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Gulf Over Global Warming Grows: Energy Edge - Brought to You By Fuels America

November 20, 2013

Gulf Over Global Warming Grows

The wide disparity between different positions on climate change was on full display today.

With two days left in the United Nations climate conference in Poland, rich and poor countries have reached a stalemate over who's responsible for cutting carbon emissions. In a move that could further inflame tensions, the United Kingdom today joined the U.S. in cutting financial support for new coal-fired power plants in all but the poorest nations.


Meanwhile, the Sierra Club is setting an even more ambitious goal for ending the use of natural gas in order to reduce global warming. That puts the nation's oldest and largest environmental group at odds with Secretary of State John Kerry, who said earlier this week that natural gas from the U.S. and Argentina can help combat climate change.

These differences remind us why global warming is such a difficult problem to tackle. And this isn't even considering those who don't think it's a problem worth addressing, including many in the Republican Party.

Amy Harder


By Alex Brown (@AlexBrownNJ)

HOUSE APPROVES DRILLING BILL. Plan would speed up the permitting process.

U.K. JOINS 'GLOBAL WAR ON COAL.' Government follows U.S. lead in cutting funding to overseas coal plants.

LAWMAKERS CALL FOR EXTENSION OF ENERGY-EFFICIENCY STANDARDS. Nearly 250 members of Congress want to keep federal efficiency initiatives.

KEYSTONE WON'T BE FINISHED UNTIL 2016. Even if approved the project is losing relevance.

CLIMATE TALKS HUNG UP ON AID PLANS. Developing countries want greater assurances of climate help from wealthier nations.

STATES: LET US FIGURE OUT HOW TO MEET EMISSIONS STANDARDS. Commissioners call for state-by-state flexibility.

POTENTIAL FERC NOMINEE TO LEAD NATIONAL GROUP. Honorable elected president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

SAUDI ARABIA: WE'RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT U.S. OIL BOOM. "The kingdom welcomes new resources of energy supplies."

DEVON PAYS $6 BILLION FOR EAGLE FORD LAND. Company will take over 82,000 Texas acres from GeoSouthern.


COMMITTEE HEARING. A House subcommittee will hold a hearing on repaying states that paid to keep parks open during the shutdown.

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