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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 11.14.12

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. 

EMISSIONS 

Global CO2 emissions up 2.5 percent in 2011 (via Reuters)

House rejects EU aircraft emissions tax (via The Hill)

Treasury official: administration open to carbon tax if GOP takes the lead (via The Hill)

Carbon emissions market set to open in California (via New York Times)

California Chamber of Commerce seeks to stop cap-and-trade launch (via Reuters)

ENERGY INDUSTRY 

Americans blame utilities, inefficient homes for rising energy bills (via Renew Grid)

Pipeline safety regulation looms, officials warn (via AOL Energy)

RENEWABLES 

German utility E.on says shift to renewables presents huge challenge (via Renewable Energy World)

France needs more local power for green energy shift (via Reuters)

World’s first wooden wind turbine erected in Germany (via Inhabitat)

Charts: On wind power, China kicks our butt (via Mother Jones)

As fiscal cliff looms, wind industry works to protect tax break (via McClatchy)

GOP governors pressure home-state delegations on wind credit (via The Hill)

Report: state-by-state SREC market analysis (via Greentech Media)

A policy that unlocks community renewable energy (via CleanTechnica)

Fuel from plant waste, poised at a milestone (via New York Times)

CLIMATE 

IEA report: fossil fuel boom is a climate disaster in the making (via Climate Progress)

2012 may rank as second most disastrous year since 1980 (via Climate Central)

To find warming’s speed, scientists must see through clouds (via Greenwire)

After Sandy, a taxpayer bailout for flood-prone developments? (via Mother Jones)

KEYSTONE XL 

In Texas pipeline fight, people step in as green groups step aside (via InsideClimate News)

Energy alliance official: Keystone approval likely soon (via Houston Chronicle)

TRANSPORTATION 

Plug-in vehicles go further every day – study (via Autoblog Green)

Algae fuel being sold for the first time to regular drivers (via GigaOm)

GRID 

Spinning reserves energy storage market expected to more than double (via Renew Grid)

Smart thermostats are taking over Las Vegas, and that’s a good thing (via GigaOm)

SwRI to demonstrate EV use as part of emergency power microgrid program (via Green Car Congress)

GREEN BUILDING 

LEED-certified hotel chain raises $75 million for US expansion (via Sustainable Business)

POLITICS 

Which anti-science representative will chair the House Science Committee? (via Mother Jones)

Norquist changes position on carbon tax after criticism from Koch-backed group (via Climate Progress)

OPINION 

EU CO2 market reform should shift beyond 2020 trading cycle (via Reuters)

A carbon tax would allow us to cut other taxes – but not much (via Washington Post)

Why Tesla’s “Car of the Year” award is a turning point in history (via GigaOm)

Is wind facing the incentive cliff? (via Greentech Media)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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