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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 5.7.12

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. 

KEYSTONE XL/TAR SANDS 

Keystone developer confident in early 2013 decision (via The Hill)

Canada likely could push pipelines through BC after long legal struggle (via Ottawa Citizen)

Majority of Canadians support increased oil production: poll (via Fort McMurray Today)

Trumka: labor wants Keystone pipeline, environmental issues can be resolved (via The Hill)

RENEWABLES 

PwC: insurance firms stepping up interest in wind farm investments (via BusinessGreen)

The global solar industry aims at Japan (via Earth2Tech)

US wind industry grows 52% in Q1 2012 (via Sustainable Business)

First US green bond raises $500 million (via Sustainable Business)

Amid Brazil’s rush to develop hydro, workers resist (via New York Times)

Florida university seeks to lease part of ocean floor to test for electricity (via Sun-Sentinel)

ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE/EMISSIONS 

Panetta warns climate change having ‘dramatic impact’ on national security (via The Hill)

What’s the agenda for the Rio+20 conference? (via Good Human)

DOE-sponsored drilling projects demonstrate significant CO2 storage at three sites (via Green Car Congress)

OIL 

Oil falls to three-month lows under $115 (via Yahoo! News/Reuters)

Two years later, grim photos from the BP disaster (via Mother Jones)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Interior floats new draft rules to regulate oil and gas fracking (via The Hill)

Fracturing rule offers a concession (via Houston Chronicle)

Lux Research: frack water market to grow nine-fold to $9 billion in 2020 (via Green Car Congress)

Record gas use by US utilities fails to drive up price (via Houston Chronicle)

PA gas drilling brought $3.5 billion in 2011 (via Houston Chronicle)

SEC begins inquiry into Chesapeake Energy (via Houston Chronicle/AP)

TRANSPORTATION 

Automakers: here’s how we’ll charge EVs in 15-20 minutes (via CNET)

Ultra-green Europe slow to buy electric vehicles (via Mother Nature Network)

Port of Los Angeles implementing Environmental Ship Index program (via Green Car Congress)

The city is the crucible for the electric vehicle market (via Climate Progress)

EVs hit Indy’s historic brickyard raceway (via Earth Techling)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

DOE guide to help hospitals achieve 50% energy savings (via Environmental Leader)

Green Button changes the cost of energy services (via Greentech Media)

Chicago’s LEED gold hospital project biggest ever (via Earth Techling)

COAL 

Coal dependent: Pacific Northwest activists fight new export terminals (via Grist)

India’s quest for coal stalls as red tape kills mining takeovers (via Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR 

Japan nuclear power-free as last reactor shuts down (via Yahoo! News/Reuters)

Last reactor of 50 in Japan is shut down (via New York Times)

ENERGY POLICY 

German power grid seen facing stresses next winter (via Reuters)

China debates renewables quotas to cut wind curtailment (via Recharge)

Report: US solar subsidies consistent with coal, oil (via Reuters)

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