Dear readers, this is it! This is the last edition of Environmental Energy in this format. You will now find info on this topic in other John Lothian’s products. We, at John Lothian’s, want to thank you for your support. Environmental energy is a great beat and a clean and livable planet a worthy goal.

In today’s edition, find out about Hillary Clinton’s ambitious climate change plan – that avoids a carbon tax. Also, to be fair in this crazy presidential campaign, find out, in the Natural gas / coal section, how a coal baron promises huge layoffs, then tells workers to vote trump – the problem is, coal mining jobs aren’t coming back — even under President Trump. 

Quote of the day

“It’s possible, theoretically, to do all this without a price on carbon. But it’s hard to see how.”

David Victor, the director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at the University of California, San Diego, in the New York Times’ story Hillary Clinton’s Ambitious Climate Change Plan Avoids Carbon Tax 

Lead stories 

Hillary Clinton’s Ambitious Climate Change Plan Avoids Carbon Tax 
By Coral Davenport – The New York Times  
Hillary Clinton, courting young voters and the broader Democratic base, has promised to one-up President Obama on climate change, vowing to produce a third of the nation’s electricity from renewable sources by 2027, three years faster than Mr. Obama, while spending billions of dollars to transform the energy economy.

This Is What Your Hot Dog and Burger Are Doing to the Planet 
By Rebecca Leber – New Republic 
When Americans fire up their grills on Independence Day, they’ll dump up to 882 million pounds of carbon pollution into the atmosphere—the equivalent of burning 2,145 railcars of coal.

Exxon gets boost in climate fight 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
Exxon Mobil Corp. and its allies are finally starting to pick up wins in the fight over the company’s history with climate change.   


VW boss rejects calls to compensate European drivers following ‘dieselgate’ settlement in the US  
By Lauren Davidson – The Telegraph 
The boss of Volkswagen has rejected calls to compensate European customers in the same way as it is repaying American drivers after the carmaker agreed to a $14.7bn settlement in the US over its emissions scandal.

Natural gas / coal

Coal Baron Promises Huge Layoffs, Then Tells Workers To Vote Trump 
By Alexander C. Kaufman – The Huffington Post 
Robert Murray, owner of the country’s largest private coal company, wasted no time pointing the finger when he announced plans earlier this week to lay off as many as 4,400 workers, or 80 percent of his workforce. 
***LB: Also in this story “Problem is, coal mining jobs aren’t coming back — even under President Trump.” 

Pollution guidelines leave a blind spot for assessing the impact of coal and oil 
By Kathryn Burns, Marine Scientist, James Cook University – The Conversation   
Coal’s impact on the Great Barrier Reef by causing climate change is one of the reasons why environmentalists oppose the development of coal fields and exports in Queensland. 


Google Data Buys Wind Power From Blackrock-Funded Park in Norway 
By Brian Parkin – Bloomberg News  
Google Inc. forged an agreement to buy power from a new onshore wind park in Norway that’s supplied with Siemens AG turbines and financed by Blackrock Inc. 

Brazil generates 4,877 MWa of wind power in a day, breaks records again 
By Lucas Morais – SeeNews  
Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy announced on Friday the country produced 4,877 MW average (MWa) of wind power on June 30, breaking the sector’s record for daily generation. 

SolarCity pushing industry to 40% increase in useful lifetime of solar power installations 
By John Fitzgerald Weaver – Electrek
In a new report released by SolarCity, we are seeing that solar power systems have a usable lifetime of at least 35 years – 40% longer than the market expects.

Clean tech

Hanergy Launches Full Solar Power Vehicles That Can Be Commercialized 
Hanergy Holding Group, the world’s leading thin-film solar power company, launched four full solar power vehicles at a grand ceremony themed “Disruptive Innovations Drive the Future” outside its headquarters in Beijing on July 2.


Clean water fund draws investors 
By Chris Flood – Financial Times  
The UK defense group BAE Systems and the Swedish national pension fund AP1 have invested in a new $300m water fund that will focus on industrial water projects in Europe and Asia.

India Needs Water Before It Can Become the World’s Next Factory
By Vrishti Beniwal and Archana Chaudhary – Bloomberg News 
On a steamy May morning in Ballari, a former British military outpost in southern India, the handful of workers still employed at Bachal Lal Varma’s jeans-washing factory sit on the dusty street outside with nothing to do.

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