Sure, It’s Just Like Sophie’s Choice

Fancy-striking items from this morning’s news:

From Power Breakfast, a daily political report on the local NPR station, WAMU.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson: Health care in Washington. Climate change in Copenhagen. For some lawmakers, it’s kind of a legislative Sophie’s choice.

Barbara Boxer: “It’s not the be-all and the end-all for me to be there, but I have a very important message, which is, we need to get to work.”

Johnson: Senator Barbara Boxer has become synonymous with the current push for a climate change bill, and yet the California Democrat is preparing not to go to the global confab in Copenhagen.

Boxer: “If I can go, I will go, but the most important thing is that the President is going, that is really good news!”

Johnson: That said, a little last-minute travel planning is hardly unheard of.

Washington Post, “Court constricts W.Va. wind farm to protect bats“:

In a rare green vs. green court case, a federal judge in Maryland has halted expansion of a West Virginia wind farm, saying its massive turbines would kill endangered Indiana bats.

U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus ruled that Chicago-based Invenergy can complete 40 windmills it has begun to install on an Appalachian ridge in Greenbrier County. But he said the company cannot move forward on the $300 million project — slated to have 122 turbines along a 23-mile stretch — without a special permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

NPR’s Morning Edition, China’s Wind Power Plans Turn On Coal“:

So far, wind energy makes up just 0.4 percent of China’s electricity supply. However, Beijing is building the world’s biggest wind power project, although paradoxically, adding wind power in China also means adding new polluting coal-fired power stations.

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