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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 11.12.12

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. 

TRANSPORTATION

EU freezes airline carbon emissions law (via The Guardian)

Price is major factor for electric vehicles, study says (via New York Times)

Hertz, Liberty Tire Recycling announce nationwide tire recycling program (via Autoblog Green)

California leads in green car sales, but there are surprises on the list (via Autoblog Green)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

Alberta oil sands expected to draw $364 billion in new investment (via Christian Science Monitor)

Domestic oil boom, climate change concern could derail Keystone XL permit (via InsideClimate News)

Canada looks to lure energy workers from the US (via Chicago Tribune)

RENEWABLES 

Renewables to rival coal for power generation in 2035 (via Houston Chronicle)

US solar panel duties could cost it China market – minister (via Reuters)

Nordic region to see renewable power surplus after 2020 (via Reuters)

China’s new leaders to keep faith in clean energy, analysts say (via Recharge)

Obama reelection: a future for wind power? (via Christian Science Monitor)

Federal report quantifies PV solar installation ‘soft costs’ (via Renewable Energy World)

California PUC approves utilities’ renewable energy plans (via Renew Grid)

Will Wisconsin election results tip scales against renewables? (via Midwest Energy News)

OIL 

Interior proposal would limit commercial oil shale development on federal lands (via The Hill)

EMISSIONS 

UK business giants back calls for power decarbonization target (via BusinessGreen)

White House says Obama is not planning a carbon tax proposal (via The Hill)

GOP Sen.-elect Flake disavows carbon tax plan (via The Hill)

Stakes high as California opens cap-and-trade market on Wednesday (via San Francisco Chronicle/Monterey County Herald)

ENERGY POLICY 

Germany set to export most energy ever despite nuclear phase out (via Inhabitat)

Four ways we can drive more distributed generation now (via Climate Progress)

Mixed results for clean energy in state elections (via C2ES)

CLIMATE 

Cultural dimensions of climate change are underestimated, overlooked, misunderstood (via Phys.org)

Poor nations dismayed by looming climate aid gap (via Yahoo! News/Reuters)

Allergies from pollen projected to intensify with climate change (via Scientific American)

NRC releases report on potential for climate change to pose security risks for US over next decade (via Green Car Congress)

After the election, Big Data is king, so climate models should be too (via Treehugger)

Despite a cool October, US on track for warmest year on record (via Weather Underground)

Sandy the 11th US billion-dollar disaster of 2012 (via Weather Underground)

GRID 

In China, local smart grid equipment suppliers trump foreign names (via Reuters)

GREEN BUSINESS 

3 companies making money by embracing sustainability (via WRI Insights)

Green job growth constrained by politics, uncertainty (via Sustainable Business)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Energy efficiency could allow UK to close 22 power stations (via BusinessGreen)

Energy efficiency can buy 5 years for climate deal: IEA (via Bloomberg)

POLITICS 

Ex-Sen. Dorgan doesn’t rule out Obama Energy Secretary post (via The Hill)

OPINION 

The art of the possible in energy and environment policy (via National Journal)

Climate science is Nate Silver and US politics is Karl Rove (via Grist)

The biggest energy problem that rarely makes headlines (via Council on Foreign Relations)

Five essential EPA pollution rules to finalize in Obama’s first term (via Climate Progress)

 

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