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Daily News Roundup – 3.19.12

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.

TRANSPORTATION

West Coast Electric Highway plugs in on Oregon’s Interstate 5 (via Autoblog Green)

AAA ads plug-in vehicle charging stations to TripTik map services (via Autoblog Green)

ENVIRONMENT/EMISSIONS/CLIMATE 

Study: cap and trade programs do not provide sufficient incentives for energy technology innovation (via Green Car Congress)

US warmth continues, but globally coolest land temperatures since 1994 (via Huffington Post)

South Korea set to try again on carbon trading (via Bloomberg)

Quebec minister talks cap and trade (via Huffington Post)

As climate changes, Louisiana seeks to lift a highway (via Washington Post)

Air play: could we capture carbon from the atmosphere? (via Grist)

Bee colony collapse disorder linked to corn insecticide (via The Good Human)

Connecticut policy makers wrestle with how to deal with sea level rise (via Connecticut Post)

Africa could produce more e-waste than Europe by 2017 (via Yale e360)

KEYSTONE XL/TAR SANDS

Pro-pipeline group presses EPA for Keystone XL documents (via The Hill)

Obama to visit Oklahoma Keystone XL destination (via Tulsa World)

Study: high volumes of Canadian oil sand crude in US refineries would increase CO2 emissions (via Green Car Congress)

RENEWABLES

Germany’s $263 billion renewables shift biggest since WWII (via Bloomberg)

Solar industry faces subsidy cuts in Europe (via Washington Post)

Grid parity for solar in North Carolina (via Greentech Media)

Natural gas boom deflates Lake Erie wind project (via Midwest Energy News/EnergyWire)

Wind rush: an AOL Energy white paper (via AOL Energy)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Only 13 percent of Americans say they’d likely install an energy dashboard (via Greentech Media)

GRID

SDG&E, SoCal Edison get smart meter opt-out orders (via Greentech Media)

GREEN BUSINESS 

West Coast clean economy data shows jobs could triple to 1.5 million (via Inside Climate News)

OIL

Oil output on federal lands, offshore up under Obama, data show (via Houston Chronicle)

ENERGY INDUSTRY

How to change the electricity market in 8 words or less (via GreenBiz)

Energy executives more optimistic about US independence (via StateImpact)

FERC warns power, natural gas traders on manipulation (via Reuters)

FRACKING/NATURAL GAS

Tighter fracking regulations favored by 65% of US in poll (via Bloomberg)

As natural gas production grows, questions arise about methane leaks (via McClatchy)

Natural gas a weak weapon against climate change, new study asserts (via National Geographic)

NUCLEAR

California nuclear plant hit by more failed tests (via Wall Street Journal)

POLITICS

Poll: voter gloom on Obama’s jobs, gas, debt policies (via the Hill)

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