Green Notes - 18 May 09
- Massachusetts is poised to receive about $200 million in federal money for energy research and efficiency programs under a sweeping climate change bill to be unveiled on Friday, according to one of the measure’s chief negotiators. Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey introduced “H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act.“ The Energy and Commerce Committee will begin markup of the bill on Monday, May 18, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., and will complete consideration before the Memorial Day recess. “This bill marks the dawn of the clean energy age,” said Subcommittee Chairman Markey. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revive our economy and create millions of good-paying clean energy jobs. After months of hearings and discussions with my colleagues, I am pleased that we have produced a bill that has widespread support from all regions of the country.”
- Emissions from fossil fuels are rising faster than projected, former Vice President Al Gore told hundreds gathered Thursday night for The Climate Project’s North American Summit in Nashville. Advertisement “Temperatures are rising more rapidly,” he said. “The ice is melting more rapidly.“ Still, he said at the kickoff event of the three-day gathering, hope looms large. “We have to seize this moment, because it may not ever come around again,” Gore said. “This is the time when the world is making up its mind.” The nonprofit group founded by Gore has trained about 3,000 people to deliver their own versions of the climate change slideshow that made him the star of the Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” and the leading U.S. voice on global warming.
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- Last weekend we told you about a new EPA plan to penalize Ethanol’s environmental rating through an idea called “Indirect Land Use”. This week, Ethanol producers joined forces with Senator John Thune to stop the idea from becoming law.
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