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Going to the Belly of the Climate Beast: Energy Edge - Brought to you by Chevron

December 2, 2013

Going to the Belly of the Climate Beast

For her first journey outside the U.S. as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy is trekking 7,000 miles around the planet to China.

It's the right first foreign trip to make. China (population: 1.3 billion) is the world's largest contributor to global warming today. Its greenhouse-gas emissions have increased 503 percent since 1980, surpassing in 2006 the United States (population: 314 million). China now accounts for one-quarter of global emissions that contribute to climate change.


Here's a silver lining. The growth rate of China's emissions in 2012—3.8 percent—was one of its smallest in the past decade, which reflects China's efforts to shift to cleaner sources of energy.

This climate beast is global, and next on McCarthy's list should be India, where much of its population (1.2 billion) lives in poverty without sufficient energy, and Japan, where carbon emissions are actually going up as it moves from carbon-free nuclear power to natural gas in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Amy Harder


By Alex Brown (@AlexBrownNJ)

EPA HEAD URGES INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ON CLIMATE POLICY. Gina McCarthy emphasized the importance of U.S.-China collaboration on climate policy ahead of her visit to China next week.

AGENCY HEADS TO VISIT ASIA THIS WEEK. EPA's McCarthy heads to China; NRC's Macfarlane will visit South Korea and Japan.

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BLADE TAKES AIM AT SOLAR INVESTMENT FAILURES IN OHIO. The government's record with Ohio solar projects is not good.

TRIAL BEGINS FOR BP ENGINEER CHARGED WITH DELETING EVIDENCE. The former employee who allegedly deleted text messages related to Gulf spill faces obstruction of justice charges.

TRANSCANADA SAYS SHIPPERS STILL ON BOARD FOR KEYSTONE. Delays have prompted three renegotiations.

SORRY, KIDS, YOUR COLLEGE ISN'T ABOUT TO DROP FOSSIL FUELS. Divestment efforts have mostly come up short.

N.D. LAUNCHING SPILL NOTICE WEBSITE. September spill wasn't made public for two weeks.

McCARTHY'S CHIEF OF STAFF BRINGS TOUGHNESS. E&E (requires subscription) profiles former district attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming.

WHERE FRACKING FALLS SHORT. Some regions, like New England, aren't seeing the benefits of lower natural gas prices.

OBAMA AND KEYSTONE: IT'S COMPLICATED. The president has held a variety of positions on the pipeline.


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