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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.27.12

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.

COAL 

EPA to impose first greenhouse gas limits on power plants (via Washington Post)

First major climate regulations from Obama EPA sure to heat up political debate (via National Journal)

The top five things you need to know about EPA’s new carbon rule (via Grist)

Xstrata wins approval for biggest Australian coal mine (via Bloomberg)

CLEAN TECH

Gooey brown liquor could replace expensive rare metals in batteries (via TreeHugger)

Yale students discover rare plastic-eating fungus in Ecuadorian rainforest (via Inhabitat)

OIL 

BP spill culprit for heavy toll on coral, study finds (via MSNBC)

Senate to vote on axing oil industry tax breaks (via Houston Chronicle)

TRANSPORTATION

Passing on gas: driving rates falling across the board (via Grist)

Rising gas prices don’t actually affect Americans’ behavior (via New York Times)

Treasury Department: traffic jams waste 1.9 billion gallons of gas in US each year (via Autoblog Green)

A123 Systems stung by faulty batteries (via CNET)

EV charging spots added to AAA mobile maps (via Earth Techling)

RENEWABLES

Japan to ease regulations on solar, wind power (via Bloomberg)

EU tidal energy initiatives fall short of expectations (via Huffington Post/Reuters)

Italy’s Enel utility plans $8 billion in new renewables in Morocco, South Africa, Turkey (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

US foundries twisting in breeze over wind tax credit (via Midwest Energy News)

A smaller route to solar success (via New York Times)

Accordion-shaped solar tower captures more light (via CNET)

Maryland House panel approves offshore wind farm bill (via Baltimore Sun)

The chicken and egg challenge to scaling biomass (via Midwest Energy News)

GRID 

Comverge agrees to $49M buyout (via Greentech Media)

California ISO board green lights grid upgrades (via Energy Central)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Ohio state bill allows some hiding of “fracking” chemicals (via Columbus Dispatch)

ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE

La Nina weather pattern ‘is dead’ say world’s forecasters (via Bloomberg)

Both coasts watch closely as San Francisco faces erosion (via New York Times)

GREEN BUILDING 

Passive House debate heats up on the future of US standard (via Inhabitat)

NUCLEAR 

US public opinion about nuclear power has amazing gender difference (via Facts of the Day)

UTILITIES

Duke-Progress merger revision could meet state resistance (via Charlotte Observer)

Scotland’s green energy sector powers up to 11,000 jobs (via BusinessGreen)

TAR SANDS 

Enbridge plans tar sands pipes to Gulf as Keystone blocked (via Bloomberg)

OPINION

Infographic: the $22 trillion carbon bubble (via ThinkProgress Green)

Welcome to the anthropocene (via Grist)

POLITICS 

Poll: minority approve of Obama energy policy (via The Hill)

Has President Obama increased drilling? We FuelFact it (via Houston Chronicle)

How ‘muzzled” are Canada’s federal scientists? (via Huffington Post/CBC)

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