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Today's Climate: April 2, 2010

By SolveClimate Staff

Apr 2, 2010

(Reuters)

The U.S. finalized its first greenhouse gas emissions rules on autos and significantly boosted fuel efficiency standards for the first time since the 1970s, moves Canada jointly imposed on its industry.

(New York Times)

The Obama administration released new energy efficiency standards for water heaters and other appliances that it said would save consumers $10 billion over 30 years while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

(Washington Post)

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will challenge new standards for fuel efficiency for autos finalized by the EPA. Cuccinelli has already filed suit against the agency's determination that it can regulate CO2 as a pollutant.

(The Hill)

Virginia's new governor, Rupublican Bob McDonnell, is removing his state from the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition after the group sent a letter supporting a national renewable electricity mandate he opposes.

(Bloomberg)

South Africa won't agree to any conditions to obtain a $3.75 billion World Bank loan to fund the construction of a coal plant by the state-owned utility Eskom Holdings Ltd., Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said.

(AFP)

The city of Tokyo launched Asia's first non-voluntary scheme to trade carbon credits, mandating that 1,400 polluting factories and office buildings reduce emissions, with the aim of slashing total CO2 output by 25% from 2000 levels by 2020.

(Reuters)

Paris city authorities have installed two small wind turbines at the top of one of the capital's hills to test the technology before installing more in one of the world's most famous skylines.

(AP)

The EPA has approved clean air permits for Shell Oil to drill exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich announced.

(PV Tech)

Having been the major beneficiary of VC investments over recent years, solar funding could be on the wane if the fall in funding for the first quarter of 2010 develops into a trend going forward.

(Green Inc.)

Controversy is swirling in Montana after Gov. Schweitzer requested in a letter sent to local officials that they voice support for "coal money" from a proposed new mine in exchange for receiving funds to build roads and other infrastructure projects.

(The Detroit News)

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