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Obama Heading to Copenhagen: The White House announced today that President Obama will attend the UN climate talks next month in Copenhagen “and commit the U.S. to a short-term emission reduction target ‘in the range of 17 percent’ below 2005 levels, providing new momentum for negotiations that had been faltering.” — Washington Post

Cali Unveils Cap and Trade Draft: The California Air Resources Board has released a preliminary version of its first-in-the-nation “cap and trade” plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions. — The Sacramento Bee

Will the Smart Grid Save Energy for Consumers?: “So far, the smartening up of the grid has focused on saving utilities money and preventing blackouts and brown outs. Necessary things, to be sure, but not exactly the efficient utopia that’s often promised by smart grid proponents.” — Solve Climate

China Strengthens Push for Green Energy Exports: The battle over clean-energy tech “is increasingly becoming a scrap for governments as much as for private-sector firms.” The latest play: China’s Export-Import Bank signed a $2.9 billion deal to boost exports of an energy-efficiency and renewable-energy project developer. — WSJ’s Environmental Capital

GM Working to Turn Up Chevy Volt Volume: On a prototype of the Chevy Volt, General Motors it testing a gentle horn tone that automatically activated as people pass near the car as part of an effort to alert the blind and other pedestrians to the presence of the car when it’s running in near-silent, low-speed electric mode. — Green Car Advisor