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.

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

Merkel’s Green Shift Backfires as German Pollution Jumps
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.

Column: Only cheaper ‘green’ fuels will force changes in energy use
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.

Europe’s Biggest Solar Projects Threatened by China Deal
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.

With EU sales likely capped, China solar firms will need new markets
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.

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.

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.


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

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

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

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

FT Global Shale Energy Summit
October 21

Solar Power International
October 21-24

Natural Gas/Coal

Fracking Tied to Pennsylvania Water Woes by EPA Official
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.

CMS unit moves step forward with Michigan natgas power plant
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.

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.

Alwaleed warns of US shale danger to Saudi
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.


National Grid to Invest $5.5 Billion This Year
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.

Samsung and S&C Electric to Develop U.K. Power Storage
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.

China’s Solar Wall Sparks REC Bondholder Revolt: Nordic Credit
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.

U.K. Energy Regulator Urged to Act on Power Supplier Profits
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.

Spain Studies Cutting Aid to Large Power Users, Expansion Says
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.


Apple slammed over latest Chinese supply chain allegations
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.


Romania, EU to Invest More Than 400 Million Euros on Sewerage
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.


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.


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

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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