Daily Archives: December 8, 2010

Fiona Harvey

There was a minor controversy at the Cancun talks on Wednesday when the question of whether Chris Huhne, the UK energy and environment secretary, would have to return to London came up.

The problem was over the crunch vote on higher education tuition fees. With several Lib Dems threatening to rebel against the leadership on the issue, there was a real chance Huhne would be recalled to cast his vote.

That would have been gravely disruptive, because Huhne is, with his Brazilian counterpart Isabella Teixera, co-chair of a vital working group – the group with the task of forging a compromise on the future of the Kyoto protocol, one of the most contentious issues at the talks.

India’s Nuclear Power Corporation is a sleepy public utility that runs 17 atomic plants not very efficiently. Last year, it made headlines for the wrong reasons, when an act of apparent sabotage at one plant put the whole country on high alert. Prime minister Manmohan Singh also frequently laments that Asia’s third largest economy only produces just 3 per cent of its electricity from nuclear power.

Areva, France’s state-owned nuclear power company, wants to change all that. Amid a $9bn deal with NPCIL, it has big ambitions for the Indian giant, possibly bigger than the company has for itself. It’s offering NPCIL investment opportunities in its global mining operations, which span more than half a dozen countries from Niger to Kazakhstan.

Sheila McNulty

In a sign of how controversial shale drilling has become, key Republican members of Congress are questioning the Obama administration’s moves to regulate the technology that has made the US gas boom possible.

US Rep Joe Barton and the man who beat him to the chairmanship of the House energy committee, Fred Upton (picutred), are pressing Ken Salazar, the interior secretary, for information related to the agency’s plans for new regulations on hydraulic fracturing.

FT Energy Source

- Macondo technician took cigarette break – FT

- Gulf rigs ready to drill, but there’s little work – NY Times

- US independents to buy into shale oil boom – FT

- Husky, CNOOC forge closer ties on Liwan venture – Argus

- Argentina group unveils shale gas find – FT

- Upton tops Barton to lead House energy committee – Bloomberg

- Falklands Islands oil: false dawns and rollercoaster share rides – The Telegraph

- Indiana regulator says ex-official didn’t favour Duke – WSJ (£)

- Federal aid not enough for ‘nuclear renaissance’ – NY Times Green blog

- Coalition holds line on nuclear power – FT

- Taxpayers face unlimited nuclear waste bills if costs spiral – The Telegraph

- Energy bill rises won’t cover new capacity – FT

- Winter fuel payments are a waste of money, says gas chief – The Times (£)

Cancun news: day ten

- Pressure rises on climate negotiators – FT

- Heads of state, ministers to speak at talks – Argus

- Ban Ki-moon urges climate deal – Reuters

- Single, overarching pact ‘unrealistic’, former US officials say – Bloomberg

- World Bank chief to launch carbon market fund – Reuters

- China on path to redemption in Cancun – The Guardian

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