In today’s edition, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both hoping green voters will put them over the top as they near the end of a tight California primary fight. Still on the campaign trail, ponder on Trump’s contradictory promise to bring back coal and boost natural gas (in the Natural gas / coal section). 

Quote of the day

“It’s really what’s eating coal’s lunch in the United States.  It is nonsensical for him to claim that he can undo the market forces that are undermining the coal industry today.”

 Susan Tierney, a Denver-based industry consultant and former assistant secretary of the U.S. Energy Department,  in the High Country News’ story  Trump’s contradictory promise: Bring back coal and boost natural gas (in the Natural gas / coal section)

Lead stories 

Donald Trump is an environmental nightmare: Keystone, climate change and the GOP’s demented pander 
By Ken Ilgunas – Salon  
When President Obama officially killed the Keystone XL pipeline in November 2015, that should have been the end of it. But last week Donald Trump promised to raise the pipeline from the dead if he is elected president.

Sanders, Clinton fight for green vote in tight Calif. race 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both hoping green voters will put them over the top as they near the end of a tight California primary fight.

Canada’s energy superpower status threatened as world shifts off fossil fuel, federal think-tank warns 
By Robson Fletcher – CBC News 
Canada’s status as an “energy superpower” is under threat because the global dominance of fossil fuels could wane faster than previously believed, according to a draft report from a federal government think-tank obtained by CBC News. 

Peak Oil and Climate Collapse: Can Society Make the Transition in Time? 
By Michael Welch, Richard Heinberg, and Gordon Laxer – Global Research News Hour 
From the Wildfires raging near Fort McMurray in Alberta, to the increasing acidification of the oceans which cover 70% of the planet, to the mass die-off of species, to rising sea levels, to record shattering heat persisting for three months straight in early 2016 coming on the heels of record high global temperatures persisting for the last sixteen years, it is clear that Earth’s ecological systems are under assault.


Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016  

Natural gas / coal 

Trump’s contradictory promise: Bring back coal and boost natural gas 
By Elizabeth Shogren – High Country News  
If there was any doubt that energy and climate change would loom large in the coming presidential election, that was dispelled when Donald Trump gave his first major energy speech last week – on the same day that he cinched his nomination. 

Danish pension scheme threatens to blacklist coal companies 
By Attracta Mooney – Financial Times  
Businesses that rely on coal for at least a quarter of their revenues face being blacklisted by one of Europe’s largest pension funds amid fears that high-carbon investments could end up being worthless.


Finland raises its bet on nuclear power 
By Richard Milne – Financial Times  
The last one in Finland is almost a decade late, and the participating companies are now embroiled in multibillion-euro lawsuits.

(Australia’s) Greens want ‘fair price’ for solar power and access to grid for all 
By Gabrielle Chan – The Guardian  
The Greens want to regulate the electricity system to ensure a “fair price” is paid for solar-generated electricity and ensure a “legal right” to connect to the grid by forcing energy companies to prove they cannot connect a consumer.  

Wave Power Project Set To Supply 15% Of Gibraltar’s Electricity Needs 
 By Tina Casey – Clean Technica  
Wave power has been slow to take off, but it looks like things are accelerating. Last week, EU’s Gibraltar made a big buzz over the official grid connection of its new wave power project, an array of ocean energy converters from the company Eco Wave Power.

Clean tech

Is Fuel-Cells Leader Plug Power Overpowering the Competition? 
By Scott Levine – Motley Fool 
Plug Power has made some inroads in proving the viability of its fuel-cell solution for material handling equipment, signing deals with large companies such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart.


America’s water testing problems must and can be fixed, experts say 
By Oliver Milman and Jessica Glenza – The Guardian  
A tragedy of widespread testing failures in US drinking water is that experts believe the remedies are fairly straightforward – if there is political will.

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