• California’s Climate Law Faces Political Backlash

    • Date: 05/04/10

    Four years ago, California earned accolades for adopting a law that would slash its greenhouse gas emissions and serve as a model for national climate change legislation. With the state mired in a crippling recession, the law that once looked like a landmark achievement is coming under assault. The regulatory effort Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger set […]

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  • After Copenhagen Setback, UN Seeks Way Forward On Climate Diplomacy

    • Date: 05/04/10

    Countries gather this week in the hope of erasing bitter memories of the Copenhagen summit and restoring faith in the battered UN process for combatting climate change. Negotiators meet in Bonn from Friday to Sunday for the first official talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since the strife-torn confab. Their first job […]

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  • Carbon Trading On Backburner

    • Date: 03/04/10

    The [Australian] Government has transferred its entire emissions trading team into the strife-prone household insulation program, putting plans for carbon trading this year on the backburner. The team of 154, which has been costing taxpayers an average of $370,000 each planning for the non-existent emissions trading scheme, will be put to work on sorting out […]

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  • Cold Feet: EU Plans State Subsidies For Coal Power Plants

    • Date: 02/04/10

    The European Union is fine-tuning plans to allow millions of euros of state subsidies for new coal-fired power plants, a policy that campaigners say undermines EU environmental ambitions. For four years from January 2013, EU governments can provide up to 15 percent of the cost of new coal-fired plants, provided they have the potential to […]

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  • Green Travelling Circus Closing Down?

    • Date: 01/04/10

    It is a giant travelling circus that has spent 20 years touring some of the world’s most exotic locations — Bali, Marrakesh, Barcelona, Rio, Buenos Aires — all at taxpayers’ expense. But the good times may soon be over for the 20,000 people who attend the annual climate change summit because the Government wants to […]

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  • Has Obama Painted Himself Into A Corner Over Climate Change?

    • Date: 01/04/10

    After all, a good look at how Wednesday’s offshore drilling announcement will likely be viewed by individual Senators suggests [he] has. As President Obama said in the earlier stages of the presidential campaign, opening up offshore waters will make about as much difference to US energy security as getting drivers to inflate their tires properly […]

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  • Drill Baby Drill: Obama Announces New ‘Climate’ Policy

    • Date: 31/03/10

    U.S. President Barack Obama has announced plans to open large areas of the east and southern coasts of the United States to oil and gas exploration and drilling. President Obama said the move is part of a broader strategy that shifts American dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil to domestic fuels and clean energy. […]

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  • Sudden Revolt By Insurance Regulators Scales Back Climate Rule On Industry

    • Date: 31/03/10

    A surprise rebellion by a majority of insurance regulators Sunday reversed key elements of a landmark regulation requiring the nation’s largest industry to publicly disclose its efforts to address climate change. Companies can now submit their answers confidentially in most states. The upheaval rolls back the nation’s maiden climate rule on corporations, casting environmentalists and […]

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