Clean-Energy Aid for Poor Nations

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A conference on climate change in Bali recommends that wealthy countries help poor ones develop sources of clean energy and deal with problems from climate change.

STEWART: And now here's Korva Coleman with some news.

BILL WOLFF (Announcer): This is NPR.

KORVA COLEMAN: And hello again, everybody.

At least 17 people have died because of a large winter storm moving through the Midwest. Ice is coating the region. The governors of Kansas and Oklahoma have declared states of emergency. Winston Barton is a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He's warning Oklahoma residents not to expect power for a while.

Mr. WINSTON BARTON (Spokesman, Federal Emergency Management Agency): Hopefully, it's going to rain, not have more ice and sleet. We're hoping, though, that comes to pass so that the power companies can get the power back on. Some are saying that it may be several days before many people in Oklahoma get power back again.

COLEMAN: It is estimated one in three Oklahoma residents may lack power.

Delegates to the climate change conference in Bali have agreed to provide money to poor countries to help them deal with the world's changing environment. Industrialized nations pump most of the toxic greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Delegates say poor countries feel the pain. The new plan calls for wealthier nations to pay for clean energy projects in the developing world.

The man tapped by Russian President Vladimir Putin suggests Putin stay in government. The likely Russian president to be, Dmitry Medvedev, says he plans to suggest Putin stay on as Russia's next prime minister. Medvedev says his own administration would be a continuation of Putin's programs. Russia's presidential election is set for March.

And do you remember this group?

(Soundbite of song, "Come On Feel The Noise")

Mr. KEVIN DuBROW (Lead Vocalist, Quiet Riot): (Singing) Come on feel the noise, girls rock your boys…

COLEMAN: Well, that's Quiet Riot, and their hit "Come On Feel The Noise," well, the group's lead singer, Kevin DuBrow, died last month. And a coroner for Clark County, Nevada says it was because of a cocaine overdose. DuBrow was 52. Quite Riot was the first metal band to reach number one on the Billboard music charts. The band's latest album, titled "Rehab."

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COLEMAN: Luke and Alison, back to you.

BURBANK: Thank you very much, Korva.

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