"April 19 News: TransCanada Submits New Route For Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline"
Our round-up of the top climate and energy news. Please post additional links below.
TransCanada Corp. submitted a reroute of its Keystone XL oil pipeline to the Nebraska state government Wednesday, moving a step closer to reviving the project after it was rejected by the U.S. government earlier this year. The reroute will avoid an environmentally sensitive area in the U.S. Midwest state, and comes a day after Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed a bill allowing the state’s review of the pipeline to continue. [Wall Street Journal]
U.S. coal exports to China could more than double to over 12 million tonnes in 2012 thanks to depressed freight rates and a fall in domestic demand in the United States, the chief of top U.S. coal exporter Xcoal Energy & Resources said. The expected increase in coal shipments could further push down coal prices in Asia where a supply glut following a deluge from the United States and Colombia has forced prices to slump recently. [Reuters]
Global warming, pollution and human activity in marine habitats are not generally regarded as good things — unless you’re a jellyfish. Then — according to a study of the jellyfish population by University of B.C. researchers — they have an upside. [Canada.com]
The National Park Service is launching a new initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its properties. Park service officials will discuss the program at a news conference Thursday at the Lincoln Memorial. [Washington Post]
The 14th Dalai Lama, named Tenzin Gyatso, needed few notes for a subject he is passionate about; the merging of scientific research into global warming with spiritual practice. He was joined on stage by two world renowned Scripps Institute of Oceanography researchers to discuss global warming and the need for environmental change. [Fox 5]
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) took on a brave new title on Wednesday: zombie killer. Standing alongside a giant photograph of a highway road sign flashing the words “Caution! Zombies! Ahead!!!”, Polis took to the House floor to warn his colleagues of “zombie” earmarks that have returned from the dead and crept into the transportation bill they were debating. The best way to ward them off, he said, would be to pass his amendment banning the return of once-killed earmarks. [Huffington Post]
In one of the least-shocking political developments of 2012, four major environmental groups simultaneously endorsed President Obama’s reelection bid Wednesday. [Washington Post]
Serious doubts have been raised over the prospects for carbon capture and storage in the UK in the first comprehensive investigation into the technology, just two weeks after the government launched a £1bn competition to build the first demonstration CCS plant. [Guardian]