4 June '10
11:41 AM UTC

The Week In Green Energy: The Tipping Point

Week of June 1 – to – June 4, 2010

The first week in June could well go down in history as the moment energy and climate legislation in the U.S. reached its tipping point. President Barack Obama, speaking at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, – the first time he has hitched his political fortunes to the bill. “I want you to know, the votes may not be there right now, but I intend to find them in the coming months,” Obama said of the bill. The reason for Obama’s belated devotion to wrangling votes  is, of course, the gusher in the Gulf, which has continued unabated now since April 20. But there was a noticeable shift in the tone of The White House in the past week, as BP’s efforts to stem the flow have again floundered and assurances from company executives have proved to be overly optimistic or misleading. BP head Tony Hayward, for example, said that the “Top Kill” maneuver chance of success. Even promising results from the newest try at the containment dome can’t help BP now.

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2 June '10
12:03 PM UTC
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Ontario Green Energy Official: “The U.S. stimulus is probably our biggest competitor”

While Washington continues to debate whether man-made climate change even exists, Canada’s most populous province, has debated, passed and implemented the effective and investor-friendly . But Ontario, like the rest of the world, is closely following the Obama administration’s push to anchor the U.S. as a global green power. The  tens-of- billions of dollars the U.S. has  invested in renewable energy projects over the past year are tough to compete against, an Ontario government official tells G.E.R.

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