Fiscal Woes Could Delay Climate Change Efforts
Environmentalists now fear that the next president may be more focused on reviving a flat-lining economy, and Congress could be wary of supporting any measures that might slow growth or raise energy prices for consumers. (San Francisco Chronicle)

California Issues Plan to Slash Greenhouse Gas Emissions
California aims to cut the state's emissions about 15% below today's level over the next 12 years and shrink the per capita carbon footprint of Californians by an average of 4 tons per year. The plan calls to reduce the level of electricity residents use with more efficient buildings and appliances, and reduce the amount they drive by discouraging sprawl. (Los Angeles Times)

League of Conservation Voters Releases Environmental Scorecard
For 30 years, the non-partisan LCV Scorecard has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to gauge how members of Congress voted on key energy and environmental issues. (League of Convervation Voters)

L.A. County Supervisors Approve Green Ordinances
In what environmentalists called the most progressive environmental action ever taken by Los Angeles County, Calif., the Board of Supervisors moved to make buildings and homes more energy efficient and landscaping more drought resistant. (Daily News)

Regional Alliances Enlist Cap-and-Trade Approach to Curtail Greenhouse Gases
In what are likely to be blueprints for a national effort to fight climate change, states around the country are setting up marketplaces for electric utilities and other companies to buy and sell credits to emit carbon dioxide and other gases responsible for global warming. (Chicago Tribune)

EPA Failing to Stem Storm-Water Pollution 
A report from the National Academy of Sciences says the EPA is not doing enough to prevent pollution washing into waterways in urban and suburban areas and calls for radical changes in runoff regulation. (AP)

Owens Corning To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 25%
The building products manufacturer says it will achieve the goal through a host of energy-efficiency measures ranging from basic electrical equipment improvements to advanced glass melting technology and heat recovery. It also will reduce emissions by implementing new blowing agent technology in its foam insulation manufacturing operations. (Environmental Leader)

Seattle Nonprofit Exemplifies Move to Green Affordable Housing
The nation’s first large-scale development featuring low-impact sustainable design in a dense urban setting, the Seattle Housing Authority’s High Point community is yet another example of how green building’s long-term payoffs are becoming a prevalent strategy among social service agencies working to provide affordable housing for low-income families. (Sustainable Industries)

Production Builders Go Green in Wilmington, N.C. 
Two new subdivisions in the Wilmington area are built of homes priced for a broad market and certified green by the National Association of Home Builders. (Star-News)