Other Reports | December 2008

Green goal of ‘carbon neutrality’ hits limit. Wall Street Journal

Culture clash / Texas in tug-of-war between valuable resources underground and the people who live above. Denton Record-Chronicle

Pickens, drillers promote natural gas cars. Dallas Morning News

Rio Hondo embarks on energy-saving efforts with LoanStar program. Brownsville Herald

Lawmakers looking to put Austin on the renewable energy map. Austin Business Journal

Texas Legislature could be going ‘green’ / Priorities in upcoming session may include renewable energy, environmental jobs. Houston Chronicle

S.A. is in the slow lane to recycling.San Antonio Express-News

State lawmakers file Ike-related bills.Galveston County Daily News

Riesel sees boon from coal plant work despite uncertain future. Waco Tribune-Herald

Drop in use of gas could last / Despite falling prices, American drivers are still conserving fuel.Houston Chronicle

Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects issues report. Houston-Galveston Area Council press release

Sweetwater leaders support Tenaska project. Abilene Reporter-News

Trash gas proves powerful / New project starts converting city landfill emissions into energy. Denton Record-Chronicle

Texas can take lessons from Finland’s nuclear power plant delays.Dallas Morning News

Insurance method for hurricane rates draws skepticism / Some scientists who predicted number of storms for risk firm now question validity.Houston Chronicle

Texas braces for an oil bust. Time

San Antonio seeks $1 billion in stimulus money. San Antonio Express-News

State water demand projections may be off by 25 percent. Austin American-Statesman

Ike sinks port revenues. Galveston County Daily News

State plan calls for small sliver of hurricane relief for Valley. The Monitor

Texas electric grid operator says it has plenty of power through 2014.Fort Worth Star-Telegram

City Council likely to pay consultant to look into nuclear plant expansion / Austin buying into expansion unlikely, mayor says. Austin American-Statesman

French diplomat says U.S. at turning point on climate / Obama sent Europe ‘strong signals’ on carbon dioxide, negotiator says. Houston Chronicle

Exxon Mobil plans $1 billion upgrade for Texas refinery, 2 others.Dallas Morning New

Local rice growers wait for fields to freshen up after Ike’s saltwater surge.Beaumont Enterprise

Environmental groups, corporation strike deal over Central Texas coal plant. Waco Tribune

Las Brisas plan heats up debate / Gasification better for environment but adds to energy costs. Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Walk this way / Board looks to make Edinburg more pedestrian friendly.The Monitor

The castaways / Can Galveston’s black community survive the island’s comeback? Texas Observer

CenterPoint wants ‘smart meters’ to make the grade. Houston Chronicle

Texas Business for Clean Air backing bills to boost energy efficiency. Dallas Morning News

Houston gives green light for energy-saving traffic bulbs. Houston Chronicle

Group seeks federal review on wind farms. Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Team from Rice wins $10,000 in ‘Recycle Ike’ contest. Houston Chronicle

Survey: Oil may lose top rank as cheapest energy. Associated Press

City, county caught leaving lights on. KPRC 2

USAA signs up for CPS Energy’s Windtricity program. San Antonio Express-News

City-owned trees downed by Ike will be replaced with stronger varieties. KHOU 11 News

$15 million collaborative to help city save energy. El Paso Times

From ash to cash / Coleto Creek power plant byproduct can be recycled. Victoria Advocate

Energy Future Holdings avoids pollution lawsuit with Sierra Club deal. Dallas Morning News

Nolan Co. energy plant fuels debate.Abilene Reporter-News

Recovery committee drafting new vision for isle. Galveston County Daily News

Pickens “anxious” over wind farm project financing. Reuters

Dune and dirty: Hurricane teaches lessons through ecosystem research.Texas A&M press release

Natural gas extraction method may be subject to more rules. Fort Worth Star Telegram

Proposed Lindale biomass plant could power 40,000 homes. Tyler  Morning Telegraph

Texans paint sunny picture for clean energy / A week after governor lambasted carbon caps, venture capitalists, policymakers talk about economic opportunities. Austin American-Statesman

Mountains of hurricane mulch invade Houston neighborhood.KPRC 2

Nine companies join Austin’s clean energy partnership / Participants include Dell, Freescale, Microsoft.Austin American-Statesman

Sustainability remains focus of committee. The Baylor Lariat

When green’s not enough / A proposed Navarro County power plant draws opponents despite its clean qualities. Fort Worth Weekly

Local physicians’ board backs Clean Economy Coalition views /  Coalition wants Las Brisas to use cleaner technology for its proposed petroleum-coke fired plant. Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Pickens: New administration needs energy plan. Dallas Morning News.

Waco passes green home ordinances. News Channel 25

Group: solar energy’s future bright / City, state urged to focus on renewable power resources. Abilene Reporter-News

Companies looking into the implications of a green future.Houston Business Journal

Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus purchase stalls on fuel debate. Dallas Morning News

Scientists: Longer allergy season may be linked to climate change.Dallas Morning News

Texas A&M experts share desert technologies at Tunisian conference.Texas A&M press release

30-mile debris pile becomes symbol of FEMA delays. Associated Press

More than 2 months after Ike, oysters take shellacking. Houston Chronicle

Green jobs, green cash on tap at UT this week. Austin American-Statesman

Area’s transportation agenda heading to Austin / Roads, rail on list of needs. Fort Worth Business Press

Official says state crafting own greenhouse gas plan / Lacking a global-warming ‘climate action plan,’ Oklahoma focuses on carbon output. Tulsa World

Power-plant battle a classic game of maneuver. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Presidential change may help Desert Rock plant. Farmington Daily Times

Advocacy group praises state agency for approving SWEPCO plant.Texarkana Gazette

Some Oklahoma lawmakers look to nuclear energy. Associated Press

Oil, gas wary of new team. Gannett News Service

Clinton, Arkansas announce energy efficiency plan. Associated Press

March trial set for appeal on Ark. power plant. Associated Press

Protecting southeast Louisiana will be extraordinarily expensive. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Subsiding hopes / Southeast Louisiana is sinking under its own weight, even as sea levels rise worldwide. Only perpetual vigilance can avert disaster. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Bye-bye birdy / Global warming suspected as reason for a declining blackbird population in Arkansas.Benton County Daily Record

Climate change in Latin America / The accidental environmentalists.The Economist

Mexico pledges 50 percent cut in greenhouse gases. Associated Press

Arkansas global warming action plan. KARK 4 News

No power to sidetrack coal plants, Beebe says. The Morning News

Power-plant proposal criticized / Watchdog groups oppose the coal-fired facility. Tulsa World

Category 5 hurricane protection plan is delayed again. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Arkansas board allows AEP coal plant work to resume. Reuters

Cow/pig tax claim denied by EPA. Baxter Bulletin

Climate change, drought to strain Colorado River. Associated Press

Powering the future: Obama’s energy plan could create opportunities here.The Daily Advertiser

Army Corps starts work on massive storm barrier in Industrial Canal.New Orleans Times-Picayune

Farmers told: Eye on crop process.Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Utility set to present case for resuming plant work. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Work on Ark. power plant halted after appeal filed. Associated Press

Researchers say 2009 to be one of warmest years on record. Reuters

Malibu’s vanishing Broad Beach a sign of rising sea levels, experts say.Los Angeles Times

‘Huge year for natural disasters’.BBC

Californians shape up as force on environmental policy. Washington Post

Third of Britain’s mammals ‘at risk’ / Climate change and habitat loss blamed as eight more species join the seriously endangered list. The Guardian

With aid from the state, Californians warm to rooftop solar power. Los Angeles Times

In German ‘passive houses,’ no furnaces but plenty of heat. New York Times

Burning coal at home is making a comeback. New York Times

U.S. edges out Germany as world wind power leader. Environment News Service

Tenn. sludge spill challenges ‘clean coal’ future. Discovery News

Solar meets polar as winter curbs clean energy. New York Times

Faster climate change feared / New report points to accelerated melting, longer drought. Washington Post

Flood of sludge breaks TVA dike / Collapse poses risk of toxic ash.Tennessean

‘Green’ jobs compete for stimulus aid / Obama weighs them vs. traditional projects. Washington Post

Greeland’s glaciers losing ice faster this year than last year, which was record-setting itself. Ohio State University press release

Efficient holiday lighting gains more converts. Associated Press

Prius: It’s not just a car, it’s an emergency generator. New York Times

Ambitious climate goals make economic sense. New Scientist

How the West’s energy boom could threaten drinking water for 1 in 12 Americans. Pro Publica and San Diego Union-Tribune

Idaho energy czar aims to harness cow pie power. Associated Press

Connecticut’s Solar Incentives Dry Up. New York Times

Climate change could one day doom “white Christmas.” Reuters

Financial meltdown slowing wind-power boom. Associated Press

NASA study links severe storm increases, global warming. NASA press release

Arctic melt 20 years ahead of climate models. New Scientist

EPA ruling could speed up approval of coal plants. New York Times

Green jobs proponent Hilda Solis picked for labor secretary. Wall Street Journal

Advocates for action on global warming chosen as Obama’s top science advisers. Washington Post

Netherlands to strengthen flood fortifications. AFP

U.S. carbon output slower than thought by 2030: EIA. Reuters

Some climate impacts happening faster than anticipated. Oregon State University press release

Sources: John Holdren to be nominated as Obama’s science adviser. ScienceNOW

US proposes protecting 7 penguin species. Associated Press

Coolest year since 2000 but trend still shows global warming / The last 12 months have been cooler, but 2008 is still the tenth hottest year on record. The Guardian

Iowa Gov. Vilsack tapped by Obama to run USDA. Associated Press

Seas will rise faster than predicted, say scientists. London Times

Jellyfish swarms invade ecosystems out of balance. Environment News Service

The big melt: 2 trillion tons of ice since 2003. Associated Press

Hard task for new team on energy and climate. New York Times

Science must evolve to tackle the challenges of warming, researchers say. The Daily Climate

Obama picks Salazar as Interior secretary. Los Angeles Times

Rich-poor rift persists over climate.New York Times

Scientists urge caution in ocean-CO2 capture schemes. Reuters

Obama left with little time to curb global warming. Associated Press

EU leaders drastically weaken their emission ambition. International Herald Tribune

Calif. adopts tough greenhouse gas restrictions. Associated Press

Which one is greener, Apple or Wal-Mart? Boston Globe

Population growth contributes to emissions growth. Associated Press

Greenhouse gases warming North America unevenly. Associated Press

Obama team set on environment.New York Times

Is Europe getting cold feet on climate change? Time

Winter easing its grip on Northeast / Temperatures rising 0.8 degrees a decade. Boston Globe

A past president’s advice to Obama: Act with haste. Wall Street Journal

Climate change experts ‘lose faith’ in renewable technology. The Guardian

Obama says climate change a matter of national security. Reuters

NCAR study: Growing Third World blocks emissions goals. Rocky Mountain News

Scientists try to mitigate climate change effects. Associated Press

DOE slashes energy demand forecast. Associated Press

Too late? Why scientists say we should expect the worst of global warming. The Guardian

Like a rock: Hybrid car sales plummet. Wall Street Journal

BP, HP, Shell sign letter supporting emissions cuts. Bloomberg

Climate envoys battle over forests, emissions. Associated Press

Nuked: Economic downturn threatens nuclear power’s renaissance, too. Wall Street Journal

Back at junk value, recyclables are piling up. New York Times

Obama pledges public works on a vast scale. New York Times

Jobs, clean energy are key to Obama stimulus plan / Recovery agenda is said to emphasize green infrastructure and health technology.Los Angeles Times

Would burying CO2 help in climate crisis? Associated Press

California leads states demanding EPA tackle global warming.Environment News Service

Environmental groups bash ‘clean coal’ in new campaign. Washington Post

Oil tumbles below $44 a barrel, gas hits new low. Associated Press

Coal pits: Recession sends coal prices plunging. Wall Street Journal

Proposal ties economic stimulus to energy plan. New York Times

Island states seek tougher U.N. climate deal. Reuters

Deadline for global climate treaty in question. Associated Press

U.S. report questions value of carbon-offset deals. Reuters

Climate change fallout may cost annual $50 billion. Associated Press

Quest for new climate treaty begins in earnest. Associated Press

Carbon Detectives Are Tracking Gases in Colorado. New York Times

Farmers panic about a “cow tax.”New York Times

Gas tax hikes gaining traction across the globe. New York Times