In this edition, developing countries to vastly outpace OECD in carbon emissions -U.S. EIA. A power company says no problem hitting federal carbon cutting targets. And, a Scientific American interview with former Secretary of State George Shultz.


Quote of the Day:

“I don’t know that it’s the answer, but it is one of the answers. You have to ask: How are you producing the electricity? So if you’ve got big coal plants producing electricity, you’re not getting anywhere. If they’re natural gas, you’re much better off, but if it’s solar electricity, you’re even better off.”

–George Shultz, Secretary of State, Reagan Administration, in Scientific American interview.

Lead Stories

China, India to Drive World’s Growing Energy Use
The world will use far more of every type of energy in coming decades, the U.S. Energy Department said Thursday in a report that predicts China and India will drive growing consumption.

Developing countries to vastly outpace OECD in carbon emissions -U.S. EIA
Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions from developing countries will be 127 percent higher than in the world’s most developed economies by 2040, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Labor unveils ETS reform details
The federal government has unveiled the changes it wants to make to its carbon pricing laws to allow for an emissions trading scheme (ETS) to start a year earlier than planned.

A Carbon Tax by Any Other Name
The New York Times
The headlines last week were dramatic: Australia abandons its carbon tax. The move seemed to confirm suspicions that putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions is politically toxic.

AEP says costly U.S. greenhouse gas limits unnecessary
American Electric Power Co, one of the biggest coal burners in the United States, said Thursday the power industry is already on track to meet the Obama administration’s carbon reduction goals and does not need federal regulators to impose additional costly limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

A Republican Secretary of State Urges Action on Climate Change
Scientific American
Former Secretary of State George Shultz, who helped stop ozone depletion, describes the importance of energy security and the environment. In retrospect, it’s clear that the scientists who were worried were right, and the Montreal Protocol came on in the nick of time. So, on a lot of these issues, time is not on your side because [environmental problems] can get, if not beyond repair, increasingly hard to repair.

France’s renewable power subsidies not effective enough -auditor
France’s audit agency said the government needs to better target renewable energy subsidies after the 14.3 billion euros ($19 billion) it spent from 2005 to 2011 failed to spur as much economic growth and jobs as expected.

Navy’s Clean-Energy Push to Get Focus at Hearing
The Wall Street Journal
The Navy’s efforts to wean itself off oil, boost renewable energy and deal with climate change will come under sharp scrutiny Thursday as the nominee to be in charge of Navy energy affairs goes before the Senate Armed Services Committee.


Water and Society 2013
September 4-6
New Forest, U.K.

EMA’s 17th Annual Meeting
September 25-27
Las Vegas, NV

Climate Strategies Forum
Association of Climate Change Officers
October 14-17
Washington, D.C.

Verge: Where Tech Meets Sustainability
October 14-17
San Francisco, Calif.

Solar Power International
October 21-24
Chicago, Illinois

Natural Gas/Coal

Antitrust Probe Targets Halliburton’s Fracking Business
A federal antitrust probe into the $36 billion hydraulic fracturing market is increasing pressure on oilfield-service companies already reeling as skyrocketing competition cuts into their profit margins.

Biofuel Makers Seek to Ease Mandates to Avert Congress
Makers of some renewable fuels are asking the federal government to ease quotas for use of their products in a bid to head off a congressional overhaul of a program that refiners say is driving up costs at the pump.

Calpine’s California natgas-fired plants begin commercial ops
Calpine’s two new natural gas-fired power plants in California will begin commercial operation in a few days to replace lost nuclear output and to help meet renewable energy goals, the company said on Thursday.

Polar Thaw Opens Shortcut for Russian Natural Gas
The New York Times
The polar ice cap is melting, and if executives at the Russian energy company Novatek feel guilty about profiting from that, they do not let it be known in public.


Roesler Seeks Market Systems to Curb Germany’s Clean Power Cost
Germany should introduce incentives so owners of clean-energy plants sell power when it’s needed instead of raking in aid and inflating consumer bills, Economy Minister Philipp Roesler said.

Canadian Solar Completes 30 Megawatts of Rooftop Solar in China
Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ), the Ontario-based company with manufacturing operations in China, completed 30 megawatts of rooftop solar systems on 129 buildings in China.

China’s Hanergy buys U.S. solar panel maker in technology push
China’s Hanergy Holding Group Ltd said it had acquired U.S. firm Global Solar Energy Inc, its third overseas purchase of a solar company in the past year as it beefs up its solar panel production technology.

Germany’s KfW lends $46 mln for Macedonian wind, hydro projects
German state-owned KfW Bank made a 35 million euro ($46.3 million) loan on Thursday to Macedonia’s power utility ELEM for a wind farm and an upgrade of a hydro-power plant.


Jordan to Invite Bids for $980 Million Water Project, Times Says
Jordan Times/Bloomberg
Jordan, one of the world’s driest countries, will seek bids by the end of the year for a $980 million project to desalinate water from the Red Sea and replenish the shrinking Dead Sea, the Jordan Times reported.

BHP and Rio Tinto Investing in $3.43 Billion Chile Water Project
BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) and Rio Tinto Group, the two largest mining companies, are investing in a $3.43 billion desalination facility that will supply water to Chile’s Escondida copper mine.


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U.S. Dept. of Energy

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

Four energy policies can keep the 2 Degree C climate goal alive (Posted June 10, 2013)

Maneuvering the Mosaic: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013 (Posted June 10, 2013)
Ecosystem Marketplace

Mapping carbon pricing initiatives: developments and prospects (Posted May 30, 2013)
World Bank

Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind April 2013 (Posted May 1, 2013)
Yale Project on Climate Change

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