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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 10.10.12

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. 

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

GAO report: EPA struggling to keep pace with fracking boom (via The Hill)

Should we be worried about higher natural gas prices? (via Houston Chronicle)

EMISSIONS 

Japan’s new carbon tax to cost utilities $1 billion annually (via Reuters)

Study maps greenhouse gas emissions to building, street level for US cities (via Phys.org)

KEYSTONE XL 

Environmentalists may face reckoning over Keystone XL (via Politico)

RENEWABLES 

US set to make final decision on Chinese solar panel duties (via Reuters)

3Q green VC flatlines as solar struggles (via Greentech Media)

Solar venture funding falls to lowest level since 2008 (via Bloomberg)

Political storms threaten Europe’s offshore wind goals (via Reuters)

German renewable energy surcharge to rise to 5.3 cents per kilowatt hour (via Reuters)

China set for 4GW late-year PV installation splurge (via Recharge)

Australia’s largest solar farm opens amid renewable target debate (via Reuters)

US Treasury watchdog probes solar tax grant program (via Reuters)

US Navy plans 9MW wind farm at historic Rhode Island base (via Recharge)

US approves 3GW of wind power projects in Wyoming (via Bloomberg)

How wind’s success in Texas could pave the way for more solar (via StateImpact Texas)

Proposal would put Michigan out front in dash to renewable energy (via Detroit Free-Press)

CLIMATE 

September bookends the warmest 12 months on record (via Climate Central)

Study warns global warming could make washout UK summers the norm (via The Guardian)

Three-fourths of Americans now think climate change is influencing the weather (via Treehugger)

Climate change: the elephant in the dining room (via Grist)

COAL 

Oregon coal train debate: jobs vs. environment (via Register-Guard)

GRID 

In Europe as in Midwest, renewable revolutions depend on a better grid (via Midwest Energy News)

Is demand response finally taking off among homeowners? (via Renew Grid)

After tests, Peco to resume smart meter installations (via Philadelphia Inquirer)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Golf industry to green links with sustainability drive (via BusinessGreen)

Unilever reveals roadmap to cut fleet journeys by 200 million kilometers annually (via BusinessGreen)

TRANSPORTATION 

Improved fuel economy in new vehicles since October 2007 has saved about 6.1 billion gallons of fuel (via Green Car Congress)

Nissan LEAF sales projection out of touch with reality? (via PlugIn Cars)

ENVIRONMENT 

Food prices to rise after wet summer hits wheat harvests (via BusinessGreen)

US enduring the worst wildfire year on record, and it’s not over yet (via Minnesota Post)

Even after rains, Texas facing long-term water needs (via New York Times)

POLITICS 

Climate change emerges as sleeper issue in US Senate races (via The Hill)

OPINION 

Why the ‘get rid of all energy subsidies’ argument is a political distraction (via Climate Progress)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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