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By Desi Doyen on 11/13/2012, 2:57pm PT  

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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: We're back! Obama wins and talks climate change, but will he --- can he --- deliver?; Grover Norquist vs. the Koch Bros.; Will US become the Saudi Arabia of oil?; PLUS: Superstorm Sandy was very expensive ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): GA utility tries to muscle out solar startup; Forecast: drought and more drought; Chevron Refinery Fire: Chevron won't clean up; Bringing solar to military housing; Water Supply in a Warming World; Researchers Use Rust and Water to Store Solar Energy as Hydrogen; MRSA superbug found in US water treatment plants ... PLUS: CA's Cap-And-Trade System To Launch With First Pollution Permits Auction ... and much, MUCH more! ...


'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...

  • Georgia Power challenges solar company's plan (Atlanta Journal-Constitution):
    President Robert Green, in an email to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said Georgia Power’s comments, which included the words “anti-competitive,” only reinforce why his company got started in the first place. Georgia Power “clearly does not want any competition” from a company that would lower customer bills, Green said.
    By law, Georgia Power doesn’t have any competition.
  • Chevron Refinery Fire: Chevron sidesteps call for cleaner tech (SF Gate):
    Chevron will make only small-scale pollution control improvements as it rebuilds the fire-damaged crude oil unit at its Richmond refinery - telling regulators it will not increase production, a decision that allows the company to avoid requirements for new emissions technology.
  • Superbug MRSA Found in US Wastewater Treatment Plants: (SPX):
    A team led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health has found that the 'superbug' methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is prevalent at several U.S. wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs).
  • Forecast: Drought And More Drought (Climate Progress):
    No doubt this persistent high-pressure system and the prolonged drought are just more coincidental weather events in this year of record low Arctic sea ice and coincidental uber-extreme events.... [/sarcasm]
  • SolarCity to bring solar power to military housing (San Jose Mercury News):
    Thousands of military homes in southern New Mexico and West Texas will be fitted with solar panels as part of a $1 billion plan by a California company to bring solar to military installations across the country.
  • Water Supply in a Warming World (NYT Green):
    More than anything else, climate change is a water problem. Scientists expect more coastal flooding and possibly more inland flooding. They expect higher temperatures and greater evaporation to deplete water resources, creating risks for the food supply. They believe sea-level rise will eventually render some regions uninhabitable.
  • Researchers Use Rust and Water to Store Solar Energy as Hydrogen (Treehugger)
  • CA's Cap-And-Trade System To Launch With First Pollution Permits Auction (AP):
    California's largest greenhouse gas emitters will begin buying permits in a landmark "cap-and-trade" system designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies.
  • CA Chamber of Commerce sues to stop state's auction of carbon credits (Sacramento Business Journal)
  • The Onion: Nation Suddenly Realizes This Just Going To Be A Thing That Happens From Now On (The Onion)
  • It's Global Warming, Stupid (Businessweek):
    Yes, yes, it's unsophisticated to blame any given storm on climate change. Men and women in white lab coats tell us-and they're right-that many factors contribute to each severe weather episode. Climate deniers exploit scientific complexity to avoid any discussion at all.
    If all that doesn't impress, forget the scientists ostensibly devoted to advancing knowledge and saving lives. Listen instead to corporate insurers committed to compiling statistics for profit.
  • A Convenient Excuse (The Phoenix):
    On October 2, I led a climate protest inside the offices of the Boston Globe. OK, it was really a meeting in a small conference room with editorial page editor Peter Canellos and members of his staff. But it was, in essence, a protest.
  • Will Climate Get Some Respect Now? (Nic Kristof, op-ed, NY Times)
  • Essential Climate Science Findings: