In today’s edition, President Obama should veto the bill landing on his desk today and allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built. Also, an EU document, expected to be released tomorrow, reportedly says the EU will push for 60 per cent global emissions cuts. Finally, in the wake of the Willie Soon’s scandal, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) wants oil and coal companies to reveal the extent to which they have funded research questioning the causes of climate change.
Quote of the day
“I would anticipate, as we’ve been saying for years, that the president will veto that legislation, and he will, so I would not anticipate a lot of drama or fanfare around it.”
White House spokesman Josh Earnest, in The Hill’s story No ‘drama or fanfare’ for Keystone veto, WH says
Leaked document suggests EU to push for 60 per cent global emissions cuts
By James Murray – BusinessGReen
The European Union will go into this year’s UN climate summit in Paris calling for an ambitious new target to cut global emissions 60 per cent by 2050, leaked documents have suggested.
***LB: Also in this story “The document, which is expected to be released on Wednesday as part of a new set of proposals on the EU’s Energy Union package, reiterates the bloc’s previous commitment to cut emissions by “at least” 40 per cent against 1990 levels by 2030.”
Sen. Markey to investigate industry funding of climate studies
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) wants oil and coal companies to reveal the extent to which they have funded research questioning the causes of climate change.
A Guide To Willie Soon’s Climate Research Funded by Fossil Fuel Companies
By Lisa Song – InsideClimate News
A watchdog group called the Climate Investigations Center alerted nine scientific journals Monday that studies they published most likely breached conflict-of-interest protocols.
Obama will quickly veto Keystone bill
By Laura Barron-Lopez – The Hill
President Obama is poised to reject GOP-backed legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline with a swift veto designed to minimize any distraction from a looming shutdown within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
***LB: Also in this story “Republicans plan to send the bill to Obama’s desk Tuesday morning and intend to flay the president over his promised veto.”
No ‘drama or fanfare’ for Keystone veto, WH says
By Laura Barron-Lopez – The Hill
The White House said Monday that President Obama doesn’t plan on drumming up “a lot of drama or fanfare” when he vetoes legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
Bill Gates and Other Business Leaders Urge U.S. to Increase Energy Research
By Justin Gillis – The New York Times
The government is spending far too little money on energy research, putting at risk the long-term goals of reducing carbon emissions and alleviating energy poverty, some of the country’s top business leaders found in a new report.
EU Opens in-Depth Probe of GE Takeover of Alstom Power Unit
By Raf Casert – Associated Press
The European Union opened an in-depth probe of General Electric’s $14.1 billion takeover of the power division of French company Alstom on Monday fearing higher prices and less choice.
***LB: Also in this story “The European Commission made the move Monday after an initial investigation “indicates potential competition concerns in the market for heavy-duty gas turbines,” which are used in gas-fired power plants, it said in a statement.”
France Warns of Nuclear Industry Shake-Up After Areva Loss
By David Jolly and Stanley Reed – The New York Times
France’s energy minister said on Monday that an overhaul of the country’s state-controlled nuclear energy industry was imminent, after one of the country’s main builders of nuclear power plants warned of a loss that could hamper its ability to continue operating independently.
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Carbon Pricing Pays the Way for Cleaner Energy
By John Upton – Climate Central
Following more than two centuries of fossil-fueled industrialization, during which the atmosphere has been used as a free dump for climate-changing pollution, an incipient era of carbon-pollution pricing is paying dividends to the climate.
E.P.A. Issues Stiffer Rules on Vehicle Fuel Ratings
By Aaron M. Kessler – The New York Times
After two years of imposing increasingly stiff penalties on automakers that overstate their fuel economy ratings, federal regulators on Monday said they would tighten guidelines used in determining the mileage advertised to consumers.
Indigenous Life Plans And Carbon Finance: Two Sides Of The Same Coin?
By Christopher Pollen, Ann Espuelas and Steve Zwick – Ecosystem Marketplace
Catarino Gavião had been listening patiently, but now he rose to speak. “We knew well before First Contact that the djala would come to destroy the forest,” he said. “How do we know this isn’t more of the same?”
Natural gas / coal
Fracking Industry Distorts Science To Deceive Public And Policymakers, Says Watchdog Group
By Lynne Peeples – huffingtonpost.com
The oil and gas industry sponsors and spins research to shape the scientific debate over horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That’s the conclusion of a watchdog group’s analysis of more than 130 documents distributed to policymakers by industry representatives.
How Coal-Loving States Are Waging War on Obama’s New Climate Rules
By Tim McDonnell- Mother Jones
This week, representatives from the state-level agencies that manage electric grids met in Washington, DC, for a collective freak-out about President Barack Obama’s flagship climate policy.
Is Bolivia going to frack ‘Mother Earth’?
By David Hill – The Guardian
The momentum is building. Bolivia’s state oil and gas company YPFB announced in early 2013 it would begin studies to identify shale gas deposits, and in November that same year it gave a presentation in Santa Cruz on shale gas and the country’s probable reserves.
Minnesota community-solar backers question utility concerns
By Frank Jossi – Midwest Energy News
While Minnesota’s largest utility pushes back against the scale of proposals filed under the state’s new community solar program, energy developers and their proponents say those concerns are overblown and based on potentially inaccurate assumptions.
Lightsource reveals plan for £125m solar rooftop investment programme
Lightsource Renewable Energy has revealed ambitious expansion plans, declaring that it plans to invest over £125m in UK rooftop solar projects during 2015.
Solar experts claim multi-billion dollar subsidies wasted on cheap and dodgy panels
By Heath Aston – The Sydney Morning Herald
More Australians are buying cheap rooftop solar panels that fail long before their promised lifespan, prompting claims a federal rebate scheme needs to be overhauled to prevent dodgy systems receiving public subsidies.
California to spend $20 million on building part of ‘hydrogen highway’
By Marc Lifsher – Los Angeles Times
It’s been more than a decade since former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger regularly talked about his dream of building a “hydrogen highway” that would speed fleets of non-polluting cars from Mexico to Canada.
E-car club accelerates electric vehicle expansion
The UK’s first all-electric car club will soon have over 100 vehicles available to its members, increasing its zero-emissions fleet more than seven-fold inside just 18 months.
Manufacturers sign up to second season of Formula E
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen
Renault and Virgin are among eight manufacturers to confirm they will compete in the second season of Formula E, as the all-electric racing championship looks to become a test-bed for zero-emission technology.
Study Sees $1.6 Billion For Blue Carbon In Louisiana Wetlands
A two-year assessment of the potential to develop blue carbon projects on Louisiana’s coast estimates that carbon finance revenue can provide up to $1.6 billion in critical funding to assist with wetland restoration over the next 50 years.
National ocean acidification study finds Northwest among hardest-hit regions
By Kelly House – The Oregonian/OregonLive
The Natural Resources Defense Council released a report today that won’t come as a surprise to Northwest shellfish growers.
Hydropower Boom A Risk to Balkan Rivers and Wildlife
Circle of Blue
A dam-building spree in the Balkans threatens critical species and Europe’s last wild rivers, conservationists say.
Mega pig farm proposal proves too much of a stink for Environment Agency
By Karl Mathiesen – The Guardian
A proposed mega pig farm for Derbyshire has been rejected by the Environment Agency (EA) because the stench would be an “offence to human senses”.
***LB: Also in this story “The industrial farm was designed to house 24,500 pigs. But the EA said on Monday that the odour from so many animals would intolerably impact on nearby residents. The proposed site was within 100 metres of homes and 250 metres of a prison.”