January 7 News: Obama To Nominate Outgoing Washington Governor Christine Gregoire As EPA Chief?

President Obama is about to nominate outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire as the new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a very private prediction from a very senior source in Washington’s congressional delegation. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

M.I.T. climate scientist Kerry Emanuel has published an updated edition of “What We Know About Climate Change,” his 2007 book explaining the science of global warming. [New York Times]

Recent laws in the United States and Europe that mandate the increasing use of biofuel in cars have had far-flung ripple effects, economists say, as land once devoted to growing food for humans is now sometimes more profitably used for churning out vehicle fuel. [New York Times]

New solar power installations in Germany hit a record high last year, but tapered off in the fourth quarter as subsidies were cut to curb costs to consumers, Environment Ministry data showed on Saturday. [Express Tribune]

A Canadian company has developed a cleansing technology that may one day capture and remove heat-trapping gasses directly from the sky. And it is even possible that the gas could then be sold for industrial use. [New York Times]

More than 100 homes destroyed and thousands of people displaced on Australian island state of Tasmania due to dozens of wildfires sparked by record high temperatures. [Guardian]

Global warming could result in a significant shift of the North American monsoon, with less rain during the early part of the season, in June and July, and more rain later in the summer and early autumn. [Summit County Voice]

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and a salvage crew managed to refloat a drilling rig that ran aground in Alaska in preparation for towing it to a safe harbor. [Bloomberg]

9 Responses to January 7 News: Obama To Nominate Outgoing Washington Governor Christine Gregoire As EPA Chief?

  1. John McCormick says:

    Biofuels is likely the most damaging idea humans have devised. Weapons are selective. Biofuels do not discriminate. They punish all and the poorest first and hardest.

    Whoever put biofules into our economy must be looked upon with shame.

    I don’t think ADM could have pulled it off without the renewables gang giving them cover.

  2. An additional roundup of energy and climate headlines for 1/7 is posted at

  3. rollin says:

    Biofuels from Guatamala? Since we can’t seem to keep the insanity contained within our own borders, this is one more reason to buy food locally and grow your own. The fact that a few big owners run the ag system in Guatemala and are willing to exclude many people from access to land, should tell us not buy any food from that country and to conserve further on fuels.

  4. While you mentioned the Tasmanian Wildfires, we should note that all of Australia is under a dome of heat that is setting records and New South Wales is going up in smoke again. Experts have described a huge “dome of heat” over Australia that has broken national temperature records and set the scene for dangerous fire conditions for days across large parts of the country.

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  5. prokaryotes says:

    Australian has been bracing for near-record temperatures, with bushfires ablaze in five out of six states. Police in Tasmania are still searching for those reported missing after fire swept across the island last week.
    Prime Minister Julia Gillard warned Australians of high bushfire risks in coming days, highlighting global climate warming as the probable cause.
    “We do know over time that as a result of climate change we are going to see more extreme weather events and conditions.”

  6. prokaryotes says:

    In the future i will focus to post here only major finds and leave other related stuff on this monthly post

    Global Warming News January 2013

    Everybody is welcome to participate with input, comments and feedback.

  7. David B. Benson says:

    Very warm down under in Oz.


  8. David B. Benson says:
    Up to 47.5 degrees Celsius right now. That is 117.5 degrees Fahrenheit.