In this edition, more follow-up on the EU-China solar deal throughout our Leads section. The National Journal digs into the mucky muck of politicizing climate change.

Quote of the Day:

“The research shows that the concept of being out of touch is a problem for older elected officials as they look to attract younger voters. They are looking for candidates in keeping with their generational philosophy, and this is one of those issues.”

–Greg Strimple of GS Strategy Group, in National Journal’s article “Why It Finally Makes Political Sense to Talk About Climate Change.”

Lead Stories

Why It Finally Makes Political Sense to Talk About Climate Change
National Journal
New polls show that voters increasingly view climate global-warming deniers as cranks. The White House is paying attention. In the summer of 2009, a dozen Democratic members of Congress took a deep breath and put their political futures on the line, voting for historic global-warming legislation President Obama had told them was a top priority. After the bill squeaked through the House, Democrats pleaded with the White House: After taking this risk, they needed Obama to go to bat for them—and the bill—with speeches, campaign appearances, constituent outreach, anything.
http://jlne.ws/12XVfpV

For the Masters of commodities at JPMorgan, a sense of deja vu
Reuters
Fifteen years ago, a boom in global commodity trading was underway, and JPMorgan was late to the game.
http://jlne.ws/14vXi3P
**RKB — Flashback to 2004 and the building of a big carbon desk.

Merkel’s Green Shift Backfires as German Pollution Jumps
Bloomberg
Germany’s air pollution is set to worsen for a second year, the first back-to-back increase since at least the 1980s, after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to shut nuclear plants led utilities to burn more coal.
http://jlne.ws/15sctyZ

Column: Only cheaper ‘green’ fuels will force changes in energy use
FT.com
Last week an extraordinary, scary story made climate headlines around the world: a melting Arctic could release an immense amount of methane that would dramatically increase global warming and cost the world a phenomenal $60tn. Fortunately, it is just a scare story.
http://jlne.ws/1cisaME

Europe’s Biggest Solar Projects Threatened by China Deal
Bloomberg
Europe’s decision to curb imports of Chinese solar panels threatens to limit the biggest projects using the technology in the 28-nation bloc while having little impact on the manufacturers accused of dumping their products.
http://jlne.ws/1bDD9Cz

With EU sales likely capped, China solar firms will need new markets
Reuters
A weekend deal between Beijing and Brussels to regulate trade in solar panels will limit Chinese firms’ growth prospects in the European Union, the world’s largest solar market, and force them to step up sales to ’emerging’ markets at home and in the United States and Japan.
http://jlne.ws/17cJsFy

Weak Finish From Europe on Chinese Solar Panels
The New York Times
The European Commission’s investigation of solar-panel imports from China was the world’s biggest antidumping case when it began last September, signaling a new willingness in Brussels to challenge China’s extensive assistance to favored export-oriented industries.
http://jlne.ws/16x5Hqu

China’s solar giants to look elsewhere for growth after Europe deal
The Age
A weekend deal between Beijing and Brussels to regulate trade in solar panels will limit Chinese firms’ growth prospects in the European Union, the world’s largest solar market, and force them to step up sales to ’emerging’ markets at home and in the United States and Japan.
http://jlne.ws/15sh0kI

Events

Water and Society 2013
September 4-6
New Forest, U.K.
http://jlne.ws/13bNnUA

EMA’s 17th Annual Meeting
September 25-27
Las Vegas
http://jlne.ws/192w3CR

Climate Strategies Forum
Association of Climate Change Officers
October 14-17
Washington, D.C.
http://jlne.ws/14cGFtN

Verge: Where Tech Meets Sustainability
October 14-17
San Francisco
http://jlne.ws/1bAKXT4

FT Global Shale Energy Summit
October 21
London
http://jlne.ws/1cemi7d

Solar Power International
October 21-24
Chicago
http://jlne.ws/184e0wa

Natural Gas/Coal

Fracking Tied to Pennsylvania Water Woes by EPA Official
Bloomberg
An Environmental Protection Agency employee said gas drilling damaged drinking-water aquifers in a Pennsylvania town, according to a presentation the staffer prepared for superiors before they agreed to end deliveries of clean water to the residents.
http://jlne.ws/11qWXCu

CMS unit moves step forward with Michigan natgas power plant
Reuters
Michigan environmental regulators approved an air permit for Michigan power company Consumers Energy’s proposed $750 million natural gas-fired power plant in the state’s Thetford Township.
http://jlne.ws/17Qbo4g

Shale Threatens Saudi Economy, Warns Prince Alwaleed
The Wall Street Journal
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has warned that the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy is increasingly vulnerable to rising U.S. energy production, breaking ranks with oil officials in Riyadh who have played down its impact.
http://jlne.ws/16g5bPJ

Alwaleed warns of US shale danger to Saudi
FT.com
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire Saudi Arabian investor, has warned that his country’s oil-dependent economy is increasingly vulnerable to competition from the US shale revolution, setting him at odds with his country’s oil ministry and Opec officials.
http://jlne.ws/1c8Ecd4

Power

National Grid to Invest $5.5 Billion This Year
Bloomberg
National Grid Plc (NG/), the operator of energy networks in the U.K., expects to invest 3.6 billion pounds ($5.5 billion) to 3.9 billion pounds in the current fiscal year.
http://jlne.ws/12Z8pD7

Samsung and S&C Electric to Develop U.K. Power Storage
Bloomberg
Samsung SDI (006400) Co., a maker of lithium-ion batteries, and S&C Electric Co. will develop an energy storage project in the U.K. as authorities spur work on an electric grid that can handle more renewables.
http://jlne.ws/1bDHe9S

China’s Solar Wall Sparks REC Bondholder Revolt: Nordic Credit
Bloomberg
China’s latest salvo in a solar energy trade dispute is threatening to derail a plan by Renewable Energy Corp. ASA (REC) to split the company as bondholders balk at the prospect of losses.
http://jlne.ws/1aTTsHP

U.K. Energy Regulator Urged to Act on Power Supplier Profits
Bloomberg
U.K. energy regulator Ofgem should act to make energy company profits more transparent and increase competition in a market dominated by Centrica Plc (CNA), EDF Energy Plc and EON SE, lawmakers said.
http://jlne.ws/18K26I4

Spain Studies Cutting Aid to Large Power Users, Expansion Says
Bloomberg
Spain’s government is studying whether it can force industrial consumers of electricity to give up some of the 2.5 billion euros ($3.3 billion) of state aid they receive annually, Expansion newspaper reported.
http://jlne.ws/161lWvZ

CleanTech

Apple slammed over latest Chinese supply chain allegations
GreenBiz.com
Apple is facing fresh questions over alleged workers’ rights violations and environmental mismanagement in its Chinese supply chain, following the publication of a major new report [PDF] from the China Labor Watch (CLW) group.
http://jlne.ws/19tTyIa

Water

Romania, EU to Invest More Than 400 Million Euros on Sewerage
Bloomberg
Romania and the European Union will invest more than 400 million euros ($530 million) to upgrade wastewater infrastructure in Bucharest and nearby towns by 2020.
http://jlne.ws/17cGCjV

Miscellaneous

Bank of America’s Toxic Tower New York’s “greenest” skyscaper is actually its biggest energy hog
New Republic
When the Bank of America Tower opened in 2010, the press praised it as one of the world’s “most environmentally responsible high-rise office building[s].” It wasn’t just the waterless urinals, daylight dimming controls, and rainwater harvesting. And it wasn’t only the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification—the first ever for a skyscraper—and the $947,583 in incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. It also had as a tenant the environmental movement’s biggest celebrity. The Bank of America Tower had Al Gore.
http://jlne.ws/1aSS87Y

Reports

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather (Posted July 14, 2013)
U.S. Dept. of Energy
http://jlne.ws/12z1YK5

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience (Posted June 19, 2013)
World Bank
http://jlne.ws/14KrLza

Four energy policies can keep the 2 Degree C climate goal alive (Posted June 10, 2013)
IEA
http://jlne.ws/12Bpk41

Maneuvering the Mosaic: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013 (Posted June 10, 2013)
Ecosystem Marketplace
http://jlne.ws/12Cyi0X

Mapping carbon pricing initiatives: developments and prospects (Posted May 30, 2013)
World Bank
http://jlne.ws/15iik9E

Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind April 2013 (Posted May 1, 2013)
Yale Project on Climate Change
http://jlne.ws/ZWPD1Z

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