The Obama administration today proposed opening vast expanses of ocean to oil and natural gas drilling, including 167 million acres from Delaware to Florida, 130 million acres off Alaska, and more in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil companies are pleased, but residents and environmentalists are angry.
The E.P.A. announced that it would not begin phasing in until next January a controverial requirement that power plants obtain permits to emit greenhouse gases. The Obama administration would prefer comprehensive energy legislation, but is developing a regulatory plan in case Congress fails to act.
Ever wonder who finances all those climate skeptics? A report just issued by Greenpeace, the activist environmental group, says it is Koch Industries. Who? Koch is a big Kansas-based industrial conglomerate, a “financial kingpin” of denialists that has outspent Exxon Mobil in recent years.
A U.N. agency, the World Meteorological Organization, reported that the past decade was the warmest on record. This outcome supports one by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which found that the decade from 2000 to 2009 was the warmest since modern temperature recording started in the 1850s.
After two months’ repair, the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant can begin operating again. The state senate has ordered it closed for good in 2012. Reversal is possible, but public opinion is heavily against continued operation. Entergy, the operator, said no pipes existed to leak, but they did and did.