In this edition, Bloomberg has an interesting feature on the Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. who during his three terms as premier of Manitoba built a reputation as a champion of combating global warming. He backed the Kyoto Protocol to cut global carbon emissions, pushed to shut coal-fired power plants, and promoted renewable energy such as wind and hydropower. He was named by Businessweek in 2005 as one of 20 people leading the fight against climate change. Now, he’s lobbying for Keystone and is quick to clarify that he’s still a global warming fighter. Plus, the European Union can achieve more ambitious emission reductions without investing in expensive new technologies, according to researchers in Germany. And, EU to ditch transport emissions goals beyond 2020. And, from a guest on, a long (there’s a downloadable PDF) paper on carbon trading.

Quote of the Day:

“My view is the oil is coming from Canada now. It’s just a question of how it gets there.”

–Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. and Former Manitoba Premier Gary Doer in Bloomberg’s “Canada Envoy at Odds With Climate Allies on Keystone XL”
Lead Stories
Zombie carbon trading’s latest resurrection
Gar Lipow on
Even as London carbon trading desks shut down in response to the crumbling European Trading System (ETS) , the zombie concept of carbon trading spreads to China. Because Robin Hahnel’s carbon trading defenses offer the best pro-carbon market arguments to date, this article tackles carbon trading largely by answering Hahnel.

Climate Protection May Cost 4% of World GDP by 2030
The cost of containing rising temperatures to safe levels may reach 4 percent of economic output by 2030, according to a draft United Nations report designed to influence talks for a global-warming treaty.
**RKB — Additional coverage of the UN report story we ran earlier this week.

EU Parliament Committee Surveys Members on Carbon-Fix Scrutiny
The European Parliament’s environment panel gave its members until Jan. 24 to signal opposition to a measure that would alleviate oversupply of carbon permits, said two people with knowledge of the matter.

EU Can Deepen Carbon Cuts With Current Technology: Study
The European Union can achieve more ambitious emission reductions without investing in expensive new technologies, according to researchers in Germany.

EU could cut emissions by 40 percent at moderate cost

EU to ditch transport emissions goals beyond 2020
The European Union’s climate and energy strategy for 2030 will not include a specific target on curbing emissions from transport, the fastest growing source of greenhouse gases in the bloc and the most expensive to cut.

Canada Envoy at Odds With Climate Allies on Keystone XL
With his country’s foreign minister in tow, Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer walked the marble corridors of the U.S. Capitol yesterday pitching the prize his nation is seeking: the Keystone XL pipeline.

Something in the Water: Cap and Trade for H2O Pollutants? blog
The 2009-2010 defeat of a cap-and-trade regulatory system for CO2 emissions remains one of the few victories conservatives have enjoyed in an otherwise dismal past 6 years. However, cap-and-trade as an idea survives and even thrives as a scheme for control of water pollution. In that guise it’s known as “water quality trading” (WQT).

Vietnam may delay first nuclear power plant -PM
Vietnam may delay construction of its first nuclear power plant to 2020 to ensure safety and efficiency, a step that would mean it needs to find more natural gas to meet rising demand for electricity, according to the country’s prime minister.

This Is How Little Time Television News Devotes To Climate Change
Environmental reporter Kate Shepherd on Huffington Post
WASHINGTON — Climate change got more coverage on broadcast news in 2013 than in the previous few years, but the issue still didn’t get nearly as much attention as it did in 2009, Media Matters found in a new analysis.
ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox together featured more coverage in 2013 than they did in 2012. The amount of airtime granted to climate change on both the Sunday shows and the nightly news was up, too — to a total of 27 minutes, and an hour and 42 minutes, respectively, for the entire year. The progressive media watchdog group Media Matters totaled the time broadcasters devoted to climate change for a new report released Thursday.
Webinar: Prospects for a New Carbon Market: Cap-and-Trade Under Clean Air Act Section 111(d)
January 29, 2014
Click here for more information and to register.

Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA

The Microgrid, Distributed Energy, and Renewables: How They Work Together
February 25, 2014
New York

Round Table: California Clean Energy Markets and Policy Strategies
February 28, 2014
San Francisco,CA
Click here for more information and to register.

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2014
March 26-28, 2014
San Francisco, California

GLOBE 2014
13th Biennial Conference and Trade Fair on Business and Sustainability
March 26-28, 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia
Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels
Stalled Coal-Plant Emission Project Wins U.S. Grant
A long-stalled project to capture carbon-dioxide emissions from a coal plant in Illinois will get a $1 billion grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, which the operator said will allow construction to begin this year.

Chinese coal output tipped to rise 2.7 percent
Chinese coal production is expected to grow 2.7 percent this year to around 3.8 billion tonnes, with demand also still rising despite a government campaign to cut air pollution, the China National Coal Association (CNCA) said on Thursday.

Alaska signs deal to free up natural gas for export
Alaska has signed an agreement with major oil and gas firms to build an 800-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from the state’s North Slope to a proposed export plant and on to Asia.

Australia’s Duet and Canada’s TransAlta to build gas pipeline for Fortescue
Australia’s Duet Group a
nd Canada’s TransAlta Corp announced a joint venture to build a 270 kilometre (168-mile) pipeline in Western Australia to deliver gas for Fortescue Metals Group Ltd’s mining operations.

Southern to repower three Alabama coal power plants with natgas
Southern Co’s Alabama Power unit plans to run three coal power plants with a total capacity over 1,600 megawatts on cleaner natural gas fuel in the coming years to comply with federal environmental rules.
Report: Water Is a Top-three Global Risk, Says World Economic Forum
Circle of Blue
Too much, too little, too dirty. For the third consecutive year, reckless use and abuse of water is seen by global authorities as having the potential to seriously disrupt social stability, upend business supply chains, imperil food and energy production, and generally make life miserable for billions of people.

California Carbon Market Watch: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Golden State’s Cap-and-Trade Program,Year One (January 8, 2014)

Assessing Corporate Emissions Performance Through the Lens of Climate Science (December 2013)
Climate Counts and Center for Sustainable Organizations

Use of internal carbon price by companies as incentive and strategic planning tool (Posted December 11, 2013)

OECD: Effective carbon prices (November 4, 2013)

Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 (Posted September 12, 2013)

The Future of China’s Power Sector (posted August 27, 2013)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather (Posted July 14, 2013)
U.S. Dept. of Energy

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience (Posted June 19, 2013)
World Bank

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