Good news in today’s edition as Greens pronounce the US on track for a 20-year low in carbon emissions. However French President François Hollande issued a thinly veiled call to the U.S. to pay its promised share into a United Nations fund for climate projects in developing countries. And on the campaign trail, Bernie Sanders backs new climate plan to curb US fossil fuel extraction.
Quote of the day
“The richest countries must do their part. Sometimes those who talk the most do the least.”
French President François Hollande, in the Bloomberg News’ story Hollande Says Rich Countries Must Pay Up for Climate Technology
Greens: US on track for 20-year low in carbon emissions
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
The United States’ power sector is on track to hit a 20-year low in carbon dioxide emissions, thanks largely to massive numbers of coal power plant closures, an environmental group said.
Hollande Says Rich Countries Must Pay Up for Climate Technology
By Gregory Viscusi – Bloomberg News
French President François Hollande issued a thinly veiled call to the U.S. to pay its promised share into a United Nations fund for climate projects in developing countries.
VW Carbon Cover-Up May Tarnish EU Image at Global Talks in Paris
By Ewa Krukowska and Jonathan Stearns – Bloomberg News
Volkswagen AG may have just driven a hole into the European Union’s leadership aspirations for international talks next month on a pact to fight climate change.
Bernie Sanders backs new climate plan to curb US fossil fuel extraction
By Suzanne Goldenberg – The Guardian
Bernie Sanders launched a new climate campaign on Wednesday, aimed at fighting global warming by banning new coal, oil and gas mining on public land.
Mitch McConnell’s “just say no” strategy on the Clean Power Plan fizzles
By David Roberts – Vox
Back in March, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell encouraged states to “just say no” to the Clean Power Plan.
U.S. states, cities seek to defend Obama’s carbon rule in court
By Ayesha Rascoe – Reuters
More than two dozen U.S. states and cities asked a federal court Tuesday to let them help defend the Obama administration’s carbon emissions reduction plan from legal challenges being brought by other states.
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Reducing carbon emissions now will safeguard Australian way of life – report
By Lenore Taylor – The Guardian
Australia can have stronger economic growth, much lower greenhouse gas emissions and a better environment – without individuals needing to make major lifestyle changes – if politicians take tougher action to reduce greenhouse emissions now, ground-breaking new modelling has found.
U.K. Plans to Add Retrofit Carbon Capture to Subsidy Program
By Alex Morales – Bloomberg News
The U.K. proposed adding retrofit carbon capture and storage projects to a subsidy program offering guaranteed power prices to low-carbon power plants, a potential lifeline for coal-fired generators.
Natural gas / coal
Goldman Criticized for `Half-Measures’ on Cutting Coal Support
By Alex Nussbaum – Bloomberg News
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. pledged to be “selective” in financing coal-industry projects as part of its response to climate change, a stance that underwhelmed environmentalists who want Wall Street to stop backing the most polluting fossil fuel.
National Grid in urgent call for companies to reduce electricity usage
By Rob Davies – The Guardian
National Grid has for the first time used “last resort” emergency powers to tell companies to reduce their electricity usage in an effort to avoid the risk of blackouts.
Australia Sees Offshore Wind on a `Grand Scale,’ Hunt Says
By Iain Wilson – Bloomberg News
Australia supports developing its offshore wind-power capacity, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said Tuesday, signaling a shift in the government’s attitude toward an industry that the previous prime minister rejected as ugly and noisy.
Statoil to invest $236 million in floating wind farm off Scotland
Statoil will invest about $236 million (153 million pounds) in building a floating wind farm off Scotland, the first of its kind, to try to make the renewable energy source competitive by 2025.
For Michigan battery lab, path to grid storage begins in the garage
By Nina Ignaczak – Midwest Energy News
A new battery research lab in Michigan aims to provide infrastructure for companies to prototype new mobility and grid energy storage ideas while maintaining their intellectual property.
A Few California Farmers Have Lots of Water. Can They Keep It?
By John Lippert – Bloomberg News
“You’ve been to the Grand Canyon, right?” Craig Elmore asks as he pulls his Chevrolet Tahoe to the edge of a field plowed into tidy, straight-as-an-arrow furrows, a section of the 6,000 acres that he farms—land his father and grandfather farmed before him.
Saudi Wells Running Dry — of Water — Spell End of Desert Wheat
By Javier Blas – Bloomberg News
For decades, only a few features punctuated the vastness of the Saudi desert: oil wells, oases — and wheat fields.