In today’s edition, more news – and it is not the end! – on the future of the Keystone pipeline, but also, in the Carbon section, the fact that South Korea launched, today, the world’s second-biggest carbon market, and (in the Power section) the fact that US-based solar power developer SunEdison and Indian billionaire industrialist Gautam Adani are to invest up to $4bn in an Indian solar power factory joint venture. 

Quote of the day

“If we were to introduce that now, we could cross out the (Dec. 2015 UN Climate Summit) Paris outcome.”

Jos Debelke, the EU Commission’s chief climate official, dismissing the idea the EU would impose tariffs on high carbon goods from India, China and other competing economies, in the Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)’s story EU climate official vows to protect heavy polluters  

Lead stories

Not enough votes to override Keystone veto, Del. senator says
By Lydia Wheeler – The Hill
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said on Sunday that there will not be enough votes to override a presidential veto on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Reid: Keystone isn’t going to happen
By Laura Barron-Lopez – The Hill
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he doesn’t think Keystone XL is “going to happen” and is “confident” the president will stand by his veto threat.

Obama’s Keystone shift 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
As the new GOP Congress scrambles to pass legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama has increasingly signaled a negative view of the controversial project.

TransCanada CEO: ‘We need’ Keystone
By Laura Barron-Lopez – The Hill
Pipeline developer TransCanada cheered Friday’s ruling by the Nebraska Supreme Court, which cleared the way forward for the Keystone XL pipeline in the state, adding that the project will happen regardless of the president’s ultimate decision.

With low oil, gasoline prices, is Keystone still necessary?
By Dina Cappiello and Jonathan Fahey – Associated Press 
A 50-percent plunge in the price of crude oil, resulting from abundant global oil supplies, and cheaper gasoline at the pump raise critical questions about whether the Keystone XL oil pipeline is still needed or even makes financial sense.

EU climate official vows to protect heavy polluters 
By Ed King – RTCC 
The EU will act decisively to protect its remaining energy intensive industries against the risk of “carbon leakage”, the EU Commission’s chief climate official said on Thursday. 
***LB: Also in this story “Jos Debelke confirmed that European cement, steel-making and other high polluting sectors would get help to comply with the region’s future carbon-cutting policies.”

Want people to save energy? Just ask nicely. (It works) 
By Jeff Guo – Washington Post 
In October, we described an experiment that tried peer pressuring Americans into conserving electricity during peak hours.


2015 Climate Leadership Conference
ACCO, EPA, The Climate Registry, C2ES
February 23-25, 2015
Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City (Arlington, VA) 


South Korea launches world’s second-biggest carbon market
Trading started on Monday in South Korea’s new emissions trading scheme, which will impose caps on emissions from 525 of the country’s biggest companies and becomes the world’s second biggest carbon market.

Grounds for optimism: Turning coffee into fuel
By Anmar Frangoul –
A hot cup of coffee is the ideal early morning pick-me-up the world over: we drink more than 600 billion cups of coffee every year, according to the International Coffee Organization.

Stanford professors urge withdrawal from fossil fuel investments 
By Suzanne Goldenberg – The Guardian 
Three hundred professors at Stanford, including Nobel laureates and this year’s Fields medal winner, are calling on the university to rid itself of all fossil fuel investments, in a sign that the campus divestment movement is gathering force.

Too Dirty For The USA – High-Pollution Fuels Exported
Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on the crowded Gardi Sugdup, one of the largest islands in a remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.

Natural gas / coal 

New York Fracking Ban Seen As Having Little Impact On Supply
By Mary Esch – AP
New York’s recent decision to ban fracking is hardly seen as a big loss for the nation’s production of natural gas.


India solar panel deal illustrates foreign interest
By James Crabtree – Financial Times 
US-based solar power developer SunEdison and Indian billionaire industrialist Gautam Adani are to invest up to $4bn in an Indian solar power factory joint venture, in a boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to develop domestic manufacturing.

Ecotricity gets customer boost from Big Six exodus
Ecotricity has almost doubled in size over the past 12 months, crediting a surge in customer numbers on widespread customer dissatisfaction with mainstream energy companies.

Steady wave power could be cheaper than wind and solar
By Jessica Shankleman – BusinessGreen
Engineers have long argued marine energy converters could offer a more reliable source of energy than solar and wind technologies, but now scientists have sought to strengthen the business case for wave energy with new analysis suggesting large-scale wave power arrays could prove cheaper than their intermittent renewable energy cousins.

Clean tech

How Georgia became the biggest electric vehicle market in the US
By Timothy Pratt – The Guardian
When Don Francis wanted to buy what he says was the first electric car registered in the state of Georgia, he had to drive to the neighboring state of Tennessee.

Mercedes Swipes at BMW With Plug-In Hybrid C-Class Sedan
By Dorothee Tschampa – Bloomberg News 
Mercedes’s best-selling C-Class will get plug-in technology first made available last year in the company’s aristocratic S-Class.


Plan to divert water from Queensland rivers for coalmines a ‘terrible concept’ 
By Oliver Milman – The Guardian 
Australia’s largest proposed mine would be fed water that has been directly diverted from two north Queensland rivers, under a plan put forward by a company headed by a former state treasurer.

One Year After West Virginia Chemical Spill, U.S. Drinking Water Protections Still Fall 
Circle of Blue 
A year ago today, Charleston, West Virginia, the state capital, slammed to a halt when more than 300,000 people found themselves without drinking water.

San Joaquin Valley farmers reach secret deal in water dispute
By Carolyn Lochhead – SFGate
A staggering economic and environmental problem festering for three decades in the southern San Joaquin Valley would be addressed by a secret deal reached between the Obama administration and farmers — one that is sounding alarms for Bay Area lawmakers.

Pakistan’s coastal villagers retreat as seas gobble land
By Rina Saeed Khan – Thomson Reuters Foundation 
For fisherman Sammar Dablo, it was as if “the seawater stole our homes” when land erosion forced his village to relocate further inland on Pakistan’s south coast.


Gov. Bobby Jindal asks state Supreme Court to uphold law banning wetlands damage suit against oil companies 
By Mark Schleifstein – – The Times-Picayune  
Gov. Bobby Jindal has asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of a law passed to block the east bank levee authority’s wetlands damages lawsuit against more than 80 oil, gas and pipeline companies.

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