In this edition, ethanol is a feature in “UN urges US to slash ethanol” and “Livestock farmers seek pause in ethanol production” and “Biofuels industry group pushes lawmakers on corn ethanol views.”

Quote of the Day:

“Everybody already knows where the parties, the candidates stand on global warming. What is done about it awaits the outcome of this election.”

–James Riddlesperger, a political scientist who studies the juncture of science and politics at Texas Christian University, in the AP’s “Climate change not a presidential election issue yet”

Lead Stories

Climate change not a presidential election issue yet
Barack Obama promised to tackle climate change when he first ran for the White House four years ago, but – battling this summer for a second term – he speaks little of the issue even as the United States suffers through a drought of historic proportions, wild storms and punishing heat that topples temperature records almost daily. As late as April, Obama told Rolling Stone magazine climate change would be a central campaign issue.

India’s Green-Energy Providers May Struggle After Power Blackout
If there’s any country where solar power should be an easy sell, it’s India.Two-thirds of the country’s power supply comes from fossil fuels, and power producers can’t get enough coal to fire their plants or enough pipeline space to distribute natural gas, Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its Aug. 13 edition.

Ottawa bows to Alberta on emission rules
The Globe and Mail
Ottawa will allow Alberta to use its own greenhouse-gas rules – rather than federal regulations being drafted – to corral the soaring carbon emissions of the oil sands, as the Conservative government moves to assure the energy industry that it will not take steps to slow the sector’s growth.

A Glut of Natural Gas Leaves Nuclear Power Stalled
MIT Technology Review
The nuclear renaissance is in danger of petering out before it has even begun, but not for the reasons most people once thought. Forget safety concerns, or the problem of where to store nuclear waste—the issue is simply cheap, abundant natural gas.

UN urges US to slash ethanol
Financial Times
The United Nations has called for an immediate suspension of government-mandated US ethanol production, adding to pressure on Barack Obama to address the controversial food-versus-fuel debate in the run-up to presidential elections.
**RKB — The op-ed from the UN’s Jose Graziano da Silva:

Livestock farmers seek pause in ethanol production
Livestock farmers and ranchers seeing their feed costs rise because of the worst drought in a quarter-century are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.

East Kansas Agri-Energy to Halt Ethanol Output in October
East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC, an ethanol producer, plans to stop output at its Garnett, Kansas, plant in October because drought in the Midwest has made the operation unprofitable.

Biofuels industry group pushes lawmakers on corn ethanol views
The Hill’s E2 Wire
The so-called advanced biofuels industry is applying new pressure to convince lawmakers that their products will be collateral damage if Congress scuttles the national ethanol mandate.

CME Group Announces Trading Volume Record in Brent Crude Oil Futures
Press Release
CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced a record in daily trading volume for its Brent crude oil futures contract. These contracts are listed by and subject to the rules of NYMEX.
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Refiners Awash in Shale Oil Offer 10 Times Exxon Returns
Gasoline refiners, shunned by investors because of falling demand and rising regulation, now count Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and billionaire Carl Icahn among shareholders as lower oil prices promise wider returns for fuel makers.

CBO: Drilling ban removal would bring limited new revenues
The Hill’s E2 Wire
A wholesale removal of oil-and-gas drilling bans that cover many public lands and waters would raise only limited federal revenues over the next decade, according to a new Congressional Budget Office study that could provide political ammunition to drilling foes.

Russian evolution – Reshaping Putin’s oil industry
Financial Times
Russia’s oil industry has been through two great evolutions since the collapse of communism. Now it is entering its third.


GreenGov Symposium
ACCO & White House Council on Environmental Quality
September 24-25, 2012

Carbon Forum North America
October 1-2, 2012
Washington, DC

Sustainability Summit – Innovation Challenge
October 9, 2012
New York

EMA  2012 Fall Meeting
**Keynote speaker is Richard Sandor
October 24 – October 26, 2012
Santa Monica, CA


Green energy customers paying carbon tax
The Age
Several Canberrans have complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that ActewAGL is charging the carbon tax on its Greenchoice scheme, an economist says.

The real carbon market upside
Climate Spectator
Over 1.4 billion people in the world live without grid electricity. On average, an underprivileged family spends 15-30 per cent of their total income on kerosene or other toxic resources that actually emit more greenhouse gases than light.

Natural Gas/Coal

Coal-Powered Colorado Undergoing a Natural Gas ‘Revolution’
In Colorado, coal and natural gas producers are fighting for energy dominance. Ray Suarez reports on the battle in a state that’s also weighing what will be the most sustainable energy solution for the future.

Largest U.S. Coal Ash Pond to Close, But Future Rules Still Undecided
National Geographic
Little Blue Run’s operator, FirstEnergy, an electricity company based in Akron, Ohio, agreed to develop a plan to shut down the facility in a consent decree filed July 27 in federal court.

U.S. supporter of Keystone pipeline tours oilsands
Edmonton Journal
A United States senator who has been a key advocate for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline toured Alberta’s oilsands for the first time Tuesday.

Cheniere Proceeding With LNG Export Facility
The Wall Street Journal
Cheniere Energy Partners LP CQP +1.30% is moving ahead with the construction of facilities to liquefy and export natural gas in Louisiana, moving the U.S. one step closer to becoming a major exporter of the commodity.

Japan takes stake in Canada’s natural gas
A Japanese energy consortium took control of a 40 percent stake in shale natural gas assets in Canada from Nexen Inc., the company said.


Obama Hits Romney on Wind Credit Stance in Colorado
President Barack Obama attacked Republican challenger Mitt Romney for opposing the extension of a tax credit for wind energy, telling a Colorado audience that letting it lapse would cost their state thousands of jobs.

SunPower Shares Fall After Cutting 2012 Sales Forecast
SunPower Corp. (SPWR), the solar-panel company majority-owned by Total SA (FP), fell the most in six months after it cut its 2012 sales forecast.

Statoil Seeks U.S. Lease for Floating Wind Farm Off Maine Coast
Statoil ASA (STL), Norway’s state- controlled oil company, is seeking permission to build a wind farm with floating turbines off the U.S. Atlantic coast.

Chu Set to Tell Obama Loans Healthy Before Solyndra Failed
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu was set to assure President Barack Obama in mid-2011 that all loans in the department’s clean-energy program would be repaid, just two months before the bankruptcy of recipient Solyndra LLC.


Green firms unite in call for Cameron to end Treasury assault on renewables sector
Business Green
Growing frustration over the government’s chopping and changing of energy policy bubbled to the surface yesterday, as a group of 200 businesses, NGOs, unions, and academics wrote to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister urging them to bring much-needed clarity to the UK’s “confused energy policy landscape”.


Suzano-Unit Starts China Trials to Reclaim Desert for Farmers
FuturaGene Plc, held by Suzano Papel e Celulose SA (SUZB5), began trials in northwest China to test the potential of woody crops and shrubs that reclaim desert to help boost the economy for local farmers.


Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future (Posted August 6, 2012)

Benchmarking Air Emissions Of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States (Posted July 31, 2012)

Per capita CO2 emissions in China reached European level (July 18, 2012)

The Interim Regulation of Voluntary Greenhouse Gases Emission Trading in China (Posted July 10, 2012)
The Climate Group

Measure for Management: C40 Cities (July 9, 2012)
Carbon Disclosure Project

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