In this edition, much attention on Mitt Romney’s energy plan rollout, in Reuters’ “Mitt Romney Energy Plan: More Oil & Natural Gas Production On Federal Lands” and in Bloomberg’s “Romney Energy Plan Would Expand States’ Say in Production.” And Politico’s analysis piece: “Four roadblocks to Mitt Romney’s energy plan.”

Quote of the Day:

“I’m going to take advantage of our energy resources: Oil, coal, gas, nuclear, renewables, wind, solar. North America will be energy independent by the last year of my second term.”

– Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for US president in Reuters’ piece: “Mitt Romney Energy Plan: More Oil & Natural Gas Production On Federal Lands.”

Lead Stories

Mitt Romney Energy Plan: More Oil & Natural Gas Production On Federal Lands
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will lay out policies on Thursday aimed at achieving North American energy independence by 2020 by pursuing a sharp increase in production of oil and natural gas on federal lands and off the U.S. coast.

Romney Energy Plan Would Expand States’ Say in Production
Mitt Romney would seek to give states control over energy production on federal lands within their borders and allow drilling off the East Coast as part of his plan to reduce crude oil imports.

Giving Reins to the States Over Drilling
The New York Times
By proposing to end a century of federal control over oil and gas drilling and coal mining on government lands, Mitt Romney is making a bid for anti-Washington voters in key Western states while dangling the promise of a big reward to major campaign supporters from the energy industry.

Romney Supportive of Coal Industry He Said ‘Kills People’
In early May, Republican Mitt Romney made a pilgrimage worth about $1.7 million to the White Palace Ballroom in Wheeling, West Virginia. He was greeted by almost 700 donors assembled with the help of host Bob Murray, chief executive officer of Murray Energy Corp. and a coal mine owner.

Election rivals seek to exploit oil boom
Financial Times
Every US president since Richard Nixon has set an objective of reducing the country’s reliance on foreign oil, and most of have them have failed.

Four roadblocks to Mitt Romney’s energy plan
Energy experts say Mitt Romney’s goal to achieve North American energy independence by 2020 would be almost impossible to reach — and anyway, there’s not much in what the Republican candidate laid out Thursday that counts as a concrete plan.
Obama v Romney – is it time for green businesses to start worrying?
Business Green
The summer silly season is slowly drawing an end, to be replaced by the four yearly global media feeding frenzy that is the biggest political story since 2008: that’s right folks, it’s US presidential election time again.

Texas Judge Clears Way for Pipeline
The Wall Street Journal
A Texas judge ruled in favor of pipeline operator TransCanada Corp.’s TRP.T -0.29% use of eminent domain in its effort to build an oil pipeline that could ultimately stretch from the Canadian tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Water Trumping Carbon Spreads $17 Billion Market
Desalination equipment orders are forecast to triple over five years to become a $17 billion business, driven by breakthroughs in energy savings and demand by cities and industry.

South Africa and Australia appointed co-chairs of Green Climate Fund
Business Green
After a series of delays, the first meeting of the UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) kicked off yesterday in Geneva with the appointment of representatives from Australia and South Africa as co-chairs of the fund’s influential board.


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


Retaliation on Airline Carbon May Breach Law: Researcher
Nations that retaliate against the European Union’s decision to include airlines in its carbon market from this year may fall foul of international trade rules, according to a University of Cambridge researcher.

Carbon Trust secures stamp of approval for footprinting calculations
Business Green
The Carbon Trust has beefed up its position as a major player in the growing market for footprinting services, after it became the first company in the world to secure official approval for verification services targeted at the latest product carbon footprinting standard.

Natural Gas/Coal

PetroChina Hunts for Global Acquisitions
The Wall Street Journal
PetroChina Co., 601857.SH -0.23% China’s largest listed oil company by capacity, said it is actively seeking acquisitions in central Asia, East Africa, Australia and Canada as it looks to feed the growing energy demand in the country and strengthen its international presence.

Shale gas failure offers rescue for EU green energy drive
Europe has been unable to repeat the shale gas revolution that has swept the United States, and that could prove to be the unlikely saviour of long-term EU efforts to spur renewables and curb greenhouse gases.

Coal plants still pressured despite Romney plan, EPA court loss
Coal-fired power plants will face pressure and in some cases closure despite a Republican energy plan favorable to the industry and a court victory against new environmental rules.

Sempra adds natural gas storage capacity in Mississippi
Sempra Energy’s U.S. Gas & Power unit has received government approval to put into service previously added gas storage capacity at its underground storage facility in Mississippi to meet growing demand to store ballooning supplies of the fuel, the company said on Thursday.


Brazil Will Import U.S. Ethanol If Fuel Mix Raised, Bunge Says
Brazil, the biggest ethanol producer after the U.S., will have to import the biofuel if authorities raise the mandatory level mixed into gasoline this year, according to commodity processor and trader Bunge Ltd. (BG).

SADC closer to carbon trading           
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) unveiled a new standardized baseline for the SADC region’s electric power grid in Gaborone, Botswana, last week.


What Critics of Wind Power’s Incentive Miss
Denise Bode of the American Wind Energy Association on Huffington Post
As the prospect of Congress extending wind energy’s primary incentive, the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), has grown in recent weeks, so have both support and criticism.


Waste Management Backing Renmatix Garbage-to-Biofuel Technology
Waste Management Inc. (WM), the biggest U.S. trash hauler, is giving money and garbage to Renmatix Inc., which is developing systems to convert refuse into sugars that may be processed into fuel.


The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability (Posted Aug. 21, 2012)


European Power & Renewables Deals: Quarterly M&A outlook (Posted August 15, 2012)

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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