In today’s edition, Poland’s leading opposition party want exemptions on carbon emissions cuts – because the nation’s energy security and economic development depends on coal. Also, the House is taking up a slew of environmental measures this week, including a bill that would slash EPA funding and block many of President Obama’s climate rules. Finally, Iberdrola, Europe’s biggest power companies calls for deep changes to the way the European Union regulates its electricity sector, urging an end to fossil fuel subsidies. 

Quote of the day

“The strategy that we’re planning for the economy rejects the dogma of de-carbonization. The role of coal in Poland’s economy fully deserves to receive special treatment.”

Piotr Naimski, in charge of preparing energy policy at Law & Justice, in the Bloomberg News’ story Polish Opt-Out From EU Climate Pact? Lets Talk, Says Naimski

Lead stories   

Polish Opt-Out From EU Climate Pact? Lets Talk, Says Naimski
By Maciej Martewicz – Bloomberg News
Poland’s leading opposition party is seeking to negotiate exemptions from the European Union’s rules on reducing carbon emissions because the nation’s energy security and economic development depends on coal.

For Faithful, Social Justice Goals Demand Action on Environment 

How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight
By Anthony Faiola and Chris Mooney – Washington Post
Pope Francis was about to take a major step backing the science behind ­human-driven global warming, and Philippe de Larminat was determined to change his mind. 

Iberdrola calls for energy reforms to back ‘efficient’ renewables 
By Tobias Buck – Financial Times
The boss of one of Europe’s biggest power companies has called for deep changes to the way the continent runs and regulates its electricity sector, urging an end to fossil fuel subsidies and a renewed focus on “efficient” renewable sources of energy.  

How renewable energy auctions are slashing clean energy costs 
By James Murray – BusinessGreen
Governments considering introducing renewable energy auction schemes in a bid to drive down the cost of clean energy subsidies are being offered support through a new guide, published today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).


Climate Strategies Forum 
Washington Marriott Hotel at Metro Center 
Washington, DC 
June 24-26, 2015

EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston, MA 


Catch them if you can: the pragmatic ways to cut carbon emissions 
By Brian Clegg – The Guardian 
With an immense scientific consensus that manmade greenhouse gases cause climate change, there is pressure to reduce carbon emissions, but little sign that governments can reach a binding agreement to cut back sufficiently. 

Mixed reviews for EPA bid to curb truck emissions 
By Sean Reilly – E&E
U.S. EPA today unveiled proposed regulations that would tighten fuel efficiency standards to significantly cut carbon emissions from tractor-trailer rigs and other heavy- and medium-duty vehicles by 2027. 

(New Zealand’s) Green lobby wants tax on polluters 
The New Zealand Herald
Environment researchers have made fresh calls for a tax on polluters on the back of an OECD report highlighting rising pressures on our green backyard.

Natural gas/coal

The Shale Industry Could Be Swallowed By Its Own Debt
By Asjylyn Loder – Bloomberg News 
The debt that fueled the U.S. shale boom now threatens to be its undoing.  

Tribe sues Dept. of Interior – Southern Utes challenge fracking law
By Ann Butler – The Durango Herald 
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior on Thursday, challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s new hydraulic fracturing rule.

Editorial board: Now’s not the time to give up on coal
Casper Star Tribune
These are scary times here in Wyoming. Peabody recently closed its Gillette office and laid off 20 local employees. 

The People v. the Coal Baron 

Venezuela state-oil firm, Rosneft plan natural gas joint venture 
Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said on Sunday it had signed a raft of investment agreements with top Russian oil producer Rosneft, including a plan to create a joint venture to produce natural gas in the South American country.


CME Group Announces First Trade of New European Power Contracts on CME Europe 
CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced the first trade of its new European Power Contracts. The contract traded for the first time on CME Europe, CME Group’s European exchange, on Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Schneider Electric launches North West smart grid push 
By Madeleine Cuff – BusinessGreen 
German engineering firm Schneider Electric has launched a smart grid project that aims to support the growth of low carbon energy in the UK’s North West.

Clean tech

It’s Prost v Senna again – and this time the racing really is electric 
By Jamie Doward – The Guardian 
Everything seems familiar. Piquet, Prost and Senna are all just millimetres off the ground in state-of-the-art racing cars, their breakneck speed round the track being watched by millions.


Sink or swim: Why Miami is the ‘new Atlantis’  
By Raveena Aulakh – the
Henk Ovink constantly thinks about water — rather, the threat posed by rising sea levels to coastlines. When he talks about water, he’s part excited, part determined to make you understand water doesn’t have to be a threat, it can be an asset.  

The Water Book review – a compelling insight into this vital resource 
By Sukhdev Sandhu – The Observer  
Water is everywhere. And almost everywhere is water. 

California Golf Trip Lands Obama in a Water-Use Debate 
By Gardiner Harris – The New York Times 
With four fund-raisers and an awkward reconciliation with the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, behind him, President Obama returned to a beloved golf oasis here for a weekend getaway with friends.


Climate change turning sacred land against Navajo 
By Henry Gass – The Christian Science Monitor 
The land of the Navajo Nation is sacred to its people, bordered by four mountains that are central to the tribe’s identity and beliefs. 

Is (UK’s) Green Investment Bank being prepared for part-privatisation? 
By James Murray – BusinessGreen 
Ministers are considering selling off a stake in the Green Investment Bank (GIB) as part of the government’s wider privatisation push. 

How five Aussie icons will fare in a warmer world 
By Nicky Phillips – Sydney Morning Herald 
The extent to which some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks can adapt to climate change will require significant sacrifices or tradeoffs, a landmark study has found.

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