Sunday, October 14, 2012

In Case You Missed It: Week of October 7-13

Here's a good overview of Romney’s environmental positions (anti-Clean Air Act, pro-Keystone XL, anti-fuel efficiency, and pro-oil and gas exploration) and various barriers that would (hopefully) prevent him from doing what he says he would do.

Oil that may be from BP’s Macondo well showed up again in Gulf waters.

Department of Interior is fast tracking renewable energy development on public lands in the West.  On Tuesday, it announced that over 10,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable power have been authorised on public lands. On Friday, it finalized a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for a plan regarding utility-scale solar energy permitting in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

Deforestation spiked in Brazil in August, prompting the Brazilian federal government to announce the establishment of a new, special environmental security force.

A new poll from George Mason University and Yale’s Project on Climate Change Communication found that a large and growing majority of Americans say “global warming is affecting weather in the United States” (74%, up 5 points since our last national survey in March 2012).

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