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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 4.20.12

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.


The weirdest, worst PR crap we’ve seen this Earth Day (via Grist)

How to destroy the planet (via Bloomberg)


Audit finds ‘significant’ errors in Gulf oil spill compensation process (via The Hill)

BP spill fight looms with feds, despite settlement of private claims (via Huffington Post)

Two years after BP oil spill, offshore drilling still poses risks (via Washington Post)

EU could review Iran oil ban in coming months (via Reuters)


California rules on analog opt-outs, finalizes smart grid metrics (via Greentech Media) 

US credit rating ‘threatens smart grid deployment’ (via Environmental Leader)

Entergy moves one step closer to joining MISO power grid (via Reuters)


As federal funding dries up, states may play greater clean tech role (via Stateline)

Power regulators need new thinking for historic investment, report says (via AOL Energy)

India struggles to deliver enough electricity for growth (via New York Times)


High-speed rail isn’t most efficient way to cut carbon emissions (via Washington Post)

Should California use climate change fund to finance a high-speed railway? (via Earth2Tech)

Buy an electric car, get rooftop solar for under $10,000 (via TreeHugger)


First Solar to cut 2,000 jobs and close factory in Germany (via Los Angeles Times)

Report: Q1 clean energy announcements could lead to 46,000 jobs in 42 states (via Sacramento Bee)

Google-backed AltaRock moves forward with geothermal drilling project (via Earth2Tech)

Sungevity offers solar at no upfront cost in Australia (via Bloomberg)

Which countries get the most energy from hydropower? (via Greenbang)

Ontario faces huge green power subsidy costs, report says (via Recharge)

151 planned dams threatens balance of Andean Amazon, study says (via Yale e360)

Pennycress, the next big biofuel (via CleanTechnica)


How to survive the coming green tech crash (via Forbes)

US utilities doubled solar installations in 2011 (via SmartPlanet)


Mexican senate clears way for climate bill (via Reuters)

Could climate change end property insurance? (via Earth Techling)

California carbon market soars 14% as new buyer enters (via Reuters)

EU to investigate changing auctioning rules to revive carbon price (via BusinessGreen)

EU needs stronger CO2 market, Germany’s Reiche says (via Bloomberg)


Survey increases estimates for natural gas in world (via Houston Chronicle)

Storify: the collective wisdom on fracking (via GreenBiz)

Bill legalizing fracking in NC will be taken up in May session (via Charlotte Observer)


Obama to nominate Republican nuke regulator to another term (via The Hill)


EU: green economy the solution to Europe’s job crisis (via BusinessGreen)

Green colleges guide (with 322 “green” colleges) released by Princeton review & USGBC (via CleanTechnica)


Coal states fear for future of industry (via Stateline)

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