2010 April Environment & Climate News (full text pdf)

Published April 1, 2010

The April issue of Environment & Climate News reports Arizona will not implement carbon dioxide restrictions under the Western Climate Initiative’s regional cap-and-trade system.

Also in this issue:

* Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is pushing state parks and the state’s Parks and Recreation Department toward self-sufficiency. The proposal would save Idaho taxpayers $4.5 million a year.

* The American Wind Energy Association reports no increase in overall U.S. wind industry jobs despite “green” stimulus money given to wind power companies.

* Environmental activists are suing to halt a 500-acre railway project in northeast Kansas near Kansas City, billed as a huge boost to economic development that could bring thousands of jobs to the region.

* A trio of new polls shows the public does not believe alarmist assertions that people are causing a global warming crisis. The polls reinforce stinging public criticisms of alarmist science in the wake of the growing Climategate scandal.

* Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plans to boost energy production have run into a roadblock as the Obama administration announced it will block the state’s plans for offshore oil and natural gas production until at least 2012.

* Pollution from Asia is crossing the Pacific Ocean and causing increases in U.S. ozone levels even as U.S. ozone precursor emissions are falling.