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JLN Environmental/Energy: GOP to renew attack on climate regulations this week; UK helps China map out low-carbon future; EU Backs German Plan for China Talks on Solar Spat, Merkel Says

In this edition, help and criticism for China, respectively, in Business Green’s “UK helps China map out low-carbon future” and Bloomberg’s “EU Backs German Plan for China Talks on Solar Spat, Merkel Says.” And on India, Bloomberg reports “Blackouts Spur $18 Billion Power Grid Upgrade: Corporate India.”

Quote of the Day:

“For members of Congress seeking reelection, LNG exports may be an issue with two wrong sides.”

–ClearView Energy Partners, quoted in Reuters’ “Energy Dept delays release of LNG export report”

Lead Stories

GOP to renew attack on climate regulations this week
Business Green
Republican politicians are this week expected to step up their attacks on what they see as President Obama’s “war” on coal as the House of Representatives prepares to vote on a series of bills.

UK helps China map out low-carbon future
Business Green
A UK government delegation will this week travel to China to help the country and others replicate an online tool praised for furthering the debate on climate change and energy policy.

EU Backs German Plan for China Talks on Solar Spat, Merkel Says
The European Union, the 27-nation bloc locked in a trade dispute with China over solar-panel sales, backed a call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks to resolve the impasse.

EU Commission to cap food-based biofuels in major shift
The European Commission announced a major shift in biofuel policy on Monday, saying it plans to limit crop-based biofuels to 5 percent of transport fuel, after campaigners said existing rules take food out of people’s mouths.

U.S. airline industry urges Obama to block EU carbon scheme
The U.S. aviation industry urged President Barack Obama on Monday to file a U.N. action to stop the EU from forcing foreign aircraft to pay for their carbon emissions ahead of a U.N. meeting that will try to make progress on a multilateral solution to the ongoing aviation row.

Droughts latest wrinkle in climate debate
Climate change is here. Even those who differ over its cause agree that it’s happening. In the United States alone, 28,570 high-heat records have been set so far this year, more than ever before, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported this month.

Farm bill a climate disaster in the making
Los Angeles Daily News
FARMERS went to Washington last week. Members of a coalition representing more than 80 agricultural organizations rallied on Capitol Hill to demand passage of a new farm bill that has been stalled in Congress.

Fossil Fuel Industry Ads Dominate TV Campaign
The New York Times
When Barack Obama first ran for president, being green was so popular that oil companies like Chevron were boasting about their commitment to renewable energy, and his Republican opponent, John McCain, supported action on global warming.

Semi-Annual Changes to the NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index
Press Release
The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (NDAQ) and Clean Edge, Inc. announced today the results of the semi-annual evaluation of the NASDAQ(R) Clean Edge(R) Green Energy Index (Nasdaq:CELS), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, September 24, 2012.


GreenGov Symposium
ACCO & White House Council on Environmental Quality
September 24-25, 2012

Carbon Forum North America
October 1-2, 2012
Washington, DC

Sustainability Summit – Innovation Challenge
October 9, 2012
New York

EMA  2012 Fall Meeting
**Keynote speaker is Richard Sandor
October 24 – October 26, 2012
Santa Monica, CA


Simon Terry: Govt needs to sort out our Kyoto carbon costs
The New Zealand Herald
The bigger issue is how to deal with the carbon costs ahead. The ETS is not bringing in enough income to pay the nation’s carbon bills. Five years since its start, the scheme is a tax that has not even paid for itself.

Carbon tax allegations fly between NDP and Conservatives
CBC News
The NDP and Conservatives let fly duelling fact-check memos Monday as they clashed over what makes a carbon tax, who wants to change the Senate and which party is telling the truth.

Up to 25% of Europe’s CO2 could be stored under the North Sea
STV tv
Up to a quarter of Europe’s carbon dioxide emissions could be stored under the North Sea, according to a new report. The central North Sea boasts “geologically near-perfect” sites where the emissions could be stored, a report by Scottish Enterprise states.

Natural Gas/Coal

Slow-coming fracking decision very Cuomo-esque
As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo weighs whether to allow fracking in the Empire State, environmentalists are working to make the case that the decision could affect his potential White House hopes in 2016.

Europe’s coal power plants gain from rising euro
European utilities burning coal for power generation will gain profitibilty thanks to a euro gaining against the dollar since a court rule allowed the European Central Bank to buy up bonds of troubled euro zone members.

Energy Dept delays release of LNG export report
The Obama administration on Monday once again delayed release of a report on expanding liquefied natural gas exports, likely pushing beyond the election a decision on the potentially contentious issue of sending U.S. gas abroad.

Brazil HRT to sign Amazon gas sale contract by end 2013: CEO
Brazilian oil company HRT Participações em Petroleo SA (HRTP3.SA) will complete plans on how to sell natural gas from a large and remote Amazon discovery by the end of this year, Chief Executive Marcio Melo told reports on Monday.


Blackouts Spur $18 Billion Power Grid Upgrade: Corporate India
Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd., the nation’s largest electricity transmission company, may exceed a 1 trillion rupee ($18 billion) spending plan to upgrade its network and avoid a repeat of the world’s biggest blackout.

San Francisco officials to vote on public power
San Francisco officials on Tuesday are set to decide whether to fund an energy plan that will give city residents the option of getting 100 percent of their power from renewable sources.

LDK Solar in Talks With Strategic Investors, CEO Says in Call
LDK Solar Co. Chairman Xiaofeng Peng said he’s in discussions with “two or three” companies about investing in the Chinese solar-panel manufacturer.

Updated: Ed Davey set to launch onshore wind costs review
Business Green
Businesses will be invited to contribute to a new government reviews of onshore wind energy costs and potential new community benefit schemes that could lead to further cuts to the subsidies available for the renewable energy technology.


Shedding Light on Subsidies
The Wall Street Journal
The spread of renewable-energy production in recent years owes a lot to public subsidies. With equipment and installation costs still high, federal and state subsidies can be the deciding factor in whether a consumer or a business invests in renewable energy.

Despite job fears, wind tax credit extension stalls in Congress
Des Moines Register
There is little hope Congress will act quickly to extend a federal energy tax credit for building wind turbines, despite the likelihood that letting the program expire could lead to the loss of thousands of jobs.


Government plans data center for clean energy research
Come the summer of 2013, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will use one of the world’s most energy efficient data centers to handle complex renewable energy and energy efficiency research.


Building a Green Consumer
The Wall Street Journal
When it comes to saving energy, people aren’t irrational. They just seem that way sometimes.

August 330th Month Above 20th-Century Average Temperature
August 2012 was the fourth-warmest August globally since 1880 and the 330th consecutive month in which temperatures worldwide were above the 20th-century average, the U.S. National Climatic Data Center said.


CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report (Posted Sept. 11, 2012)
Carbon Disclosure Project

Beyond the bluster: Why wind power is an effective technology (Posted Aug. 30, 2012)

Carbon Tax Revenue and the Budget Deficit: A Win-Win Solution? (Posted Aug. 27, 2012)

The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability (Posted Aug. 21, 2012)


European Power & Renewables Deals: Quarterly M&A outlook (Posted August 15, 2012)

Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future (Posted August 6, 2012)

Benchmarking Air Emissions Of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States (Posted July 31, 2012)

Per capita CO2 emissions in China reached European level (July 18, 2012)

The Interim Regulation of Voluntary Greenhouse Gases Emission Trading in China (Posted July 10, 2012)
The Climate Group

Measure for Management: C40 Cities (July 9, 2012)
Carbon Disclosure Project

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Koning Beals is a contributing editor to JLN Environmental/Energy.