Friday, June 14, 2013
by Regina Cline
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will testify June 18 before the House
Science, Space, and Technology Committee on DOE's science and
As detailed in a May 21 Energy and Climate
Report article, Moniz, who formerly headed the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology's energy program, said his agenda, among other things,
will include promoting “American leadership” in science and clean energy
House Subcommittee to Hold Panel
On June 18, the House Energy and Commerce Energy and
Power Subcommittee will hold two panel discussions on "U.S. Energy Abundance:
Regulatory, Market, and Legal Barriers to Export."
The first panel will
include Christopher Smith, principal deputy assistant secretary and acting
assistant secretary for Fossil Energy at DOE; Jeff Wright, director of the
Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and
Jennifer Moyer, acting chief of Regulatory Programs at the U.S. Army Corps of
The second panel will include Bill Cooper, president of the
Center for Liquefied Natural Gas; Ross Eisenberg, vice president of Energy and
Resources Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers; Lucian
Pugliaresi, president of the Energy and Policy Research Foundation; Harold
Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association; Mike McGinn, Mayor
of Seattle; and KC Golden, policy director for Climate Solutions.
Senate Committee to Hold Hearing
The Senate Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing June 19 on
"Extreme Weather Events: The Costs of Not Being Prepared."
Shenzhen to Launch Trading Program
On June 18, the
south China city of Shenzhen is expected to launch a carbon emissions trading
platform. As detailed in a May 22 article, trading will likely be minimal at first while
regulations are developed for governing transactions.
The cities of
Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing, and the provinces of Guangdong and
Hubei also are to launch pilot trading systems.
Parliament Environment Committee to Hold Vote
Parliament's Environment Committee will vote June 19 on a proposal to boost the
price of emission allowances on the EU carbon market before passing the
dossier to the full European Parliament for a vote during its July 1-4
As detailed in a June 13 article, the proposal is intended to temporarily curb
oversupply of allowances in the world's biggest emission-trading program and
help prices rebound from record lows.
United Nations to
Address Ocean Acidification
The United Nations General Assembly
will consider the impacts of ocean acidification during its Informal
Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea June 17-20 in New
According to the United Nations, oceans have become 30 percent
more acidic since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and by 2050
ocean acidity could increase by 150 percent. Acidification, which is mainly
caused by absorption of carbon dioxide by the oceans, has been found to have
varying impacts on marine organisms and ecosystems.
EIA to Host
The U.S. Energy Information Administration will
hold its 2013 energy conference June 17-18 in Washington, D.C. The conference
will cover the global outlook on natural gas, renewable storage, grid
integration, world hydrocarbon resources, energy consumption and building
efficiency, and other related topics.
Keynote speakers include Moniz
and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, (R-Alaska).
National Academies to
On June 20, the National Academies will
release a report, Effects of U.S. Tax Policy on Greenhouse Gas
A May 23 article includes remarks by Senate Finance Committee
chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) who said carbon tax remains an option being
considered as part of comprehensive tax reform.
Also, legislation (S.
332) introduced in February by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Bernie
Sanders (I-Vt.) would require several thousand coal, oil, and gas producers to
pay an initial fee of $20 per ton of carbon dioxide content, which would be
increased by 5.6 percent each year, compounded over a 12-year-period.
FHWA to Hold Webinar
To help transportation agencies
assess the vulnerability of infrastructure to climate change and extreme
weather events, the Federal Highway Administration will hold a webinar June 20
on "Hurricane Sandy—Lessons Learned." The webinar will focus on
extreme weather preparations, emergency response, recovery, and planning for
Other Energy, Climate Events
On June 19, the Green Business Roundtable, International Society of
Sustainability Professionals, and Sustainable Enterprise Institute will host a
symposium in Washington, D.C., on "Endowment Management in an Era of Climate
Change." The symposium will address college and university endowments and the
risks associated with their investment in non-sustainable enterprises.
The Wilson Center will hold an event June 21 in Washington, D.C., on "Energy
Reform in Mexico: Implications for the United States." Mexico is expected to
present an energy reform initiative in August which is expected to include
measures that will "radically alter" the legal framework for oil production,
according to the center.
Bloomberg BNA Webinar
On June 19, Bloomberg BNA will host a webinar on "The Global Reporting Initiative G4: What Does
the Latest Version Mean for You?" G4 is GRI's fourth generation of
sustainability reporting guidelines.
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