Climate Summary

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Climate news:

Reid warms to July climate vote (Politico)
Senate Democratic leaders are set to roll the dice this month on a comprehensive energy and climate bill, including a cap on greenhouse gases from power plants, even though they don’t yet have the 60 votes needed to move the controversial plan.

Regional Carbon Cap Gets Second Look as ‘Template’ for National Plan (NYT)
The climate debate in Congress is prompting a closer look at a mandatory program that has been chugging along for almost two years in the eastern United States with relatively little notice.

Reid, Targeting Power Plant Emissions, Hopes Support Arrives Along the Way (NYT)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is drafting legislation to limit carbon emissions at the nation’s power plants, a risky political maneuver that faces divisions within his own party and a Senate clock that is quickly winding down.

Kerry, Lieberman Push Their Own Utility-Only Climate Bill as Reid’s Decision Nears (NYT)
The architects behind this year’s sweeping Senate energy and climate proposal are working overtime to round up support for a slimmed-down version of their bill that would curb emissions from only the electric utility sector.

NASA: First half of 2010 breaks the thermometer — despite “recent minimum of solar irradiance” (ClimateProgress)
Following fast on the heels of the hottest Jan-May — and spring — in the temperature record, it’s also the hottest Jan-June on record in the NASA dataset. It’s all the more powerful evidence of human-caused warming “because it occurs when the recent minimum of solar irradiance is having its maximum cooling effect,” as a recent must-read NASA paper notes.

Science Behind Closed Doors (Economist)
Two new reports say the science of climate change is fine, but that some scientists and the institutions they work in need to change their attitudes.

MIT: Simply dispatching natural gas plants before coal would cut U.S. power-sector CO2 emissions 10% (ClimateProgress)
Gas can be a bridge to low-carbon future if we put a price on CO2.

Climate scientists: “The urgent need to act cannot be overstated.” (ClimateProgress)
“Climate change caused by humans is already affecting our lives and livelihoods — with extreme storms, unusual floods and droughts, intense heat waves, rising seas and many changes in biological systems — as climate scientists have projected.”

UN eyes private help in $100 billion climate aid (AP)
A pledge by rich nations in Copenhagen to provide as much as $100 billion a year of climate-related aid to developing countries by 2020 may depend in part on the generosity of private donors and other non-governmental sources.

UN Panel Seeks Financing Sources to Offset Climate Change (VOA)
The co-chairs of the United Nations advisory group charged with finding $100 billion a year to help developing countries meet the challenges of climate change said Tuesday that they will present their final report in October, ahead of the U.N. climate conference in Mexico.

White House Clean Energy Forum Thursday (Politico Morning Energy)
On Thursday, Obama heads to Holland, Michigan to break ground on an electric-vehicle battery plant. On Friday, according to the White House, “Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will join other top Administration officials in hosting a Clean Energy Economy Forum at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with business and community leaders as well as state and local officials from across the country. … The Administration officials will also reiterate the need for comprehensive energy and climate legislation that will help America transition to a clean energy economy, create jobs and enhance America’s competitiveness.”

For left, Al Gore still matters (Politico)
Al Gore remains an effective behind-the-scenes player lobbying for climate legislation, even as his personal life has exploded into the tabloids over the past two months and become the subject of a new police investigation.

Even as temperatures soar climate denial campaign persists (StatesmanJournal)
Even as the east coast sweltered under 100-degree temperatures in early July, the campaign to convince the public that global warming is a hoax charged forward. Polling suggests this crusade has paid off. Public belief in the science of global warming has dropped. But record high temperatures aren’t opinion–they are physical reality. American’s must quickly see through this manipulative attempt to kill climate legislation before temperature extremes become the norm.

The science behind climate science (Politico)
How we as a society use what we have learned from climate science could define our generation. Right now, our nation — and the world — are at a crossroads. Yet we seem stalled — despite an increasingly clear picture of what human-induced global warming is doing to our planet.

Cuccinelli uses court filing to dispute Mann climate research (WaPo VA Politics)
The filing is the latest legal salvo in Cuccinelli’s fight with U-Va. over whether it will turn over documents related to the work of a former professor, climate scientist Michael Mann. Cuccinelli has said he is investigating whether Mann committed fraud while seeking five public grants while employed at the university. He issued a civil subpoena to the university for documents and emails.

Sea levels rising in parts of Indian Ocean; Greenhouse gases play role, study finds (ScienceDaily)
Newly detected rising sea levels in parts of the Indian Ocean, including the coastlines of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, Sri Lanka, Sumatra and Java, appear to be at least partly a result of human-induced increases of atmospheric greenhouse gases, says a study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Murkowski Part II Rears its Ugly Head (HuffPo)
As we all know, the public was outraged at Murkowski’s Big Oil bailout bill. Now, unfortunately, Sen. Jay Rockefeller is pushing Murkowski Part II, yet there’s far less attention being paid to this effort.

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