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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 12.20.12

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. 


Cost of global natural disasters in 2012 down from 2011 (via Huffington Post)

Climate change: marketplace is the first responder (via EnergyBiz)

Ideas to reduce future storm damage include carbon tax, cutting disaster aid (via ClimateWire)

As climate disasters soar, environmentalists take on role of relief agencies (via InsideClimate News)

Lloyd’s estimates about $2.5 billion in Hurricane Sandy damage claims (via Bloomberg)

Alarmingly warm water in Gulf of Maine bringing changes (via Bangor Daily News)


Opposition to Port Metro Vancouver’s coal shipping expansion grows (via Vancouver Sun)

Coal exports emerging as major climate fight in Pacific Northwest (via Climate Progress)

US coal export trade raises alarms for western states (via Reuters)


WTO rules against Canada in local renewable energy requirement case (via Reuters)

China set to ban protection of solar companies to encourage mergers or bankruptcy and reduce overcapacity (via Recharge)

Renewable energy M&A activity stays strong, but deal size decreases (via Renew Grid)

Planned wind turbine additions rise in advance of scheduled expiration of wind tax credit (via US EIA)

State renewable energy standards require 93,000 MW by 2035 (via Facts of the Day)

The hidden pain points holding back solar (via GigaOm)

Red tape puts solar installers in the red, homeowners in the dark (via Greentech Media)


IBM links EV charging networks across Europe (via Sustainable Business)

Sales of hybrids and electric cars surge 73% in 2012 (via Green Car Reports)

Residual prices of used electric cars lag behind their gas counterparts (via Autoblog)


Obama signs energy efficiency legislation (via Greentech Media)


Cheap money and fuel available to needy utilities – but not for long (via AOL Energy)

American oil growing most since first well signals independence (via Bloomberg)

Texas leads nation in unconventional oil and gas jobs (via Houston Chronicle)


2012 smart grid year in review (via Greentech Media)


LNG exports: the winners and losers (via StateImpact Pennsylvania)

Seven states threaten lawsuit over EPA’s inaction on methane (via Sustainable Business)

Texas disclosure laws give hazy view of fracking fluid (via Houston Chronicle)


President Obama, person of the year and driller in chief (via Time)

Schwarzenegger’s focus: terminating climate change (via Politico)


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

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