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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 12.12.12

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.

CLIMATE

IPCC predictions: then versus now (via Climate Central)

Warming may bring more ‘Black Swan’ storm surges (via Climate Central)

NASA image shows a year’s worth of record-breaking wildfires (via Inhabitat)

Sen. Boxer announces plans to form ‘climate change caucus’ (via The Hill)

While Congress dawdles, Florida counties show leadership on addressing climate change (via WRI Insights)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING

Department of Interior delays federal fracking rules (via The Hill)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

House forms caucus to raise federal energy efficiency (via Sustainable Business)

Honeywell introduces new home energy assessment tool (via Renew Grid)

RENEWABLES

Surge in new Canada wind installations seen through 2016 (via Recharge)

What investors need to know about clean tech in India (via Forbes)

Jordan adopts renewable energy feed-in tariffs (via Renewable Energy World)

Transmission breakthrough could carry solar, wind long distances (via SmartPlanet)

SolarCity lowers share price, then postpones IPO (via Greentech Media)

Exelon CEO lobbies Congress to oppose Production Tax Credit (via National Journal)

California could surpass renewable energy goals, PUC president says (via Ventura County Star)

GREEN BUSINESS

Over 80% of global manufacturers call sustainability key (via Environmental Leader)

London 2012 says farewell with final green report (via BusinessGreen)

Do carbon footprint labels really make a difference? (via EarthTechling)

KEYSTONE XL/TAR SANDS

Texas judge temporarily halts Keystone XL work after landowner claims fraud (via AP/Washington Post)

Northern Gateway pipeline hearing exposes gaps in Enbridge evidence (via DeSmogBlog)

ENERGY POLICY

Energy outlook looks bad for biofuels, fuel prices, and electric vehicles (via Autoblog Green)

Is California up next for an oil and gas boom? (via NPR)

OIL

IEA sees sluggish oil demand in 2013, good supply (via Reuters)

Saudi dominance of the oil market to fade by 2020 (via Reuters)

Price plunge approaching for US crude, BofA forecasts (via Houston Chronicle)

TRANSPORTATION

A123 loses $116 million US grant remainder due to Wanxiang acquisition (via Autoblog Green)

Electric car startup Coda laying off 50 (via GigaOm)

EMISSIONS

South Africa says US should adopt carbon budget by 2020 (via Bloomberg)

Carbon prices to remain depressed despite climate pact, analyst says (via Environmental Leader)

Deutsche Bank officials raided in carbon tax fraud probe (via BBC News)

US states threaten lawsuit against EPA over regulations (via Reuters)

If mercury pollution knows no borders, neither can its solution (via New York Times)

ENVIRONMENT

How the feds let industry pollute the nation’s underground water supply (via ProPublica)

Jersey Shore development failures exposed by Hurricane Sandy (via Huffington Post)

OTHER NEWS

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

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