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Daily News Roundup – 3.15.12

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. Client relationships are disclosed where applicable.

RENEWABLES

China’s wind energy capacity reached record levels in 2011 (via Yale e360)

DOE’s clean energy loan guarantees will cost taxpayers 46% less than expected (via Autoblog Green)

UK renewable energy push may prevent electricity crisis (via Bloomberg)

US solar and wind industries expand (via USA Today)

And the top 10 solar module makers of 2011 are… (via Earth2Tech)

SolarCity, US Bancorp launch fund for military solar installations (via Silicon Valley Business Journal)

Canadian hydro producers eye growing US market (via Midwest Energy News)

OIL/GASOLINE 

IEA warns on global oil supply (via Wall Street Journal)

Interior official defends oil program amid federal lands production dip (via The Hill)

Oil extraction method widely used in California with little oversight (via Los Angles Times)

Five states accounted for 56% of total US crude oil production in 2011 (via US EIA)

ENVIRONMENT/EMISSIONS/CLIMATE

Remarkable week-long March heat wave hitting US (via Weather Underground)

Poland vetoes EU carbon emissions plan, frustrates other countries (via Huffington Post/Associated Press)

OECD predicts ‘grim’ outlook for global environment by 2050 (via Bloomberg)

Global warming skepticism climbs during tough economic times (via EurekAlert)

Dakotas experiencing record heat, high fire danger (via Sioux City Journal)

Weighing the risk of sea-level rise (via New York Times)

Enviros pushing lawmakers to get NJ back into RGGI (via EnviroPolitics Blog)

RARE EARTHS

Rare-earth complaint may backfire for US (via Bloomberg)

Wyoming Geological Survey prepares to seek more rare earths in state (via The Republic)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING

Gov. Perdue says fracking can be safely done in NC (via News-Record/Associated Press)

Brittle pipes one of biggest natural gas hazards (via San Francisco Chronicle)

Gov. Kasich’s rewrite of Ohio energy policy starts with natural gas and oil (via Cleveland Plain Dealer)

How many jobs will shale boom create? Depends on whom you ask (via EnergyWire)

TRANSPORTATION

US vehicle fuel economy hits new record high in February (via Autoblog Green)

EU won’t back down on aviation carbon trading (via Bloomberg)

Detroit ready for a fuel-efficient future (via CNN Money)

Boeing installs workplace electric vehicle charging in four states (via Green Car Congress)

KEYSTONE XL/TAR SANDS

George W. Bush says Keystone XL Pipeline a ‘no-brainer’ (via Bloomberg)

ENERGY USE

World energy consumption since 1820 in charts (via The Oil Drum)

Do people have a right to be inefficient? (via Greenbang)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Why cities are leading the way in green efforts (via GreenBiz)

Only 26 percent of sustainability consultants work full time on green issues (via Environmental Leader)

CLEAN TECH

SF Bay Area clean energy roadmap would slash emissions, push zero net energy buildings (via Forbes)

Cost analysis tool helps cities switch to LED lighting (via CleanTechnica)

OPINION

Boosting the economy through natural gas exports (via Washington Post)

In fighting EPA, coal-fired utilities are blowing smoke (via Forbes)

Time for some action on PEVs (via C2ES)

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