BEIJING Reuters – China must press ahead with new ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions for the world to have hope of containing global warming, a U.S. energy official said, urging cooperation to end distrust between the two biggest emitters.
‘As we’ve detailed, nuclear waste is an expensive problem in the United States. The government is liable to utilities for billions of dollars, due to a failure to produce a central, national location for storing waste.’
‘SAN FRANCISCO — The vast $320 million desalination plant approved this week by San Diego’s regional water authorities is likely to serve as a test case for whether such a large project can meet its goals while safeguarding its Pacific environment.
Environmentalists have battled the project in lawsuits, raising concerns about the amount of fish that will be killed by the pumping process and about potential change to the aquatic ecosystem when leftover brine is returned to the sea. So far they have not won any victories.’
‘COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal regulators have not done enough to ensure that shareholders are aware of material risks to companies from greenhouse gas emissions, according to a pair of studies released Wednesday by environmental and investor groups.’
‘A promise that the Maldives will go carbon-neutral in 10 years is not just good for PR, says the country’s president Mohamed Nasheed. In this week’s Green Room, he argues that the goal sets an example for the developed world proving that a green country is not only practical, it is profitable.’
Serious allegations. Quite possibly on a par with the big cigarette companies denials about the cancer risk of smoking, considering the potential devastating impacts of climate change on the health and well being of the world’s populations:
‘Finally. After years of denying its role in the campaign of climate denial, Exxon has revealed a dirty secret, that it has and likely still is directly funding junk scientists.’
‘Two biofuel companies are joining forces to enhance algae’s ability to deliver a cheap energy source. Algal biofuel company Solazyme has formed an alliance with transportation-focused BlueFire Ethanol Fuels to develop new oils from affordable sugars.’
‘OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander called Wednesday for doubling the number of nuclear reactors nationwide, a potentially $700 billion proposal that calls for building 100 more over 20 years.’
‘WASHINGTON Reuters – U.S. refiners on Friday blasted landmark climate change legislation that is currently making its way through Congress as an “abject policy failure,” saying it could lead to an increase in imports of refined products such as gasoline and diesel.’
If we’re going to get real action on climate change any time soon, it will be via some version of legislation proposed by Representatives Henry Waxman and Edward Markey. Their bill would limit greenhouse gases by requiring polluters to receive or buy emission permits, with the number of available permits — the “cap” in “cap and trade” — gradually falling over time.