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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.25.12

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

Rich, poor nations at odds in UN climate talks (via Time/AP)

China to spend $27 billion on emission cuts, renewables (via Reuters)

Early season heat wave for Memorial Day weekend (via Climate Central)

RENEWABLES

Trade war seen looming as China rebukes US support for solar (via Bloomberg)

Germany stalled on the expressway to a green future (via Der Spiegel)

Nearly 50% cut in 2020 UK solar target – from 22 GW to 11.9 GW (via CleanTechnica)

California expands solar net metering program (via Earth2Tech)

Huge wind for California solar: CPUC keeps net energy metering alive (via Greentech Media)

Goldman Sachs to pump$40bn into clean energy (via Environmental Leader)

The promise and peril of a military shift to biofuels (via Grist)

Solar backpacks to charge Marines in the field (via Treehugger)

Cloud computing clears the way to solar power (via AOL Energy)

OIL/GASOLINE

OPEC spare capacity in first quarter 2012 at lowest level since 2008 (via US EIA)

Europe to spend a record $500 billion on oil imports (via Houston Chronicle)

Another reason Europe’s in crisis? A high oil bill (via Washington Post)

Gas prices modestly lower as driving season starts (via New York Times)

State official says oil development could push North Dakota population to 1 million (via Grand Forks Herald)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

63 percent of retailers now using energy management in at least 50 percent of stores (via Environmental Leader)

Energy app lets NYC residents remotely control air conditioners this summer (via Sustainable Business)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING

Kinder Morgan completes $21 billion mega-deal with El Paso (via Houston Chronicle)

Ohio lawmakers approve new oil and gas well regulations (via Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

North Carolina works to build fracking regs from scratch (via EnergyWire)

Frack-friendly SUNY-Buffalo report debunked (via Mother Jones)

Chesapeake to sell Colorado land, wells (via Houston Chronicle)

TRANSPORTATION

New generation electric car batteries will take 10 years, DOE says (via Green Car Reports)

Plug-in vehicles often get lower insurance (via Autoblog Green)

GREEN BUSINESS

UN seeking industry partnerships to advance climate treaty at Rio+20 (via Bloomberg)

The self-inflicted downfall of the Heartland Institute (via Climate Progress)

NUCLEAR

Obama taps George Mason professor to head NRC (via The Hill)

POLITICS

Obama to Congress on green-energy tax-break extension: ‘do it now’ (via The Hill)

House GOP vows to keep pushing measures on energy (via Politico)

OTHER NEWS

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

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