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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 12.27.12

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. 

TRANSPORTATION 

China starts longest bullet-train line (via Bloomberg)

Car buyers lack interest in electric cars, study says (via New York Times)

Prius tops Consumer Reports list of best new-car values (via New York Times)

Ford dealt class-action lawsuit over C-Max, Fusion hybrid mileage claims (via Autoblog Green)

ENVIRONMENT 

China’s economic boom shrinking coral reefs by 80% over past 30 years (via Phys.org)

EMISSIONS 

California sets second cap-and-trade emissions auction (via CleanTechnica)

ENERGY POLICY 

High energy costs plaguing Europe (via New York Times)

Report finds US energy production growing, consumption down (via The Hill)

How do smart grid and renewables fare among Americans? (via Renew Grid)

How the price for power is set (via Forbes)

RENEWABLES 

UK on track to hit 2020 green energy targets (via Reuters)

Biggest solar power company in US could more than double in size (via CleanTechnica)

Maine’s wind power production falling short of goals, but hopes are high for future (via Huffington Post/AP)

GREEN BUSINESS 

New guide helps firms evaluate sustainability options (via BusinessGreen)

A bumper crop of waste diversion: Ford’s recycling program at 10 years (via Triple Pundit)

TAR SANDS 

Little oversight for Enbridge pipeline route that skirts Lake Michigan (via InsideClimate News)

CLIMATE 

At State Department, Kerry could push climate change action (via Houston Chronicle)

2012: global warming became reality (via Salon/AP)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

New York shale gas boom is unlikely in 2013, even if fracking moratorium is lifted (via Huffington Post/AP)

GRID 

Smart meter opt-out hearings to start next month in Michigan (via Renew Grid)

OPINION 

2013: a cloudy forecast for renewable energy, with a silver lining (via Time)

Six things utilities need to get right in 2013 (via Greentech Media)

Who’s killing the electric car? Consumers. (via Christian Science Monitor)

On wind tax credit, a breath of stale air from GOP (via Los Angeles Times)

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