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JLN Environmental/Energy: January 12, 2012 Standard

Quote of the Day “[The draft] is a good start. Most topics are on the table: from efficient international co-operation to sustainable development goals, from a regular review of the state of the planet to an agency for the environment, from universal access to energy to social safety floors. What is missing now is one verb: to decide. Because to stress, urge, call, recognise, underscore, encourage, support or reaffirm is not enough. When heads of state meet, it should be to decide.” Brice Lalonde, the UN’s executive co-ordinator of the conference and former French environment minister, in The Guardian’s “Decisions…

JLN Environmental/Energy: January 11, 2012 Standard

Quote of the Day “I do not buy the notion that we have to make a choice between having clean air and clean water and growing this economy in a robust way. I think that is a false debate.” U.S. President Barack Obama in the New York Times’ “Obama Drops by the E.P.A.” Lead Stories EEX exchange bets on gas trading as growth driver Reuters The European Energy Exchange plans for further growth in its gas trading contracts in 2012 after expansion in 2011, its chief executive, Peter Reitz, told reporters in Frankfurt. http://jlne.ws/ykFJt2 Carbon trading grows 19 per cent…

JLN Environmental/Energy: January 10, 2012 Standard

Quote of the Day “If we want to help people in New England have not only homes and businesses that emit less pollutants into the air, and therefore we would have cleaner air and also have lower-cost energy, let’s build out this natural gas system so that we can take advantage of that new, enormous source of American economic strength.” U.S. Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney in BusinessGreen’s “Climate rows intensify as US election year kicks off” Lead Stories Final Free CO2 Permits May Prompt Power Closures, Barclays SaysBloombergThe final grant of free-of-charge European Union carbon allowances to power utilities…

JLN Environmental/Energy: January 9, 2012 Standard

Quote of the Day “This could be a crunch year. This could be the year when we see whether this is really ready to go mainstream or the public just aren’t interested. Ed Hellwig of Edmunds.com in The Guardian’s “All these electric cars – who’s going to buy them?”Lead Stories Carbon tax introduced in ChinaSky NewsNews that China will introduce a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse emissions is an important development, but there’s little sign other large carbon emitters will soon join it, and China’s low starting carbon price will still see Australia out of step with global action on…

JLN Environmental/Energy: January 6, 2012 Standard

Quote of the Day “Slowly but surely, like it or not, the world is moving forward on climate change, with business now able to seriously calculate the implications of a low- carbon economy. The meeting in Durban was its usual roller coaster ride, ending with a surprise commitment to continue the Kyoto Protocol, along with a raft of other climate change agreements. While the outcome has signaled a breakthrough for a political consensus on climate change, the outcome for business is only just becoming clear.” Yvo de Boer, former U.N. climate chief, in The Guardian’s “Ex-UN climate chief says business…

JLN Environmental/Energy: January 4, 2012 Standard

Quote of the Day “It works out to be a very good equation with the Chinese capital coming in, with the Canadian jobs created and the oil produced and shipped to the United States.”Wenran Jiang, a political science professor at the University of Alberta and a senior fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation in AP’s story “PetroChina to take full ownership of Canadian oil sands project for the first time.” Lead Stories Camco upbeat on longer-term outlook for carbon Company ReleaseClean Energy and carbon emissions specialist Camco International (LON:CAO) today forecast a favourable future for the carbon market despite recent…

JLN Environmental/Energy: January 3, 2012 Standard

Quote of the Day “It’s very difficult to imagine [lifting Europe out of recession] without growth, and very difficult to imagine growth without competitiveness, and very difficult to be competitive without resource efficiency.”Janez Potocnik, EU commissioner for the environment, the Guardian’s “EU warns wasting environmental resources could spark new recession”Lead Stories2011: A year of progress and crisis Business Green blogAs the myriad end of year round ups have observed, 2011 defied expectation and explanation. The news agenda often appeared to spin out of control, globally significant story crashing into globally significant story, creating an overarching narrative of uncontrollable mayhem. To…

John Lothian News Top Stories of 2011 Standard

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We’ve created a list of the five most influential stories of 2011 for each of our newsletters, as well as from MarketsReformWiki, to help define what was a very eventful year across almost every market and industry sector. The year was punctuated by one major story inside another. The bankruptcy of MF Global, which requires its own top five list, became tied to another top story, the European sovereign debt crisis sequel – Greece and Italy. Of course, the downgrade of U.S. debt in August and assorted European states raised the ire of politicians and regulators who called for more…

Special Report: A Global Economy Pushed To Its Limits Standard

A Global Economy Pushed To Its Limits By: Douglas Ashburn, Contributing Editor Back in 2005, as Alan Greenspan neared the end of his tenure as chairman of the Federal Reserve, he was faced with a situation where the actions of the Fed did not lead to the desired outcome. At the time, Greenspan was in the process of systematically […]