In today’s edition, the weekend release of fresh G20 ink on an old pledge, reasserting its commitment to “strong and effective action to address climate change.” That includes new measures to promote energy and fuel efficiency and reaffirming its commitment to phasing out “inefficient” fossil fuels. Elsewhere, continued political tugging over the Keystone pipeline, including revived talk of veto threat.

Quote of the day

“If you trust the Chinese on something like this, I’ve got some oceanfront property here in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for you, because this is a one-sided — and it is a non-binding deal that we have agreed to, and I don’t expect that we’re ever going to see China agree to it in the end.”

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) on “Fox News Sunday” reported by The Hill.

Lead stories

G20 promises ‘strong and effective’ climate action, following ‘trench warfare’ with Australia
The G20 yesterday reasserted its commitment to “strong and effective action to address climate change”, announcing new measures to promote energy and fuel efficiency and reaffirming its commitment to phasing out “inefficient fossil fuel
subsidies”, financing a new Green Climate Fund, and finalising a new international climate change treaty in Paris next year.

G20 pledges lift Green Climate Fund towards $10 billion U.N. goal
 – Reuters
A promise by Japan on Sunday to give up to $1.5 billion to a U.N. fund to help poor nations cope with global warming puts the fund within sight of a $10 billion goal and brightens prospects for a U.N. climate pact next year.

Threat of Obama veto hangs over Keystone XL pipeline
Barack Obama is poised to veto a Senate decision to approve the Keystone XL pipeline should the US upper house back construction of the controversial project this week.

EPA: China deal won’t change our demands
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthy on Monday said last week’s historic climate deal with China won’t effect a forthcoming rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Without Republicans, Obama’s Climate Pledge Is an Empty Promise
November 14, 2014 When it comes to President Obama’s planned promise to contribute $3 billion to a U.N. climate fund for developing countries, the pledge is the easy part.

Will GOP put climate science back on trial?
Senate Republicans appear likely to use their majority status in the next Congress to attack the argument behind climate change in an attempt to undercut environmental policies.

Obama turns climate focus to cities, towns
On the heels of forging a momentous climate change deal with China and pledging ambitious action at the G-20 summit of global leaders, President Obama is shifting his focus toward the fight against global warming at home.




Regional Thought Leader Round Table: Northeast RECs 
Environmental Markets Association
November 20, 2014
New York, NY

U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference 
The U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference presents data, analysis and expert forecasting on the state of the solar market in the U.S.
Dec. 8 – 10, 2014
San Diego, CA 


Despite Market Outcry,California Voids Some Carbon Offsets
Ecosystem Marketplace
California regulators rejected pleas from carbon market stakeholders to abandon their effort to invalidate ozone-depleting substances (ODS) offsets generated at an Arkansas facility, but limited the invalidation to one particular carbon offset project.

Natural gas / coal

 Durbin: Keystone supporters ‘burning up’ phones to get last vote
 – TheHill
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline are “burning up the phone lines” to find the final vote needed to reach a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Thune: China cannot be trusted on emissions deal
 – TheHill
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said President Obama shouldn’t trust China to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as part of a climate change deal the two countries announced last week.

Decline and fall of coal
In a dimly lit steakhouse that two years ago overflowed with customers, the only patrons on a recent Tuesday evening are the four local coal industry employees gathered around a Formica tabletop teaching a Tennessean about coal and the way things used to be.



Steven Chu warns UK its nuclear plans risk becoming financial drain
Guardian/Business Green
A leading energy expert has warned that although the British government is right to proceed with new nuclear plants they risk becoming a “financial drain” unless they can be built on time and on budget.

Palm Oil Production Poses Problems for the Climate
 – Climate Central
Last August, from the window of a jet high over Sumatra, I counted nearly a dozen plumes of smoke rising from the vast jungles and plantations below. Some more than a half-mile wide, they looked like pillars holding up the sky. That week the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency detected 143 new wildfires in Riau Province, the area beneath my flight. All of the fires were almost certainly related to deforestation for timber operations and agriculture — predominantly oil palm

Siemens to boost output from Hull offshore wind factory
Siemens has revised its plans for a 310m sterling wind turbine manufacturing plant in Hull, in a move that it claims will boost output of blades by around 20 per cent.


Clean tech

 US ‘banks profit’ from clean tech loans criticised by Republicans
The US is set to earn more than $5bn (3.2bn sterling) from a clean technology loan programme that was lambasted by Republicans after it funded failed solar manufacturer Solyndra.


India’s National Green Tribunal Challenges Government and Industry To Follow the Law
Circle of Blue
India’s National Green Tribunal, a judicial body with legal authority that ranks just below India’s Supreme Court, is quickly emerging as one of the world’s most important forums for testing the idea that economic advancement is tightly wired
to public safety, and to the security of water, air, and land.

Water Supply and New Development Path Are Priorities in U.S.-China Climate Agreement
Circle of Blue
There are nearly 1.3 billion people in this swarming democracy, where more than 66 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the general election last May. A few of them took me aside this week to express surprise at the puzzle that is the
American electorate and its national leadership.

U.S. Farm Irrigation Becomes More Efficient, Moves East
Circle of Blue
U.S. farmers irrigated roughly the same amount of land as they did five years ago, but they are using less water to grow the bounty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains that fill the nation’s produce aisles, livestock stomachs, and, in part, gas
tanks, according to federal farm data released Thursday.



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