In this edition, California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) said the state is on track to meet its goal of cutting output of greenhouse gases 80% to 1990 levels by 2020 even as the economy recovers from a deep recession. But for the state to meet targets beyond 2020, it will need all sectors, from agriculture to waste management, to play a bigger role than at present, a report says. Emissions from 2020 to 2050 will have to decline at more than twice the rate of that which is needed to reach the 2020 statewide emissions limit, according to the ARB. Plus, climate change is included in French leader Francois Hollande’s U.S. visit. He and U.S. President Obama pen an Op-Ed, linked below.

Quote of the Day:

“Canadians reject the view, the vast majority, that the only way to protect the environment is to shut down economic development. The decision is overwhelmingly supported in the United States, throughout American society, in labor, business and in all of the people who are along the route. So this administration may continue to be difficult for reasons of internal politics, but I do believe that one way or another these decisions will go ahead at some point.”

–Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Bloomberg’s Harper Sees Keystone Approval, With or Without Obama”

Lead Stories

Obama, Hollande call for “ambitious” global climate change deal
The presidents of the United States and France have called for a global pact to fight climate change in a joint op-ed published on Monday, the first day of a visit to Washington by French leader Francois Hollande.
**RKB — The two have a joint Op-Ed in the Washington Post and in France’s Le Monde.

Opinion: Time to look beyond the UN climate negotiations
The Daily Climate
Secretary of State John Kerry should be saluted for energizing US policy on climate change and pushing for global progress toward containment of greenhouse gas emissions.

EU should delay targets: Poland
The European Union should delay setting 2030 climate change targets to next year when other countries are due to detail their pledges, which could enable the bloc to align with them, Poland’s secretary of state for climate policy said.

California vows to press ahead with climate change programs
California plans to extend its suite of ambitious and controversial carbon reduction programs beyond 2020, saying the results to date show the state can grow its economy while fighting climate change.

Proposed First Update to the Climate Change Scoping Plan: Building on the Framework

Harper Sees Keystone Approval, With or Without Obama
As far as Stephen Harper is concerned, history and economics carry far more weight in Canada-U.S. relations than whoever happens to occupy the White House at a given moment.

Big decision ahead on Keystone XL
Rome burned while Nero fiddled. The same thing appears to be happening to the United States and, indeed, our planet while we delay and hesitate on climate solutions.

U.S. Presses Trade Action Against India on Solar Energy
The U.S. filed a second complaint against India’s solar-energy policies at the World Trade Organization, reviving a year-old dispute between the two nations.

US issues new challenge to India over solar power
Financial Times
The US has intensified a trade row with India over its national solar programme by launching a new challenge and accusing New Delhi of doing little in response to its previous criticism.

Opinion: India’s Particulate Problem
The New York Times
Two years ago, China seemed oblivious to the extraordinary levels of air pollution in many of its cities and the health consequences. But over the past six months, there has been an explosion of information on pollution concentrations, warnings from the media and new policies from the government. It took a long time, but change is happening.


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

B.C. coal export plan faces resistance
Globe and Mail
As Canada’s efforts to send oil abroad encounter thorny opposition, critics are increasingly targeting another resource export: Coal.

U.S. Charging Coal Companies Too Little for Land, Report Says
The New York Times
Some coal mining companies are paying lower-than-market rates to lease land from the federal government, while also enjoying low royalty rates, increasing their profits at the expense of taxpayers, investigators for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee have found.

McConnell stumps in coal country, bashes Grimes on being too liberal
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell went to coal country today to criticize President Barack Obama and what the Republicans like to call his “War on Coal.”


German energy prices 50% higher than EU average: McKinsey
One of the biggest challenges to the new German government will be to put the energy transition back on track, according to a recent study. Negative trends persist as Germany’s domestic energy prices rose to 48% above the European average, EurActiv Germany reports.

EU to rule on controversial British nuclear deal this year
European Union antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said on Friday Britain must clarify why state aid is needed to build a 19 billion euro ($26 billion) nuclear plant with French state-controlled utility EDF.

Scottish Power eyes hydroelectric expansion
Financial Times
Scottish Power, the Spanish-owned energy group, is to consider a major expansion of “pumped storage” hydroelectric power in Scotland that would help to smooth electricity supply amid increasing reliance on highly volatile wind.

BlackRock-Backed Renewable Energy Expands Waste-Fired Power Plan
Renewable Energy Generation Ltd. (WIND), a British low-carbon asset developer backed by BlackRock Inc., will build six waste-to-power plants with Caterpillar Inc. and Finning U.K. Ltd. in an expansion of plans published last month.

Firm seeks to harness Wyoming’s wind energy for California
Los Angeles Times
A relentless wind howls day after day across this high desert, pouring through a low gap on the Continental Divide.


Op-Ed: House Republicans muddy California’s water crisis
Washington Post
CALIFORNIA SAW a bit of relief from its extreme drought this past weekend, when big storms dumped rain on the parched state. But it appears that California won’t be spared from another threat — Washington politicians talking foolishly about the water crisis or, worse, meddling in the state’s efforts to cope.


State of Green Business 2014

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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