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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.29.12

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. 

ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE/EMISSIONS

Supercomputer will help researchers map climate change down to local level (via Washington Post)

MIT report finds China’s actions on climate change crucial; argues for global economy-wide greenhouse gas tax (via Green Car Congress)

Kenya’s bid to become first African nation to set up climate authority (via The Guardian)

Amazon in danger as Brazil moves forward with bill, critics say (via Los Angeles Times)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING

Natural gas “golden age” threatened by pollution, IEA says (via Bloomberg)

LNG exporters sail by US manufacturers (via Forbes)

Drilling boom spurring clean up push (via Houston Chronicle)

55 investor groups challenge shale gas industry, will compare environmental performance of companies (via Facts of the Day)

RENEWABLES

China to tighten grip on renewables M&A activity: report (via Recharge)

Indian wind energy world leader fights for survival (via CleanTechnica)

Feds honor clean-powered college campuses (via Revmodo)

Why is Wisconsin program shifting away from solar? (via Midwest Energy News)

OIL/GAS

China paying billions for oil deals in the Americas (via CNNMoney)

Spain’s Repsol may leave Cuba after dry spell (via Reuters)

Gas prices expected to fall further heading into summer (via Washington Post)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Hawaii could be part of Japan’s push to boost energy efficiency (via Energy Central)

COAL

The power of markets: $2.75/mcf is key price for switching between gas & coal (via Facts of the Day)

BLM rejects permit for Wyoming methane bacteria project (via Houston Chronicle)

TRANSPORTATION

Toyota Prius escapes niche to surge into global top three (via Bloomberg)

China to spend $315 million yearly on alternative-energy cars (via Bloomberg)

GRID

German power grids increasingly strained (via The Oil Drum)

Germany aims to speed up expansion of power grid (via Reuters)

NUCLEAR

Soaring costs plague California nuclear plant undergoing repair (via InsideClimate News)

OPINION

The truth about renewable energy: inexpensive, reliable, inexhaustible (via Grist)

OTHER NEWS

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

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