WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Japan's decision to drastically scale back its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions could hurt efforts to craft a global deal to fight climate change, delegates at U.N. talks said Friday.
Japan's upper house approved legislation that would significantly reform the nation's electricity sector by developing a national power grid and limiting the power of regional utilities over transmission, Reuters reports.
Japan's government is said to be in the final stages of a plan to borrow an extra $30 billion to clean up the Fukushima Dai-Ichi site and help compensate residents displaced by the disaster, Reuters reports.
ONAHAMA PORT, Japan (AP) — Japan switched on the first turbine at a wind farm 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima on Monday, feeding electricity to the grid tethered to the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant onshore.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank officially took on a new set of guidelines to limit financing for coal-fired power plants in foreign nations, with exceptions for plants with carbon-capture systems and those built in poor countries without alternatives, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Energy Institute criticized the exclusion of nuclear energy from President Obama's recent executive action ordering the federal government to purchase more power from low-carbon sources, saying the move represents a "missed leadership opportunity," Platts reports.
A national poll conducted by Bloomberg reported 56 percent of respondents view the Keystone XL pipeline as positive for U.S. energy security compared with 35 percent who view it as a source of potential environmental damage.
A poll conducted for the American Petroleum Institute reports that 80 percent of respondents support the expansion of new energy infrastructure, and 70 percent support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, FuelFix reports.
Speaking at a summit on energy and infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said his department is at the forefront of the administration's climate action plan, developing plans for disaster recovery and climate-resilient infrastructure, National Journal reports.
Pakistan's Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas said Iran has withdrawn its $500 million financing offer for a Iran-Pakistan natural gas pipeline project, but Iran is prepared to supply the line once it's completed, Platts reports.