In this edition, political coverage in a Reuters piece on the economic and climate tie-in. Bloomberg, meanwhile, has: Coal Foe Named to FERC Is Latest Obama Pick Drawing Ire. In the carbon space, Allianz Mulls Carbon Credit Expansion After Indonesia Investment.
Quote of the Day:
“While the economic models we use to examine climate change and its impacts and costs will keep being updated, it would be a mistake to throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
–Rachel Cleetus, senior climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, in Reuters’ “Analysis: Foes of Obama climate policy prepare battle over cost of carbon.”
Analysis: Foes of Obama climate policy prepare battle over cost of carbon
Three months ago, the Obama administration made a little-noticed but potentially pivotal move in the stepped-up fight against climate change: it boosted the U.S. government’s official estimate of the future economic damage caused by carbon pollution.
Coal Foe Named to FERC Is Latest Obama Pick Drawing Ire
President Barack Obama’s nominee to head a little-known energy commission has become the latest appointee drawn into the contentious debate over climate change.
Federal report supports carbon pricing
Canada supports putting a price on carbon emissions as part of a global climate change strategy, say newly released records prepared at the highest levels of the federal government.
Poll shows Australia’s Labor government on course for heavy defeat
A bold gamble by Kevin Rudd to reclaim the leadership of Australia and launch national elections appears to be failing, with a poll on Monday showing his center-left Labor government is headed for a heavy defeat in a September ballot.
**RKB — Rudd’s foe Abbott (Center-Right) has promised to cut the 30 percent company tax rate if he wins to help boost business confidence while the economy retreats from a China-fuelled mining boom, and to scrap a controversial mining profits tax and price on carbon emissions.
European Wind Market to Shrink for 2 Years, Make Says
The wind-turbine market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will shrink this year and next after economic growth slowed and governments scaled back subsidies, Make Consulting said.
Water and Society 2013
New Forest, U.K.
EMA’s 17th Annual Meeting
Climate Strategies Forum
Association of Climate Change Officers
Verge: Where Tech Meets Sustainability
FT Global Shale Energy Summit
Solar Power International
Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA
Allianz Mulls Carbon Credit Expansion After Indonesia Investment
Allianz SE (ALV), Europe’s largest insurer, is considering expanding its business of buying carbon emission credits after getting enough of the certificates from a project in Indonesia to help offset its own emissions.
Carbon credits boost for Argentina
A lucrative support mechanism has been made available to wind farms in Argentina thanks to an initiative spearheaded by two German-owned companies.
BC Forest Carbon Partnership signs first contract
The newly created BC Forest Carbon Partnership has secured its first contract to re-plant damaged forest. The collaboration between the Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative and the province aims to re-seed areas of forest damaged by fire or the mountain pine beetle. Cooperative CEO MaryAnne Arcand calls it a watershed moment.
California Air Resources Board Releases New Mine Methane Capture Offset Protocol
McGuireWoods LLP law firm through Mondaq
On Aug. 14, 2013, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a draft of proposed compliance offset protocols, most notably one concerning methane emissions from mining (MMC). The mine methane offset type is part of the state’s maturing carbon market and intended to provide an alternate compliance option for obligated parties to meet their greenhouse gas (GHG) emission budgets on an annual basis.
Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels
Wildcatter McClendon Bets Big on Ohio Shale
The Wall Street Journal
Aubrey McClendon, one of America’s best known wildcatters, is betting again on striking it big in Ohio as he builds a new oil and gas exploration company.
Mexico’s Pemex Looks to Tap U.S. Shale
The Wall Street Journal
Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico’s state oil monopoly, will set up a new company to explore and produce shale gas and deep-water oil in the U.S. as part of an ambitious plan by its rookie CEO to turn around years of falling production.
With Proposed Rail Expansion, Northwest Confronts Its Clean Image
The New York Times
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Pacific Northwest’s sense of itself can sometimes seem green to the point of parody: a medium-roast blend of piney peaks and urban cool, populated by residents who look descended from lumberjacks or fishermen.
Solar Manufacturers May Boost Capacity as Demand Surges
Three major solar manufacturers are producing panels at full speed and contemplating plans to expand capacity to meet surging demand in Asia.
First Solar Agrees to Sell Energy to City in California
First Solar Inc. (FSLR), the largest U.S. solar-panel manufacturer, agreed to sell power to the City of Roseville, California, from the Lost Hills photovoltaic facility that it’s developing in the state.
Citigroup and GE Finance Pattern Energy Texas Wind Farm
Pattern Energy Group LP, a closely held renewable energy company backed by private-equity investor Riverstone Holdings LLC, began construction on a 218-megawatt wind farm in Texas with financing from General Electric Co. and Citigroup Inc.
Saudis OK $105 Million of Water, Desalination, Sewer Work
Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil producer, approved $105 million of water and sanitation works across the kingdom, the state-owned Saudi Press Agency said, citing Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen.
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)
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)
Mapping carbon pricing initiatives: developments and prospects (Posted May 30, 2013)
Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind April 2013 (Posted May 1, 2013)
Yale Project on Climate Change