Summary

In today’s edition, scientists confirm fossil fuels must stay in the ground if the planet is to survive, while EPA delays carbon rules for power plants. Also, the UK and the Czech Republic want the EU to have a “light touch” approach towards the bloc’s climate and energy targets for 2030, leaving it to national governments to police themselves on achieving the goals. 

Quote of the day 

 “People often talk about gas as a bridging fuel or a transition fuel to a low carbon energy future.This work does support that to some extent.” 

Christophe McGlade, research associate at the University College London’s Institute for Sustainable Resources and co-author of the study, in the National Geographic’s story Climate Mission Impossible: Scientists Say Fossil Fuels Must Go Untapped 

Lead stories

Climate Mission Impossible: Scientists Say Fossil Fuels Must Go Untapped 
By Christina Nunez – National Geographic 
Canada’s tar sands need to stay in the ground, the oil beneath the Arctic has to remain under the sea, and most of the world’s coal must be left untouched in order to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2°C, a study released Wednesday says. 
http://jlne.ws/1FxXGHD

Senate panel advances Keystone bill in 13-9 vote
By Laura Barron-Lopez – The Hill 
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday passed legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline in a 13-9 vote, setting up a vote in the full chamber as early as next week. 
http://jlne.ws/1xXnwS9

Experts Say That Battle on Keystone Pipeline Is Over Politics, Not Facts
By Coral Davenport – The New York Times 
In 2009, the Obama administration approved a 986-mile pipeline to bring 400,000 barrels of oil sands petroleum a day from western Canada to the United States. 
http://jlne.ws/1KrxrTk

EPA delays carbon rules for power plants 
By David Conti – Trib Total Media 
The Obama administration is delaying rules aimed at curbing carbon emissions from power plants and will write a separate implementation plan for states that have threatened not to design their own. 
http://jlne.ws/148jBDQ

California’s bold attack on climate change 
Los Angeles Times (Editorial) 
California is moving toward its goal of generating a third of its electrical power from solar, wind and other renewable sources by 2020, as promised five years ago by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. 
http://jlne.ws/1x3caVE

London and Prague call for ‘light touch’ on EU climate goals 
By Peter Teffer – EU Observer  
The UK and the Czech Republic want the EU to have a “light touch” approach towards the bloc’s climate and energy targets for 2030, leaving it to national governments to police themselves on achieving the goals. 
http://jlne.ws/148kmwN

(UK’s) George Osborne puts energy at heart of election campaign
By Christopher Adams- Financial Times 
George Osborne has this week put energy at the centre of early election campaigning.
http://jlne.ws/1IxAGF5 
***LB: Also in this story “But anyone hoping for a swift response to the UK chancellor’s call for suppliers to cut household fuel bills — and pass on savings from falling oil prices — is likely to be disappointed.”

Asian solutions to climate change
By Takehiko Nakao & Yvo de Boer – Bangkok Post 
The plan agreed at the United Nations talks in Lima, Peru is a key first step toward a global climate change agreement due to be finalised this year.
http://jlne.ws/1AAvBMY

Democratic claims on Keystone XL’s impact on the environment and oil exports
By Glenn Kessler – Washington Post 
Earlier this week, we took a look at frequent Republican claims that the Keystone XL pipeline will create 42,000 “new” jobs. (Not really.) Now let’s examine the Democratic side of the argument—that the pipeline will hurt the environment and the oil it carries will simply be sent overseas. 
http://jlne.ws/1xYWFC0

Events

2015 Climate Leadership Conference
ACCO, EPA, The Climate Registry, C2ES
February 23-25, 2015
Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City (Arlington, VA)
jlne.ws/AAf4bu 

Carbon

New Oregon Rules Require 10 Percent Cleaner Fuels
By Cassandra Profita – OPB 
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday to pass new rules that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 10 percent over a decade. 
http://jlne.ws/1Fy0x3x

Mapping the World’s Problems
By Kate Galbraith – The New York Times
Nearly a decade ago, an environmental group in Brazil grew concerned that government data and maps about Amazon deforestation were out of date and hard to view. 
http://jlne.ws/148l90O 
***LB: Also in this story “The group, Imazon, decided to create its own monitoring tools, using information from satellites.”

Natural gas / coal

Add Natural Gas Prices to Putin’s Long List of Problems
By Isis Almeida – Bloomberg News 
After last year’s plunges in oil and the ruble, Russian President Vladimir Putin now has another thing to worry about: the price of natural gas. 
http://jlne.ws/1xLw9gs

Pelosi: Time is now for gas-tax hike
By Mike Lillis – The Hill 
Falling oil prices give Congress a great opportunity to hike the gas tax, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday. 
http://jlne.ws/1DEZEBw

Power

Solar power led clean energy investment surge in 2014
By James Murray – BusinessGreen
The global clean tech market enjoyed its strongest investment performance in years during 2014, according to new figures showing total clean energy investment jumped 16% to $310bn (£205bn). 
http://jlne.ws/1wBUi5b

Clean tech

Public Policy, Private Investment Needed to Keep EV Market Growing in 2015 
By Nick Nigro – C2ES (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions) 
Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) were up 25 percent last year, and automakers are looking to boost sales further in 2015 with new and updated models. 
http://jlne.ws/1FxX3Ov

What’s still killing the electric car
By Peter Cheney – The Globe and Mail 
When choosing the most significant cars of 2014, there were two machines at the top of nearly every list: Ford’s new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck, and Tesla’s stunning, all-electric Model S sedan. 
http://jlne.ws/149nXuA

Clean tech investment surges back in 2014
By James Murray – BusinessGreen
The global clean tech market enjoyed its strongest investment performance in years during 2014, according to new figures showing total clean-energy investment jumped 16 per cent to $310bn (£205bn). 
http://jlne.ws/1wBQrVH

How Georgia became the biggest electric vehicle market in the US
By Timothy Pratt – The Guardian
When Don Francis wanted to buy what he says was the first electric car registered in the state of Georgia, he had to drive to the neighboring state of Tennessee. 
http://jlne.ws/1xM8lZX

Water

China Completes Second Line of South-North Water Transfer 
Circle of Blue 
On December 12, China turned the spigot on the central line of its South-North Water Transfer, sending the first gush of water from Danjiangkou Reservoir along the 1,432-kilometer route to Beijing and other cities in the country’s dry North. 
http://jlne.ws/1xNXS0h

Miscellaneous

Steyer ally says California Senate run a possibility
By Laura Barron-Lopez – The Hill
Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer may jump into what could be one of the hottest Senate races of 2016. 
http://jlne.ws/1sbDZzm

 

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