Thomas Molloy at the Independent reports that the economic policies of Ireland, Spain, Greece, and Portugal represent a threat to the Eurozone as a whole and the entire Euro project.
"'These macro-economically erroneous trends' are 'a source of danger for other member countries and the currency region as a whole,' the Bundesbank wrote in its monthly bulletin. Deficit countries damage the eurozone's stability and 'it is urgently necessary to correct maldevelopments and avoid a repetition in the future'."2. EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO BAN COAL SUBSIDIES BY 2014
James Kanter at Green reports that the European Commission has tentatively banned subsidies for coal mining starting 2014.
3. PEW SAYS THE DEVELOPED WORLD UNHAPPY WITH CHINA'S RISE
Free Exchange notes that concerns about China's economic might are high in the developed world. Much of the developing world ain't so keen on its rising military prowess either.
4. CHINA NOW THE WORLD'S LARGEST ENERGY USER
Grant Smith at Bloomberg reports that according to the IEA China is now the largest user of energy consuming 2,252 million metric tons of oil equivalent in 2009 versus the 2,170 million tons used by the US. Somewhat oddly, Shai Oster at China Real Time reports that the Chinese leadership has rushed to deny that it is now the largest energy user, saying that by their calculations the US remains top dog in that department.
5. JAPAN AND CHINA TO NEGOTIATE HOW TO DEVELOP UP EAST CHINA SEA GAS
Takeo Kumagai at Platts reports that Japan and China are seeking to schedule negotiations on how best to jointly develop the East China Sea gas fields which have been the source of some friction between the two governments.
6. US AND SOUTH KOREA TO CONDUCT NAVAL DRILLS NEXT WEEK
After a delay which caused some to speculate that the US was worried about upsetting China, Elisabeth Bumiller and Edward Wong at the New York Times report that the US and South Korea have agreed to hold naval exercises in the Sea of Japan and Yellow Sea next week. The exercises are in part a response to the sinking of a South Korean ship by a North Korean submarine four months ago. Beijing has strongly objected to the US holding naval drills in the Yellow Sea.
7. JAPAN TO CONSIDER ENERGY HUB AMBITIONS
Takeo Kumagai at Platts reports that Japan is considering using its spare storage capacity to act as an energy hub in the region. Japanese oil consumption is on a downward trend leaving considerable spare capacity. Some are considering using that spare capacity to export out into regional markets extra petroleum products, becoming the third trading hub in the region after Singapore and South Korea.
8. RUSSIA SENDS MISSION TO CLARIFY BORDER ON ARCTIC SHELF
Elena Kovachich at the Voice of Russia reports that
"The flagship of Russia’s polar fleet “Academician Fyodorov” has left for the Arctic on an expedition to clarify the outer border of the country’s continental shelf."9. NABUCCO COMPLETES PUBLIC HEARINGS IN TURKEY
Alex Froley at Platts reports that the Nabucco pipeline project has completed the first round of public hearings in Turkey.
"Erdal Tuzunoglu, managing director for Nabucco Turkey, said: 'The completion of the public hearings is an important step towards the realization of the Nabucco project. The communities are very interested in the project and we feel that their concerns were addressed and discussed.'"
10. JUNE UNEMPLOYMENT BY STATE SHOWS IMPROVEMENT
Phil Izzo at Real Time Economics reports that the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that most states--37--saw unemployment fall in June, while five saw an increase and in six there was no change. 27 saw a decrease in payroll employment while 21 saw an increase. Click on the link for neat interactive map and chart.
11. THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF NATIONAL OCEAN COUNCIL
John M. Broder at Green reports that the White House yesterday announced the creation of a National Ocean Council. The new body will not have the power to create new regulations, but will attempt to coordinate the policy of overlapping institutions regulating ocean policy. Worth reading in full.