2009 February Environment & Climate News: California Agency Offers ‘Terribly Deficient’ Analysis

Published February 1, 2009

The February 2008 issue of Environment & Climate News reports the release by the California Air Resources Board of a carbon dioxide emissions plan that has been criticized by nearly all who’ve seen it—including the agency’s own peer reviewers.

Other key stories in this issue:

* A Minnesota environmental activist group is fighting against the construction of power lines to deliver wind power to the state, shortly after environmental activists groups successfully pressured the state government into enacting renewable power mandates.

* NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has been caught doctoring raw temperature data in California to make a long-term cooling trend look like a warming trend.

* The Houston metropolitan area, often cited as having the nation’s most polluted air, exceeded federal ozone standards for a record low 16 days in 2008.

* Environmental activists have brought an end to the CFC inhaler.

* Local communities cannot block the construction of industrial wind farms, related transmission lines, or other renewable energy projects under local land-use laws, the Washington State Supreme Court has ruled.