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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 11.6.12

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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. 

POLITICS 

Clean tech industry has much at stake on Tuesday (via Houston Chronicle)

Ahead of US election, energy sector prepares for a pivot (via AOL Energy)

In some states, energy trumps the economy in election 2012 (via Christian Science Monitor)

Voters in Arizona, Louisiana, and Georgia have power to drive clean energy policy this election (via Climate Progress)

New oil workers key bloc in North Dakota Senate race (via Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES 

Germany’s solar power use jumps 50% this year (via USA Today/AP)

Study examines role of wind energy in Africa’s economic growth (via African Development Bank)

Moody’s: European renewables boom poses credit risk for coal and gas power plants (via BusinessGreen)

Germany added 1GW of PV in September, 6GW so far in 2012 (via Greentech Media)

Record clean energy patents granted in Q2 2012 (via Environmental Leader)

British cooperative launches world’s largest community-owned solar park (via Inhabitat)

States continue to drive renewable energy investment (via Sustainable Business)

Laos to start construction of mega dam this week (via Phys.org)

Green jobs depend on Obama win as fiscal cliff approaches (via Bloomberg)

CLIMATE 

The longform guide to climate change (via Slate)

Scientists’ role in swaying public opinion studied (via Phys.org)

GRID 

ISO New England unveils 10-year plan for regional grid (via Renew Grid)

TRANSPORTATION 

How the EPA tests – and doesn’t test – fuel economy of new vehicles (via Autoblog Green)

New Volvo EV fast charger drops recharge time to 90 minutes (via Autoblog Green)

Elon Musk: Tesla has made it through the ‘valley of death’ (via GigaOm)

GM sells more than 250,000 vehicles in China in October, new monthly record (via Green Car Congress)

Fuel economy reaches a record high, but why? (via Green Car Reports)

TAR SANDS 

Canadian federal scientists muzzled on oilsands (via Montreal Gazette)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

A startup’s smart batteries reduce buildings’ energy bills (via MIT Technology Review)

EMISSIONS 

Deciphering the impacts of BC’s carbon tax (via Sightline Daily)

California’s first greenhouse-gas credit auction nears (via Los Angeles Times)

OPINION 

Why we should name hurricanes after fossil fuel corporations (via The Guardian)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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