In this edition, some pre-debate coverage in Poll finds voters favor Obama energy policies over Romney platform covered by The Hill and Bloomberg’s A123 Bankruptcy Gives Romney New Example of Green ‘Loser’. More coverage of global carbon supply and pricing in The Sydney Morning Herald’s UN emissions credits sink to record low as demand wilts.
Quote of the Day:
“Support for increased production of domestic energy supplies remains strong, and we’re also seeing a lot of interest in the promotion of alternative forms of energy and energy-saving technologies that crosses party lines,”
–Sheril Kirshenbaum, director of the University of Texas poll, in The Hill’s “Poll finds voters favor Obama energy policies over Romney platform”
WSJ: Second Presidential Debate
Keith Johnson blogging for Wall Street Journal
. . . And again, energy. This is a flashback to 2008 after all. Mr. Obama hit all his usual points, but this time with a very rare emphasis on coal production and coal employment—key for some swing states. He says that Mr. Romney has the oil and gas part of the energy equation, but “not the clean energy part.” Clean energy is the key to future competitiveness, he said.
Again on energy: This is a flashback to 2008 after all. Mr. Obama hit all his usual points, but this time with a rare emphasis on coal production and coal employment—chum for swing states.
He says that Mr. Romney has the oil and gas part of the energy equation, but “not the clean energy part.” Clean energy is the key to future competitiveness, he said.
Mr. Romney countered with his own all-of-the-above approach, and stressed that the president has not supported traditional energy sources. He made a direct plea to support the coal industry, and touted his idea for energy independence as the key to a manufacturing revival. He even took a swipe at the nixed Keystone pipeline, a flashpoint subject.
**RKB – Taste of debate’s energy discussion, early in the debate, which largely focused on coal, energy jobs, and new oil and gas development.
Poll finds voters favor Obama energy policies over Romney platform
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Voters favor President Obama’s energy platform over the policies of GOP challenger Mitt Romney, according to a poll released Tuesday.
A123 Bankruptcy Gives Romney New Example of Green ‘Loser’
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called the bankruptcy filing by battery maker A123 Systems Inc. (AONE), which received a $249.1 million U.S. grant, an example of President Barack Obama’s failed green-energy policy.
California Asks Court to Reinstate Carbon Fuel Standard
California’s low-carbon fuel standard, which complements the state’s first-in-the-nation economy-wide cap and trade program, appears to favor in-state fuel producers over Midwest ethanol makers, two U.S. appeals court judges said.
UN emissions credits sink to record low as demand wilts
The Sydney Morning Herald
United Nations Certified Emission Reductions dropped to their lowest ever as German power for 2013 fell to a record amid Europe’s continued debt crisis.
Australian Carbon Trading Scheme Commences: All Emissions Are Not Local
Triple Pundit blog
Australian carbon trading took another step forward last month when the first carbon credits under the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme were issued. The national carbon trading program has been in the works for six years, politically supported by a Labor-Green coalition government; the first three to five years of the program will see a government-fixed price for carbon, to transition to a market-derived price later.
Seoul doubles ’13 emissions reduction target ahead of cap-and-trade system
The China Post
South Korea on Monday doubled its target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions next year, as it moves towards the introduction of a nationwide cap-and-trade system in 2015.
Sea Change Awaits Asia’s Gas Market
The Wall Street Journal
Asia’s natural-gas market is heading for an overhaul that threatens to upset long-established pricing systems and could reduce prices in the region. Demand is rising, but more and more producers are entering the market.
Cleartrade Exchange to list bunker fuel swap contracts
Cleartrade Exchange (CLTX) has today announced the listing of three Fuel Oil single Swap contracts, which allow bunker traders and users to execute swaps of as little as one metric tonne of fuel oil via the CLTX OTC commodity and freight derivatives platform.
Corn Belt Shifting North With Climate Change
Joe Waldman is saying goodbye to corn after yet another hot, dry summer convinced him that rainfall won’t be there when he needs it anymore.
EMA Regional Thought Leader Roundtable: Northeast REC Markets
October 17, 2012
EMA 2012 Fall Meeting
**Keynote speaker is Richard Sandor
October 24 – October 26, 2012
Santa Monica, CA
Carbon credits out of Africa
A DUBBO, NSW, road haulage company has become the world’s first to become carbon-neutral – but it had to go to Africa to get its first lot of carbon credits.
FuelCell Gets U.S. Funds to Advance Carbon-Capture Project
FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCEL), the Danbury, Connecticut-based maker of fuel-cell power plants, qualified for $800,000 in U.S. government funding to develop systems that capture carbon-dioxide emissions at coal-fired generators.
California Sued by Conservation Groups Over Fracking Risk
California was sued by the Sierra Club and other groups seeking to block approval of new oil and gas wells because regulators have allegedly failed to consider or evaluate the risks of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
DOE delays decision on natural-gas export license
The Hill’s E2 Wire
The Obama administration punted a decision on whether to prevent a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export license, saying it needs more time to review a complaint that an environmental assessment for the plan did not go far enough.
U.S. Plunge in Gas Drilling Means $1 Billion Lost Profit
The U.S. shale boom is turning into a bust for companies that provide drilling services as the number of rigs seeking natural gas has fallen faster than any time in the last 24 years.
China’s State Giants Can’t Ignore Markets
The Wall Street Journal
State-owned Sinopec‘s 0386.HK -0.89% long battle to acquire gas distributor China Gas 0384.HK -4.19% has come to an end with a compromise that appears to offer everyone some upside.
Eagle Ford emerges as a top play
Statoil FuelFix blog
The Eagle Ford Shale started as a natural gas play around mid-2010, and if it has stayed that way, there wouldn’t be so much talk about it.
U.K. Could Save $17 Billion a Year by Cutting Power Demand
The U.K. could wipe 10.9 billion pounds ($17 billion) off its annual energy bill by 2030 with the introduction of incentives designed to cut electricity demand during the switch to a low-carbon market, a study showed today.
Iraq plans to invest up to $1.6 bln in solar and wind energy
Iraq plans to spend up to $1.6 billion on solar and wind power stations over the next three years to add 400 megawatts to the national grid to help curb daily blackouts, an official from the ministry of electricity said on Monday.
Carbon Markets and Carbon Policy in China (Posted Oct. 15, 2012)
The Climate Institute/Climate Bridge
The Carbon Emissions of Server Computing for small- to medium-sized organizations (Posted Oct. 15, 2012)
The Hidden Costs of Electricity: Comparing the Hidden Costs of Power Generation Fuels (Posted Sept. 19, 2012)
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)
EPA REGULATIONS AND ELECTRICITY (Posted Aug. 16, 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