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August 7, 2015

Obama spurns natural gas in climate rule

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-08-07 06:40:48

President Obama’s love affair with natural gas is over. The president once touted gas as an essential clean bridge fuel to wean the United States off dirtier fossil fuels and onto renewable energy, and it was seen as a key to his landmark climate change rule for power plants. But when Obama unveiled the finalized rule this week, he barely spoke about natural gas. Instead, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boasted that the new regulation will accommodate a large transition from coal power directly to renewables like wind and solar, skipping over natural gas altogether.
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Hot enough for you? This is just the beginning

Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-07 06:41:32

Millions of people around the world are experiencing a scorching summer, as records are broken and thermostats climb this week in parts of Europe. Temperatures in Paris and Brussels exceeded 90 degrees Fahrenheit at a time of year when 70-degree weather is the norm, according to In Bandar-e Mahshahr, Iran, temperatures climbed to 115 F last week. The temperature, together with high humidity, felt like 163 F to hapless people directly exposed to the weather, according to Accuweather. [ read more … ]

Obama, U.N. chief push for aggressive global emissions cuts

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-07 06:41:06

The United States can “change the world” by tackling climate change, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday emerging from a White House meeting with President Obama. Calling the Clean Power Plan, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, “visionary and important leadership,” Ban predicted that the U.S. effort will encourage other countries to take bold steps as leaders prepare to sign a global climate change agreement in Paris in December. [ read more … ]

Home and grid batteries sell out as Tesla gears up to launch new car

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-07 06:41:59

For Tesla Motors Inc., stationary energy storage is shaping up to be a big part of its business. The company introduced a home battery storage system, Powerwall, and a larger, utility-scale storage unit called Powerpack, in April. “The demand has been really crazy. It’s well over a billion dollars” of reservations, said Tesla CEO Elon Musk yesterday during a quarterly earnings call. “We’re basically sold out of what we can make in 2016 at this point.”
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Methane Leaks May Greatly Exceed Estimates, Report Says

By JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-08-07 06:42:21

A device commonly used to measure the methane that leaks from industrial sources may greatly underestimate those emissions, said an inventor of the technology that the device relies on. The claim, published Tuesday in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, suggests that the amount of escaped methane, a potent greenhouse gas, could be far greater than accepted estimates from scientists, industry and regulators. [ read more … ]

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