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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.7.13

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. 

CLIMATE 

Catastrophic fires, record heat engulf five of six Australian states (via Inhabitat)

An antidote for climate contrarianism (via New York Times)

2012 saw 362 all-time record high temperatures in US, but zero all-time record lows (via Climate Progress)

Climate change storm panel recommends major changes in New York (via New York Times)

KEYSTONE XL 

The year ahead in Keystone XL: climate worry introduces big unknown (via InsideClimate News)

Nebraska environment report favors revised Keystone XL pipeline plan (via Reuters)

Nebraska governor receives state evaluation of Keystone XL pipeline (via Huffington Post/AP)

RENEWABLES 

Global clean tech investments slip 33% in 2012 (via Sustainable Business)

Emerging economies to triple renewable energy output (via Houston Chronicle)

German solar power installations at record high in 2012 (via Reuters)

Nicaragua sets goal of 94% renewable electricity by 2017 (via CleanTechnica)

PTC renewal won’t spark big US wind surge in 2013 (via Recharge)

Report says local solar could power 10% of country in 10 years (via Renewable Energy World)

Largest single-build wind farm in US history goes online (via Renew Grid)

Deep sea bacteria could provide breakthroughs for solar panels (via GigaOm)

Post-IPO, SolarCity plans to ratchet up solar roofs to 250MW in 2013 (via GigaOm)

New wind energy records set on ERCOT and SPP grids (via CleanTechnica)

TRANSPORTATION 

Indian government plans subsidy to boost electric, hybrid vehicle sales (via Mint)

GM claims it’s first to sell one million 30+ mpg vehicles (via Autoblog)

Grid problems curb India’s electric-vehicle appetite (via New York Times)

US electric car market mostly based on West Coast (via Plugin Cars)

One-third of all US hybrids live in just 15 city areas (via Green Car Reports)

Colorado considering plug-in-friendly rules for HOAs, parking lots (via Autoblog Green)

OIL 

Oil industry tax deductions may face fiscal cliff woes soon, analyst warns (via Houston Chronicle)

Rig grounding could put Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on ice (via Houston Chronicle)

Grounded Shell Arctic oil drilling ship refloated (via Houston Chronicle)

Exxon to spend $14 billion on large oil field offshore of Canada (via Bloomberg)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

ACEEE forecast: more energy-efficiency spending, legislation in 2013 (via Energy Manager Today)

The Green Button initiative one year later: got energy data? (via National Geographic)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Climate consequences of natural gas as a bridge fuel (via Council on Foreign Relations)

Exports of American natural gas may fall short of high hopes (via New York Times)

Fracking far from imminent in New York State, but debate roils a region (via New York Times)

COAL 

Coal electricity surges up to 50% in Europe (via Facts of the Day)

US coal plants drag heels on emissions cuts (via Environmental Leader)

Senators issue bipartisan call for coal export royalties probe (via The Hill)

POLITICS 

Outgoing Wash. Gov. Gregoire emerges as top contender for EPA (via Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Could Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel turn out to be a climate hawk? (via Grist)

OPINION 

What’s ahead in 2013 for energy, environment policy? (via National Journal)

Obama vs. physics: why climate change won’t wait for the president (via Grist)

Obama’s sly attack on climate change (via Forbes)

How a smart investing strategy could avert climate change (via GreenBiz)

OTHER NEWS 

An additional listing of clean energy and climate news is posted at Climate Progress

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