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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.30.12

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.

NORTH SEA GAS LEAK

Total leak underlines offshore gas risks (via Wall Street Journal)

Total tries to prevent explosion at leaking North Sea gas platform (via InsideClimate News)

Total mulls options to put out North Sea flare (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES

Japan unveils deregulation plan to boost clean energy use (via Bloomberg)

Google artists create a real-time “wind map” (via CNET)

Study finds Minnesota’s geothermal energy potential greater than thought (via Duluth News Tribune)

Wind energy today: a look at wind energy projects around the world (via TreeHugger)

“Absolute Black” solar panels absorb almost all sunlight (via ABC News)

New microbial fuel cell converts raw sewage into electricity (via Yale e360)

OIL/GASOLINE

Norway focuses on Arctic in oil licensing rounds (via Reuters)

Chinese firm surpasses Exxon in oil production, now world leader (via Associated Press)

IEA ‘concerned”’ by increasingly tight world oil market (via Houston Chronicle)

Senators who voted to protect oil tax breaks received $23,582,500 from Big Oil (via ThinkProgress Green)

GRID 

Virginia Commonwealth University partners with Dominion on micro-grid project (via Energy Central)

How electricity gets bought and sold in California (via Greentech Media)

Proudly isolated Texas power grid reaches out a bit (via New York Times)

Clean power boosters seek Asian super grid (via Earth Techling)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING

A new weapon in the fracking wars (via New York Times)

Expanded fracking wastewater treatment options approved in Pennsylvania (via Williamsport Sun-Gazette)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

GSA tries new approach for demand response (via Greentech Media)

Building energy ratings policy would save $18 billion, create 59,000 jobs by 2020 (via Environmental Leader)

ENVIRONMENT/EMISSIONS 

Poll: Americans still prioritize economy over environment (via Houston Chronicle)

Beekeepers to EPA: we’re running out of time (via Grist)

Washington State creates ocean acidification panel (via Sightline Daily)

Iowa utilities: EPA plans confirm our move away from coal (via Des Moines Register)

TAR SANDS 

Opposition to oilsands pipeline growing in British Columbia, poll finds (via Edmonton Journal)

Northeast US markets eyed for oil sands as clean fuels standard fades (via InsideClimate News)

Oil sands producers make largest environmental commitment to date (via AOL Energy)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Corporations “ineffective” at sustainability, experts say (via Environmental Leader)

Corporate sustainability is itself unsustainable (via Triple Pundit)

Santander proves greenest bank as No.2 Bank of America becomes solar (via Bloomberg)

TRANSPORTATION

Chevy Volt demand high in Europe (via CNET)

OPINION

China shows US how to push for carbon capture (via Bloomberg)

Environmental groups burning green energy’s chances of survival (via Forbes)

Are we ready for energy literacy? (via Earth2Tech)

Maryland’s offshore wind bill would undermine a good policy (via Washington Post)

POLITICS

House GOP takes aim at stimulus grants for renewables (via The Hill)

Senate defeats Democrats’ measure to kill off oil tax breaks (via The Hill)

Gas-price politics impact Obama’s environmental issues (via Houston Chronicle)

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