In today’s edition, an analysis on why Hillary Clinton parted ways with President Obama on Arctic drilling: Greens say it could be the start of a push to shore up support among environmentalists ahead of primary season. Also, in a weird twist of fate, civil unrest and humanitarian crises in the Middle East can now be detected from space — because of cleaner air, a study finds. Finally, in the Carbon section, everything you need to know about ethanol. 

Quote of the day

“I think she (Hillary Clinton) understands that’s a problem, and I think she understands she can’t go into the general election or even into the primary without such a huge and intense part of her base. I think she’s feeling like there’s a problem she has to correct and I think that’s why we’re seeing this kind of leftward tack on climate issues.” 

Karthik Ganapathy, a spokesman for 350 Action, in the Hill’s story Clinton angling to Obama’s left on climate

Lead stories 

Obama coming to Las Vegas for Clean Energy Summit 
By Ben Botkin – Las Vegas Review-Journal 
President Barack Obama and Nevada’s U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, two of the most powerful Democrats in the nation, are playing key roles in the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on Monday. 

Obama’s clean energy power play an unlawful overreach (Editorial) 
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Barack Obama will be in Las Vegas on Monday to deliver the keynote speech at Clean Energy Summit 8.0, where he’ll no doubt receive unyielding applause for the most economically harmful, unlawful overreach of his presidency. 

Clinton angling to Obama’s left on climate 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
Hillary Clinton’s break with President Obama on Arctic drilling this week represented a public shift left for the Democrat, a move greens say could be the start of a push to shore up support among environmentalists ahead of primary season. 
***LB: Also in this story “Before this week, Clinton had mostly aligned herself with Obama’s environmental agenda, endorsing his controversial emissions standards for power plants and promising to protect them as president.”  

Here’s where every single presidential candidate stands on Keystone — except Hillary Clinton 
By Lisa Hymas – grist
Rumor has it that President Obama will officially reject the Keystone XL pipeline in the coming weeks. But whatever he decides, you can be sure the issue won’t go away.  

Carly Fiorina did a 4-minute riff on climate change. Everything she said was wrong. 
By David Roberts – V

Forget About Saving Energy. This Is About Saving Lives.  
By Jeremy Deaton – Medium Corporation   
For the military, energy efficiency isn’t about going granola. It’s about tightening the gears on the war machine.

Study Finds Surprising Byproduct of Middle Eastern Conflicts: Cleaner Air 
By John Schwartz – The New York Times 
Civil unrest and humanitarian crises can now be detected from space — because of, somewhat surprisingly, cleaner air.

Where will the energy business be in 2025?  
By Nick Butler – Financial Times  
Organisations, especially those that are doing well, can easily get stuck on narrow views of the future and their own role within it. 


EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston, MA 

2015 Rising Seas Summit 
Association of Climate Change Officers 
November 12-13, 2015, Cambridge, MA   


Brazil’s illegal loggers downscale to avoid satellite detection 
By Alex Pashley – RTCC (part of the Guardian Environment Network)
Brazil’s drive to nip illicit tree-felling in the bud has shifted the nature of the problem, according to researchers.  

Three things you may not know about ethanol 
By Claire Everett – Investigate Midwest
Every time you put gas in your car, you’re adding a bit of renewable fuel to your tank, as well. 

Corn ethanol production to stay strong despite federal cuts 
By Claire Everett – Investigate Midwest  
Industry experts expect corn ethanol production to stay strong despite a proposal to reduce federal renewable fuel requirements. 

Advanced biofuels face uncertain future 
By Claire Everett – Investigate Midwest 
The long delay in proposed renewable fuel minimums by the Environmental Protection Agency has likely stalled the production of advanced biofuels – or cellulosic ethanol formulas such as those made from tall grasses and stalks. 

Natural gas / coal

Gas Golden Age Fades as Supply Boom Meets Japan Nuclear Rebirth
By Ben Sharples and James Paton – Bloomberg News
The golden age of natural gas lost some of its luster this month.

Fracking: who’s who in the race to strike it rich in the UK
By David Hellier – The Guardian 
In The Frackers, a book about the fracking industry in the US, Gregory Zuckerman tells the story of “new billionaire wildcatters” who made fortunes and went on to use their wealth to shake up Hollywood, education, politics and sport. In the UK, a similar book would present a very different narrative, as local anger and government delays slow the expansion of the industry.  


The Power Revolutions 
By Daniel Yergin for the Wall Street Journal  
Energy innovation and energy “transition” are today’s hot topics. President Barack Obama aims to have 20% of U.S. electricity come from wind and solar by 2030. 

Wind Dominates Brazil Power Auction as Developers Brave Risks 
By Christiana Sciaudone – Bloomberg News 
Wind developers are showing more confidence in Brazil, selling six times as much power through an energy auction Friday as they did in April.

Will zero-net-energy homes be the wave of the future? 
By Brittany Patterson – E&E  
Marisol Sanabria points to a small white device about the size of her palm encased in a hard clear plastic box.

Modi calls solar ‘ultimate solution’ to India’s energy problem 
By Tom Kenning – PV Tech 
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has described solar energy as the “ultimate solution” to India’s energy problems and called on domestic scientists to work on developing more efficient solar equipment.

Clean tech

Thanks for Buying a $100,000 Tesla. Want a Tote Bag With That? 
By Dana Hull – Bloomberg News 
Tesla Motors Inc. has launched a wholesale revamp of its stores worldwide as the electric-car company prepares to debut the Model X, its first sport-utility vehicle.


The next Big One 
The Washington Post 
Here at the bottom of the Mississippi River, Andy Nyman stands atop a squishy new wetland, recently created by sediment that may have originated hundreds of miles upstream.

Puerto Rico Finds Waning Demand for Water Bonds Amid Debt Talks 
By Michelle Kaske – Bloomberg News 
Puerto Rico is running into resistance as the commonwealth tries to sell $750 million in bonds while crafting a debt-restructuring plan that would likely leave some investors with deep losses.


The Weight of the World – Can Christiana Figueres persuade humanity to save itself? 
By Elizabeth Kolbert – The New Yorker 
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or U.N.F.C.C.C., has by now been ratified by a hundred and ninety-five countries, which, depending on how you count, represents either all the countries in the world or all the countries and then some.

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