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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 6.1.12

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.

EMISSIONS/CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT 

World Bank: 14 programs show CO2 trade taking off (via Bloomberg)

Climate-themed bond market hits $174 billion (via Environmental Leader)

Voluntary carbon offsetting hits three-year high (via Environmental Leader)

Geoengineering scheme could make sky brighter and whiter, study says (via Yale e360)

Uncomfortable truths about air conditioning (via Midwest Energy News)

California lawmakers approve cap-and-trade revenue bill (via Forbes)

Hawaii officially becomes the first US state to ban plastic bags (via Inhabitat)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

EPA raises concerns about Keystone XL through Texas (via StateImpact Texas)

Pipeline spill sends 22,000 barrels of oil mix into Northwest Alberta environment (via Globe and Mail)

Motiva completes $10 billion Gulf Coast refinery expansion, can now process Keystone XL crude (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

Brazil considers tariff on imported Chinese turbines (via Recharge)

Will wind turbine tower tariff spark a US-China renewable energy trade war? (via Earth & Industry)

Can solar clean up its life (cycle)? (via Greentech Media)

Sharp hits solar cell efficiency record of 43.5% (via Treehugger)

US ethanol production plunges on weak demand (via Des Moines Register)

Is renewable energy a priority for smart grid integration? (via Smartplanet)

Midwest study: adding more wind power will save money (via Renewable Energy World)

NUCLEAR 

China cabinet approves nuclear safety plan (via Reuters)

Japanese protest over planned restart of nuclear reactors (via Reuters)

GAO suggests risk assessment for nuclear plants needs improving (via San Luis Obispo Tribune)

TVA ignored problems at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, report finds (via Chattanooga Times Free-Press)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

The fast and furious: Japan’s race to energy management (via Greentech Media)

New California building code to slash bills by billions (via GreenBiz)

Empire State Building saves millions of dollars in first year of energy efficiency plan (via Sacramento Bee)

Cities crack down on stores blasting air conditioning outside (via Good)

GASOLINE 

Public sees gas prices fall across much of nation (via Pew Research Center)

TRANSPORTATION 

Nissan Leaf holds value better than Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius (via Autoblog Green)

Spend more on high-MPG compact models? Consumer reports says “meh” (via Green Car Reports)

Nissan launches Leaf-to-home electric car power system (via Green Car Reports)

NRG says $102 million EV station plan will create $185 million in spending (via Autoblog Green)

NATURAL GAS 

With US energy sources on rise, Russia and China renew fuel talks (via EnergyWire)

Shale gas takes on coal to power America’s electrical plants (via Forbes)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Switching to a green economy could mean millions of jobs, says UN (via The Guardian)

Green building boom shows no sign of waning (via Earth Techling)

COAL 

Coal hits 6-year high share of UK power generation (via Reuters)

US Ex-Im bank gives XCoal Energy $90 million loan guarantee to export coal (via EnergyBoom)

POLITICS 

US lawmakers tell Obama to rein in energy exports (via Reuters)

Romney’s Solyndra trip stirs up bad memories for White House (via Politico)

OPINION 

Our ability to forecast the weather is in big trouble (via New York Times)

The military plays an important role in biofuel procurement (via Innovation Files)

The people-power-inflicted downfall of Heartland (via Huffington Post)

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