Supreme Court have called for enduring, pragmatic solu- 10,000–30,000 MW each, or 110,000 MW in all. See
tions to reduce the [GHG] pollution that is causing climate www.earthpolicy.org/index.php?/indicators/C49.
change.’’ China already has a 30% share of the global market for
EPA’s findings respond to the 2007 US Supreme Court photovoltaic (‘‘PV’’) solar panels used to generate elec-
decision that held that GHGs fit within the U.S. Clean Air Act tricity. Chinese solar-power panel makers export most of
definition of air pollutants. Neither the ‘‘endangerment’’ their products, contributing to a 30% drop in world PV
finding, nor the ‘‘cause or contribute’’ finding, in and of prices. In 2009, dozens of new Chinese polysilicon-makers
themselves, impose any emission reduction requirements. started operating, so prices fell by half, and could fall 20%
Rather, these actions allow EPA to finalize the GHG stan- more.
dards proposed earlier in 2009 for new light-duty vehicles Meanwhile, China is taking the lead in carbon capture
as part of the joint rulemaking with the U.S. Department of and sequestration (‘‘CCS’’) for coal-fired power plants.
Transportation. What takes eight years to build in the United States takes
Legal challenges are already under way. However, the three years in China. CCS includes frontend approaches
ruling changes the dynamics of the debate in Congress (coal gasification) and backend approaches, which can be
about cap-and-trade proposals. Now, the debate’s focus retrofitted to existing plants. China is pursuing both. See
shifts from whether GHGs should be regulated to how to http://online.wsj.com/article/SB12608277643559
do so most cost effectively. See www.heatisonline.org/ 1089.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories.
contentserver/objecthandlers/index.cfm?ID=7575& Source: BUSINESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT, Vol. XXI, No. 1,
Method=Full and www.epa.gov/climatechange/ January 2010, published by CCH Inc., a Wolters Kluwer
endangerment.html. business. This article is reproduced with permission.
Source: BUSINESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT, Vol. XXI, No. 1,
January 2010, published by CCH Inc., a Wolters Kluwer
business. This article is reproduced with permission.
U.S. Planning for Climate Change Threats
In 2010, for the first time, U.S. Department of Defense
(‘‘DOD’’) planners will include climate change among the Newly Established ISO Subcommittee
security threats identified in the Quadrennial Defense Tackles International Packaging
Review. They were instructed by the U.S. Congress to
The inaugural meeting of the SC04 Packaging and Envi-
accept the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on
ronment Committee was recently hosted by the Swedish
Climate Change and the World Meteorological Organiza-