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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 2.7.13

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. 

EMISSIONS 

A new path on US emissions reductions (via New York Times)

“Greenest” Super Bowl offsets 3.8 million pounds of CO2 (via Environmental Leader)

RGGI expected to tighten emissions cap (via Reuters)

COAL 

China is getting serious about taming coal (via Grist)

A cleaner way to use coal (via MIT Technology Review)

RENEWABLES 

Hawaii’s novel approach to solar integration (via Renew Grid)

Wind market urged to address “severe” skills gap (via BusinessGreen)

US trade officials file case over India’s solar program (via The Hill)

Biomass demand to triple by 2030 (via Environmental Leader)

Three floating solar energy islands under construction in Switzerland (via Inhabitat)

Portugal blasts France over wind exports (via Recharge)

Wind “cheaper than coal or gas in Australia” (via Recharge)

Ohio State University signs huge wind energy contract (via Sustainable Business)

Rooftop solar reshapes energy market in South Australia (via Renew Economy)

Smart appliance market developing at slow pace (via Renew Grid)

CLIMATE 

Climate change impacts absent from FEMA’s redrawn NYC flood maps (via InsideClimate News)

Historic, crippling blizzard may strike New England (via Climate Central)

TRANSPORTATION 

Buying an efficient car takes a bite out of Big Oil (via Autoblog Green)

California targets 1.5 million zero-emissions vehicles by 2025 (via Green Car Congress)

2013 Tesla Model S ready for delivery (via Green Car Reports)

USPS ends Saturday letter delivery – how much fuel will it save? (via Christian Science Monitor)

GREEN BUSINESS 

The cell phone recycling kiosk is slowly invading malls near you (via GigaOm)

More companies profit from sustainability, survey finds (via Environmental Leader)

TAR SANDS

Michigan Oks replacement of second section of Enbridge pipeline that ruptured in 2010 (via InsideClimate News)

Enbridge secretly amassing network of tar sands pipeline (via Sustainable Business)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Fracking seen by EPA as second-highest emitter of greenhouse gases (via Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Natural gas exports won’t hurt US advantage, economist says (via Houston Chronicle)

Air emissions from fracking can be cut by 90% through four actions (via Facts of the Day)

Contested Colorado natural gas leases are delayed (via New York Times)

OIL 

Big Oil warms up to Arctic despite challenges (via Houston Chronicle)

An oil tax could be one of the least painful ways to trim the deficit (via Washington Post)

GREEN BUILDING 

New York’s Javits Center installing green roof (via EarthTechling)

LED lighting gaining traction in commercial retrofits (via GreenBiz)

POLITICS 

Obama praises Interior pick Jewell as “strong and capable leader” (via The Hill)

House GOP rejects Democrats call for climate science hearings (via The Hill)

Obama considering MIT physicist Moniz for DOE Secretary (via Retuers)

OPINION 

NARUC discussion of future energy mix celebrates natural gas and coal with no mention of climate (via Climate Progress)

Weekly science sections in newspapers drop from 95 in 1989 to 19 in 2012 (via Climate Progress)

Looking to the future at Energy Innovation 2013 (via Innovation Files)

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