Environment

In April I wrote about offshore drilling and how, politically, it wasn’t about the oil, given that the estimated recoverable reserves were unlikely to substantially impact our reliance on foreign sources of petroleum (the EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2010 assumes import reliance will remain near 50% through 2035, down from 57% in 2008); it was about securing votes for climate change legislation. 

Michigan now assesses environmental impact of proposed water withdrawals on nearby streams and limits stream depletion based on ecological characteristics. The scientific framework is the relationship between streamflow reductions and projected impact on resident fish populations. Program development was overseen by an advisory council representing major water interest groups.

Climate Progress recently compared the two competing bills on climate change—the Waxman-Markey bill which passed the House in June of 2009, and the Kerry-Lieberman draft bill introduced today in the Senate, along with President Obama’s campaign promises.

Two years ago, Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Mulligan was concerned the trial courts in his state weren’t addressing environmental sustainability.

So he put together the Trial Court Energy Task Force, better known as the Green Team.

The Obama administration has formed a new task force to develop policies that promote advances in carbon capture and storage, while the region's governors move ahead with plans of their own.

A decades-old project to store the nation's nuclear waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain has been de-funded, leaving the future of federal policy up in the air.

Nearly 20 percent of our nation's electricity is generated by nuclear energy.  Nuclear energy is expected to play a key role in mitigating climate change.

Transportation is the second-leading source of greenhouse gas emissions and constitutes a key target in the battle against climate change. But by taking a proactive approach, states can moderate its effects and reduce its impacts.

Carbon markets are an essential component of cap-and-trade programs that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions using a market-based approach.  Even if the U.S. does not commit to a cap-and-trade program, voluntary markets and regional markets will continue to expand.

State eNews Issue #38 | January 20, 2010
 

In September 2009, American Electric Power’s Mountaineer Power Plant in New Haven, W.Va., began a 20 megawatt project that will capture and store 100,000 tons of CO2 annually.

It’s one of the nation’s first carbon capture and storage demonstration projects where CO2 is captured and trapped deep underground, instead of being released into...

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