Obama’s 2011 Climate Bill Push
President Obama is pledging to throw his full weight next year behind efforts to overhaul the nation's energy and climate change policies, though he concedes such moves might need to happen "in chunks." (Politico)

Pros and Cons of New EPA Stormwater Regulations
The proposed changes may have significant financial impacts on the construction industry but may also create opportunities for some businesses using green roof design and construction and new products and techniques, such as pervious concrete. (The Washington Business Journal)

The Battle of the Bulbs
Three House Republicans have introduced the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, which would repeal legislation that sets minimum energy efficiency standards for light bulbs and would effectively phase out most ordinary incandescents. (The New York Times)

Business Leaders Urge Congress to Fix PACE Financing
Representatives of nearly 350 businesses from around the country lobbied federal lawmakers this week to pass legislation to revive PACE programs, which make green, energy-saving improvements more affordable for companies and homeowners. (EcoHome)

Utilities Leads to Energy-Saving Bill
The initiative, which will make rural homes more energy efficient through low-cost loans from the federal government, has passed the U.S. House. (Bloomberg Business Week)

Oil Companies Back Initiative to Suspend California Climate Law
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger blasted the out-of-state oil companies that are trying to undermine California's global warming law, saying they are motivated purely by greed. (The Los Angeles Times)

Long-Awaited Arizona Regional Water Plan Unveiled
The City of Tucson and Pima County are asking for public comment on a plan to make the most the of area's limited water. (KOLD)

Idaho Town Debates Green Building Code
The Hailey City Council agreed unanimously that improving energy efficiencies in local homes is a good idea, but was split over whether to make complex changes to the city's building code to bring those efficiencies about. (The Idaho Mountain Express)

Counterplan to Stockton, Calif., Home Audits in the Works
A proposal that existing homes must undergo energy efficiency audits before they are sold could be softened after real estate professionals decried the possible mandate. (Recordnet.com)

Pemberton, N.J., Council Undecided on Alternative Energy
A lengthy discussion of a proposed ordinance to regulate solar and wind power touched on potential advantages--including cost savings--as well as drawbacks. (South Jersey Local News)

Maryland City’s Proposed Zoning Changes May Allow Wind, Solar Generators
Wind and solar energy generators soon could be permissible in the City of Hagerstown. (The Herald-Mail)

Homeowners Ask Richardson, Texas, Council to OK Rainwater Irrigation System
Because the systems aren't specifically allowed in the city's code, homeowners must seek zoning approval, a time-consuming and sometimes costly process that puts people at the mercy of the Plan Commission and the City Council. (The Dallas Morning News)

Green Bay,Wis., Launches Energy Audit Rebate Program
Residents can qualify for up to $200 in rebates to have their home undergo an energy audit to find where energy is being wasted and ways that they can save energy and money. (WBAY)

Santa Cruz City Council Seeks Community Advice on Climate Plan
The draft plan spells out how city residents and businesses can cut emissions 30% by 2020. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)