Summary

In today’s edition, climate change could change the result of the next U.S. presidential election as voters in 3 swing states back Pope Francis on climate change, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University. Also, as President Obama is about to visit Kenya, the country is the latest to submit a climate action plan, pledging to cut emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 against business-as-usual levels. Finally, in the Carbon section, over 230 million laundry products will have a lower carbon footprint, thanks to an initiative taken by global consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble. 

Quote of the day

“It cannot be left to one part of the political spectrum to dictate the solution and some of the loudest voices have approached the issue from a leftwing perspective. So I can understand the suspicion of those who see climate action as some sort of cover for anti-growth, anti-capitalist, proto-socialism.” 

Amber Rudd, UK’s energy and climate secretary, in the Guardian’s story Climate action isn’t preserve of the leftwing, says (UK’s) energy minister 

Lead stories 

Kenya vows to cut emissions 30 per cent by 2030, but subject to conditions 
By James Murray – BusinessGreen 
Kenya has become the latest country to submit a climate action plan to the UN ahead of this year’s Paris Climate Summit, pledging to cut emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 against business-as-usual levels. 
http://jlne.ws/1IqMBdt

More And More People Are Suing To Slow Climate Change. Will Companies Finally Recognize The Cost Of Their Emissions? 
By Kelli Barrett – Ecosystem Marketplace 
From Lima to Jakarta to the Hague, angry citizens are using courts to hold governments and companies accountable for climate change. That’s good for the climate, and maybe good for carbon markets – as companies become more and more sensitive to the risk of doing nothing.
http://jlne.ws/1IhXuIa 

Poll: Voters in 3 Swing States Back Pope Francis on Climate Change
By David Knowles – Bloomberg News
A clear majority of voters in the crucial presidential election swing states of Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia agree with Pope Francis’ call to action on the issue of climate change, according to the results of a new Quinnipiac University poll.
http://jlne.ws/1OBAWY2

Climate rule to bring lower energy bills, report says 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
States can significantly lower electricity bills for consumers and businesses if they take the right steps in complying with the Obama administration’s climate rule for power plants, a new report concludes. 
http://jlne.ws/1JC43Gy

Climate action isn’t preserve of the leftwing, says (UK’s) energy minister 
By Adam Vaughan – The Guardian  
The challenge of how best to tackle climate change must not solely be the preserve of leftwing politicians, according to the UK’s energy and climate secretary. 
http://jlne.ws/1RWxTPA 

Events  

EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston, MA 
http://bit.ly/192w3CR 

2015 Rising Seas Summit 
Association of Climate Change Officers 
November 12-13, 2015, Cambridge, MA 
http://jlne.ws/1Uxkext  

Carbon 

Procter & Gamble to use recycled plastic for 230 million laundry products 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen 
Over 230 million laundry products will boast a lower carbon footprint from next year, thanks to a new environmental initiative announced by global consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble yesterday. 
http://jlne.ws/1GJ979N 

Australia’s ‘dirtiest’ power station considers ‘clean energy’ biomass burning option 
By Sara Phillips and Gregg Borschmann – ABC  
The owners of one of Australia’s oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power stations—Hazelwood in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley—have been secretly considering plans to reinvent the plant as a ‘clean energy generator’ by burning forest waste. 
http://jlne.ws/1KoPgVm  
***LB: Also in this story “GDF Suez, the majority owners of Hazelwood, and Victoria’s state forest corporation, VicForests, have confirmed to ABC RN there have been discussions over the supply of native forest wastes from East Gippsland logging operations.” 

Natural gas / coal 

EPA proposes voluntary methane reduction program 
By Devin Henry – The Hill  
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is putting together a program to encourage the oil and gas industry to voluntarily reduce methane emissions. 
http://jlne.ws/1DABaIs 

Coal executive slams Obama as ‘nation’s greatest destroyer’ 
By Devin Henry – The Hill  
Murray Energy Corp. Chief Executive Officer Robert Murray has accused the Obama administration of being “intent on destroying coal and our country for their bizarre personal and political ends.” 
http://jlne.ws/1RWzu8e

Power

Offshore Wind Farm Raises Hopes of U.S. Clean Energy Backers
By Diane Cardwell – The New York Times  
A few miles off the coast of Block Island, part of Rhode Island, a small flotilla has been gathering: crane vessels, tugboats and barges that began this week installing the 1,500-ton foundations of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. Offshore Wind Farm Raises Hopes of U.S. Clean Energy Backers. 
http://jlne.ws/1LGOj9G  

SolarCentury and Hybrytec team up to deliver Colombian solar push 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen
Colombia is benefitting from a boost to its solar capacity after British and Colombian developers joined forces to deliver a wave of new projects. 
http://jlne.ws/1LzWKoy 

SunEdison snaps up Mark Group as part of UK solar expansion drive 
By James Phillips – BusinessGreen
Renewable energy developer SunEdison is to expand its solar offering in the UK, after agreeing a deal to acquire Leicester-based installer Mark Group. 
http://jlne.ws/1Ko95Mq 

Puerto Rico Power Utility Says Debt Exchange Plan Unworkable
By Michelle Kaske – Bloomberg News
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said a bondholder proposal to restructure the utility’s debt isn’t achievable because it imposes disproportionate risks on ratepayers and other creditors. 
http://jlne.ws/1Jis5up

Clean tech 

Electric Cars, Sooner or Later 
By Noah Smith – Bloomberg Views 
It’s always interesting to see debates between technologists and economists. 
http://jlne.ws/1MoMnmH 

Startup bets e-scooters can give urban power grids a makeover 
By Heather Clancy – GreenBiz.com  
Electrified scooters, bicycles and motorcycles are still a tough sell in North America. But it’s another matter entirely in urban economies across Asia, India and China, where the technology could play a big role in reshaping the power grid. 
http://jlne.ws/1Mp4SaQ

Water

Canada First Nations Community Protests $6 Billion Dam 
Circle of Blue
Protests by the Nutashkuan Innu have forced the Quebec government to negotiate over a large hydroelectric dam project that could cause ecological damage. 
http://jlne.ws/1MoLgUd

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