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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 12.6.12

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. 

DOHA CLIMATE TALKS 

US shows signs of flexibility at UN climate talks (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

China pledges “due contribution” on emissions cuts (via The Guardian)

US negotiators work on climate treaty that may never pass at home (via Greenwire)

As ever, money worries pervade climate talks (via New York Times)

Dispatches from Doha: “lack of urgency is disquieting” (via WRI Insights)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Key state firms among winners in China’s second shale gas tender auction (via Reuters)

UK flirts with shale industry but keeps fracking ban (via Reuters)

DOE study says natural gas exports would boost US economy (via The Hill)

S&P forecasts North American natural gas will remain below $4 in 2013 (via Houston Chronicle)

As disposal wells age, risk grows of stronger quakes (via StateImpact Texas)

RENEWABLES 

Japan a beacon for weary solar makers (via GigaOm)

China’s huge wind market feeling growth pains (via Greentech Media)

Jordan sets feed-in tariffs for renewables to sell power back to grid (via Jordan Times/Mideast Environment)

Middle East beginning to embrace solar energy (via AP/Bloomberg Businessweek)

India proposes 9GW total solar capacity by 2017 (via Bloomberg)

Cleantech to ‘backtrack’ in 2013, analyst predicts (via Environmental Leader)

India plans to triple PV manufacturing base by 2022 (via Recharge)

ENERGY INDUSTRY 

Projections show US energy production growing faster than consumption through 2040 (via US EIA)

Smart grid deployments, ratepayer concerns top of mind for munis and co-ops (via Renew Grid)

The new EIA report, in four charts (via StateImpact Pennsylvania)

EMISSIONS 

Cap and trade finds a new home and political traction in Asia (via ClimateWire)

Green Climate Fund may use $100 billion a year to encourage carbon price (via Bloomberg)

China pledges $56 billion for air pollution crackdown (via BusinessGreen)

James Hansen calls California cap-and-trade system ‘half-assed’ and certain to fail (via Huffington Post)

CLIMATE 

Arctic lost record snow and ice last year as data shows changing climate (via The Guardian)

Intersection of climate and security: global warming, migration, and conflict in South Asia (via Climate Progress)

Saudi Arabia sees need to act on climate change (via Reuters)

GREEN BUILDING 

Empowerhouse moves beyond Solar Decathlon to become real housing in DC (via Inhabitat)

Bill seeks to target Prop 39 funds for energy efficiency projects at schools (via Ventura County Star)

TRANSPORTATION 

Americans buying more fuel-efficient cars, polluting less (via Washington Post)

OPINION 

Why an expansionist Chinese State Grid could be good news for global renewables industry (via Recharge)

Why claims about reductions of US CO2 emissions are misleading (via Climate Progress)

There’s still time if you act now: Carbon Zero, conclusion (via Grist)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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