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img3The Chairwoman of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee Barbara Boxer has suggested the Kerry-Lieberman climate and energy bill may be released as soon as next week. "He said it's looking good, and he hopes to have a press conference next week," said Boxer (D-CA)  speaking to reporters about Sen. Kerry. Neither Senator would confirm the timing, however, and there are still doubts that a bill would be able to muster the votes needed to pass this session. According to Darren Samuelsohn and Josh Voorhees of Greenwire:  "The Kerry-Lieberman climate bill is expected to call by 2020 for a 17 percent cut in emissions below 2005 levels, with the emission limits applying to different sectors of the economy at different times. Trade-sensitive manufacturers, for example, would start in the climate program six years after power plants... The legislation is also expected to promote increased domestic production of nuclear power and offshore oil and gas, despite the outcry from environmentalists in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill." Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) has threatened to filibuster the legislation: "If offshore drilling off the coast of the continental United States is part of it, this legislation is not going anywhere." A lack of bipartisan support is reducing the chance of passing a bill, observed a top advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The National Journal also reported that Sen. Reid has indicated involvement by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in obtaining support for the bill may not be absolutely essential. Kerry, Lieberman and Graham originally planned to release the bill April 26 but postponed after Graham complained that Democratic leaders had pushed the issue of immigration reform onto the Senate agenda despite his opposition to moving a bill this year.
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IMG00039-20100430-1853On the field at Yankee Stadium in New York, Eric Carlson, our President, set aside his Washington Nationals loyalty for the night to be presented an honor for his work at Carbonfund.org- the Avis Spirit Award! The award is presented to champions in the community who exemplify the Avis "We Try Harder" spirit. Eric was presented the award behind home plate just prior to Friday night's game between the Yankees and Chicago White Sox. Avis chose Eric for his work and commitment on climate change and reducing the company's environmental impact. The popular car rental company has been a Carbonfund.org partner, offering customers the ability to offset the emissions of their rental car use in support of carbon reduction projects. Part of Avis Budget Group, Inc., Avis is one of the world's leading car rental brands and has ranked number one in the Brand Keys® Customer Loyalty Engagement Index for the past eleven years. Congratulations, Eric!!
img10Oil from the offshore spill in the Gulf of Mexico has washed ashore including in ecologically rich areas of Louisiana. About 5,000 barrels or 210,000 gallons a day of oil are estimated to be flowing from the well, and it could take up to 90 days to stop the spill. The total amount of oil from the spill could exceed the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska. The spill followed an explosion on April 20th at an offshore drilling rig that killed 11 workers. Residents along the Gulf are preparing for disruption, including shrimp and oyster fisheries, and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency. Jindal listed at least 10 wildlife refuges in Louisiana and Mississippi in the path of the oil that are likely to be impacted, warning that billions of dollars in coastal restoration could be wasted. The President meanwhile has said he will use "every single available resource at our disposal" to contain and address the spill. The Navy has been called in to help with containment. Making it difficult is that the oil is arising from approx. 5,000 ft. below the ocean surface, and currents break apart the oil, spreading the slick out. It is now estimated to be over 100 miles wide on the ocean surface. With weekend storms in the Gulf expected, more oil will reach coastlines along Gulf Coast states.

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On Capitol Hill, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said he would introduce legislation to block the Interior Department from acting on the administration's recently announced proposal to expand offshore drilling. He also called for a halt to test wells and other exploratory operations in coastal waters. Two House panels, including the Committee on Energy and Commerce, plan to investigate or hold hearings on the accident. The oil spill is also affecting the proposed Senate bill on energy and climate. In garnering votes, backers of the proposed bill included provisions for expanding offshore oil exploration and drilling. The provisions have now come under increased scrutiny and should require Congress to rethink whether they should be part of a bill to increase domestic energy production while addressing environmental impacts of energy including climate change. Images Courtesy of Reuters, AP
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="406" caption="Wind turbines in Europe viewed close up"][/caption] The Cape Wind renewable energy project has been approved by Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, clearing the latest hurdle for the project. Since 2001, Cape Wind - an offshore wind farm proposal located just off the Massachusetts coast - has struggled through multiple battles in the courtroom and in the media from local residents including some heavy hitters like members of the Kennedys. The privately financed project will feature 130 wind turbines spread over 25 square miles off the coast of Massachusetts that will generate up to 468 megawatts and average 182 megawatts of power over the course of the year. At its peak production, the turbines will power 700,000 houses - or about 75% of the electricity demanded at Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island. The project is expected to create several hundred construction jobs and cut carbon dioxide emissions from conventional power plants by up to 700,000 tons annually. That is equivalent to removing 175,000 cars from the road for a year. The controversy with the project has centered around the potential environmental and aesthetic impacts that the turbines will have on the historic Cape Cod area. Located 5 miles off the coast on a shoal, some residents including members of the Kennedys are concerned about views. Extensive underwater environmental impact assessments have been undertaken, with more to come; they have thus far determined that the turbine bases will have minimal impacts on the local environments. There's still no assurance yet that the turbines will be built as more lawsuits are expected; however, the Interior Department's approval is important news for US wind and clean energy development.
Thursday, 29 April 2010 16:59

Climate Bill Faces Impasse

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Progress on a landmark climate change bill seems to have reached a standstill, as a key Senate backer Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has announced that he is withdrawing his support. Senator John Kerry was scheduled to unveil the energy and climate change legislation on Monday. It has now been put on hold.
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The current Senate bill has been months in the making, for the House bill that passed ten months ago did so by a slim margin. Supporters in the Senate have added provisions for offshore drilling, revenue sharing, and loan guarantees for nuclear power plants to appeal to moderate Democrats and Republicans. Such provisions were not included in the original House bill. Sen. Kerry, with the backing of key environmental groups, aspires to cut emissions of harmful greenhouse gases 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 with this legislation. The loss of Graham’s support, however, is a huge blow, and the outlook for climate change legislation in 2010 appears more uncertain. When, if ever, will our legislators realize that climate change is real, and that a call to action cannot wait? Image Credit: Harry Hamburg, AP