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Light Bulb Battle Pits Tea Party Against Manufacturers

Effort to Stall Light Bulb Standards

The Department of Energy would continue to be barred from enforcing new energy efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs under a planned House amendment that pits bulb manufacturers against the tea party movement.

The amendment, which Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) has vowed to introduce to an upcoming appropriations bill, would prohibit funding to enforce standards that require the 100-watt light bulb, and eventually other bulbs, to be about 30 percent more efficient.

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High-Tech Glue Is Secret to New CO2 'Flypaper'

Build a Better Carbon Trap

Utilities could burn world coal reserves to the last lump without worrying climate activists, if there were some kind of carbon flypaper to catch greenhouse gases before they joined the atmosphere.

Industry has used ammonia compounds to capture carbon dioxide for food-and-beverage use for years. Global efforts to implement carbon capture and underground storage have stalled, but scientific research into potentially better, cheaper technologies continues.

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A Handful of Raw Rubber: Today's Pic

Raw Sumatran Rubber

Raw rubber seen during the drying process at the Bunut Rubber Factory, operated by PT Bakrie Sumatera Plantations, in Kisaran, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on April 26. Bakrie Sumatera is a unit of PT Bakrie & Brothers, the Indonesian family palm-oil-to-property empire founded in 1942.

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Planet Forward’s Frank Sesno discusses the growing challenge of keeping water clean. He reports on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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Spanish Electricity Distribution

A Red Electrica Corp. electricity distribution plant is seen illuminated at night in Torrejon de Ardoz, Spain, on May 2. Bolivian President Evo Morales has moved to nationalize the Spanish grid operator's unit in the South American country.

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NASA Spies a Patch of Blue Greenland Ice: Today's Pic

NASA Measures Greenland's Ice

NASA's P-3B aircraft flies over a melange of floating ice where two glaciers meet, in eastern Greenland, on Apr. 14. Operation IceBridge conducts flights over Greenland, the Arctic and Antarctic, measuring surface elevation and thickness of ice sheets, and snow depth.

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Companies Cut Two Switzerlands of Emissions in WWF Pact

Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

The Coca-Cola Co., Nike, and more than 30 other companies have cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100 million metric tons since 1999 under a partnership agreement with the World Wildlife Fund, according to a new report. That's twice as much as the current annual emissions of Switzerland.

The companies are part of the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers program, in which companies partner with WWF and set targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The targets must be more ambitious than previous goals set by the company and should place companies ahead of their competitors in reducing emissions. WWF provides guidance to partner companies on ways to reduce their carbon footprint and address climate change.

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Japan's Nuclear Power Plants Go Dark: Today's Pic

Japan's Nuclear Plants Go Dark

Hokkaido Electric Power Co.'s Tomari nuclear power plant in Tomari Village, Hokkaido, Japan, on May 5. Japan had no nuclear-generated electricity for the first time in more than four decades after Tomari, its sole operating power reactor, was halted for scheduled maintenance.

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BP Seeks Brand Boost in Olympic Shakespearean Comedy

BP Sponsors London 2012 Olympics

Organizers of the London 2012 summer Olympics have raised more than $1 billion in sponsorships from domestic companies. Two of them, BP and Electricite de France SA (EDF), are high-profile global energy companies recovering from high-profile energy disasters. BP is trying to move on from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and subsequent 87-day oil spill. EDF wants to distance nuclear power from the 2011 meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant. Both companies became Olympic sponsors before the accidents.

The energy giants "will be using their London 2012 Olympics sponsorships to shake off associations" with these events, Bloomberg's Kari Lundgren reports today. EDF will supply 80 percent of the power to the Olympic Games from no-carbon nuclear plants. BP will mix its biofuels with gasoline and diesel used at the Games.

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New Tracks Lead Into Greece's Future: Today's Pic

A New Metro Station for Athens

Rail lines and empty platforms are seen during construction of the new Elliniko metro station in Athens, Greece, on May 2. With voters balking at the burden of two bailout packages since 2010, the next government will have to persuade international creditors to keep aid flowing.

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About The Grid

Nations and companies face rising competition for strategic resources — energy, food, water, materials — and the technologies that make best use of them. That's sustainability. It's about the 21st-century race for wealth, health and long-term security, across the global grid.

Analyses or commentary in this blog are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloomberg News.

Eric Roston, Editor

Tom Randall, Deputy Editor

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