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.”

Lead Stories

Analysis: Foes of Obama climate policy prepare battle over cost of carbon
Reuters
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.
http://jlne.ws/1bR9oLj

Coal Foe Named to FERC Is Latest Obama Pick Drawing Ire
Bloomberg
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.
http://jlne.ws/1d3NXtz

Federal report supports carbon pricing
PostMedia News
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.
http://jlne.ws/13EnQGr

Poll shows Australia’s Labor government on course for heavy defeat
Reuters
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.
http://jlne.ws/16ujiAr
**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
Bloomberg
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.
http://jlne.ws/14hAOs7

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

Allianz Mulls Carbon Credit Expansion After Indonesia Investment
Bloomberg
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.
http://jlne.ws/14ZbtWt

Carbon credits boost for Argentina
Renewsbiz.com
A lucrative support mechanism has been made available to wind farms in Argentina thanks to an initiative spearheaded by two German-owned companies.
http://jlne.ws/1bRdl2t

BC Forest Carbon Partnership signs first contract
HQPrinceGeorge.com
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.
http://jlne.ws/17IGRET

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.
http://jlne.ws/169fQrh

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.
http://jlne.ws/14UAn2J

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.
http://jlne.ws/14hEoTe

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.
http://jlne.ws/17351vy

Power

Solar Manufacturers May Boost Capacity as Demand Surges
Bloomberg
Three major solar manufacturers are producing panels at full speed and contemplating plans to expand capacity to meet surging demand in Asia.
http://jlne.ws/12nsSEs

First Solar Agrees to Sell Energy to City in California
Bloomberg
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.
http://jlne.ws/1d3Obkq

Citigroup and GE Finance Pattern Energy Texas Wind Farm
Bloomberg
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.
http://jlne.ws/17ICOIr

Water

Saudis OK $105 Million of Water, Desalination, Sewer Work
Bloomberg
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.
http://jlne.ws/14hAXfh

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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