In today’s edition, GE inks a wind energy development alliance with Vietnam. Also, learn (in the Carbon section), why carbon pricing still has a hard time taking off worldwide, with a new working paper titled “Carbon pricing under binding political constraints,” by the MIT Institute for Data, Systems and Society. Finally, no more climate denying in Portland: The city has banned climate-denying textbooks from its schools.  

Quote of the day

“A lot of the text materials are kind of thick with the language of doubt, and obviously the science says otherwise. We don’t want kids in Portland learning material courtesy of the fossil fuel industry.” 

Bill Bigelow, a former Portland public school teacher, in the Think Progress’ story Portland Bans Climate-Denying Textbooks From Its Schools 

Lead stories  

WH threatens to veto House energy and water spending bill 
By Devin Henry – The Hill  
The White House on Monday threatened to veto the House’s energy and water spending bill due up on the floor this week.

Does Donald Trump believe climate change affects only golf courses? 
By Peter Grier – The Christian Science Monitor 
Donald Trump the politician says he does not believe in human-created climate change. Donald Trump the business executive says he does. 

Coastal Cities Look to Resilience Chiefs to Combat Climate Change 
By Erika Bolstad – ClimateWire
On the job just six months as the chief resilience officer in Florida’s largest county, Jim Murley has gotten pretty good at his climate change 101 speech. It’s out of necessity. 

Portland Bans Climate-Denying Textbooks From Its Schools 
By Katie Valentine – Think Progress 
Climate education in Oregon just took a big step forward. 
***LB: Also in this story “Last week, the Portland Public Schools board voted to eliminate the use of any textbooks or other materials that are “found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities.””

Public Campaign Against Exxon Has Roots in a 2012 Meeting 
By John Schwartz – The New York Times 
The activists who have painted a bright target on the back of Exxon Mobil have “colluded to push politically motivated investigations of climate dissent,” and conducted a “real-life RICO-type conspiracy.” 

Climate groups join forces for (Australia’s) election campaign blitz 
By Michael Slezak – The Guardian 
An unprecedented level of coordination between climate activists and conservation groups is aiming to raise the profile of climate change in this year’s election.


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

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016  


Carbon pricing under binding political constraints 
By Sofia Cardamone – MIT Energy Initiative
In a new working paper titled “Carbon pricing under binding political constraints,” MIT Institute for Data, Systems and Society doctoral candidate Jesse Jenkins and Sloan School of Management Assistant Professor Valerie Karplus discuss the political obstacles facing efforts to price carbon emissions — either via a carbon tax or emissions cap and permit trading system — and outline a set of starting points that are both politically palatable and steps toward effective policies to curb climate change.

Natural gas / coal

W.Va. AG: Stopping power plant rules will help coal jobs 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
The state attorney general leading the legal charge against President Obama’s climate rule for power plants says stopping the regulation will end up helping the declining American coal industry.

Coal CEO backs Trump 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
Coal-mining corporation CEO Bob Murray is backing Donald Trump after meeting the presumptive Republican presidential nominee last week and concluding he would be a good president for his industry. 

Fracking wins first approval in 5 years thanks to (UK’s) North Yorkshire 
By Andrew Bounds and Kiran Stacey – Financial Times
The UK shale gas industry has received a big boost with approval of the first fracking application for five years.


GE inks 1GW Vietnam wind energy development alliance
GE is poised to develop at least 1GW of wind energy projects in Vietnam, after yesterday inking a major development agreement with the country’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT). 

Smart sensor launched to combat EV home blackout fears 
By Jocelyn Timperley – BusinessGreen 
A new intelligent sensor promises to help electric car owners avoid blackouts while powering up their EVs at home by providing a smart technology link between the charger and the house’s electricity consumption.

Clean tech

Massachusetts Ranks Second and Boston Ranks Seventh in 2016 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index
National Law Review
Last week, Clean Edge published a report titled the “U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index” (“Index”) that ranked Massachusetts as the second state and Boston as the seventh metro area in the U.S. according to its scoring methodology. 

Tesla co-founder says hydrogen fuel cells are a ‘scam’ 
By Fred Lambert – Electrek
People affiliated with Tesla have often been outspoken about how hydrogen fuel cells are simply a bad solution to the sustainable transport issue. Just last week we reported on Tesla co-founder and CTO, JB Straubel, going on a quick rant about hydrogen and saying that fuel cells will soon be “irrelevant” in the transportation industry. 

Report: Fuel cell and CHP market set to grow by 11 GW over next decade 
By Peter Maloney – Utility Dive 
The combined heat and power (CHP) and fuel cell market in the U.S. will grow by 11 GW over the next decade, according to a new report from GTM Research.

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