In today’s edition, learn about the Donald’s views on climate change. Also, Norway’s foremost institute for interdisciplinary climate research has launched a new initiative pairing scientists with leading investors to better explain climate risk.  And finally, learn, in the Clean tech section, why the ‘Cleantech’ label is out of vogue.  

Quote of the day

“Trump and Cramer are two peas in the climate denial pod, who would make reckless attacks on the progress we have made in the fight against climate change.”  

Seth Stein, a spokesman for the League of Conservation Voters, in the New York Times’ story What Are Donald Trump’s Views on Climate Change? Some Clues Emerge 

Lead stories 

UN names special envoys for El Niño and climate 
Agence France-Presse 
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson and Kenyan diplomat Macharia Kamau as special envoys for El Niño and climate.

What Are Donald Trump’s Views on Climate Change? Some Clues Emerge 
By Erica Good – The New York Times 
So far, Donald J. Trump has said very little about climate change and energy policy beyond his Twitter posts on the issues.

The Hunters Become the Hunted in Exxon’s Climate Change Probe 
By Geoffrey Smith – Fortune
For some months, ExxonMobil Inc.has been under investigation about allegations that it lied to investors about the risks of Climate Change. Now it’s the turn of the investigators to be investigated.

Investors & Scientists Join Forces On Explaining Climate Risk 
By Joshua S Hill – Cleantechnica 
Norway’s foremost institute for interdisciplinary climate research has launched a new initiative pairing scientists with leading investors to better explain climate risk.  
***LB: Also in this story “The Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO) has launched the Climate Finance Initiative, “a meeting place for climate scientists and leading global investors to improve the understanding of climate risk.” Together, the Initiative hopes to “develop tools to incorporate climate risk in long-term investments, tailored to investors’ needs and inspired by the latest climate science.””

Climate Feedback site allows scientists to correct media errors 
By Kerry Sheridan – 
In one case, a writer claimed a mini Ice Age would befall Earth in 15 years. In another, an op-ed touted global warming as saving countless people from freezing to death.


Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016  

Natural gas / coal  

Red-state Dem hits back over coal, court attacks 
By Jordain Carney – The Hill
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is hitting back at “D.C. lobbyists and out-of-state billionaires,” stressing that he’s willing to buck his party on coal and the Supreme Court. 

Obama Administration Coal Mining Review Could Reshape Long-Suffering US Industry 
By Maria Gallucci – International Business Times  
At a public hearing in Casper, Wyoming, this week, local coal miners and environmentalists squared off inside a spacious auditorium.

Why InterOil’s Natural Gas Still Burns Brightly 
By Abheek Bhattacharya – The Wall Street Journal  
The natural-gas world will be in a glut for a while. But that is precisely why the gas fields of remote Papua New Guinea, some of the cheapest in the world, are attracting long-term buyers. Witness the complex deal involving Oil Search, InterOil and Total. 


Hanergy founder resigns one year after stock plunge 
By Lucy Hornby – Financial Times  
Li Hejun, founder of troubled thin film solar firm Hanergy, has resigned as the head of his listed company one year after a dramatic plunge in the stock’s value triggered a trading halt. 

California Energy Crisis 2: Return of the Blackout 
By John Dizard – Financial Times  
Just to add a little extra to the entertainment value offered by the US to the rest of the world, we can look forward to the summer release of a remake of the 2001 California energy crisis. 
***LB: Also in this story “You may remember the original: the blackouts, political outrage and suddenly accelerated power-plant and transmission-line construction. The 2001 California show also had a great villain in Enron, the failed energy, telecoms and trading company.”

UK power prices go negative as renewables boom distorts market 
By Pilita Clark – Financial Times 
A surge in solar and wind farms has helped drive down UK energy prices so much that power stations have started paying for some of their electricity to be taken off their hands.

Putin Pushes Nuclear Power To Southeast Asia 
By Kenneth Rapoza – Forbes  
Russian president Vladimir Putin did some lobbying for state owned Rosatom in Sochi on Friday, telling southeast Asian countries there that it was time to go nuclear. 

Wind Power Giant Gamesa Combines Solar, Diesel and Storage for Off-Grid Prototype  
By Mike Stone – gtm 
The global wind manufacturer and developer Gamesa is inaugurating an innovative prototype project in the city of La Muela, in its home country of Spain.

Clean tech 

Why the ‘Cleantech’ Label is Out of Vogue 
By Michal Lev-Ram – Fortune  
I just left Carlsbad, Calif., where I’ve spent the last two days participating in Fortune Brainstorm E, our annual conference on energy, technology, and sustainability.

6 Cleantech Startups Making Waves in Hawaii 
By Julia Pyper – gtm 
Energy Excelerator launched in January 2013 with a mission to help startups solve the world’s energy challenges.


Water, Water Still Is Scarce, Except for California’s Rich
By  J. Weston Phippen – The Atlantic  
El Niño came to California, and now the state has been saved of its five-year drought––or at least some parts have.

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