In this edition, the day-two coverage of the Obama carbon plan. Plus, The Christian Science Monitor takes on the White House plan to avoid legislation. And, Bloomberg reports on Obama’s Overseas Coal Pledge to Curb Ex-Im Bank Financing.

Quote of the Day:

“I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”

U.S. President Barack Obama in The AP’s “Obama opens 2nd-term drive against climate change”

Lead Stories

Obama Sets Limiting Carbon as Priority in Climate Plan
President Barack Obama declared that limiting carbon emissions is in the national interest, setting a standard that will affect almost every sector of the economy, from power plants to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Obama Unveils Plan to Tackle Climate Change
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping new plan to cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the U.S., pledging to create new standards for power plants and adopting a host of other measures, and delivered sharp words for those who say climate change isn’t caused by humans.

Utilities React Cautiously to Obama Climate Plan
The Wall Street Journal
Some of the U.S. utilities that burn coal to generate electricity reacted with caution Tuesday to an Obama administration proposal to limit carbon-dioxide emissions, amid concern that the rules might target coal plants for emissions cuts, while letting other sources of emissions, such as petroleum fuels, off the hook.

Obama opens 2nd-term drive against climate change
Appealing for courageous action “before it’s too late,” President Barack Obama launched a major second-term drive Tuesday to combat climate change and secure a safer planet, bypassing Congress as he sought to set a cornerstone of his legacy.

Obama lays out climate action plan
US President Barack Obama has laid out a package of measures aimed at curbing climate change, including limits on emissions from power plants.

Climate change: Why does President Obama’s plan skirt Congress?
The Christian Science Monitor
When President Obama lays out his agenda to fight climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, there won’t be a grand push for sweeping climate legislation.

Obama climate plan: bold, but will China go along?
The Christian Science Monitor
President Obama’s climate plan aims to address climate change with an eye toward global partnerships. Without cooperation from China and the developing world, international climate treaties have fallen short – a shortcoming Obama hopes to remedy with his climate plan.

Helping the Economic Climate
David Brodwin – US News & World Report contributor blog
President Barak Obama is expected to unveil his administration’s new strategy on climate change today. The strategy will target three major challenges: (1) how to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S., mostly from power plants; (2) how to protect the U.S. from damage due to climate change; and (3) how to work with other countries to negotiate a global plan for climate protection.
**RKB — David Brodwin is a cofounder and board member of American Sustainable Business Council. Follow him on Twitter at@davidbrodwin.

Obama’s Overseas Coal Pledge to Curb Ex-Im Bank Financing
President Barack Obama pledged to end U.S. government financing of overseas coal projects, a promise that could end millions of dollars in support for power plants in nations such as Vietnam and India.

Keystone Gains After Report Dismisses Bitumen Spill Risk
Heavy crude oil to be carried by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline poses no greater risk of a spill than other types of oil, the National Research Council said in a report.


New York Energy Week
New York, NY
June 24 -28

Converge Paris
Sustainable Energy Tech Conference
Paris, France
June 24-28

EMA’s 17th Annual Meeting
September 25-27, 2013
Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas, NV


UK given carbon emissions warning
The UK is not on track to hit its climate change targets through the 2020s, government advisers have warned.The Committee on Climate Change said carbon emissions rose in 2012 by 3.5%.

EU agrees new 2020 car emissions targets
Business Green
Green groups have cautiously welcomed new EU rules which could slash CO2 emissions from new cars by the end of the decade, but warned the deal is too lenient on luxury German car makers.

Natural Gas/Coal

Ethanol Fluctuates Against Gasoline on Signs of Increased Demand
Ethanol fluctuated against gasoline on speculation demand for the biofuel will climb while stockpiles are at seasonal record lows.

Supreme Court Won’t Reverse EPA E15 Ethanol Rules
Green Car Reports
The U.S. Supreme Court has been slow to rule on many of the biggest cases on this year’s docket. Maybe that’s because some of the justices are prone to procrastination, or maybe, like seasoned TV scriptwriters, they’re just playing America like a violin, getting us all worked up for a rousing finale.


China Should Promote Solar Sector’s Healthy Expansion, NEA Says
China has asked local governments to study policies supporting the development of solar energy in their districts and to explore new markets for the distribution of the technology.

Shanghai Aerospace to Invest 1.3 Billion Yuan in Solar Projects
Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co. (600151), a maker of car air conditioners and solar-power parts, plans to invest 1.3 billion yuan ($211 million) to develop three solar power projects in China’s northwestern province of Gansu.


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

Clearing the Air: Reducing Upstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Natural Gas Systems (Posted April 8, 2013)
World Resources Institute

The State of Green Business 2013 (Posted February 12, 2013)

Can the US Get There from Here? (Posted February 6, 2013)

The Billion Euro Aviation Bonanza – Aviation’s Participation in the EU ETS (Posted January 22, 2013)

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