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Mexico pledges to cut greenhouse-gas emissions in half by 2050

Mexico on Thursday pledged to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions 50 percent from 2002 levels by 2050, making it one of only a handful of developing nations to set a concrete emissions-reduction goal. Mexico aims to hit its climate target through …

Business & Technology

Auto bailout passed by House requires compliance with state emission standards

The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a $14 billion rescue plan for the domestic auto industry that, among many other things, would force the companies to comply with California’s strict emissions requirements for vehicles. However, House Democrats reportedly dropped a …

Politics

EPA drops significant planned changes to two air-pollution rules

The U.S. EPA on Wednesday announced it’s giving up its effort to push through two unpopular changes to air-pollution rules before President-elect Barack Obama takes office. The changes, in the works for years, would have eased restrictions on power plants’ …

Politics

A message from Detroit

Naughty language below the fold: (via BoingBoing)

Politics

Obama to pick NJ DEP commissioner Lisa Jackson to head EPA

Lisa Jackson. Lisa Jackson is Obama’s pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sources close to the transition confirm. Jackson, who’s been working on Obama’s transition team for the EPA, has served since 2006 as commissioner of the New …

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Nancy Sutley, tapped to head CEQ, garners praise from fellow Californians

Nancy Sutley. Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley is expected to be appointed to head President-elect Barack Obama’s White House Council on Environmental Quality, a transition team spokesperson said Wednesday. Combined with the expected nomination of Steven Chu from Lawrence …

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Obama’s energy and environment appointments unveiled

President-elect Barack Obama has not yet officially announced his choices to fill key environmental posts in his administration, but the word is now out on the street. Transition-team officials say that Lisa Jackson will head the U.S. EPA, Steven Chu …

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Browner to get the nod as Obama’s top energy and climate adviser

Carol Browner. It’s looking increasingly likely that Carol Browner will be tapped to serve as “energy czar” in the Obama administration. The Washington Post first reported it Tuesday night, and now other outlets have gotten similar word from inside sources. …

Climate & Energy

Likely Obama DOE head talks about climate change and renewable energy

Here’s Steven Chu, the likely Obama pick to head the Department of Energy, talking about climate change and renewable energy at the National Energy Summit in Nevada this summer: (Via Brad Plumer, via Brad Johnson.)