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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.3.12

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 

Atmospheric CO2 level reaches another high-water mark (via National Geographic)

Scientists: extinctions just as damaging as climate change (via Mother Jones)

How robots inspect the Oklahoma sky (via New York Times)

Biodiversity loss cripples plant growth (via Mongabay)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Gas drilling slows, heating up prices (via Wall Street Journal)

T. Boone Pickens: natural gas has bottomed (via CNNMoney)

Long-awaited DOI fracking rules coming soon (via The Hill)

Sen. Nelson seeks US probe into Chesapeake Energy (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

China reduces solar subsidy on declining component costs (via Bloomberg)

Japan’s renewable energy options: costs and potential (via Washington Post/AP)

Power generation cheaper from wind than solar in developing countries: study (via EnergyNext)

World’s first solar-geothermal hybrid power plant goes operational in US (via EnergyNext)

Bioenergy to supply 16 percent of UK energy by 2020; create 50,000 jobs: report (via EnergyNext)

Waging the battle to build the first US offshore wind farm (via Yale e360)

California utilities balk as home solar producers near 5 percent limit (via CleanTechnica)

Solar markets in turmoil (via AOL Energy)

OIL

Gulf spill will result in more criminal charges, Holder says (via Bloomberg)

BP oil spill judge tentatively approves $7.8 billion pact (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

New survey of undiscovered oil shows shift away from Middle East, Russia (via National Geographic)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Montana schools win DOE national student energy efficiency competition (via Energy Central)

Green button gains more followers (via Greentech Grid)

Future of lighting plays out in Iowa town, global courts (via Bloomberg)

COAL 

The ten companies retiring the most coal plants (via Facts of the Day)

PGE blocks major Oregon coal export project (via South County Spotlight)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Public, executives doubt companies’ environmental commitment (via Environmental Leader)

KEYSTONE XL 

Public meetings renew focus on Keystone XL in Nebraska (via Kearney Hub/AP)

ENERGY POLICY 

Its last nuclear reactor going offline, Japan takes tentative steps toward renewable energy (via Washington Post/AP)

Q & A – Germany’s messy master plan for energy (via Reuters)

POLITICS 

Ohio Gov. Kasich concerned by climate change, won’t ‘apologize’ for coal (via The Hill)

OPINION 

The ‘reasonable middle’ on climate change (via Grist)

Use of public and private dollars for scaling up clean energy needs a reality check (via Stanford University)

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