The so called Climate Bill, formally referred to as the American Power Act (read it in PDF), contains a wealth of information that could impact the environment, transportation, offshore drilling, clean coal and so much more. Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) presented the bill yesterday with hopes of passing it by the end of the year. Reuters prepared a rundown of some emissions and transportation-related aspects contained in the bill:
Greenhouse Gas Reductions
Even if you disregard the environmental catastrophe that is mountaintop removal, the reasons not to increase the use of coal are numerous. The current popular idea for using coal is convert it to liquid fuel via the Fischer-Tropsch process for use in transportation. Like petroleum, coal is a fossil fuel so burning it or any derivative of it is taking carbon that is trapped in the earth and releasing it into the atmosphere.
The California Air Resources Board wants to implement new rules to reduce greenhouse gases from motor vehicles but they need a waiver from the EPA to do so. They initially applied for the Waiver back in December 2005 and the EPA is finally going to have some public hearings on the request. The first of the two hearings will take place on Tuesday May 22 at the EPA conference center in Arlington, VA. A week later on May 30 a second hearing will take place in Sacremento at the California EPA headqu
German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel has released a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Germany by forty percent by the end of the next decade. The eight point proposal includes improving overall energy efficiency by eleven percent, updating power plants to improve efficiency, increased use of renewable energy sources, more co-generation, more efficient HVAC systems in buildings, and more biofuel use. The final point is reducing emissions of non-CO2 greenhouse gases such as methane