Matter of Degree: Until recently, the goal of the Copenhagen climate agreement was expected to be to limit global warming to no more than two degrees Celsius. “That’s still the goal of the big polluters…Science, however, increasingly indicates that this would not save low-lying island nations or other vulnerable countries from devastation,” and more than 100 delegations are demanding a limit of no more than 1.5 degrees. — Grist
House OKs Natural Gas Tax Credit: “In a move designed to show continued support for development and use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, the House late last week voted to continue subsidizing liquid and compressed natural gas fuels at least through the end of until the end of 2010.” — Edmunds Green Car Advisor
Offshore Wind on New York’s Horizon?: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his sustainability director, Rohit Aggarwala, are “hoping that a consortium linking government agencies and utilities in Long Island and New York will begin fielding proposals early next year for what could become the world’s largest offshore wind power complex — a 700 megawatt affair that could cost up to $3 billion.” — NYT’s Green Inc.
Perspective on Copenhagen Drama-rama: “There are literally thousands of reporters in Copenhagen right now, so every dramatic loop and whorl in the climate talks is, naturally, getting inflated to epic proportions.” — TNR’s The Vine
Oil Demand Expected to Hold Steady Through 2035: “U.S. oil demand through 2035 is not expected to return to the peak levels reached before fuel consumption fell sharply due to high petroleum prices and the recession, the government’s top energy forecasting agency said on Monday.” — Reuters