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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.29.12

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.

CLIMATE 

IPCC reports link heat waves, deluges to climate change (via Washington Post)

US heat waves to intensify from New York to Los Angelesbloom (via Bloomberg)

Sea level rise 15,000 years ago identified by scientists (via Huffington Post/Reuters)

Lloyd’s of London struggles to raise rates after worst year of natural disasters (via Bloomberg)

Swiss Re says 2011 natural disasters cost insurers $110 billion (via Bloomberg)

Conservatives trust in science has declined sharply (via Los Angeles Times)

COAL 

China beats US with power from coal processing trapping carbon (via Bloomberg)

Coal falls to new generation market share low in January & 2011 generation below 1996 level (via Facts of the Day)

EPA rules may push coal companies to boost exports (via Reuters)

Action on Tennessee mountaintop removal bill postponed in state legislature (via Times Free Press)

Coal-fired power plan left out of New York state budget (via Buffalo News)

TRANSPORTATION 

Breakthrough near in dispute over EU plane emissions, officials say (via Washington Post)

US airlines drop case against EU carbon laws (via BusinessGreen)

Ford devoting more engineering space to electric, hybrid vehicles (via Detroit Free Press)

Backers try to clear California bullet train’s environmental path (via Los Angeles Times)

OIL/GASOLINE 

Interior approval brings Shell closer to drilling in the Arctic this summer (via The Hill)

Obama administration advances plan for seismic research off Atlantic coast (via Houston Chronicle)

Congressional oil tax breaks fight ends with whimper (via The Hill)

US proposed release of oil stocks, French minister says (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

France poised to release strategic oil reserves on US request (via Washington Post)

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard no longer giving hometown discount to state’s oil (via Platts)

Poll: most don’t blame Obama on gas prices but do fault his response (via Houston Chronicle)

Federal government takes steps toward possible drilling off Virginia (via Virginian Pilot)

RENEWABLES 

Italy, world’s 2nd-largest solar market, set to cut incentives (via Reuters)

India’s wind energy potential is over 2,000 GW (via Panchabuta)

UK emissions fall seven percent as renewable energy soars (via BusinessGreen)

SolarWorld US head says final China tariffs will be higher (via Bloomberg)

Lawmakers, advocates already looking to lame-duck vote on energy tax extenders (via E&E Daily)

The green elite: top 10 states for renewable power (via The Atlantic)

A startup’s dream to become a clean power retailer (via Earth2Tech)

Cleveland Indians install wind turbine at ballpark (via Huffington Post/Associated Press)

California to launch program eliminating upfront cost of energy efficiency and solar upgrades (via Forbes)

9 surprising things about people who go solar (via CleanTechnica)

To put wind power in its place, weather is key (via Earth Techling)

Colorado utilities again weighing wind power (via Colorado Springs Gazette)

GRID 

Microgrids take shape in India, South Africa (via Greentech Media)

GREEN BUILDING 

Milwaukee’s Miller Park gets LEED certification (via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Total could face $10 billion bill if North Sea leak explodes (via Reuters)

US natural gas storage owners halt injections amid glut (via Reuters)

Fracking shale may impair carbon storage projects, study says (via Yale e360)

ENVIRONMENT 

Teaching the children well at LA’s Environmental Charter School (via NRDC’s Switchboard)

Coastal California fog carries toxic mercury, study finds (via New York Times)

TAR SANDS 

Alberta premier pledges $3 billion in oil sands environmental research (via The Globe and Mail)

OPINION 

EPA will target CO2 emissions of existing coal plants – when it’s not election season (via TreeHugger)

Why baseload power is doomed (via SmartPlanet)

New rules for power plants (via New York Times)

Republican meteorologist: acknowledging climate science doesn’t make you a liberal (via Climate Crocks)

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