In this edition, The Washington Post offers, In his second term, Obama becomes bolder on the environment. And in our Water section: A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water from The Guardian and Report: Water companies must do more to curb carbon emissions from Business Green.

Quote of the Day:

“It is time to stop entertaining the climate change deniers and start talking frankly about the difficult challenges that we face.”

–U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in The Hill’s E2 Wire “Harry Reid: ‘Don’t be afraid to talk about climate change’”

Lead Stories

In his second term, Obama becomes bolder on the environment
The Washington Post
President Obama’s environmental policies are likely to play a prominent role in defining his second term, even as the budget, immigration and health care still dominate the current political debate.
http://jlne.ws/16hNX6m

Harry Reid: ‘Don’t be afraid to talk about climate change’
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) issued a challenge to the crowd to open the annual summer green energy summit he hosts in Las Vegas.
http://jlne.ws/14JjprO
**RKB — Read more from National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 here.

Petroleum groups ask EPA for relief from biofuel mandate
The Hill’s E2 Wire
The petroleum industry formally asked the Obama administration on Tuesday to lower the amount of corn-based ethanol refiners must blend into transportation fuel in 2014.
http://jlne.ws/1d5arc6

Fracking battle holds unflattering mirror up to Britain: Kemp
Reuters
The village of Balcombe in West Sussex has become the focal point for protests against hydraulic fracturing in Britain. But Balcombe is also a fascinating microcosm of the contradictions besetting Britain’s policies on energy and economic development.
http://jlne.ws/13XeDaD

More of America’s wind turbines are actually being built in America
Grist.org
The equipment that’s powering America’s wind energy boom is increasingly being made right at home.
http://jlne.ws/17MglsZ

Danish pension fund backs construction of straw-fuelled power plant
Financial Times
One of Denmark’s leading institutional investors is to back the construction of a straw-fuelled power station in Lincolnshire in a project that will provide enough energy to supply 70,000 British households.
http://jlne.ws/1eIjYnr

Ozone hole could be making global warming worse
Grist.org
It’s like Lord Voldemort joining forces with The Penguin.
http://jlne.ws/123swCU

Events

Water and Society 2013
September 4-6
New Forest, U.K.
http://jlne.ws/13bNnUA

EMA’s 17th Annual Meeting
September 25-27
Las Vegas
http://jlne.ws/192w3CR

Climate Strategies Forum
Association of Climate Change Officers
October 14-17
Washington, D.C.
http://jlne.ws/14cGFtN

Verge: Where Tech Meets Sustainability
October 14-17
San Francisco
http://jlne.ws/1bAKXT4

FT Global Shale Energy Summit
October 21
London
http://jlne.ws/1cemi7d

Solar Power International
October 21-24
Chicago
http://jlne.ws/184e0wa

Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA
climateleadershipconference.org/

Carbon

Bluforest Inc. Watches Major International Banks Move In To Monetize The California Carbon Trading Market
Press Release
BluForest Inc. (“BluForest” or the “Company”), an emerging leader in the field of Carbon Trading and Renewable Energy, is watching closely as major international banks move in to monetize and facilitate liquidity in the California Carbon Trading Market.
http://jlne.ws/14vQ5kx

Australians could be greener without the carbon tax
News Limited Network Australia
WE’RE being far less green. Carbon offsetting among plane passengers is down by as much as half, as is use of renewable energy, although its popularity is predicted to surge if the carbon tax is axed.
http://jlne.ws/19gPtod

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

TransCanada rejects Steyer’s debate challenge
The Hill’s E2 Wire
A public debate between Keystone XL pipeline foe Tom Steyer and the CEO of pipeline developer TransCanada Corp. isn’t in the cards.
http://jlne.ws/16JFENn

Power

Foxconn branches out beyond Apple in troubled solar industry
Reuters
Foxconn Technology Group, best known for assembling Apple Inc’s iPhones, will decide by year-end whether to branch off into unconventional new territory: making solar panels in China.
http://jlne.ws/1cLWa5F

German utilities power ahead amid economic confidence boost
Financial Times
German stocks were boosted after confidence in the eurozone’s biggest economy grew in August, according to one of its most widely watched surveys.
http://jlne.ws/16hSA0v

Germany’s E.ON warns of extra plant closures as profit sags
Reuters
Germany’s biggest utility E.ON warned it could close more generating plants than expected as plunging wholesale power prices and competition from renewable energy gnawed away at profit.
http://jlne.ws/14JbIlq

General Electric Starts Its First Wind Energy Plant in Estonia
Bloomberg
General Electric Co. today started its first wind farm in Estonia.The company installed 18 turbines totaling 45 megawatts in northwestern Estonia for Eesti Energia AS and Nelja Energia AS, it said today in a statement on its website. Eesti Energia currently operates four wind farms with a combined capacity of 111 megawatts.
http://jlne.ws/16hZ2V5

Water

A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water
The Guardian
Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night last month when she turned on the tap and discovered the tiny town where she had made her home for 35 years was out of water.
http://jlne.ws/13yTUWW

Report: Water companies must do more to curb carbon emissions
Business Green
Water industry regulator Ofwat should impose strict targets on utilities to curb their carbon emissions, alongside better incentives to encourage investment in clean technologies.
http://jlne.ws/14w4n4E

THE REPORT:
A BLUEPRINT FOR CARBON EMISSIONS REDUCTION IN THE UK WATER INDUSTRY

Florida to Sue Georgia in U.S. Supreme Court Over Water
Bloomberg
Florida plans to file a U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit against Georgia, saying the state is consuming too much water that would otherwise flow to Florida, the latest battle nationally over an increasingly scarce resource.
http://jlne.ws/149LLbo

Reports

Sub-national involvement in NAMA development (posted August 7, 2013)
Ecofys’ International Climate Policies Unit
http://jlne.ws/19LKChs

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather (Posted July 14, 2013)
U.S. Dept. of Energy
http://jlne.ws/12z1YK5

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience (Posted June 19, 2013)
World Bank
http://jlne.ws/14KrLza

Four energy policies can keep the 2 Degree C climate goal alive (Posted June 10, 2013)
IEA
http://jlne.ws/12Bpk41

Maneuvering the Mosaic: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013 (Posted June 10, 2013)
Ecosystem Marketplace
http://jlne.ws/12Cyi0X

Mapping carbon pricing initiatives: developments and prospects (Posted May 30, 2013)
World Bank
http://jlne.ws/15iik9E

Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind April 2013 (Posted May 1, 2013)
Yale Project on Climate Change
http://jlne.ws/ZWPD1Z

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