(April 28, 2011)
Council on Environmental Equality
The federal government has released its first-ever comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, which accounts for the GHG emissions associated with the Federal Government’s operations in 2010. President Obama announced last year that the federal government will reduce its direct emissions by 28% and its indirect emissions by 13% by the year 2020. These actions could “save up to $11 billion dollars in energy costs over the next decade and eliminate the equivalent of cumulative 235 million barrels of oil.” Click here for the full GHG Inventory.
(April 27, 2011)
Wall Street Journal
India’s largest private power utility company, Tata Power Co., has commissioned a 3.9MW solar project in an attempt to meet renewable energy goals. It also plans to “add more than 150 megawatts of wind-based electricity capacity and raise its solar power production tenfold by the end of March 2012.”
(April 27, 2011)
The Vancouver Sun
SaskPower, Canada, is undertaking a $1.24 billion carbon-capturing project at their Boundary Dam generating station. It plans to capture 1 million tons of carbon dioxide (250,000 vehicle emissions) annually, and will be the first commercial-scale power plant with an integrated carbon-capture system.
(April 22, 2011)
In his Earth Day proclamation, President Barack Obama stressed the prevalence of global climate change by stating that “no nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of climate change.” He asserts the need for both global and local efforts to take responsibility for climate change and encourages individual actions towards protecting the earth against environmental hazards.
(April 19, 2011)
Council on Environmental Quality
For the first time ever, federal agencies released their scorecards on energy and environmental performance. These scorecards are meant to provide benchmarks, and help each agency meet energy and greenhouse gas performance standards by targeting and tracking opportunities to improve efficiency, reduce pollution, and eliminate waste. Based on the scorecards, agencies will update their sustainability plans, which are due in June, to address areas needing improvement.
(The American Security Project)
The website provides an interactive map with the state-by state assessment of the costs of climate change for each state. Click here for Oregon.