Thursday, December 13, 2012

December 13 News: DOE Offers $28 Million In Grants For U.S. Offshore Wind Projects

The federal government is stepping up its efforts to kick-start the offshore wind industry by awarding $28 million in grants to seven projects that are developing varying kinds of power-generation technology. [New York Times]

The Upper Colorado River Basin - including Summit County - could see deficits in its compact obligation to deliver water downstream as often as once every five years by 2040, according to a massive new Bureau of Reclamation study released this week. [Summit County Citizens News]

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is warning that without an operational fleet of polar-orbiting satellites, the European model would have missed a key forecast and predicted that Sandy would have headed out to sea well east of New Jersey. [Climate Central]

Under certain warming forecasts, more than half of the 103 ski resorts in the Northeast will not be able to maintain a 100-day season by 2039. [New York Times]

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said Wednesday that he is optimistic enough Republicans will rally behind his renewable-energy financing bill to get it passed next Congress. [The Hill]

Conservative Bob Inglis blames his efforts to combat global warming for the intra-Republican challenge that cost him his South Carolina congressional seat in 2010. Since the loss, he has traveled the nation making the case to students and grassroots Republican activists that a carbon tax is both good policy and politics. [Bloomberg]

China and the US are to be the clear focus of the next year of climate change negotiations, following a hard-fought climate conference that ended in Doha on Saturday night. [Guardian]

An advisor to the Polish government says the country should keep using its coal for decades to come, despite a European Union policy of replacing the polluting fossil fuel with cleaner sources. [Washington Post]


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