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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 10.26.12

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. 

OFFSHORE DRILLING 

Obama Administration offering more than 20M acres offshore Texas for oil, natural gas exploration and development (via Green Car Congress)

Federal regulators issue most deepwater drilling permits in Gulf of Mexico since 2007 (via Climate Progress)

Feds offer details on Western Gulf lease sale (via Houston Chronicle)

EMISSIONS 

Antarctic ozone hole second smallest in 20 years (via NOAA)

An inside look at California’s cap-and-trade system (via GreenBiz)

RENEWABLES 

Japan takes leap into offshore wind power (via Japan Times)

Wind’s VC money up to $57 million, M&A down to $53 million (via Greentech Media)

State legislators across US beat back efforts to weaken renewable requirements (via BNA Climate)

Harried US cleantech sector seeks turning point in SolarCity IPO (via Reuters)

How much do US tax benefits cost per kWh of solar production? (via Renewable Energy World)

CPUC approves two BrightSource Energy contracts with SCE (via Renewables Biz)

BrightSource raises $80 million for solar farms (via GigaOm)

NUCLEAR 

China lifts nuclear power ban in attempt to accelerate emissions reduction (via BusinessGreen)

Regulatory chief: edge on nuclear power shifting to US (via The Hill)

CLIMATE 

Geoengineering could be essential to reducing risk of climate change (via MIT Technology Review)

What security experts can teach climate geeks about assessing risk (via Grist)

GRID 

Energy storage market poised for growth over next decade (via Renew Grid)

Majority of Americans still don’t know what the smart grid is (via Renew Grid)

Stanford’s new grid-scale battery can last for 1,000 charge cycles without degrading (via Inhabitat)

NYISO, DOE, PSC highlight New York smart grid initiative (via Renew Grid)

IBM launches Smarter Energy Research Institute (via Renew Grid)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Walmart commits to scale sustainability of global supply chain (via GreenBiz)

OIL 

World oil production grows as OPEC, US pump more (via Reuters)

TRANSPORTATION 

Which US metros have the greenest commuting habits? (via Sustainable Cities Collective)

Audi ditches plans to sell electric supercar (via Wired)

Report: DC area should do more to support electric vehicles (via Washington Post)

GREEN BUILDING 

Paisano green community is first net-zero senior housing project in US (via Inhabitat)

OPINION 

Brace for impact – heavy weather ahead (and changing climate is part of the reason it’s happening) (via CLF Scoop)

Is US climate policy better off without cap-and-trade? (via Washington Post)

The end of big energy? (via AOL Energy)

Five things to know about “War on Coal” messaging this election season (via Climate Progress)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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