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

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

  1. Henry says:

    FYI, The Bloomberg link to the story about former congressman Bob Inglis is not working.

  2. Jean Netherton says:

    Hopefully these incentives will persuade local utility companies to allow the wind farms. It is a step in the right direction.
    There is more we can do. Please sign and share our petition.
    The petition reads:
    It is not enough that we the people shoulder the burden of reducing the carbon out put by buying more efficient cars, by buying solar panels, by buying mass transit tickets, or through the purchase of more efficient homes. These are all good things and good for business and I applaud these efforts – but it is not enough.
    Shut down the tar sands project in Utah before it begins. Reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Work to shut down the blight that is Canadian tar sands. Push the carbon tax and more.
    Because none of those other things we re-elected you for will mean anything if we can’t drink the water or breathe the air.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/shut-down-tar-sands-project-utah-it-begins-and-reject-keystone-xl-pipeline/H1MQJGMW

  3. prokaryotes says:

    Conference: IMPACTS WORLD 2013
    Potsdam Dorinth Hotel, from May 27, 2013 12:00 AM to May 30, 2013 02:00 PM

    Registration and Call for abstracts now open http://www.pik-potsdam.de/research/climate-impacts-and-vulnerabilities/news-events/conference-impacts-world-2013

    • prokaryotes says:

      There is growing agreement that now is the time to initiate a new, coordinated vision for climate impacts research. The IMPACTS WORLD 2013 conference in Potsdam will for the first time bring together leading scientists and decision makers from around the world with the goal of discussing the future of climate impact research and setting a state-of-the-art agenda.

  4. catman306 says:

    Poisoning the Well: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply

    Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation’s drinking water.

    http://www.propublica.org/article/poisoning-the-well-how-the-feds-let-industry-pollute-the-nations-undergroun