In today’s edition, we focus on the Volkswagen scandal and its ramifications. Will German chancellor Merkel’s climate crusading be blemished by the automaker’s efforts to hide its cars’ CO2 emissions? Will the scandal spread to other countries? It is already spreading to South Korea. Will it engulf other automakers? Some NGOs are asking for more tests. Let’s find some solace and turn to Pope Francis. But how will Republicans respond to the pope’s position on climate change? We might know when Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress on Thursday.
Quote of the day
“We expected better from Volkswagen.”
Cynthia Giles, the EPA’s assistant administrator for enforcement, in the Bloomberg News’ story Merkel’s Climate Crusading Risks Being Blemished by VW Scandal
Merkel’s Climate Crusading Risks Being Blemished by VW Scandal
By Patrick Donahue – Bloomberg News
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s lectures on environmental responsibility may ring a little hollow when she heads to New York this weekend.
Volkswagen reels from US allegations of emissions cheating
By Chris Bryant and Andy Sharman- Financial Times
Allegations by a US regulator that Volkswagen breached environmental legislation by cheating in diesel vehicles’ emissions tests threaten to plunge the German carmaker into its biggest crisis in a generation.
***LB: Also in this story “Analysts say vehicle emissions probe could prompt management changes at carmaker.”
Volkswagen Could Face Criminal Probe on Emissions
Del Quentin Wilber and Greg Farrell – Bloomberg Business
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating Volkswagen AG over its admission that it cheated on federal air pollution tests, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the inquiry.
VW emission test cheating rocks Europe’s carmakers
By Andy Sharman and Jeevan Vasagar – Financial Times
The European car industry was shaken on Monday as Volkswagen’s share price fell almost 20 per cent over its admission that it cheated on US emissions tests, triggering calls for a broader inquiry into the sector.
VW emissions scandal could snare other firms, whistleblower claims
By Joanna Walters, Graham Ruddickand Sean Farrell – The Guardian
The emissions-fixing scandal that has engulfed Volkswagen in the US could extend to other companies and countries, one of the officials involved in uncovering the alleged behaviour has told the Guardian.
VW emissions scandal spreads to Asia
By Song Jung-a – Financial Times
South Korea’s environment ministry said it would investigate the emissions compliance of Volkswagen’s diesel cars, as the fallout for the German carmaker after its admission that it rigged US emissions tests spread to Asia.
Business, NGO and political leaders join forces to back a low carbon future
Blue & green tomorrow
Former US Vice President Al Gore and CBI Director-General urge UK not to miss economic benefits of a low carbon world following the Paris Climate Summit.
UK policy hitting credibility on climate change, says CBI
By Pilita Clark – Financial Times
A slew of green policy reversals has sapped the UK’s hard-won credibility on climate change just when it matters most globally, the head of the country’s biggest business lobby group has warned.
Al Gore: UK must ‘unleash’ private sector to deliver low-carbon future
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen
Al Gore will today call on the UK government to take a leading role in delivering an “ambitious” climate deal that “unleashes the power of the private sector to create a global clean energy economy”.
Pope Francis and the climate collision ahead
By Paul Bledsoe – Politico
When Pope Francis becomes the first pontiff to address a joint session of Congress this week, much focus will be on how Republicans will respond to the pope’s position on the climate.
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Progress on cutting fossil fuel subsidies ‘alarmingly slow’ – OECD
By Alister Doyle – Reuters
Major nations are “alarmingly slow” in keeping pledges to cut fossil fuel subsidies despite signs of a decline in support worth up to $200 billion (£129 billion) a year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Monday.
UN climate chief presses speedy action after pledges
The UN climate chief urged nations Monday to ensure the speed of future efforts, saying the planet was on course for warming of a still-dangerous three degrees Celsius.
Natural gas / coal
Mines in America’s Coal Country Just Sold for a Total of Nothing
By Tim Loh and Mario Parker – Bloomberg News
For a reality check on America’s coal industry, consider how much a collection of Appalachian pits just sold for: nothing.
Australia’s New Hope sees coal deals accelerating in next 12 months
Australian coal miner New Hope Corp, which has a war chest for potential acquisitions, said it expects coal mine deals to pick up over the next year as buyers’ and sellers’ views on the outlook for the battered sector start to converge.
U.K. Seeks to Boost China Power Ties
U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is hoping to come away from a trip to China with deals for new nuclear power plants.
Massive Texas “Electricity Island” To Get First Ever Solar Energy Storage
By Tina Casey – Clean Technica
Cleantech news has been pouring forth from the great state of Texas, but it looks like we ain’t seen nothing yet.
***LB: Also in this story “Texas has just committed to its first ever grid-connected solar system with energy storage, courtesy of home-state solar experts OCI Solar Power and the global energy storage company Younicos. It’s a huge deal because the grid in question happens to serve 24 million Texans and other customers, accounting for about 90% of the electric load in the entire state.”
Apple Speeds Up Electric-Car Work
By Daisuke Wakabayashi – The Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. is accelerating efforts to build an electric car, designating it internally as a “committed project” and setting a target ship date for 2019, according to people familiar with the matter.
As droughts worsen, joined-up adaptations build resilience in arid Kenya
By Sophie Mbugua – Thomson Reuters Foundation
Gusts of wind blow the dust coming from thousands of animals as they make their way to Urura borehole in Kenya’s arid northern Merti ward.
Botswana Capital’s Water-Supply Options Dry Up Amid Drought
The possible disconnection in October of water supplies to Gaborone from a South African dam is expected to deepen the crisis in Botswana’s capital, leaving it dependent on a problematic pipeline to reservoirs in the landlocked and semi-arid country’s north.
Lack of planning for climate change puts Australia behind its allies, report finds
By Melissa Davey – The Guardian
Australia is behind its allies in preparing for climate change, exposing defence personnel – and the country more broadly – to considerable strategic risk and uncertainty, a new report written by the former defence force chief, Admiral Chris Barrie, warns.