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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.18.12

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.

EMISSIONS/CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT

Italy to introduce carbon tax to fund green energy (via Reuters)

In poll, most Americans link extreme weather to climate change (via New York Times)

Data centers have major carbon footprint, report says (via Washington Post)

Mapping disease to climate (via Mother Jones)

Evaluating California’s cap and trade program (via Energy Collective)

RENEWABLES

McKinsey: solar will be cost competitive within a decade (via BusinessGreen)

EU makes €50m pledge for clean energy schemes in developing countries (via The Guardian)

Poland awards 4.5GW of offshore wind zones, relents onshore (via Recharge)

New Zealand to work with Indonesia on geothermal growth (via Recharge)

PG&E ranked as nation’s top utility for solar installations (via Energy Central)

Non-powered dams across US promise huge energy potential (via Greenbang)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING

Drillers say costs manageable from pending gas emissions rule (via Bloomberg)

An odd problem for the US: too much natural gas (via StateImpact Pennsylvania)

Rand study details using coal mine drainage water for fracking (via Facts of the Day)

CLEAN TECH

Nanotechnology could recover energy (via United Press International)

Tesla, SolarCity quietly selling building battery projects (via Earth2Tech)

NUCLEAR

Japan still divided over nuclear power after Fukushima (via Los Angeles Times)

OIL/GASOLINE

Investigators say Congress hasn’t changed laws to prevent future spill (via Houston Chronicle)

$4 gas reinforces trend toward lower US fuel consumption (via Washington Post)

Obama pushes oil market manipulation proposal to counter high gas prices (via The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION

China wants 5 million hybrids, EVs on the road by 2020 (via Reuters)

Ford quietly rolls our Focus Electric (via Detroit Free Press)

KEYSTONE XL/TAR SANDS

White House threatens veto of highway bill over Keystone pipeline provision (via The Hill)

Canadian government to decide fate of big pipelines (via Reuters)

Will Canadian crude make the Keystone XL pipeline leak? (via StateImpact Texas)

GRID

Smart grid VC shrinks to $62M in Q1 2012 (via Greentech Media)

How to prevent a large-scale electrical grid failure (via GreenBiz)

PUC may decide California’s fight over net metering (via Renewable Energy World)

RECYCLING

Consumer electronics firms upped recycling by 53% in 2011 (via Environmental Leader)

POLITICS

House panel approves energy bills amid war over gas prices (via The Hill)

Obama and Romney on energy, environmental issues (via Houston Chronicle)

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