Updating: The U.S. Senate failed to pass Keystone XL pipeline legislation in a 59-41 tally that was one vote shy of the 60-vote threshold needed to advance the measure. Passage dimmed once a potential “Yes” man, the independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, issued a press release expressing his stance. “Congress is not – nor should it be – in the business of legislating the approval or disapproval of a construction project,” King said in a news release. Elsewhere, vested parties from India, Australia and other locales weigh in on new and pending climate policy with heavy-hitters China and the U.S.
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“There is a lesson for India here. If we don’t [pay heed], we will be hung out to dry very soon — we’d always mistakenly assumed that China’s negotiating position would remain fixed and in line with India’s.”
T. Jayaraman, a senior climate change analyst at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, told The Telegraph.
Senate votes down Keystone XL legislation
The Senate on Tuesday failed to pass legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The final vote tally was 59-41, one shy of the 60-vote threshold the measure needed to advance.
Keystone XL chances dim in Senate as King says ‘no’
Keystone XL supporters in the U.S. Senate faced tough odds for passing a bill to approve the oil pipeline from Canada on Tuesday after one lawmaker they hoped might be a “yes” said he would vote against the project.
Why the Senate Keystone vote is important
The fate of the controversial Keystone pipeline isn’t the only thing at stake during a crucial vote in the Senate on Tuesday.A vote to move forward on legislation approving the pipeline’s construction would usher in a new era of animosity between resurgent Republicans in Congress and President Barack Obama. It could also determine the fate of embattled Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who is pushing the legislation in an uphill battle to fend off a GOP challenger in a runoff election next month.
Indians are not impressed with US-China climate deal
Janaki Lenin | Environment | The Guardian
The United States and China sprang a surprise last week with their secretly-negotiated deal to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Although cheered as “historic milestone in the global fight against climate change,” “the real deal,” a “landmark,” “ambitious,” and “game-changer” by western media, the agreement received a less than enthusiastic response in India.
After U.S.-China Climate Pact, Will the World Pick a Peak Carbon Date?
Last week the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitters, accounting for 40 percent of global emissions, signed an accord on improving their polluting ways. The U.S. said it would reduce emissions as much as 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, while China said its emissions would reach a maximum no later than 2030 and that the country would ramp up renewable energy production.
Australia, China agree on climate action policy
Australia and China have signed an initial deal to co-operate on tackling the effects of climate change through advancing energy efficiency, low emissions technology co-operation and improving emissions data reporting.
How China can tackle air pollution—commentary
China and the U.S. recently announced a substantial policy down payment on tackling greenhouse gas emissions in Beijing. Related air pollution problems in China are literally breathtaking: My eyes watered and I was coughing all week during the APEC summit, even though the smog was less than usual because the government had ordered half the cars off the road and shut down some of the most polluting factories and power plants to “clear” the air for the Summit.
Emissions Loophole Stays Open in E.U.
The European Union agreed last month to keep open until 2030 a loophole allowing some of its biggest atmospheric polluters to avoid bearing an increasing share of the costs of cutting global-warming emissions.
Beneath The Surface: The Ambitious Carbon-Capture Water Plan Embedded In The U.S.-China Climate Announcement
Last week, the United States and China, the world’s leading polluters, announced plans to limit their greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen cooperation on issues related to climate change and clean energy. While the announcement centered on the nations’ pledges on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions targets (a reduction of 26-28% of 2005 levels by 2025 for the United States, and a goal for China’s emissions to reverse their upward course by 2030), a White House fact sheet offered a more detailed glimpse at additional actions.
EPA chief: Greenhouse gas cuts won’t all come from power plants
The ambitious reductions to greenhouse gases that President Obama pledged in China last week will not lead to deeper emissions cuts at power plants, according to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.
The greening of Barack Obama
Darren Samuelsohn – Politico
For Barack Obama, it wasn’t easy being green — until, suddenly, it was. During his earlier years in office, Obama never pushed the environment to the forefront of the national agenda. The economy took precedence. Then health care. At one point, toward the end of Obama’s first term, environmentalists counted the months between presidential uses of the term “climate change.”
President Obama prepares fresh wave of domestic climate action
After sealing a landmark climate change deal with China, the Obama administration has this week sat down with domestic political leaders to address the threats climate impacts pose to the US.
Rich countries ‘backsliding’ on climate finance
The $10bn (6bn sterling) in climate aid which Britain and other rich countries are expected to formally pledge this week represents a backsliding on earlier climate finance transfers, according to observers.
What Does the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Entail?
The New York Times
Q. What is the Keystone XL pipeline? – NY Times
A. The Keystone oil pipeline system is designed to carry up to 830,000 barrels of petroleum per day from the oil sands of boreal forests in Alberta, Canada to oil refineries and ports on the Gulf Coast. About half of the system is already built, including a pipeline that runs east from Alberta and down through North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. The State Department is now reviewing a proposed 1,179-mile addition to the pipeline, the Keystone XL, a shortcut that would start in Hardisty, Canada and diagonally bisect Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. From Steele City, Neb., the addition would connect to existing pipelines to the Gulf Coast.
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Wash. Governor Ready For New Push To Put A Price On Carbon
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee took the handoff Monday for his latest run at putting a price on carbon emissions.
Carbon reductions cheaper when states collaborate, analysis shows
Meeting federal carbon emission targets will be a lot cheaper if Pennsylvania teams up with other states, a new analysis by the nation’s largest grid operator found.
Reid: Obama should veto Keystone
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is calling on President Obama to veto legislation that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Boehner: Obama would be calling voters ‘stupid’ by vetoing Keystone
President Obama is calling the American people “stupid” if he vetoes legislation authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday.
Indian Billionaires Fret as Coal Auctions to Raise Debt
Indian billionaires seeking to regain lost coal mining permits face rising debt at their companies when they take part in auctions the government plans to hold early next year.
Renewables an Alternative to Coal in Turkey’s $400 Billion Plan
Turkey could achieve its aims of expanding its electricity supply and cutting reliance on natural-gas imports by boosting clean energy instead of coal generation, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Concerns Renewed as B.C. Coal Mining Pollutants Increase in Montana Watershed
With renewed plans to expand coal-mining operations in southeastern British Columbia’s Elk River drainage, located upstream from one of Montana’s world-class transboundary watersheds, researchers and government agencies are intensifying scrutiny on environmental hazards spanning the border.
Asia Pushes Hard for Clean Energy
Even as China’s economy begins to cool, its hunger for energy is still climbing.
Electricity From Fuel Cells Sparking Demand for Platinum
With platinum prices at a five-year low, Anglo American Platinum Ltd. is seeking to boost demand for the metal with systems that produce electricity in remote areas.
IKEA bolsters US wind portfolio with largest clean energy deal yet
IKEA has bought the 165MW Cameron wind farm project in the US from Apex Clean Energy, marking the Swedish furniture giant’s largest single renewable energy investment to date.
Huge solar plant lags in early production
The Modesto Bee
The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn’t producing as much energy as planned.
Developers to Expand in Peru After 2015 Renewable Power Auction
ContourGlobal LLC, the biggest operator of wind power in Peru, is planning to double its investment in the country, expanding the list of developers seeking to expand in one of Latin America’s fastest-growing markets for renewable energy.
Peru Hopes New Irrigation Project Will Increase Agricultural Exports By $1 Billion
Circle of Blue WaterNews
Peru is opening a large irrigation project to boost agricultural exports. Australia is spending millions on water projects in New South Wales, while Guatemala is spending millions to repay families affected by the Chixoy Dam. A transport route
between the Baltic and Black Seas is being revived. Farmers in Bangladesh are growing food in floating gardens to combat climate change, while Japan is growing coral to combat sea level rise. Severe rain storms hit Beirut.