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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 12.4.12

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. 


“Recklessly slow” climate talks as greenhouse gases hit new high (via The Independent)

International climate world not wowed as Obama enters second term (via Greenwire)

Week two of COP18: moving forward with seven key issues (via WRI Insights)


Carbon permits fall to record low as EU discusses plan to fix glut (via Bloomberg)

In US West, GOP governors, skeptical of cap-and-trade, will watch California (via Stateline)


Asia coal export boom brings no bonus for US taxpayers (via Reuters)


Renewable energy industry at “tipping point” as governments decrease subsidies (via Renew Grid)

Taiwan increase solar capacity target 30% while decreasing feed-in tariffs (via CleanTechnica)

Wind’s huge play in Russia (via Greentech Media)

Offshore mix for “eco-friendly 14GW in UK’s southwest” (via Recharge)

China’s solar policies to boost distributed PV to 35% market share (via CleanTechnica)

Ghana’s new 155MW photovoltaic solar plant will be Africa’s largest (via Inhabitat)

15.6GW of new wind power in Brazil by 2021 (via CleanTechnica)

Simpler and cheaper turbines will help wind power compete (via ClimateWire)

Outlook for US offshore wind: dark and stormy (via New York Times)

Wind credit backers floating on tide of fiscal talks, hoping not to sink (via E&E Daily)

California lacks strategy on alternative energy targets, report says (via Los Angeles Times)

SolarCity IPO launches this week (via Greentech Media)

SEIA dumps conservative lobbyist ALEC (via EarthTechling)


Saudi power investment may hit $133 billion in ten years (via Arabian Business)

Deloitte finds declining or stagnant electricity demand possible through 2020 (via Facts of the Day)

Open, automated demand response goes big in California (via Greentech Media)

Illinois Senate fights state regulators on smart grid (via Greentech Media)


Study: nearly too late to cap warming (via United Press International)

“Atmospheric River” piles up massive rain, snow, and winds (via Climate Central)

Showtime to air climate change series in 2013 (via Climate Progress)

Poll: most New Yorkers think climate change caused Sandy (via New York Times)


US monthly crude oil production reaches highest level since 1998 (via US EIA)

Sea trial leaves Shell’s Arctic oil-spill gear “crushed like a beer can” (via


Nissan Leaf outsells Chevy Volt for first time since January (via Autoblog Green)

Mitsubishi, UCS partner on smart grid study with 12 EVs (via Autoblog Green)


Keystone XL protestors blockade themselves inside pipeline (via Salon)

Landowner fights Keystone XL pipeline by suing state (via StateImpact Texas)


On-bill repayment makes energy efficiency projects viable (via Energy Manager Today)

How data and social pressure can reduce home energy use (via Yale e360)


The fight against Chinese green mercantilism continues (via Innovation Files)

Share and share alike: Carbon Zero, chapter 5 (via Grist)


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

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