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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 11.19.12

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 

Business leaders demand global carbon price at Doha (via BusinessGreen)

EU talks said to bring no breakthrough on CO2 supply fix (via Bloomberg)

Kazakhstan launches emissions trading system in 2013 (via Kazakhstan Today)

IEA chief throws weight behind Australia’s carbon tax (via Recharge)

UK decarbonization target ‘could be postponed until next parliament’ (via BusinessGreen)

COAL 

Cost of transporting coal to power plants rose almost 50% in decade (via US EIA)

Coal industry faces economic reality (via Huffington Post)

RENEWABLES 

Renewable energy, state by state (via Sustainable Business)

EPA rejects bid to waive ethanol mandate (via The Hill)

“Giant Reed” could be next miracle for renewable energy (via Huffington Post/AP)

Cape Wind opponent still raising millions (via Cape Cod Times)

Hawaii’s solar power flare-up: too much of a good thing? (via Los Angeles Times)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

Protestors call on Obama to block Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (via BusinessGreen)

Senators request meeting with Obama on Keystone XL pipeline (via The Hill)

CLIMATE CHANGE 

World Bank report warns of ‘devastating’ global warming, says poor hit hardest (via The Hill)

Lessons from 2012: droughts, not hurricanes, are the greater danger (via Weather Underground)

Less fortunate in US hit hardest by extreme weather (via Yahoo! News/Reuters)

Shipping curbs expected on drought-parched Mississippi River (via Reuters)

Norfolk houses will have to rise with ocean rise (via Virginian-Pilot)

NATURAL GAS 

Shell to start shale project development in China in 2014 (via Natural Gas Asia)

Australian scientists find excess greenhouse gas near fracking (via Los Angeles Times)

Marcellus gas boom county strives for economic afterglow (via New York Times)

TRANSPORTATION 

Chevrolet, Renault strongest in plug-in EV market (via Environmental Leader)

Nissan CEO says 2012 Leaf sales target won’t be met (via Autoblog Green)

A123 got $1 million from DOE the day it filed for bankruptcy (via The Hill)

2014 Chevy Spark EV recharges up to 80 percent in 20 minutes (via Inhabitat)

Two new PEV-specific apps from OnStart target range anxiety and public charging cost (via Green Car Congress)

GM sustainability update: energy intensity drops 6% (via Environmental Leader)

GRID 

31 cities picked for 2012 IBM Smarter Cities grants (via Greenbang)

Itron and Panasonic team to target Japan’s smart meter market (via Greentech Media)

San Francisco publishes energy consumption data for 305 city buildings (via Energy Manager Today)

OIL 

BP settlement a boon to conservation group (via Washington Post)

Breaking down the BP settlement: where will the money go? (via Climate Progress)

GREEN BUILDING 

Siemens headquarters to be first LEED-Platinum office building in the Middle East (via Inhabitat)

Arizona school first to run entirely on renewable energy (via Sustainable Business)

POLITICS 

Bipartisan steps urged on climate change policy (via Boston Globe)

House GOP leadership pledges to oppose carbon tax (via Mother Jones)

Who will succeed Steven Chu at DOE? (via Greentech Media)

OPINION 

Is Washington ready for a carbon tax? (via National Journal)

Why President Obama should keep his promise to tackle climate change (via Grist)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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