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US Climate Envoy Todd Stern downplays hopes for a binding legal treaty in 2010. Instead, look for “strong progress be made” and “pragmatic steps” to be taken this year.
Despite claims that they’ve stopped funding climate change deniers, ExxonMobil is still giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to support skeptic “think tanks” around the world.
The New York Times promises a piece on how “mainstream” climate scientists are raising questions about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But while some legitimate concerns have been raised, the NYT doesn’t bother to deal with those.
William Magwood, Barack Obama’s controversial pick to serve on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was supposed to spend some time in the hot seat during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday. But the members of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee barely questioned Magwood about his lengthy resume working for nuclear interests and how that history would affect his ability to regulate the industry.
Barack Obama on Tuesday told reporters that his recent embrace of nuclear power is part of an effort to adopt some Republican ideas on energy, noting that he remains an “eternal optimist” about bipartisanship. But his attempt to woo Republicans with nuclear power has met predictably bad reviews from the Party of No.
Richard Pombo announced last month that he is back in the political game, and he’s already reclaimed his post at the most-hated candidate for environmental groups.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rolls out Climate.gov to make information on climate change more accessible to the public.
Bernie Sanders bashes calls for a nuclear revival and rolls out a big solar plan: the 10 Million Solar Roofs and 10 Million Gallons of Solar Hot Water Act.