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Climate Crisis Coalition Newsfeed (Sept 13, 2006)

As Gas Prices Fall, Carbon Tax Advocates Speak Up .
By Tom Incantalupo,
September 13, 2006
Falling gasoline prices might be good news for motorists, but some people concerned with the nation's gasoline consumption and dependence on imported oil think prices at the pump should be higher, not lower… Economist Robert H. Frank of Cornell University, for example, favors a $2 a gallon increase in the federal tax on gasoline - now 18.5 cents a gallon - but he would refund money to families in the form of an income tax rebate… At the Chicago auto show in February, General Motors vice chairman Robert Lutz was quoted as saying the only way to make Americans switch significantly to more fuel-efficient vehicles was to tax gasoline as is done in Europe, where gasoline prices are consistently several dollars higher per gallon than in the United States…In New York futures trading yesterday, gasoline fell to a six-month low and heating oil and crude oil dropped to their lowest levels since March, according to Bloomberg news.”


Colleges and Universities Are Learning What It Takes to Go Green .
By Joel Makower,
Grist Magazine,
September 12, 2006
“The greening of academe is nothing new, but it seems to have taken root in a big way. Today, it's not just about doing a few good, green things -- recycling, buying green energy, building green buildings, and all the rest -- and it's not just about saving money or being seen as a good neighbor. It's about being seen as a sustainability leader in order to attract students, funding, and media attention.”


Growing Green Ideas in Connecticut .
By Robert Miller,
The News Times,
September 13, 2006
“More businesses, people are using renewable energy … The entire enterprise of getting Connecticut residents to buy clean energy fits into the state's overall global warming plan to reduce CO2 emissions. The state-funded Connecticut Clean Energy Fund has a goal of meeting 20 percent of the state's energy needs through renewable sources -- including hydropower, wind, and solar power -- by 2010.”


Renewable Energy a Reality in Downtown Salt Lake City .
By John Daley,
KSL Radio,
September 12, 2006
“A major new renewable energy project is generating power today. It's happening in the heart of downtown, in the heart of one of the sunniest states in the nation, located on the south side of the Salt Palace… It's a $200,000 joint project between Salt Lake County, the city and Rocky Mountain Power, which is funding half of it through its Blue Sky program, where 18-thousand customers are paying a premium to support renewables.”


Massachusetts Governor Resolves Not to Rejoin Regional CO2 Pact .
September 12, 2006.

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will not rejoin a regional pact to regulate greenhouse gases despite the urging of the state's congressional delegation. Massachusetts helped form the pact, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, with governors from states in the U.S. Northeast, in the absence of federal policy to regulate the gases scientists link to global warming. But late last year Romney, a Republican, pulled out of the agreement which seeks to cut carbon dioxide emissions at power plants 20 percent by 2019… The Massachusetts congressional delegation wrote a letter to Romney on Tuesday asking him to rejoin the pact.”


Duke Energy Pitches Need for New Coal Plants .
By Emery P. Dalesio,
The Associated Press,
September 12, 2006
Duke Energy needs $2 billion from ratepayers to build two coal-fired power plants [for 1,600 megawatts of extra power], company CEO John Rogers said Tuesday, [before the] North Carolina Utilities Commission… Duke Energy has not built a big, around-the-clock coal-fired power plant since 1975, and it's been 20 years since it added a nuclear plant… Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in Asheville, said the commission should withhold approval of the second coal-burning plant at Cliffside until steps are taken to cut demand and Duke Energy commits to shutting down old coal plants.”


Climate Change Seen Pushing Plants to the Brink .
September 12, 2006
“Thousands of plant species are being pushed to the brink of extinction by global warming, and those already at the extremes are in the greatest danger, a leading botanist said on Tuesday.
Paul Smith, head of Britain's Millennium Seed Bank, said the drylands of the world which cover 40 percent of the earth's surface and are home to more than one-third of the population faced the bleakest future.”


Summer Was the Second Warmest Ever .
Martin Mittelstaedt,

Toronto Globe and Mail,
September 13, 2006
This summer has been the second warmest on record in Canada, with almost the entire country basking in above-normal temperatures, according to preliminary figures compiled by Environment Canada.”


Scientists Converge on Africa to Unlock Hurricane Mystery .
Agence France-Presse.
September 13, 2006

A year after Katrina devastated much of New Orleans, scores of scientists have converged on West Africa to try to crack a mystery about hurricanes by studying the warm seas where many are born.”


Shedding Light on the World .
By Jane Qiu,
BBC News,
September 8, 2006.

“The 2006 Millennium Technology Prize was awarded [in Helsinki] to Professor Shuji Nakamura [University of California at Santa Barbara}. The inventor who is said to have kicked started the ‘blue laser revolution’… more than 10 years ago with his inventions of light-emitting semiconductors: blue, green and white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and the blue laser diode… blue LEDs are used in full-colour flat-screen displays, while blue lasers will change the face of information technology, some say… A light using the LEDs, known as a solid-state light, consumes just four watts of electricity to produce as much light as a 60-watt incandescent lightbulb. ‘It is estimated that it is possible to alleviate the need for 133 nuclear power stations in the US by the year 2025 if white solid-state lighting is implemented,’ said Professor Nakamura. Bulbs using Nakamura's semiconductor materials are now widely used in traffic lights around the world. They are expected to last over 10 years, whereas conventional bulbs last just 6 months… The 1m Euro prize… awards outstanding achievement aimed at promoting the quality of life and sustainable development … Professor Nakamura plans to donate part of the prize to organisations that help to implement solid-state lighting in developing countries, such as the Light Up The World Foundation or Engineering Without Borders.”