In today’s edition, still the aftermath of Tuesday’s elections, with the prospect of a carbon tax in Oregon and a decision on the Keystone pipeline. Also in this edition, the aftermath of falling down oil prices: a green awakening in countries like Saudi Arabia. 

Quote of the day

“There have been some environmental improvements over the past 40 years. However, there is evidence which reveals that the current environmental challenges require stronger efforts to increase green areas and protect natural resources.” 

Saudi Arabia’s Undersecretary of Meteorology and Environment Protection for Environment and Sustainable Development Affairs, Abdul Bassette Al-Sairafi, in his opening speech at the first session of the Arab Joint Ministerial Committee meeting for environment and sustainable development of Arab countries which was held in Jeddah on Sunday, in the Arab News’ story Arab stance on pollution sought 

Lead stories 

Election brings carbon tax closer to Oregon
Timothy Cama, The Hill
Environmentalists think Oregon has enough Democrats in its state Senate to institute a failed carbon tax.

White House would ‘consider’ Keystone bill
Justin Sink, The Hill
The White House said Thursday it would “consider” a rider approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline if it was offered in legislation that was able to pass both houses of Congress.

How the GOP could shake up U.S. energy policy 
Bruce Kennedy, CBS News 
What’s next for America’s energy policies and initiatives in the wake of the massive political changeover in Washington?

Greens: Obama won’t be cowed by anti-environmental riders
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Environmentalists aren’t too worried about possible attempts by the new GOP majority to tack on anti-environmental riders to spending bills.

EU plans ‘supergrid’ to boost security, renewables 
Paul Brown, Climate News Network
An electricity supergrid is being planned to connect all 28 European Union countries and provide them with insurance against power blackouts.

B.C. unprepared for climate-change migration: prof 3 
Jane Deacon, 24 hrs Vancouver
Canada is woefully unprepared to support migrants displaced by climate-based natural disasters, finds a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

UN climate talks: one month, three knotty problems 
Teresa Ribera and Thomas Spencer, RTCC (Responding To Climate change)
Negotiators reconvened in Bonn last month for the last session of negotiations before COP20 in Lima.

Arab stance on pollution sought
Arab News
The undersecretary of Meteorology and Environment Protection for Environment and Sustainable Development Affairs, Abdul Bassette Al-Sairafi, has urged all Arab countries to take a unified stance against the high pollution rates and develop a clear strategy to face environment challenges.


U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference 
The U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference presents data, analysis and expert forecasting on the state of the solar market in the U.S.
Dec. 8 – 10, 2014
San Diego, CA 


EPA delays emissions rule for farmers
Tim Devaney, The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is again delaying plans to update decades-old emissions standards for grain elevators that farmers use to scoop up corn, wheat and barley and drop it inside a silo.

Feds: More fuel efficient cars available in 2015
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The federal government said its official fuel economy ratings for model-year 2015 show that more efficient vehicles are available than the previous year.

Premier Jim Prentice draw fire for linking carbon levy to low oil prices
James Wood, Calgary Herald
A drop in oil prices is no excuse for a lack of action on Alberta’s carbon levy, environmental groups and opposition politicians said Thursday. 
***LB: Also in this story “The Tory government must make a decision this December on its $15 per tonne levy on large emitters of CO2 but Premier Jim Prentice recently suggested the oil price slide, which saw prices for West Texas Intermediate hit a three-year low this week could forestall any move to raise the levy.”

Ozone-depleting chemical hydrogen chloride found to be on the rise
Peter Hannam, The Sydney Morning Herald
Atmospheric levels of a key ozone-depleting chemical are on the increase but the rise appears to be a symptom of climate change rather than additional sources of the destructive substance, according to international researchers including three from the University of Wollongong.

SABIC wins CDM registration for innovative carbon reduction project; demonstrates commitment to low carbon economy
The CDM initiative encourages reduction of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. SABIC’s Boiler Optimization Project at Al-Bayroni will run for 10 years and reduce Al-Bayroni’s CO2 emissions by more than 400,000 tons per annum by utilizing new technologies that cut greenhouse emissions and energy consumption.

Natural gas / coal

CME raises initial margins for natural gas
CME raises natural gas Henry Hub Future (NG) initial margins for specs by 14.4 percent to $3,410 per contract from $2,981.

Coal stockpiles at power plants have decreased in recent years
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Coal stocks at power plants are at lower levels nationally than in recent years, according to data from the Energy Department’s statistic shop.

Report questions coal’s role in tackling energy poverty
Will Nichols, BusinessGreen
Coal industry arguments the fuel benefits the world’s poorest people have been cast into doubt by a new report that shows coal companies spending their own money on poverty reduction programmes overwhelmingly opt for green energy or gas.


Groups press new GOP majority to reject wind tax credits
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Conservative energy group American Energy Alliance led 66 organizations on Thursday in pressing the new GOP majority to reject any attempts to pass legislation that would extend a wind tax credit.

On L.A.’s New E-Highway, Trucks Will Hook Up For A Silent, Zero-Emission Drive
Fast Company 
Every weekday, around 50,000 trucks drive back and forth along a freeway leaving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the two largest ports in the country.

SSE offloads stake in Beatrice offshore wind farm
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Plans to build a £3bn wind farm in Scotland’s outer Moray Firth took a step forward yesterday, after its main developer, SSE, agreed to sell a stake in the project to fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

Solar farms not welcome in UK, says Energy Minister
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
DECC Minister Amber Rudd has refused to repeat Environment Secretary Liz Truss’s accusation that solar farms are “ugly”, but nevertheless warned that such projects are now unwelcome around the UK.

Clean tech

Tesla Pledges to Boost Output as Loss Widens
Mike Ramsey, The Wall Street Journal 
Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. reported a wider third-quarter loss and trimmed its forecast for deliveries this year, citing delays to a planned factory overhaul.


U.S. Water Withdrawals Reach Lowest Level In 40 Years
Circle of Blue
Water withdrawals in the United States are leveling off even as the economy continues to grow. Businesses say water risks are growing.


Push for Fossil-Free Nonprofits
John F. Wasiknov, The New York Times 
Nonprofits have been closely scrutinized for all sorts of practices, as varied as their overhead expenses or how “pink” — focused on women’s causes like breast cancer — they are.

Climate economics expert urges “critical” investment shift
The next 20 years must see a “critical” investment shift from high- to low-carbon energy sources to limit damaging global warming, Nicholas Stern, an authority on the economics of climate change, said Thursday.

Meager Returns for the Democrats’ Biggest Donor
Coral Davenport, The New York Times
In the last days before the midterm elections, Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmentalist who spent at least $57 million of his own money to influence Tuesday’s outcome — more than any other single donor — set off on a frenetic get-out-the-vote tour to Colorado, Iowa and finally New Hampshire.


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