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JLN Environmental/Energy: California, Quebec Carbon Deal Could Pave Way For Other Linkages; Global Emissions Plan for Airlines Gets First UN Approval; Debt ceiling isn’t place for climate fight, says House Republican

Anyone who has had the pleasure of a bare foot discovering a rogue Lego in a pitch-dark stumble to the bathroom knows the unintentional powers the tiny interlocking blocks. But who knew their utility included teaching the young and old how carbon emissions work? Grist.org, which may consider a label like “alarmist” a compliment, does well with info graphics and videos to accompany its blogs, articles, and news items. Once again, the Grist comes through with a short (we’re talking 1:50) helpful video breaking down the science (and therein, they argue, the policy) behind carbon emissions. Watch it here.

Also in this edition: Time Magazine’s online edition takes a deeper look at the recently released EIA data that bump up the U.S. past Russia and Saudi Arabia as top energy superpower. We’ve already covered the data in recent editions, but Time has the, ahem, time to dig a little deeper than the breaking news sites, so give the piece a look in our Leads section. Plus, California, Quebec Carbon Deal Could Pave Way For Other Linkages, writes Ecosystem Marketplace. And, European official: US, EU climate collaboration possible despite policy divide, reports The Hill’s E2 Wire.

Quote of the Day:

“We had hoped that this EU ETS would turn into a Transatlantic ETS, into an OECD ETS, and at some distant day into a global ETS. Well, it didn’t work out like that, and we all know for which reasons, but I think that is no reason now to put the head in the sand and say, well, currently there is nothing to be done on the Transatlantic level.”

–Christian Burgsmueller, who leads the Transport, Energy, Environment and Nuclear Affairs Section of the EU delegation, in The Hill’s “European official: US, EU climate collaboration possible despite policy divide”

Lead Stories

The U.S. Is an Energy Superpower
Time
A new item by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirms what we’ve been reporting for a while now: the U.S. is an energy superpower. The EIA predicts that in 2013, the U.S. will be the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia, as the graph below shows:
http://jlne.ws/1ghG9ED

California, Quebec Carbon Deal Could Pave Way For Other Linkages
Ecosystem Marketplace
California and Quebec have signed an agreement to link their cap-and-trade programs via the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), a decision that could pave the way for linkages to other trading programs, observers said.
http://jlne.ws/1fbhJgX

European official: US, EU climate collaboration possible despite policy divide
The Hill’s E2 Wire
A European Union official said Thursday that the sharp climate policy divide between the EU and the United States should not prevent collaboration on global warming.
http://jlne.ws/19u9uEN

Global Emissions Plan for Airlines Gets First UN Approval
Bloomberg
The United Nations’ aviation agency approved the first steps toward a market-based approach to reduce emissions in the $708 billion airline industry.
http://jlne.ws/1claEte

Norway urges EU to spell out its long-term energy goals
EurActiv.com
Business leaders from Norway’s energy sector urged Europeans to spell out their climate and energy goals, saying clearer policy objectives could provide a basis for the Scandinavian country to act as a stabiliser for the EU energy market.
http://jlne.ws/GD4DKB

Coalition faces clash over green energy plans
Financial Times
The coalition is heading for a fresh dispute over green energy after a call by Downing Street to water down climate commitments as part of efforts to keep power bills down.
http://jlne.ws/1e2UsuP

We need climate-change risk assessment
Washington Post Editorial — Michael Bloomberg, Hank Paulson, Tom Steyer
If the United States were run like a business, its board of directors would fire its financial advisers for failing to disclose the significant and material risks associated with unmitigated climate change.
http://jlne.ws/GGWZyG
**RKB — We covered news stories last week that included mention of this editorial; here’s the full editorial. Michael Bloomberg, an independent, is mayor of New York. Hank Paulson, a former chairman of Goldman Sachs and Treasury secretary in the George W. Bush administration, is chairman of the Paulson Institute, which promotes sustainable economic growth. Tom Steyer is the founder of Farallon Capital Management and co-founder of Next Generation.

Lessons from the World Mayor’s Summit on Climate Change
GreenBiz.com
As I arrived in France last week with a delegation of ICLEI-USA Mayors to participate in a global forum hosted by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayraul, I was blown away by the number of local officials from around the world who gathered to share their initiatives and collaborate on implementing scalable sustainable solutions.
http://jlne.ws/1bBp74N

Debt ceiling isn’t place for climate fight, says House Republican
Environment & Energy Daily/The Hill’s E2 Wire
A senior House Republican who opposes federal climate change regulations doesn’t want to fight that battle in negotiations over the debt ceiling.
http://jlne.ws/1adVbGs

A Changing Climate: Implications For Business
Ecosystem Marketplace
“Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system,” said Thomas Stocker of the IPCC, when releasing the first installment of the panel’s Fifth Assessment Report on Friday, 27 September in Stockholm.
http://jlne.ws/17aFoWI

Ex-FERC pick blames ‘fictional’ picture
The Hill’s E2 Wire
President Obama’s former choice to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said Koch-backed groups and The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board waged a successful campaign to mischaracterize his views and record.
http://jlne.ws/15QpoOP

Events

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, California
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

Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA
climateleadershipconference.org/

Carbon

What Greg Hunt didn’t say about the carbon price and emissions
ABC
There’s been a lot of hot air blowing around on Labor’s carbon policy, including that its pricing scheme has not managed to stem emissions in the 15 months it’s been operating.
http://jlne.ws/1hvmIGa

CO2 Emissions Budget Framing Is A Recipe For Delaying Concrete Action
The Energy Collective blog
The Washington establishment and the media have been mesmerized into inaction by a short-term budget crisis — funding the continued operation of the government. But it is the continued operation of a livable climate that should have their full attention.
http://jlne.ws/19ueEQW

Co-op, Tesco Cut CO2 Emissions Using Paragon’s Carbon Minimizer
Environmental Leader
The Co-operative and Tesco have cut their carbon emissions by using Paragon Software Systems’ carbon minimizer, which allows fleets to reduce both their carbon footprint and operating costs with improved routing.
http://jlne.ws/1bNP0Ll

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Shell biofuels take vehicles back to the future
Fuel Fix blog
When “Back to the Future” moviegoers in the 1980s saw a mad scientist refueling his car with discarded eggs, soda and other garbage, the idea may have seemed a little far-fetched.
http://jlne.ws/GGk4lC

Peter Voser says he regrets Shell’s huge bet on US shale
Financial Times
Peter Voser said the failure of Royal Dutch Shell’s huge bet on US shale was a big regret of his time as chief executive of the company.
http://jlne.ws/1a3PCt2

Petronas Moves Ahead With Canada LNG Project Hailed by Najib
Bloomberg
Petroliam Nasional Bhd., Malaysia’s state energy company, is pressing ahead with plans to build a liquefied natural gas plant in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
http://jlne.ws/1bBncxf

EU preparing to charge Gazprom in antitrust case
EurActiv.com
EU regulators are preparing to charge Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom with abusing its dominant position in central and eastern Europe, the EU’s antitrust chief said on Thursday, in a move that could lead to a fine of up to €11 billion.
http://jlne.ws/15USjvT

EU tar sands law would cost oil firms ‘less than a euro cent a litre’
EurActiv.com
A stalled internal EU report has found that draft proposals to apply a high-polluting tag to unconventional fuels such as tar sands would have an effect on oil prices too minimal to be felt at filling stations.
http://jlne.ws/19ubSeH

Power

AfDB approves Sh2.36bn guarantee for wind farm
The Star (Kenya)
The African Development Bank has approved a 20 million euro (Sh2.36 billion) partial risk guarantee against possible construction delays of a transmission line for the Lake Turkana Wind Power project.
http://jlne.ws/19u9rJ3

Mexican Sun Lures Cash to Solar as Panel Prices Plunge
Bloomberg
Mexico, poised to allow foreign oil extraction for the first time in 75 years, is finding its abundant natural resources also appeal to investors in a much cleaner energy: sunshine.
http://jlne.ws/17KRglX

Schmid Group to Build South America’s Biggest Solar-Panel Plant
Bloomberg
Schmid Group, a German engineering company with operations on four continents, plans to build South America’s biggest solar-panel factory for the Argentinian power utility Energia Provincial Sociedad del Estado.
http://jlne.ws/19sRqAM

Buy-Local Rules Make Vestas Wind-Market Loser in Brazil
Bloomberg
Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) and Suzlon Energy Ltd. (SUEL), the two biggest wind-turbine suppliers by sales, are losing market share in Brazil because they don’t use enough parts made in South America’s fastest-growing market.
http://jlne.ws/1ghKR5p

Poland Power Watchdog Urges Paying Utilities to Avoid Blackouts
Bloomberg
Poland needs measures to encourage power station operators to build new plants and prevent them from closing existing ones to avoid blackouts, according to the country’s energy market watchdog.
http://jlne.ws/17dWbHK

CBA sells its Hazelwood stake
Australian Financial Review/Climate Spectator
Commonwealth Australia Bank has sold its 8.16 per cent stake in Victoria’s coal-fired Hazelwood power station, The Australian Financial Review reports. Majority owner GDF Suez, a French-based multinational, is awaiting permission to take up the stake, the newspaper says, lodging its application to the Essential Services Commission on September 6.
http://jlne.ws/1b0Yzpm

Water

Malaysia Sovereign Wealth Fund Buys 4.95% Stake in Beijing Water
Bloomberg
The Malaysia state investment fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd acquired almost 5 percent of Beijing Enterprises Water Group Ltd. (371) for $152 million to expand in China, making it the company’s third-largest shareholder.
http://jlne.ws/196VZN6

Reports

Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 (Posted September 12, 2013)
CDP
http://jlne.ws/16mBo8p

The Future of China’s Power Sector (posted August 27, 2013)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
http://jlne.ws/14Bk1k2

Sub-national involvement in NAMA development (posted August 7, 2013)
Ecofys’ International Climate Policies Unit
http://jlne.ws/19LKChs

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

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