News Bites: Russia duped on military fuel plan, the Chevy Volt’s oil-spill DNA, and more

Dow Jones reports on a possible lawsuit against EPA.

“Six environmental groups sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a notice of intent to sue if the federal agency does not resolve Texas air-permitting issues that it has objected to in a timely matter,” they note.

“Advocacy groups including the Environmental Integrity Project, the Sierra Club, Public Citizen, Environment Texas, Air Alliance Houston, and Texas Campaign for the Environment sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for 'failing to issue or deny' permits for 43 facilities after raising objections to them.”

AFP is looking at an interesting link between the Chevy Volt electric car and the BP oil spill.

“Oil-soaked boom from the BP spill is being recycled into plastic parts for the plug-in Chevrolet Volt electric car, General Motors said Monday in a bid to boost its ‘clean and green’ image,” they report from Detroit.

“GM and its suppliers are recovering the protective boom laid across 100 miles (160 kilometers) of coastline in Alabama and Louisiana.”

Reuters reports that plans to build an offshore wind transmission “backbone” in the Atlantic Ocean are taking a step forward.

“Atlantic Wind Connection plans to file with federal energy regulators its proposal to build a giant power transmission system in the Atlantic Ocean along the U.S. Mid-Atlantic coast to enable the region's offshore wind potential, a spokesman for the project said in an email late Monday,” their piece states.

“Announced in October, the project will stretch from New Jersey to Virginia and enable up to 6,000 megawatts of wind power that could be built out of sight from land, enough to serve about 1.9 million homes with carbon free power.”

And finally, the Guardian reports that the WikiLeaks cables reveal the Dalai Lama’s deep concern about climate change.

“The Dalai Lama told US diplomats last year that the international community should focus on climate change rather than politics in Tibet because environmental problems were more urgent, secret American cables reveal,” the paper reports.

“The exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader told Timothy Roemer, the US ambassador to India, that the ‘political agenda should be sidelined for five to 10 years and the international community should shift its focus to climate change on the Tibetan plateau’ during a meeting in Delhi last August.”