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December 3, 2015

House assault on climate rules elicits shrugs abroad

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-03 06:53:15

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius dismissed a U.S. House vote to gut the cornerstone of President Obama’s international climate change promises, saying opposition in Congress won’t derail talks here toward a new agreement. “My sense was that wasn’t a great surprise, what happened. We know the position that the Congress has, at least the position of many Republicans in Congress,” Fabius said. “In fact, we discussed this the other day with President Obama when we were having dinner. For him, it wasn’t a surprise.” [ read more … ]

White House Announces 73 New Companies to Join Climate Pledge – Bloomberg Business

By Justin Sink, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2015-12-03 06:53:43

Another 73 companies joined a White House pledge to reduce emissions and water usage, buy renewable energy or take other climate-friendly steps as part of President Barack Obama’s effort to enlist corporate backing for his efforts to combat climate change.

The companies, which include retail giant Amazon.com Inc., chemical conglomerate DuPont Co., and JetBlue Airways Corp., bring the total that have joined the administration’s initiative to 154 companies. The pledge, launched in July, asks companies to cut waste and reduce their carbon footprints. Participants employ 11 million people and account for some $4.2 trillion in annual revenue. [ read more … ]

Ark. senators hold up Energy Department nominee over wind-energy line plan

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-12-03 06:54:12

Arkansas’ two Republican senators say they will place a hold on a confirmation vote for a U.S. Department of Energy nominee because of their concerns over a proposed wind-energy transmission line that would cross the state. U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton said Wednesday they will place a hold on the confirmation vote for Victoria Wassmer, who is President Barack Obama’s nominee for the department’s undersecretary for management and performance. A Senate committee advanced Wassmer’s nomination last month. [ read more … ]

‘Clean Coal’ Technology Fails to Capture World’s Attention

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-12-03 06:54:39

The Kemper County power plant was supposed to be up and running by now, showing the world how to burn coal without spewing climate-warming carbon pollution into the air. Instead, the coal plant towering over pine trees and pastures in rural Mississippi is looking like another monument to the unfulfilled promise of carbon capture technology. [ read more … ]

Coal is king among pollution that causes heart disease, study says

By Darryl Fears, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2015-12-03 06:55:20

“Our results indicate that, pound for pound, coal-burning particles contribute roughly five times as much to heart disease mortality risk as the average air pollution particle in the United States,” said George D. Thurston, a professor of population health and environmental medicine at New York University and lead author of the study. Thurston and the study’s 10 other authors said that their findings should end assumptions in previous studies that carbon “particles have the same toxicity, irrespective of their source.” [ read more … ]

The Latest: India, Brazil Resist Bid for New Carbon Goals

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-12-03 06:55:40

The latest news from the U.N. climate conference in Paris, which runs through Dec. 11.
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