their emissions.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
National: State Legislators Push for Federal Climate Bill -
In an effort to push for passage of a federal climate bill, nearly 1,200 state legislators urged the Senate to follow state efforts to “grow clean energy jobs and put Americans back to work” through the promotion of clean energy.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
States: Massachusetts Sets Ambitious Energy Standards Partially Funded by RGGI -
Massachusetts announced the nation’s most aggressive energy efficiency plan that would require a statewide reduction of 2.4% in electricity use and 1.15% in natural gas use annually for three years. In a controversial move, the state is using RGGI auction revenue to partially fund the energy efficiency program.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
States: Ohio Governor Strickland Announces $40 Million Energy Gateway Fund -
In his recent State of the State Address, Gov. Strickland (D) announced a $40 million Energy Gateway Fund that would invest in fuel cell, wind power, solar energy, and energy storage facilities.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
International: Canada Commits to U.S.-level GHG Emission Reduction Target -
Canada has formally submitted its 2020 GHG reduction target to the United Nations as part of its agreement to participate in last month’s Copenhagen Accord. The target is a less ambitious one than the Canadian government announced a few years ago.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
International: CO2 Labels Proposed for Motorcycles in Europe -
The European Commission has proposed regulations that would require motorcycle manufacturers to label all new models with information on the motorcycle’s carbon dioxide emissions.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
National: President Obama Calls for Passage of Climate Bill in State of the Union Address -
Just a few minutes ago, President Obama called on the Senate and House to pass a bipartisan “comprehensive energy and climate bill.” Here is the text of his comments about the climate bill with our analysis.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
National: Will the State of the Union Address include Climate? -
As debate intensifies over the fate of a federal climate bill, speculation is high about whether or not President Obama will urge passage of a federal climate bill during tonight’s State of the Union address. We have the answer.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
National: SEC Announces Corporate Climate Disclosure Requirement -
In a rapidly expanding regulatory environment of corporate liability for greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that publicly-taded companies must disclose to investors the "material risks" they face from climate change and carbon regulation.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
National: Senate Co-Authors Disagree on Climate Bill - White House Weighs In -
Climate bill drafters Senators Graham and Kerry have different takes on the future content of the climate bill. The White House weighs in.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
National: Next Steps for Murkowski’s Resolution of Disapproval on EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations -
Following her introduction last week of a Senate “Resolution of Disapproval” Sen. Lisa Murkowski has settled on her next steps for action.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
National: Entergy Purchases 100,000 Tons of CO2 Emission Offsets -
Entergy Corporation has announced the purchase of 100,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions offsets as part of its sustainability efforts and its ongoing commitment to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As states and the federal government developing carbon regulation, companies are increasingly taking “pre-compliance” action by purchasing offsets.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
States: California Plans 100% Auction of Carbon Allowances -
California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols publicly indicated the direction she intends to have the State of California take on allocation of carbon allowances.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
States: Wisconsin Lawmakers Propose Carbon Legislation -
Wisconsin became the first state in the nation to begin considering new state legislation to cap carbon laws this year and may pass it as soon as April.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
National: Effects of Senator Brown Election on Climate Bill -
Yesterday’s election of Scott Brown (R-MA) to the United States Senate is expected to have an impact on the composition of the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman Climate bill soon to circulate around the Senate. However, its effects may not be as negative as some pundits think.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
National: Murkowski Senate EPA Resolution Expected Thursday -
On Thursday, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is expected to announce her intention to introduce a “resolution of disapproval” instead of a budget bill amendment to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. The behind the scenes dynamics may be different than they appear on the surface.
Monday, January 18, 2010
National: Senator Reid Intends Spring Passage of Climate Bill -
Late last week Senator Reid (D-NV), Senate majority leader, said he intends to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation this spring. Joining recent public comments by the Obama administration, the Senator contradicted rumors that passage of a federal climate bill this year was dead.
Monday, January 18, 2010
National: White House to Pursue Climate Bill -
A second senior Obama Administration official spoke publicly about the Administration’s plans about federal climate legislation. Todd Stern, President Obama’s U.S. climate negotiator to the United Nations indicated Thursday that the Obama Administration is going to press ahead for passage of a climate bill this year.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Regional: Northeastern States Sign Low-Carbon Fuel MOU -
Eleven states plan to adopt California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) to reduce the carbon content in fuels used by vehicles and buildings. With a signed agreement in place, the eleven states will begin developing a regional LCFS that will have an impact on national fuel production, consumption and supply.
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