Cap and Trade Loses in Australia, Wall Street Journal/Asia, (editorial), 04/29/10. But no matter how hard governments try, it's hard to cover up the fact that the more the public learns about the science and cost of fighting global warming, the less popular it becomes. Expect more climate climb downs to come. NEGATIVE.
Oil Slick Nears Coast as U.S. Escalates Response, Wall Street Journal, 04/30/10. The oil "is already in state waters" and will reach the Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area, near the southernmost tip of the state later Thursday, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said after a meeting with council members and a congressman to discuss the emergency. The prospects for slowing the spread of the oil appear dim, and the slick threatens to cause significant environmental damage and disruption to business along the Gulf Coast. In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday to aid state response and asked the Coast Guard and BP PLC to deploy more resources to the state. NEUTRAL.
LOBBYING: Businesses push Reid to abandon immigration for climate , E & E Publishing, (see below), 04/29/10. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid(D-Nev.) is facing mounting pressure to abandon immigration reform and focus on climate legislation before the Senate stalls for midterm elections. Several electric utilities, including nuclear power giant Exelon and PG&E, joined more than 170 businesses to punctuate the importance of placing a price on carbon through a complex bill that is facing a political impasse. NEUTRAL.
Legislation Provides Key Binding Targets, National Journal (op-ed), (see below), 04/29/10. Denise Bode: We have to make sure that Congress... This battle is far from over this year. The American people know that wind works for America and they want Congress to pass a comprehensive energy and climate bill now that includes a strong national Renewable Electricity Standard. Americans understand that a strong RES will mean new manufacturing jobs, less dependence on imported energy, and more pure, clean, affordable energy for our country. A recent national poll on this subject found that a majority of Americans -- 56% -- disapprove of the job Congress is doing on renewable energy and 67% believe Congress is not doing enough to increase renewable energy sources such as wind. Denise Bode is CEO of American Wind Energy Association. POSITIVE.
Drilling Process Attracts Scrutiny in Rig Explosion, Wall Street Journal, 04/29/10. The process is supposed to prevent oil and natural gas from escaping by filling gaps between the outside of the well pipe and the inside of the hole bored into the ocean floor. Cement, pumped down the well from the drilling rig, is also used to plug wells after they have been abandoned or when drilling has finished but production hasn't begun. In the case of the Deepwater Horizon, workers had finished pumping cement to fill the space between the pipe and the sides of the hole and had begun temporarily plugging the well with cement; it isn't known whether they had completed the plugging process before the blast. NEUTRAL.
Thursday, April 29, 2010 1:00 PM
LOBBYING: Businesses push Reid to abandon immigration for climate (04/29/2010)
Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter
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Thursday, April 29, 2010 3:17 PM
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