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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.2.12

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. 

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

New study predicts frack fluids can migrate to aquifers within years (via ProPublica)

Moderate price rise seen in US exports of liquefied natural gas (via Bloomberg)

Drillers may frack first, disclose later under draft plan (via Bloomberg)

US DOE says test shows potential for natgas hydrates (via Reuters)

McClendon to step down as chairman of Chesapeake Energy (via The Hill)

Drilling into Ohio’s oil and gas future (via The Hill)

CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT/EMISSIONS 

South Korean lawmakers approve carbon trading scheme (via Reuters)

US, Canada, Mexico release atlas mapping North American potential CO2 storage capacity (via Green Car Congress)

New poll: most Americans want climate action (via Mother Jones)

Clouds’ effect on climate change is last bastion for dissenters (via New York Times)

Climate change and sustained economic growth link observed in new study (via Huffington Post)

Weather insider: what tomorrow’s shift in the La Nina-El Nino cycle means (via InsideClimate News)

Climate, water, and desperation in Texas (via Mongabay)

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative ‘a catalyst of growth’ in Connecticut (via New Haven Register)

GRID 

Hot summer could put electricity market operators on the hot seat (via AOL Energy)

US blackout report cites lack of grid awareness (via Reuters)

Texas can expect adequate power supply this summer (via Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

RENEWABLES 

Palm oil even worse for deforestation, emissions than thought (via Treehugger)

Report: hydro emissions can rival those of natural gas (via Midwest Energy News)

Wind’s $168 billion North Sea boom lures oil industry (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

Germany doubles solar capacity at start of 2012 (via BusinessGreen)

India nears 100MW of rooftop solar capacity (via Panchabuta)

Chile’s largest landfill to get 8.4MW biogas power facility upgrade (via Inhabitat)

GE still dominates US wind manufacturing but new faces are emerging (via Greentech Media)

Biofuel mandates and climate change: bad blend? (via Earth Techling)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Puma leaves Apple behind in sprint to top of sustainability rankings (via BusinessGreen)

Which hotel chain has the smallest carbon footprint? (via Los Angeles Times)

COAL 

How the US could influence China’s coal habits – with exports (via Washington Post)

‘Severe weakness’ cited in US coal markets (via Charleston Gazette)

Fighting coal export terminals: it matters (via Grist)

TRANSPORTATION 

The 7 lessons learned from 24 million EV miles (via GreenBiz)

The US does not have an alternative fueling infrastructure (via Los Angeles Times)

ANSI releases detailed electric vehicle deployment ‘roadmap’ (via Autoblog Green)

An airline buys an oil refinery. Why? (via Platts)

Chevy Volt sales still sizzling, Nissan Leaf slumps in April 2012 (via Plugin Cars)

Can road repairs ever pay for themselves? (via Washington Post)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Cincinnati public schools take $27 million loan for energy efficiency renovations (via Cincinnati Enquirer)

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