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September 9, 2011

(Reuters)
A jobs program in Georgia, cited in Obama's plan to fight unemployment, needs big fixes and would not work as a federal initiative, says the official who runs it.
(The Hill)
President Obama's jobs proposal, unveiled Thursday, calls for a $25 billion effort to modernize at least 35,000 public schools — and making them greener is part of the plan.
(AP)
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake in the eastern U.S. caused the ground to shake much more than a Virginia nuclear plant was designed to withstand, federal officials said Thursday.
(AP)
The San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California has shut down because of a massive power outage that's affecting millions in California, Arizona and Mexico.
(The Hill)
The EPA's top air quality official offered scant backing for President Obama's surprise decision last week to scuttle planned EPA rules to toughen Bush-era smog standards.
(The Hill)
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President Obama’s decision to scuttle upcoming ozone pollution standards was a mistake "substantively and politically."
(AP)
Texas just finished the hottest June through August on record in the U.S., the National Weather Service said Thursday.  
(AP)
Wildfires have destroyed nearly 1,400 homes in Central Texas where firefighters have been battling to get the blazes under control for days.
(AP)
The La Nina climate phenomenon has returned and that could be bad news for Texas and other drought-ravaged south central states.
(AP)
FBI agents executed search warrants at the headquarters of California solar manufacturer Solyndra, which received more than $500 million in federal loans before filing for bankruptcy.
(NYT Green)
Calisolar is the fifth green technology company in the last 18 months to announce plans to build manufacturing facilities in Mississippi, which is actively pursuing green jobs.
(Reuters)
A Democratic senator has urged Obama to use U.S. trade laws to restrict surging imports of solar panels from China in a sign that high unemployment is increasing trade tensions.
(Guardian)
Japan's prime minister at the height of the nuclear crisis has said he feared the country would collapse, and revealed that Tepco had considered abandoning the Fukushima Daiichi power plant after it was hit by the March 11 tsunami.
(Grist)
A tape of a secret meeting between Gov. Christie and David Koch may shed light on the governor's decision to pull New Jersey out of RGGI, the Northeast carbon trading market.  
(CNET News)
With a variable driving range and charging stations few and far between, EV drivers have cause to worry if they'll reach their destination. But for many, the mental stress vanishes after just three months of zero-emissions commuting.
(AFP)
Climate change represents the greatest threat to the of the people of the Pacific region, a communique issued at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Auckland said Thursday.
(RedOrbit)
Researchers say that a series of pole-to-pole science flights has produced the first global portrait of the distribution of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
(New York Times)
The company said its facilities consumed almost 260 million watts — about a quarter of the output of a nuclear power plant — in order to run its services.

September 8, 2011

(New York Times)
Undeterred by the bankruptcy filing of a California solar company that got $535 million in federal loan guarantees, the DOE is issuing two more large loan guarantees.
(Reuters)
The chief financial officer of bankrupt solar startup Solyndra declined to say on Wednesday if potential buyers would keep its business in the United States.
(Wall Street Journal)
Japan's nuclear disaster is forcing the world to become more reliant than ever on aging nuke plants, and if utilities have their way, those plants will run decades longer than envisioned.
(AP )
Ban Ki-moon said that urgent action was needed on climate change, pointing to the famine in the Horn of Africa and devastating floods in Australia as examples of the suffering caused by warming.
(New Zealand Herald)
The EU is willing to sign up to a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, but only if commitments are forthcoming from other major emitters.
(The Hill)
Al Gore is trashing President Obama’s decision to scuttle planned Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would have toughened smog standards.
(Politico)
Add Carol Browner to the list of people dismayed by the White House's backtracking on smog. "Obviously I was disappointed," says Obama's former energy and environmental adviser.
(Coal Tattoo)
As the nation waits to hear more details of Obama’s new jobs plan, the National Mining Association has issued a news release criticizing the Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" campaign.
(Reuters)
The United States could create more than 1 million jobs by 2030 by expanding offshore drilling, limiting federal regulation of shale gas development and quickly approving a Canadian oil sands pipeline, according to a study commissioned by an oil industry group.
(AP)
Ohio is the latest state where opponents are pushing a ban on a form of drilling that injects chemicals into shale to release natural gas.
(UPI)
Oil and natural gas contractor Halliburton announced it was looking to develop a greener process to coax natural gas out of shale formations.
(NYT Green)
New York is planning four public hearings on the potential drilling impacts as well as a three-month public comment period.