Carol Browner, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a former climate official under President Obama, joined John Podesta, the chairman of CAP and the chief of staff to President Clinton, in the pages of Bloomberg today to explain why they’ve decided to oppose oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. [Bloomberg]
Developers and President Barack Obama’s administration assured us these operations would be safe, thanks to strict oversight and new technology. Now it seems this optimism was misplaced. Unfortunately for Shell and other oil producers seeking to exploit the region, the company’s best efforts were met with multiple failures.
We were open to offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic provided oil companies and the government could impose adequate safeguards, ensure sufficient response capacity and develop a deeper understanding of how oil behaves in ice and freezing water. Now, following a series of mishaps and errors, as well as overwhelming weather conditions, it has become clear that there is no safe and responsible way to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean.
Citing the unfinished business of climate legislation, and the warnings recently put forward in the draft of the National Climate Assessment, CAP also put forward ten recommendations yesterday to guide President Obama’s second term. [CAP]
Yesterday, Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority announced they’ll be combining resources to purchase as many as 60 trains over the next decade that can run up to 220 mph along the East and West coast corridors. [Grist]
It turns out Canada tops the United States in garbage production — the Conference Board of Canada ranked the country 15th out of 17 developed nations across a number of environmental-efficiency metrics. [Grist]
A new study has determined that solar power is 30, 50, or even 200 times more efficient that biofuels in terms of land use. [CleanTechnia]
Markets are expecting German and French power prices to drop to record lows in 2014, as increasing solar output is anticipated to alleviate demand for other sources of electricity. [Bloomberg]
A prominent coastal scientist warned yesterday that some of the world’s best-known beach resorts may not survive the projected rise in sea levels, and that failures of short-term coastal management may compound the problem. [PhysOrg]