In today’s edition, coal-reliant Midwestern states are asking the Obama administration to provide rules for an emissions trading platform that would help them meet the federal greenhouse gas standards –  even as some of them fight Washington’s new clean air regulations in court (in the Carbon section). And as Europe celebrates WWII Victory Day today, there are some winners in the deal struck to reform the carbon market that will raise billions for EU governments, it is Europe’s poorest nations, like Greece. Finally, climate activist Tom Steyer backs Hillary Clinton despite her wishy-washy attitude towards the Keystone pipeline project. 

Quote of the day

“If we’re going to have a planet that’s livable for people and wildlife, we need Hillary Clinton standing with millions of Americans calling for an end to fossil fuel addiction.”

Valerie Love, Center for Biological Diversity, in the Politico’s story Tom Steyer backs Hillary Clinton despite Keystone caution 

Lead stories 

Alaska Republican gears up energy reform package 
By Devin Henry – The Hill 
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) took her biggest step to date toward a large-scale overhaul of federal energy policy on Thursday, introducing 17 bills she said could make up parts of an energy reform package this session. 

Tom Steyer backs Hillary Clinton despite Keystone caution 
By Andrew Restuccia and Elana Schor  – Politico 
Tom Steyer jumped into national politics two years ago by drawing a line in the sand on the Keystone XL pipeline, even suggesting he’d spend part of his vast fortune attacking Democrats who support the project.  

Australian PM’s adviser says U.N. using climate change for ‘new world order’ 
By Jane Wardell –  Reuters
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s chief business adviser has accused the United Nations of using debunked climate change science to lead a new world order, provocative claims made to coincide with a visit from the top UN climate negotiator.

Greece, other EU strugglers emerge winners from carbon reforms-data 
By Susanna Twidale and Barbara Lewis – Reuters  
Europe’s poorest nations, including heavily indebted Greece, emerge the main winners from a deal to reform the world’s biggest carbon market that will raise billions for EU governments, data from Thomson Reuters Point Carbon shows. 


World Green Economy Summit 2015 
22 April 2015 – 23 April 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2015
North America’s premier conference on climate policy and carbon markets
Presented by the Climate Action Reserve
April 28-30, 2015
Los Angeles, California  

The National Fuel Cell Symposium 2015
Industry, government, and academia will convene to discuss the current state of the Stationary Fuel Cell development and deployment in the U.S.
May 7, 2015 
Sacramento, California 

Nearing the Finish Line: Perspectives and Updates on EPA’s Clean Power Plan (webinar)
April 23, 2015; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table
May 19, 2015; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Dentons: 1221 Avenue of the Americas, NY

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


U.S. Midwest states eye carbon trading to meet EPA targets
By Valerie Volcovici Reuters 
Even as some of them fight Washington’s new clean air regulations in court, coal-reliant Midwestern states are asking the Obama administration to provide rules for an emissions trading platform that would help them meet the federal greenhouse gas standards. 

Kulera’s First Carbon Credit Sale Supports Value Chains That Protect Forests and Build Livelihoods in Malawi 
The Kulera Landscape Reduced Emissions for Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) Program in Malawi has successfully completed its first sale of carbon credits. 

French Nuclear Dynamo Stalls 
By David Jolly and Stanley Reed – The New York Times 
For decades, France has been a living laboratory for atomic energy, getting nearly three-quarters of its electricity from nuclear power — a higher proportion by far than in any other country.

France Went All Out for Nuclear Energy 
By David Jolly – The New York Times
Along with jet planes and fast trains, nuclear power has been a showpiece of French technology, carefully nurtured by the government of a country eager to stand among the world’s industrial leaders but lacking in fossil-fuel resources. 

New Zealand mulls carbon markets to meet climate targets 
By Megan Darby – RTCC (Responding to Climate Change) 
New Zealand is eyeing up international carbon markets to meet any climate commitments, the government revealed in a consultation this week.  

Whitbread serves up tougher emissions goals 
Premier Inn and Costa coffee owner Whitbread has strengthened its carbon emission reduction goals, as part of a new set of sustainability targets. 

Natural gas / coal

Environmental groups sue feds over natural gas export project 
By Devin Henry – The Hill  
Environmental groups have sued the federal government in an attempt to block a new liquefied natural gas export facility in Maryland. 
***LB: Also in this story “The groups, led by Earthjustice, sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over its decision to authorize Dominion Resources’ $3.8 billion Cove Point natural gas export project, arguing the commission did not consider whether it would hurt the environment or increase air and water pollution by encouraging new hydraulic fracturing.”

Bank Of America Backs Away From Funding Coal Mining 
By Kate Sheppard – Huffington Post
Bank of America is cutting off its financing for coal extraction projects, the company announced at its shareholder meeting Wednesday.  


Power Problems: Puerto Rico’s Electric Utility Faces Crippling Debt
By Greg Allen and Marisa Penaloza – NPR News (Audio)
As a U.S. territory with tropical weather and beautiful beaches, Puerto Rico has a lot going for it. But there are downsides to living on an island. A big one is the cost of energy.


Water in the Bank: One Solution For Drought-Stricken California 
By Erica Gies – environment360
Saguaros and palo verde trees flourish in the Sonoran Desert northwest of Phoenix along the road to Hieroglyphic Mountains Recharge, one of the Central Arizona Project’s groundwater banking sites.

Political answers scarce as water in parched California
By Todd S. Purdum – Politico  
For much of the century since William Mulholland, the visionary or villainous engineer who brought water from the Eastern Sierra to Los Angeles, opened the floodgates of his aqueduct and declared, “There it is. Take it!” Californians have done just that — and most of the time their political leaders haven’t had to worry too much about the result.  

Climate Change And Food Security: Water Scarcity Threatens Major Food Companies, But Few Are Tackling The Challenge 
By Maria Gallucci – International Business Times 
On California’s carrot farms, sprawling fields of orange and leafy-green vegetables are turning to a shriveled brown.

Tapping the ocean for drinking water: State lays down the law  
By Peter Fimrite – SFGate 
California adopted new rules Wednesday to help cities and water agencies figure out the best way to siphon water from the sea and turn it into drinking water without killing fish.

Communities use “green infrastructure” to adapt to climate change
By Rebecca Williams – Michigan Radio (audio)
Our climate is changing and people are working out ways to adapt.


Tech Entrepreneurs Seek More Ethanol in Gasoline to Lower Prices
By Mark Drajem – Bloomberg News
Do you want a return of $2-a-gallon gasoline?

Energy secretary plugs infrastructure plan on ‘Daily Show’  
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Much of the United States’ energy infrastructure is five decades old or more, and the Obama administration wants to make it more resilient, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.  Energy secretary plugs infrastructure plan on ‘Daily Show’.

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