In today’s edition, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Calpine, HP, Intel, LafargeHolcim, Microsoft, National Grid, PG&E, Rio Tinto, Schneider Electric, Shell, and Siemens support Paris Agreement. Also, in the Carbon section, Volkswagen reaches framework deal with US officials over emissions scandal. Finally, in the Natural gas / coal section, India says the cost of solar power is now cheaper than coal. 

Quote of the day

“These companies have real skin in the game – either they’re big energy producers or users. They know emissions need to come down and are taking action on their own. But they also believe the low-carbon transition requires government leadership to ensure that all major economies are doing their fair share.” 

C2ES President Bob Perciasepe, in the C2ES’ story Major companies support Paris Agreement 

Lead stories 

More than half US population lives amid dangerous air pollution, report warns 
By Oliver Milman – The Guardian  
More than half of the US population lives amid potentially dangerous air pollution, with national efforts to improve air quality at risk of being reversed, a new report has warned. 

U.S. can reach Paris Agreement climate goal, but more will be needed 
Existing and expected policies can take the United States most of the way toward its Paris Agreement goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the remaining reductions can likely be achieved through a mix of additional policies, city and business action, and technological innovation, according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).

Major companies support Paris Agreement 
Twelve leading companies based or with major operations in the United States voiced strong support today for the landmark global climate agreement to be signed this week and urged governments to move expeditiously to formally join it. 
***LB: Also in this story “The statement was endorsed by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Calpine, HP, Intel, LafargeHolcim, Microsoft, National Grid, PG&E, Rio Tinto, Schneider Electric, Shell, and Siemens.”

Can Fresh Air Blow Away the Case Against Obama’s Climate Policy? 
By Eric Roston – Bloomberg News  
Any regulation proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency follows a decades-long pattern. 

Senate Passes Broad Bill to Modernize Energy Infrastructure 
By Coral Davenport – The New York Times 
The Senate on Wednesday passed the first broad energy bill since the George W. Bush administration, a bipartisan measure to better align the nation’s oil, gas and electricity infrastructure with the changing ways that power is produced in the United States.


Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016 
Climate Action Reserve 
May 4-6, 2016 
San Diego, California   

Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016  


Volkswagen reaches framework deal with US officials over emissions scandal 
Volkswagen AG and US officials have reached the framework of a deal ahead of a Thursday court deadline, to remedy problems caused by hundreds of thousands of vehicles that are emitting up to 40 times the legally allowable pollution, two sources briefed on the matter said Wednesday.

Natural gas / coal

Israel, Greece, Cyprus mull joint natural gas projects
By Hedy Cohen – Globes  
Ministry of Energy director-general Shaul Meridor met Wednesday with his counterparts from Cyprus and Greece to discuss potential cooperation opportunities in the energy sector. 

The Race For A Slice Of The Asian Natural Gas Market 
By Dave Forest – Oil Price  
There’s a battle shaping up for control of one of the world’s top natural gas markets. And a key asset sale announced this week may give us an idea of who’s in the lead. 

India says the cost of solar power is now cheaper than coal 
By Peter Dockrill – Science Alert
To anybody who’s been reading the headlines on investment into clean energy production, it’s clear that India has been heavily backing solar power.


US wind power jobs up 20 percent 
Heather Caliendo – CompositesWorld
American wind power supported a record 88,000 jobs at the start of 2016, which is an increase of 20 percent in a year, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2015, released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA, Washington, DC, US). 

WTO ruling on solar power: India to raise issue at UN event 
India today termed as “unfortunate” the recent WTO ruling which held the Centre’s power purchase agreements with solar firms as “inconsistent” with international norms and said it will raise the issue during a high-level UN event this week. 

Clean tech

If Ford Wants to Beat Tesla, It Needs to Go All In 
By Joshua Gans – Harvard Business Review  
The auto industry is facing a trio of disruptive technologies: electric batteries, autonomous vehicles, and the mobile phone.


Flint water crisis: three state and local officials face first criminal charges 
By Ryan Felton  – The Guardian 
Three state and local officials involved in Flint’s water contamination crisis were criminally charged on Wednesday for their roles in the two-year public health debacle, the first round of what’s expected to be many charges against government employees. 

Indian drought ‘affecting 330 million people’ after two weak monsoons 
Agence France-Presse  
About 330 million people are affected by drought in India, the government has said, as the country reels from severe water shortages and desperately poor farmers suffer crop losses.

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