TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR DECEMBER 6
$50 Billion. According to the New York Times, President Obama is going to ask Congress for $50 billion to help New York, New Jersey and Connecticut clean up and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. That amount would fall far short of the states’ request for $82 billion.
Energy Savings Bringing Us Together. Representatives Cory Gardner and Peter Welch Wednesday launched a bipartisan energy savings-caucus that will “promote government use of energy-savings contracts with private firms.”
Sunny Middle East. Progress is being made on Shams 1 — the first, large-scale solar project in the United Arab Emirates. At the size of nearly 300 football fields, the project will make enough energy from the sun to power 20,000 homes.
ISSUE IN-DEPTH: UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS
Some of the coverage of the United Nations Climate Change negotiations occurring in Doha includes:
- Bloomberg Businessweek: U.S. Shows Signs of Flexibility at UN Climate Discussions
- Guardian: Doha's most progressive country on climate change? Wales
- New York Times: At Climate Talks, a Struggle Over Aid for Poorer Nations
- Politico: Fiscal cliff worries overshadow Qatar climate talks
National and International Blue-Green
The Daily Climate reports the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) has “consistently underestimated the pace and impacts of climate change – with severe consequences for the public it is tasked to inform.”
The Hill talks about the Environmental Protection Agency’s new vehicle emissions regulator.
Politico reports Ray LaHood may stay on as President Obama’s Transportation Secretary.
The Christian Science Monitor takes a look at how the Energy Department is pushing for electric car battery research.
To the States
The Associate Press takes a look at how Michigan Democrats are preparing for a possible right-to-work push.
Crain’s Detroit Business summarizes the 45 Michigan businesses, environmental groups and individuals that are advocating for Congress to renew the Production Tax Credit for wind energy.
The State of Iowa Board of Regents Wednesday approved a proposal calling for the establishment of a Ph.D. program on wind energy science, engineering and policy at Iowa State University. The Omaha World-Herald has more.
A new study, covered by Tulsa World, stated Oklahoma “ranks among the states with the most room for improvement in "green" jobs,:
New York Times: To Stop Climate Change, Students Aim at College Portfolios
New York Times: Apple to Resume U.S. Manufacturing
CNN Opinion: A tax we could learn to love
Bakersfield Californian (CA): Local wind giants urge extension of tax credit
Los Angeles Times (CA): Set an example of energy reform, California