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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 6.25.12

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.

TRANSPORTATION 

Significant potential for plug-in vehicles exists in US housing stock (via US EIA)

UK’s biggest pay-as-you-go EV recharging network aims to launch 10,000 charge points (via Green Car Congress)

New York State, feds spending $4.4 million for 325 EV-charging stations (via Autoblog Green)

Plant-based car parts to be as cheap as metal within a decade, says Ford (via BusinessGreen)

COAL 

Powder River Basin coal leasing prompts IG, GAO reviews (via Washington Post)

LA urged to fight expansion of Utah’s Bryce Canyon coal mine (via Los Angeles Times)

The rage of a dying dinosaur: coal’s decline in the US (via Climate Progress)

ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE 

US experts predict sea level rise 2-3 times higher than estimates (via Yahoo! News/AFP)

West Coast sea level rise: 6 inches in California by 2030, says report (via Huffington Post/AP)

Extreme weather takes over America (via Mother Jones)

Strategies for a changing planet: awareness (via Popular Science)

The Maldives to become world’s largest marine reserve by 2017 (via Inhabitat)

Global carbon emissions bigger than previous estimates (via Climate Central)

RIO+20 

Rio+20 summit ends, with little faith seen in government solutions (via Yale e360)

UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative gets boost at troubled Rio+20 (via Climate Progress)

OIL 

Norway’s Statoil to triple North American oil and gas output (via Reuters)

Interior Department: BP ‘sincere’ about safe offshore drilling (via The Hill)

RENEWABLES 

Who’s winning the solar trade war? (via Forbes)

All-carbon solar cell harnesses infrared light (via Renewable Energy World)

A tale of two renewable energy project finance worlds (via AOL Energy)

First Wind chief executive says life without PTC is possible (via Recharge)

Could hot springs hold the key to cheaper cellulosic biofuel? (via Midwest Energy News)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

US extends time for public feedback on fracking rules (via Reuters)

The arithmetic of shale gas (via Forbes)

BC Premier Clark redefines natural gas as clean energy to serve political interests (via DeSmogBlog)

GRID 

Smart meter networks: a North American perspective (via Greentech Media)

Philadelphia to force large property owners to post energy use (via StateImpact Pennsylvania)

OPINION 

Tax reform: what’s at stake for energy? (via National Journal)

How Peabody gets dirt-cheap land and the rest of us get a gigaton of carbon pollution (via Grist)

OTHER NEWS

An additional roundup of energy and climate news is posted at Climate Progress

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