In this edition of EMN, President Obama and G8 leadership commit to cutting short-lived climate pollutants, while global business leaders express doubts for the Rio talks. Canadian Environmental Minister Peter Kent says oil sands cut emissions by transferring pollution to other industries.

Quote of the day:

“Big business gets the strategic importance of sustainable development and consumption, and many major players are already taking action in their businesses and along their supply chain. But the private sector is looking for more ambition and more leadership from governments and policymakers.”

-Malcolm Preston, PwC’s global lead of sustainability and climate change, in Business Green’s “Business leaders downplay Rio influence”

Lead Stories

G-8 to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Curb Climate Pollutants
ENS
Leaders of the world’s most developed economies, the Group of Eight, have agreed to phase out government subsidies for coal, oil and gas and pursue sustainable energy and low carbon policies “in order to tackle the global challenge of climate change.”
http://jlne.ws/K8qzus 
**RKB – Camp David declaration: http://jlne.ws/JxRE7m

President Obama, Other G8 Leaders Commit to Cutting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development Development

Press Release
President Obama announced Saturday at the conclusion of the G8 Summit at Camp David, Maryland that the G8 leaders have committed to cutting short-lived climate pollutants to mitigate near-term climate change, save lives, and improve crop yields, and have joined the new Climate and Clean Air Coalition for Reducing Short Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).
http://jlne.ws/KGCwu0 
**RKB — President Obama’s G-8 Closing remarks: http://jlne.ws/JAH8BS

Business leaders downplay Rio influence
Business Green
Businesses have little faith that next month’s international climate talks in Rio will see much progress and expect private sector initiatives to have more of an impact, according to a new survey of chief executives.
http://jlne.ws/JLVUXg

The Many Moving Pieces of California’s Cap and Trade Program
Environmental Leader
The calendar says May 2012, so what does that mean for California’s attempts to implement a first-in-the-nation, economy-wide Cap and Trade Program? Actually quite a bit.
http://jlne.ws/JLoqrZ

Q+A-Where next for EU renewable energy policy?
Reuters
An energy policy vacuum is looming in the European Union after a firm set of policy goals for renewable energy, carbon cutting and energy saving expires in 2020.
http://jlne.ws/Ji99KK 

France floats carbon tariff plan for EU imports
Business Green
France’s new administration is looking to revive the idea of imposing a carbon tax on goods imported from outside Europe. The idea of a tariff at the EU’s borders was first put forward by former French president Nicolas Sarkzoy, but dismissed by critics as overly protectionist.
http://jlne.ws/KOQtSX 

French to revive Sarkozy’s EU carbon tariff idea
EurActiv
Arnaud Montebourg, the newly-appointed French minister for “industrial revival” who has built a reputation for his fierce attacks against globalisation, has promised to revive old plans by Nicolas Sarkzoy for a carbon tariff at the EU’s borders, an idea previously rejected as protectionist among France’s European partners.
http://jlne.ws/MdBJ1s

Breakthrough Institute gets it wrong on climate economics — again
Grist.org
Why do those at the Breakthrough Institute insist that everyone else besides them who cares about the environment is wrong, wrong, wrong? Their latest, called “The Creative Destruction of Climate Economics,” is a swipe at those misguided souls who think putting a price on carbon emissions would help combat climate change.
http://jlne.ws/KXSqyT 

Solar Power’s Fighting Spirit Fades
The Wall Street Journal
War, what is it good for? Not much if you make solar panels.
http://jlne.ws/K8Op9B

Popping the Cap on Arctic Methane
The New York Times Green blog
Methane held underground by caps of Arctic ice is bubbling out as a warming climate causes those caps to melt, researchers report in the journal Nature Geoscience.
http://jlne.ws/K8Gd9g

THE PAPER:
Geologic methane seeps along boundaries of Arctic permafrost thaw and melting glaciers
Nature Geoscience
http://jlne.ws/Js7iYC

The Week Ahead: EPA to Hold Hearings on Carbon Dioxide Limits for Power Plants
BNA/Bloomberg
The Environmental Protection Agency will hold two public hearings May 24 in Washington, D.C., and Chicago on Clean Air Act new source performance standards that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants.
http://jlne.ws/MB7MLr 

We’re putting our foot in it
The New Zealand Herald
We are heading for hell in a fossil-fueled handcart, spinning towards implosion. Planet Earth is not able to keep pace with humanity’s demands nor cope with its wasteful by-products. And the gap – the “ecological overshoot” – is growing.
http://jlne.ws/JLHMLU

US

Opinion: Dan Walters: Shouldn’t hydro count against the carbon reduction mandate?
Sacramento Bee
A major component of California’s crusade against global warming, one started by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and embraced by successor Jerry Brown, is the legal mandate to have 33 percent of electric power sales from “renewable sources” by 2020.
http://jlne.ws/LeM5yw

Pa. health care co. has trove of data on residents’ health to help assess gas drilling effects
AP
Some people are absolutely sure gas drilling threatens public health, while others are absolutely sure it doesn’t.
http://jlne.ws/KDUhG7 

ON THE ‘NET METERING’ PROPOSAL: Keep solar power shining
San Francisco Chronicle
After setting the national standard on solar energy, California is at a new frontier. How far should it push the rules credited with spreading the power-producing panels across roofs on homes, offices and schools?
http://jlne.ws/K5fIBk

Canada

Oilsands cut emissions by transferring pollution to other industries: Kent
Postmedia News
Some reductions in greenhouse gas emissions per barrel from oilsands facilities over the past 20 years have been achieved by new technologies as well as the transfer of some activities and their pollution to other industries, Environment Minister Peter Kent said in a statement tabled last week in Parliament.
http://jlne.ws/MdeAMM

Mulcair says he’s putting together an ‘extraordinary’ team for 2015
Postmedia News
Polls suggesting that the New Democratic Party is a contender to form government in 2015 allow the party to recruit star candidates — including well-known figures from the business community, according to Thomas Mulcair.
http://jlne.ws/KFilZl

Alberta NDP MP defends party leader mired in oilsands controversy
Edmonton Journal
Alberta’s sole NDP member of Parliament offered a strong defence Sunday of party leader Thomas Mulcair, who has been chastised by federal Conservatives and western premiers in recent days for his comments about the oilsands.
http://jlne.ws/KYXh32
 

Europe

Siemens to Supply Turbines for Chile’s Biggest Wind Farm
Bloomberg
Siemens AG (SIE) won an order to supply 115 megawatts of turbines for a project north of Santiago that will be Chile’s largest wind farm when built.
http://jlne.ws/JA1lrF
**repeats in Latin America

Sweden to buy up to 6 mln post-2012 “quality” offsets
Point Carbon
Sweden will buy around 4-6 million “high quality” U.N.-backed offsets over the next 2.5 years as part of a long-term carbon purchase plan to help the country meet post-2012 climate goals, a government official said on Monday.
http://jlne.ws/K9kFJP

100 firms pledge to power up UK wind industry
Business Green
One hundred companies have pledged to help boost the UK’s wind power market and drive down the cost of energy, as the government today dismissed the findings of a new report accusing it of misleading the public over the impact of its green policies.
http://jlne.ws/LmUaxZ

Asia

Suzlon Rises Most in Three Months in Mumbai on Debt Plans
Bloomberg
Suzlon Energy Ltd. (SUEL) advanced the most in almost three months in Mumbai trading on a plan to raise as much as $800 million this year in loans and a bond sale, easing pressure on the company to sell its Repower Systems AG unit.
http://jlne.ws/K5VI35 

Sinopec Joins Effort to Build South Africa Refinery
Wall Street Journal
PetroSA, South Africa’s national oil company, and China Petroleum and Chemical Corp., known as Sinopec, will build a refinery in South Africa that could process several hundred thousand barrels of oil a day and cost several billion dollars to construct.
http://jlne.ws/K8OBFN
**repeats in Africa/Middle East

India Promises $7 Billion More Fuel Subsidy
Wall Street Journal
India’s finance ministry has agreed to pay 385 billion rupees ($7 billion) in additional cash subsidies to state-run fuel retailers for selling fuel below cost last financial year, a senior government official said Monday, in a step that is set to further strain New Delhi’s weak finances and cast doubts over its resolve to trim expenses.
http://jlne.ws/K8OSbK 

Carbon tax may hurt natural disaster zones
The Age
RESIDENTS of areas hit by natural disasters such as cyclones and storms could face carbon tax bills for the greenhouse emissions arising from rubbish created by the disaster, a Senate estimates hearing was told yesterday.
http://jlne.ws/JLGall

 

Africa/Middle East

South Africa Approves $3.4 Billion Renewable Power Plan
Bloomberg
South Africa approved 19 wind, solar and hydropower proposals in a second bidding round, increasing the cost of renewable-energy projects given the go-ahead to 73 billion rand ($8.8 billion) as the nation boosts cleaner energy.
http://jlne.ws/KgHegn

Sinopec Joins Effort to Build South Africa Refinery
Wall Street Journal
PetroSA, South Africa’s national oil company, and China Petroleum and Chemical Corp., known as Sinopec, will build a refinery in South Africa that could process several hundred thousand barrels of oil a day and cost several billion dollars to construct.
http://jlne.ws/K8OBFN
**repeats in Asia

Petra to Develop 5-Megawatt Solar Network in Bahrain
Bloomberg
Petra Solar Inc., a U.S. developer of distributed solar projects, is developing 5 megawatts of power systems in Bahrain.
http://jlne.ws/K5hQZU

Latin America

Siemens to Supply Turbines for Chile’s Biggest Wind Farm
Bloomberg
Siemens AG (SIE) won an order to supply 115 megawatts of turbines for a project north of Santiago that will be Chile’s largest wind farm when built.
http://jlne.ws/JA1lrF
**repeats in Europe

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