In today’s edition, an old topic, the Keystone pipeline project, which Michael Bloomberg says the US should renegotiate with Canada, a new topic, the fact that food waste is  is becoming a serious economic and environmental issue, a report says, and a symbolic topic: the fact that the Eiffel Tower now has its wind turbines.

Quote of the day

“The Canadian government has been pressing the White House to approve the pipeline, which would bring many more economic benefits to Canada than it would to the U.S. That gives the White House enormous leverage, which it should use to negotiate a broader, climate-friendly deal that far more than offsets the potential impact of the pipeline.”

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, now the United Nations climate change envoy, in The Hill’s story Bloomberg: US should negotiate with Canada on Keystone

Lead stories

Where does Keystone bill go now?
By Laura Barron-Lopez and Timothy Cama -The Hill
GOP’s next moves on Keystone: Shortly after President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL bill Tuesday, the GOP began mobilizing to try and override the veto.

Crude Awakening: How the Keystone Veto Dashes Canada’s ‘Superpower’ Dreams 
By Tim Dickinson – Rolling Stone
Barack Obama’s veto of Keystone XL has placed the export pipeline for Canadian tar-sands crude on its deathbed.

Bloomberg: US should negotiate with Canada on Keystone
By Laura Barron-Lopez – The Hill
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Wednesday the U.S. should strike a deal with Canada over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. 

GOP battles with EPA over rules 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
House Republicans used a Wednesday hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget to attack various regulations being pursued by the agency.

Food Waste Is Becoming Serious Economic and Environmental Issue, Report Says
By Ron Nixon – The New York Times
With millions of households across the country struggling to have enough to eat, and millions of tons of food being tossed in the garbage, food waste is increasingly being seen as a serious environmental and economic issue.

The Eiffel Tower Now Has Its Very Own Wind Turbines
By Eric Holthaus – Slate
As part of its “first major face-lift in 30 years,” the Eiffel Tower has a new set of wind turbines.

Greek Energy Official Opposes Privatization
By Niki Kitsantonis – The New York Times
Greece’s new plan to revamp its economy to satisfy eurozone creditors hit its first political snag on Wednesday, when the country’s energy minister publicly opposed efforts to sell off state assets as part of that program.  
***LB: Also in this story “Greece’s privatization drive has been dogged by administrative and legal problems. A plan to sell the gas corporation foundered in 2013 after the Russian giant Gazprom withdrew its interest, amid European Union competition concerns.” 

Cameron’s climate envoy blames big six energy firms for green deal’s failure
By Karl Mathiesen – The Guardian
The big six energy companies undermined the government’s flagship programme to upgrade the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock, according to the former climate minister who is now David Cameron’s climate envoy.


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 


California carbon permits fetch $12.21 a tonne at auction 
By Rory Carroll – Reuters
California said on Wednesday that carbon allowances fetched $12.21 a tonne at the cap-and-trade program’s first auction of the year, a rate below market expectations even though all of the permits offered were sold.

Carbon Tracker debuts Capex Tracker in latest bid to uncover carbon bubble risk
By James Murray – BusinessGreen
The Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) has this week launched a service for investors, designed to provide them with up-to-date information on how fossil fuel companies are changing capital expenditure plans in response to the collapse in the oil price.

Natural gas / coal 

Russia’s Putin says gas supplies to Europe could suffer if Kiev doesn’t pay 
President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia would cut off natural gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev failed to pay, which “will create a problem” for gas transit to Europe.

Shale Gas Project Encounters Determined Foes Deep in Algerian Sahara
By Carlotta Gall – The New York Times
Deep in the Algerian Sahara, daily protests against a pilot hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, project are now well into their second month.

Battle for Liverpool Plains: Chinese coal project tears at fabric of rural NSW
By Tom Morton – The Guardian 
John Hamparsum squats down, scoops up a handful of earth and holds it out for me to sniff. “You can smell fertility, smell living organisms. It’s like really good compost,” he says.

Cuadrilla shale gas drill site rejected by council
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen 
Lancashire County Council today rejected Cuadrilla’s planning application to expand operations at a drill site at Singleton, marking a victory for campaigners and dealing a fresh blow to the government’s shale gas push.

PEGAS introduces trading for new common market area “TRS” in Southern France on 31 March
EEX Press Release
On 1 April 2015, a common market area will be implemented in southern France under the name “Trading Region South” (TRS) replacing the existing GRTgaz PEG Sud and the TIGF market areas. PEGAS, the pan-European gas trading platform operated by Powernext, announces that Spot and Futures products will be tradable on the TRS market area from 31 March 2015, replacing the existing PEG Sud and PEG TIGF contracts which have been traded on Powernext since 26 November 2008.


India approves NTPC’s 15,000 MW solar power projects 
The union cabinet on Wednesday approved state-run power producer NTPC Ltd’s plans to set up 15,000 megawatt of grid-connected solar projects, which would be completed in three tranches.

Iberdrola builds US presence with UIL deal
By Ed Crooks, Sujeet Indap and James Fontanella-Khan – Financial Times 
Iberdrola, the Spanish electricity group, is to list its US operations on the stock market in a company with an estimated value of about $18bn, following the planned acquisition of Connecticut-based utility UIL.

Wave Energy Scotland backed with £14m budget
By James Murray – BusinessGreen
The Scottish government has promised to provide over £14m of funding to the new Wave Energy Scotland agency, as the country seeks to cement its position as a leading player in the global marine energy industry.

Time and motion: wind turbines add a twist to rural sounds
By Derek Niemann – The Guardian
The other day, a small child cried “Oh, wow!” when our train drew alongside the wind turbines. Massive, gleaming white, they rose out of flat fields, each one an angel of the south with moving parts.


Controversial Spanish mine to repoen
By James Bryce – the Guardian
A controversial mine which caused one of Spain’s biggest ever environmental disasters is set to reopen, the government has announced.

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