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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.1.13

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 

Auto sales saved the economy in 2012 (via Washington Post)

OIL AND GAS 

AAA: gasoline prices hit record high in 2012 (via The Hill)

Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig runs aground near Alaskan island (via Houston Chronicle)

Coastal states could cash in on offshore energy (via Houston Chronicle)

Big Oil faces $700 million water pollution suit in New Hampshire (via Forbes)

CLIMATE 

Kyoto climate change treaty sputters to a sorry end (via Yahoo!/CBC)

Ocean light absorption speeding Arctic ice melt (via New York Times)

Forget the fiscal cliff – will climate cause the next recession? (via Triple Pundit)

Can Silicon Valley adapt to climate change? (via Scientific American)

RENEWABLES 

Emerging Senate fiscal cliff plan throws lifeline to wind projects (via The Hill)

How about 99.9% renewables? (via Greentech Media)

Renewable energy winning mind share if not market share (via Forbes)

Five green tech trends to watch in 2013 (via Forbes)

Modest steps could add up to big success for clean energy in 2013 (via Climate Progress)

Concentrating solar power: can energy storage save it? (via EarthTechling)

NUCLEAR 

Japan’s new leader endorses nuclear plants (via New York Times)

US gets boost in nuclear power as reactor comes back online (via PennEnergy)

POLITICS 

EPA faces legal battles, might take easy confirmation road (via Yahoo!/Reuters)

Jerry Brown readjusts his stand on the environment vs. business (via Los Angeles Times)

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