October 3 News: Colorado Voters Focused On Energy In Lead Up To Tonight’s Presidential Debate

The presidential debates are expected to cover a wide range of topics, from the economy to foreign policy to health care. Wednesday night’s debate will focus on domestic policy — and one topic that’s likely to come up is energy. [National Public Radio]

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), who’s trailing GOP rival Deb Fischer in their race for the state’s open Senate seat, turned to his opponent’s denial of the human impact on global warming to gain some ground. [The Hill]

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a conservative group backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, has pledged to spend nearly $1 million in Arkansas. [Washington Post]

Louisiana’s Republican U.S. senator blasted oil giant BP PLC on Tuesday for what he called its attempt to run from its full cleanup responsibilities for the nation’s worst offshore spill, the 2010 disaster that left the Gulf Coast heavily oiled. [Fuel Fix]


A Chinese company sued Barack Obama on Tuesday for blocking its windfarm project in Oregon on the grounds it was a national security threat. [Guardian]

DuPont Co., battling Monsanto Co. for the lead in U.S. corn seed, said its Aquamax seeds boosted yields of the grain by more than 8 percent this year as the U.S. drought provided a test of the new technology. [Businessweek]

For those trying to interpret the global carbon budget, a key question revolves around how much carbon dioxide a tree or moss or shrub can pull from the air. A large-scale experiment, running for more than a dozen years, has found that this value may be much less than some scientists had anticipated. [Smithsonian]

Climate change is blamed for melting ice, shrinking animals and brewing more intense storms around the globe — but is it slowing the top finish times at the Boston Marathon? [Live Science]

The Weather Channel announced Tuesday that it is going to assign names to winter storms during the 2012–13 winter season, in much the same way tropical storms and hurricanes are named. [Climate Central]


U.S. auto sales last month posted their best showing in 4–1/2 years, helped by cheap financing, rising consumer confidence and a major rebound by Toyota Motor Corp. [Reuters]

The phrase “organized crime” typically conjures up images of drug trafficking or stolen-car rings. But it turns out that the illegal logging trade is just as lucrative — and far more destructive. Between 50 to 90 percent of forestry in tropical areas is now controlled by criminal groups, according to a new report from the United Nations and Interpol. [Wonk Blog]