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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 1.8.13

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 

Feds propose minimum sound standards for hybrid, electric vehicles (via Detroit Free-Press)

Gas mileage keeps rising: record 23.8MPG average in 2012 (via Green Car Reports)

Five electric cars facing demise in 2013 (via Plugin Cars)

Electric train batteries lasting much longer thanks to research (via CleanTechnica)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

Tar sands industry in Canada tied to higher carcinogens in lakes (via New York Times)

US Coast Guard concerned about oil tanker traffic from British Columbia (via Globe and Mail)

Skilled US tradespeople heading north to Alberta oil sands (via Houston Chronicle)

Keystone XL activists arrested outside TransCanada Houston office (via Houston Chronicle)

RENEWABLES 

Hobbled on energy, India ponders a multitude of dams (via New York Times)

France doubles 2013 solar target to 1GW new capacity (via Recharge)

Solar electricity now less than half the cost of grid power for Australian households (via CleanTechnica)

Startup launches online platform to let individuals invest in solar projects (via Forbes)

Renewable portfolio standards key to US clean energy growth (via Sustainable Business)

Distribution models question solar without subsidies (via AOL Energy)

Great Plains wind farms limited by grid links (via Reuters)

CLIMATE 

“Horrible” sea level rise of more than 3 feet plausible by 2100 (via NBC News)

Why bark beetles are chewing through US forests (via Climate Central)

ENERGY INDUSTRY 

Sealing deals: energy M&A activity set a record in 2012 (via Houston Chronicle)

Regulatory revival nearing for US energy industry (via Houston Chronicle)

Should your utility prepare for a surge of low-priced solar power? (via Renew Grid)

Georgia Power seeks approval to retire oil and coal generating units at four plants (via Bloomberg/PR Newswire)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Average wholesale natural gas prices fell 31% in 2012 (via US EIA)

Fracking with natural gas to trim fuel costs 40% (via Houston Chronicle)

Promised Land fares poorly at theaters (via The Hill)

ENVIRONMENT 

US drought lingers, winter wheat crop lingers (via Mother Jones)

Army Corps could charge for Missouri River water (via Environmental Leader)

NUCLEAR 

South Korea to expand nuclear energy despite growing safety fears (via Reuters)

In Japan, nuclear cleanup a painfully slow sweep (via New York Times)

GRID 

Thermal energy storage market to reach $3.6 billion worldwide by 2020 (via Pike Research)

OIL 

Shell leads South Africa on record oil rush (via Bloomberg)

OPINION 

Talk of a carbon tax in the Pacific Northwest? (via Oregon Public Radio)

Natural gas: it’s a hedge, not a bridge (via Grist)

Energy and climate activists intrigued by Chuck Hagel at Defense (via Christian Science Monitor)

Solar Mosaic: kind of a big deal for clean energy (via Grist)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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