E.P.A. announced new rules to cut methane emissions, as mentioned yesterday. Also in today’s edition, discover why Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will talk about Arctic drilling, but not Keystone. Yesterday, she tweeted her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, which was approved just the day before by the Obama administration.
Quote of the day
“The Arctic is a unique treasure. Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk of drilling.”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in a Twitter post, in the New York Times’ story Clinton parts with Obama administration on Arctic drilling
E.P.A. Announces New Rules to Cut Methane Emissions
By Gardiner Harris and Coral Davenport – The New York Times
The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed the first federal regulations requiring the nation’s oil and gas industry to cut emissions of methane as part of an expanding and increasingly aggressive effort to combat climate change.
The limits of Obama’s new rules on pollution
Editorial, The Washington Post
The Obama administration released new pollution rules on oil and natural gas production Tuesday to predictable howls from industry. The danger, though, is that the rules won’t do enough to achieve the United States’ climate goals.
With proposed limits on methane, EPA takes aim at a powerful greenhouse gas
By Joby Warrick – The Washington Post
The Obama administration outlined plans on Tuesday for sharply reducing emissions of methane gas from oil and gas operations, taking aim at a potent greenhouse gas that studies suggest is playing an accelerating role in the Earth’s warming.
Clinton parts with Obama administration on Arctic drilling
By Timothy Gardner and Amanda Becker – The New York Times
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, putting her at odds with the Obama administration one day after it approved drilling off Alaska.
Why Hillary Clinton Will Talk About Arctic Drilling, But Not Keystone
By Clare Foran – National Journal
A day after President Obama’s administration gave Shell the green light to drill for oil in Arctic waters, Hillary Clinton split with the White House by declaring her opposition to Arctic offshore drilling.
***LB: Also in this story “The politics of the controversial pipeline are far trickier for Clinton as she ramps up her White House bid. In recent years, the Keystone pipeline has gotten caught up in a much broader battle over the future of American energy security and the threat of climate change. Environmentalists have made opposition to the pipeline a litmus test for elected officials and candidates, but organized labor has been largely supportive of the job-creating project.”
Islamic experts urge more Muslim action on climate change
A group of Islamic experts urged the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims on Tuesday to do more to fight global warming, in a new example of religious efforts to galvanize action before a U.N. climate summit in Paris in December.
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Calif. program subsidized more efficient energy use for both rich and poor. Guess whose habits didn’t change?
By Elizabeth Harball – E&E
A 2005 subsidy to encourage more efficient energy use in sunny California worked remarkably well to reduce energy usage in lower-income communities, a new study determined.
First green Indian rupee bond issued outside India
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen
A green Indian rupee bond has been issued outside India for the first time, in a move designed to raise finance for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
***LB: Also in this story “The bond, dubbed a “Masala bond”, is worth 3.15bn rupees (£31m) and was issued on the London Stock Exchange earlier this month by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The proceeds will be invested through Yes Bank – one of India’s largest commercial banks – and used to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across India.”
Natural gas / coal
Coal mining sector running out of time, says Citigroup
By Ed King – RTCC (part of the Guardian Environment Network)
US banking giant Citigroup says the global coal industry is set for further pain, predicting an acceleration of mine closures, liquidations and bankruptcies.
***LB: Also in this story “The value of listed coal companies monitored by Citi has shrunk from $50bn (£32bn) in 2012 to $18bn in 2015, a trend it believes will continue.”
1,000 sq miles of England to be opened up for fracking
By Emma Howard and David Hellier – The Guardian
Large areas of Yorkshire, the north-west and the east Midlands are to be opened up to fracking after the government announced it will offer a fresh round of licences for oil and gas exploration.
Climate philanthropist George Soros invests millions in coal
By Karl Mathiesen – The Guardian
Billionaire climate philanthropist George Soros invested more than $2m (£1.3m) in struggling coal giants Peabody Energy and Arch Coal in recent months, despite having once called the fuel “lethal” to the climate.
Now Google can tell you whether it’s a good idea to put solar panels on your roof
By Chelsea Harvey – The Washington Post
Despite its benefits, switching to solar power can be a daunting prospect for the average homeowner. From the cost of purchasing or leasing your own solar panel system to uncertainties about how much power it’ll actually generate, taking the leap can seem like a risk.
Power companies may have found a new way to crack into the solar business
By Chris Mooney – The Washington Post
We’ve all heard by now about the tense dynamic that is accompanying the rapid growth of solar in the U.S. — in which traditional utility companies, watching the spread of distributed solar generation atop rooftop after rooftop, have sought to change how solar owners can be credited on their bills for the power they generate at home.
***LB: Also in this story “This battle over so-called “net metering” has been often depicted as a zero sum conflict between an upstart and an incumbent — but new research out of the University of Texas at Austin suggests there could be a kind of “middle ground” in the conflict between some utilities and solar installers.”
200 Electric Cars Headed for Paris Climate Summit
Environment News Service
The Renault-Nissan Alliance will provide a fleet of 200 electric vehicles for the United Nations climate summit in Paris in December. It will be the first time the UN uses a zero-emission fleet to meet its entire passenger car needs at a Conference of the Parties event.
***LB: Also in this story “The electric car fleet will transport delegates during the event at Paris-Le Bourget from November 30 to December 11.”
Losing Water, California Tries to Stay Atop Economic Wave
By Adam Nagourney – The New York Times
Evert W. Palmer has a vision for this city famous for its state prison: 10,200 new homes spread across the rolling hills to the south, bringing in a flood of new jobs, new business and 25,000 more people.
California water prices set to rise next year: Fitch
By Rory Carroll – Reuters
Residents of drought-ravaged California can expect to pay more for water next year as utilities pass on the cost of mandatory conservation measures to customers, a survey released by rating agency Fitch on Tuesday said.