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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.24.12

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. 

CLIMATE/EMISSIONS

Global CO2 emissions hit record in 2011 – IEA (via Reuters)

Greenhouse gas gap grows as climate pledges fall short (via Bloomberg)

Climate change will more than triple annual US heat-death toll (via Mother Jones)

More than 150,000 methane seeps appear as Arctic ice retreats (via Scientific American)

Kyoto Protocol emissions cuts review could boost climate ambitions, EU director claims (via Huffington Post/Reuters)

Germany puts deeper carbon cut back on EU agenda (via Reuters)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING

European fracking bans open market for US gas exports (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

Shale boom has led to lower US carbon dioxide emissions (Houston Business Journal)

PJM says it is handling “massive” shift from coal to gas (via Facts of the Day)

Chesapeake raises big bet in Ohio shale gas (via Wall Street Journal)

Fracking boom seen slow to develop in New York, regulator says (via Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES

China rules US clean energy support violated free-trade rules (via Google News/AP)

Morocco to start work on 500MW solar plant in 2012 (via Reuters)

US Army and Air Force planning to develop 1GW of renewable energy on installations by 2025 (via Green Car Congress)

Public investments spurring breakthroughs in power electronics (via Innovation Files)

PJM doubles renewable energy: green power booms in home of Marcellus Shale (via Facts of the Day)

60,000 Californians urge CPUC action on net metering (via Renewable Energy World)

Philadelphia Energy Authority to hold hearing on energy efficiency, renewable projects (via Philadelphia Inquirer)

COAL

Coal plant operators find a convenient scapegoat in the EPA (via Houston Chronicle)

The carbon consequences of Northwest coal exports (via Grist)

GREEN BUSINESS

Companies “15 to 20 years” ahead of investors on sustainability (via BusinessGreen)

Accenture: businesses racing to keep up with demand for green products (via BusinessGreen)

Accor launches carbon footprint calculator for events (via Environmental Leader)

Los Angeles passes ban on plastic bags (via The Good Human)

ENVIRONMENT

Wheat fields parched by drought from US to Russia (via Bloomberg)

Western US faces “extreme” wildfire risk now and later (via Climate Central)

OIL

OPEC has lost the power to lower the price of oil (via Energy Bulletin)

New and frozen frontier awaits offshore oil drilling (via New York Times)

TRANSPORTATION

Over a million CNG/LPG vehicle sales predicted by 2018 (via Autoblog Green)

FedEx delivers on green goals with electric trucks (via Forbes)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL

Just how dirty are Canada’s oil sands anyway? (via Washington Post)

TransCanada tweaks Keystone XL route to avoid EPA scrutiny of southern leg (via Greenwire)

Lawsuit challenges Nebraska’s pipeline review law (via Houston Chronicle)

GRID

Louisiana approves Entergy’s move to Midwest ISO (via Reuters)

NUCLEAR

Embattled NRC chief downplays exit plan (via Politico)

OPINION

A level playing field cuts both ways: why we should encourage more Chinese investment in US clean energy (via Climate Progress)

What lies ahead for international action on global warming in 2012? (via Climate Progress)

Is net energy metering for solar power a subsidy? (via Greentech Media)

POLITICS

Democrats battling Republicans over military biofuels (via Autoblog Green)

Republicans try to force the military to use dirty energy it doesn’t want (via Grist)

OTHER NEWS

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

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