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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.21.12

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. 

OIL

Saudi Arabia knocks off Russia as world’s biggest oil producer (via The National)

Reviving Arctic oil rush, Ottawa to auction rights in massive offshore area (via Globe and Mail)

Political debate plays out among Louisiana oil rigs (via Los Angeles Times)

SOLAR TARIFF FALLOUT

US tariffs on Chinese solar PV: less than meets the eye (via Platts)

Tariffs on Chinese panels should help Dow Chemical’s powerhouse solar shingle (via Forbes)

Solar installers caught in crossfire of escalating China trade war (via Forbes)

China warns solar panel tariff may backfire (via Wall Street Journal)

DOC China solar tariff ruling will boost innovation (via Innovation Files)

ENVIRONMENT/EMISSIONS/CLIMATE

UN climate negotiators open a new round of talks (via C2ES)

G8 leaders open up vital new front in battle to control global warming (via The Telegraph)

Popping the cap on Arctic methane (via New York Times)

The 10 most water-stressed countries in the world (via Greenbang)

Extreme rain storms in Midwest have doubled in last 50 years (via Climate Progress)

NJ Gov Christie backs EPA order against PA power plant (via Politico)

The end of fish, in one chart (via Washington Post)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Japan seeks voluntary energy-use reduction (via United Press International)

Half of US nonresidential construction to be green by 2015 (via Climate Progress)

Effort to stall light bulb standards pits Tea Party against manufacturers (via Bloomberg BNA)

What are the energy efficiency laggards thinking? (via Renewable Energy World)

COAL

Fights brewing over massive coal-export plans for the Northwest (via Seattle Times)

Peabody buys coal from US taxpayers for cheap, sells it abroad for huge profit (via Grist)

Australia scales back Queensland coal port expansion (via Reuters)

ENERGY SUPPLY

FERC summer forecast sees low natural gas prices, potential problems in California, Texas, Boston (via Energy Central)

PJM secures 164,000MW of capacity at base price of $136 per MW (via Reuters)

GridNavigator seeks to make more accurate energy use predictions (via Earth2Tech)

KEYSTONE XL/TAR SANDS

New pipeline proposal stokes enviro fears of a Keystone XL East (via Greenwire)

In historic reversal, seaway pipeline sends oil to Texas (via InsideClimate News/Reuters)

Enbridge pipeline that ruptured will be enlarged to carry more oil (via Huffington Post/AP)

RENEWABLES

Euro exit by Greece and Spain may not be all bad for renewables (via Recharge)

South Africa hands out 1GW in second renewables tender (via Recharge)

House committee votes to end military biofuel programs (via Autoblog Green)

First Solar plans Middle East office to help tap regional market (via Bloomberg)

Biofuel production facilities spotlight next generation (via Huffington Post/Reuters)

100-foot subsea turbine successfully installed at world’s first tidal farm off Scotland (via Inhabitat)

Bingaman clean energy standard turns on new renewables and reduces carbon, but needs improvement (via Union of Concerned Scientists)

SB843 lets California utility customers share solar projects (via CleanTechnica)

2.3MW Oberlin solar: small college, big power (via Earth Techling)

TRANSPORTATION

Public transportation is habit forming – and that’s a problem! (via Washington Post)

Utah State University quietly working on in-road wireless charging (via Autoblog Green)

NATURAL GAS

Total says G4 well on Elgin complex has stopped leaking (via Reuters)

Chesapeake cash crunch may shrink as gas prices rise 42% (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

With natural gas plentiful and cheap, carbon capture projects stumble (via New York Times)

GREEN BUSINESS

Heartland Institute facing uncertain future as staff depart and cash dries up (via The Guardian)

OTHER NEWS

Additional energy and climate-related news can be found at Climate Progress 

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