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News: Archive for September, 2011

Obama administration approves 2 more solar energy loan guarantees worth total of $1B | StarTribune.com

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

‘WASHINGTON – Facing a Friday deadline, the Energy Department has approved two loan guarantees worth more than $1billion for solar energy projects in Nevada and Arizona.’

via Obama administration approves 2 more solar energy loan guarantees worth total of $1B | StarTribune.com.

Analysis: Snags lurk for Keystone XL even after U.S. approval | Reuters

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

‘(Reuters) – Winning State Department approval for the Keystone XL oil pipeline is not likely to be the last hurdle TransCanada Corp faces in its efforts to build the controversial project.’

via Analysis: Snags lurk for Keystone XL even after U.S. approval | Reuters.

Video: Moving Planet San Francisco Rally Speaker Excerpts

Monday, September 26th, 2011

San Francisco, September 24, 2011

Several speakers spoke at Civic Center in San Francisco following a march through San Francisco as part of a global day of action to ‘move beyond fossil fuels’. This video features excerpts from speakers Bill McKibben of 350.org, Carl Anthony of Urban Habitat, and Gail McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond, California

Video: Moving Planet Climate Change Rally in San Francisco

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

San Francisco, September 24, 2011

Bill McKibben
“On November sixth were going back to the White House, and were going to surround it. We’re going to surround it with human beings. And depending on the kind of mood you’re in, it’s kind of an O to encourage the President to do the right thing, or sort of a symbolic house arrest. You know, those are the options. And we need, since he has the power himself to stop this pipeline, for him to do it. We need all of all leaders who have power and responsibility, like the people we’ve been hearing today, to step up and do the right thing.” ~ Bill McKibben

Moving Planet demonstrations took place around the world today, calling for a move beyond fossil fuels. In San Francisco thousands of lively demonstrators marched along Market Street chanting “hey hey ho ho, fossil fuels have got to go”. The march was followed by a rally at Civic Center where several speakers addressed the crowd, including Bill McKibben of 350.org. McKibben and several others present had been arrested about a month ago in the nation’s capital for protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline which would bring Canadian tar sands oil to Texas for refining.

Report by James George

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s Climate & Energy Comments in S.F

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

San Francisco, September 19, 2011

United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar made an appearance at Climate One at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco primarily to discuss water issues. In addition he made some comments regarding energy, climate change, and fracking fluids, excerpts of which are included in this video.

Selected Excerpts:

Secretary Salazar
Interior Secretary Salazar

Question by Greg Dalton: “When Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 he gave a speech with which he said people would look back on his presidency as a time when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal. Since that time the administration has opened up 2.3 billion tons of coal mining in Wyoming, the Arctic potentially to drilling, and potentially on track to approve a Keystone XL pipeline which would bring some of the dirtiest fuel from the Alberta tar sands to Texas. So how does that record square with the presidents pledge address climate change?”

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar:
0:40 ‘I think, Greg, what one must do is put the issue in the context of what it is that we’re doing on energy, and I think that when you look at the President and the energy team and the programs that we have put forward we are doing more that what has been done in the time of history.’

Secretary Salazar
‘The time will come when the Congress will awaken to the need to have a comprehensive energy and climate change legislative framework’

‘On fuel efficiency, our vehicles are going to be getting forty to fifty miles to the gallon we’re going to be saving billions of barrels of oil a year. That means less CO2 that’s going to been burned. We’ve embraced a whole new ethic on what we’re doing with renewable energy, from solar to geothermal to wind – that is moving forward. We’ve invested billions of dollars in efficiency and in new materials to try to deal with the energy issue which is really the nexus between what happens here on Earth and the changes in climate. Now, have we been able to do as much as we wanted to do? The answer is no. We wanted to pass comprehensive energy and climate change legislation bills, we worked on that very hard.’

‘…Our own view as an administration is that the time will come when the Congress will awaken to the need to have a comprehensive energy and climate change legislative framework. … the principles that will keep driving this agenda forward in the years and the decades ahead, are at the end of the day about national security and the fact that now we’re so dependent on countries that really don’t have our interests at stake, our economic security, because we are now sending 750 billion dollars a year overseas, and finally the environmental security of the planet. ‘

Coal:
3:04 ‘The fact of the matter you know coal is one of the greatest emitters of C02, and there are ways in which you can deal with that, including the conversion … of coal plants over to natural gas which is much less CO2 emitting. But … almost 50% of our electricity comes from coal supplies so we need to find the right way to transition from coal to the new energy world, and in addition to that and something which we worked on very hard, is to find a way to find a future for coal supplies in the United States by finding a way of burning it cleanly so you won’t have the same problems of the past.’

‘And so it’s carbon capture and sequestration, and moving forward to those kinds of projects which hopefully we’ll be able to find that one of the most abundant energy supplies that we have here in America will have a place in the future energy portfolio of the country.’

Fracking fluids:

‘Seven or eight months ago we brought together a group of industry leaders and others, the Department of Interior to talk about fracking and disclosure. My sense is that many of the responsible actors in the industry want to make sure that there is disclosure of fracking fluids, because they see it as I see, they see it as David and I have seen it over the last several years, and that is that unless industry is forthcoming and is disclosing its fluids that it’s injecting into the underground, it’s going to become the Achilles heel that essential destroys any future for natural gas industry in shale here in the United States. And so, we’re in the process of making some decisions that we’ll be to be rolling over the next several months about how we’re going to deal with the issue of fracking fluids on the public estate, which is huge, because between lands that we control at Interior, as well as those that we control on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, there are about 700 million acres in the United States.’

Report by James George

Paper on climate financing targets fuel subsidies – Forbes.com

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

‘AMSTERDAM — Global financial institutions are recommending raising money to fight climate change by trimming subsidies for fossil fuels, putting a price tag of $25 per ton on carbon emissions and collecting a surcharge on aviation and shipping fuels.’

via Paper on climate financing targets fuel subsidies – Forbes.com.

U.S. won’t back binding climate deal with financial conditions | Reuters

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

‘NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Point Carbon) – The U.S. would not consider a climate deal “genuinely binding” if it excludes the biggest emerging economies or if those countries’ commitments were conditional upon financial support from developed countries, the lead U.S. climate negotiator said Monday.’

via U.S. won’t back binding climate deal with financial conditions | Reuters.

EPA issues key permits to Shell for Alaska drilling | Reuters

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

‘(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has won two critical permits it needs to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska in the next two years, federal officials said on Monday.’

via EPA issues key permits to Shell for Alaska drilling | Reuters.

Japanese urge farewell to nuclear power six months after quake | Reuters

Monday, September 19th, 2011

‘(Reuters) – Sixty thousand protesters gathered in central Tokyo Monday demanding an end to Japan’s reliance on nuclear power, six months after the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years.’

via Japanese urge farewell to nuclear power six months after quake | Reuters.

Nuclear Power Protests In Tokyo, Japan (PHOTOS)

Monday, September 19th, 2011

‘TOKYO (AP) — Chanting “Sayonara nuclear power” and waving banners, tens of thousands of people marched in central Tokyo on Monday to call on Japan’s government to abandon atomic energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident.’

via Nuclear Power Protests In Tokyo, Japan (PHOTOS).