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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 11.30.12

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 

Study says pledges to fight global warming inadequate, US off track (via Chicago Tribune/AP)

UN seeks to streamline negotiation process for emissions reduction talks (via Bloomberg)

EU vote on plan to withhold carbon permits delayed (via Reuters)

Japan, Russia under pressure to renew carbon reduction vows (via Bloomberg)

COAL 

GAO: A quarter of US coal plants could shut down by 2035 (via Houston Chronicle)

The reality of coal mining jobs (via Sightline Daily)

RENEWABLES 

China forecast to hit 150GW installed wind capacity by 2015 (via CleanTechnica)

Key offshore wind law is passed by German parliament (via Recharge)

India plans to revive, raise wind farm subsidy this year (via Bloomberg)

Solar panels are getting cheaper – time to make the rest of solar power cheap, too (via Grist)

Beyond lithium ion: ARPA-E places bets on novel energy storage (via MIT Technology Review)

US veterans fight for wind jobs as tax credit hits the cliff (via CleanTechnica)

Obama Administration clears barriers holding up tribal renewable energy (via Forbes)

Despite setbacks, investor is bullish on clean tech future (via New York Times)

Learning from Kansas: why utilities are embracing wind power (via Renew Grid)

Texas sets new wind power record, aims much higher (via CleanTechnica)

OIL 

BP’s dispersant allowed oil to penetrate beaches more deeply (via Mother Jones)

CLIMATE 

How will climate change impact fresh water security? (via The Guardian)

A chilling message: ice sheets melting three times faster than 20 years ago (via Independent)

Greenland and Antarctica “have lost four trillion tons of ice” in 20 years (via The Guardian)

Senate Democrats bash climate change deniers (via Politico)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

No Keystone XL? Big Oil will just take the train (via Grist)

Environmental groups want assurance Rice will dump oil sands stocks (via The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION 

Electric vehicles enlisted for US military base security (via EarthTechling)

Nissan Leaf’s November, December sales likely to climb back to 2011 levels (via Autoblog Green)

Chevy Volt again tops Consumer Reports owner-satisfaction survey (via Autoblog)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Fracking secrets by companies keep US clueless on wells (via Bloomberg)

Eyeing an endgame, NY governor to file for 90-day extension on fracking review (via EnergyWire)

ENVIRONMENT 

World has lost half its wetlands in last 100 years (via Mongabay)

Tenacious US drought worsens, to last through winter (via Climate Central)

GRID 

Smart grid’s next frontiers: DG, storage, microgrids (via Greentech Media)

OPINION 

Four reasons Britannia rules the waves – and wind and solar (via Mother Jones)

Move a little closer, please: Carbon Zero, chapter three (via Grist)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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