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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.26.12

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.


Temperatures could rise by 3C by 2050, models suggest (via BBC News)

US heat ‘unprecedented’ 7,000 records set or tied (via Reuters)

Severe heat waves, rains probably linked to global warming, scientists say (via Bloomberg)


Brazil may invest $3 billion in energy efficiency (via Bloomberg)


Japan’s Tepco shuts its last nuclear reactor, power risks loom (via Reuters)


Denmark overhauls green targets and commits to 50 percent wind power (via BusinessGreen)

India backs clean energy with new wave of tax breaks (via BusinessGreen)

Germany installed 7.5GW of new solar power in 2011 (via CleanTechnica)

Solar sector hails ‘landmark’ Supreme Court ruling against subsidy cuts (via BusinessGreen)

MISO experts address importance of wind in transmission portfolios (via AOL Energy)

Spain to hike power rates, cut subsidies (via Reuters)

6MW offshore wind turbine goes up (world’s first) (via CleanTechnica)

Solar power becomes California School District’s main power (via Earth Techling)

Wind done right: savvy electric co-op honored (via Earth Techling)

NC company building big solar water heating system at turkey plant (via News & Observer)


Court reverses EPA on WV mining project (via New York Times)

Independent panel says federal regulators partly to blame for fatal Massey coal mine blast (via Washington Post)


US intelligence says water shortages threaten stability (via Bloomberg)

Resource collapse stands to ‘wipe out’ successes of fossil fuel age (via Greenbang)

EPA says Montana plants need $90M in upgrades to clear park air (via Billings Gazette)

Gulf dolphins exposed to oil are seriously ill, agency says (via New York Times)

Fruit growers fret over early spring (via Baltimore Sun)

27 NJ environmental groups sue Gov. Christie over policy rollbacks (via New Jersey Newsroom)


Shale boom in Europe fades as Polish wells come up empty (via Bloomberg)

California’s Brown says he’ll consider fracking standards (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Fracking is thirsty work, but groundwater isn’t plentiful in Ohio (via Columbus Dispatch)

Pennsylvania farmers begin to question Marcellus Shale drilling (via Harrisburg Patriot-News)


California moves forward with $120M EV investment, New Jersey follows with smaller bill (via Autoblog Green)

Electric car charging gets a $120M push in California (via Earth2Tech)

BMW testing electric-drive i3 in Northern Europe (via Autoblog Green)

What’s keeping electric vehicles from the mainstream? (via GreenBiz)

After failing to reach goals, California attempts to jump-start its ‘hydrogen highway’ (via Contra Costa Times)


Feds seek input on drilling off Alaska coast (via Houston Chronicle)

Can fossil fuels ever be replaced by renewables? (via BusinessGreen)


BP sustainability report: greenhouse emissions, energy use drop (via Environmental Leader)


Gallup poll finds Americans split on energy v. environment trade-off (via Green Car Congress)

Why people are confused about climate change (via Midwest Energy News)


Lessons from Obama’s Keystone cave-in (via Rolling Stone)

Rising concern on climate change (via Washington Post)

Climate change disappears from Keystone XL pipeline debate (via InsideClimate News)


Clinton: SEC oil, mining transparency regs will have “profound” effect (via The Hill)

Wealthy donors dump Obama over climate fails, Keystone XL approval (via TreeHugger)

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