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.

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.
**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.

Fracking battle holds unflattering mirror up to Britain: Kemp
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.

More of America’s wind turbines are actually being built in America
The equipment that’s powering America’s wind energy boom is increasingly being made right at home.

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.

Ozone hole could be making global warming worse
It’s like Lord Voldemort joining forces with The Penguin.


Water and Society 2013
September 4-6
New Forest, U.K.

EMA’s 17th Annual Meeting
September 25-27
Las Vegas

Climate Strategies Forum
Association of Climate Change Officers
October 14-17
Washington, D.C.

Verge: Where Tech Meets Sustainability
October 14-17
San Francisco

FT Global Shale Energy Summit
October 21

Solar Power International
October 21-24

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


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.

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.

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.


Foxconn branches out beyond Apple in troubled solar industry
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.

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.

Germany’s E.ON warns of extra plant closures as profit sags
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.

General Electric Starts Its First Wind Energy Plant in Estonia
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.


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.

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.


Florida to Sue Georgia in U.S. Supreme Court Over Water
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.


Sub-national involvement in NAMA development (posted August 7, 2013)
Ecofys’ International Climate Policies Unit

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather (Posted July 14, 2013)
U.S. Dept. of Energy

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience (Posted June 19, 2013)
World Bank

Four energy policies can keep the 2 Degree C climate goal alive (Posted June 10, 2013)

Maneuvering the Mosaic: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013 (Posted June 10, 2013)
Ecosystem Marketplace

Mapping carbon pricing initiatives: developments and prospects (Posted May 30, 2013)
World Bank

Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind April 2013 (Posted May 1, 2013)
Yale Project on Climate Change

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