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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 6.27.12

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/ENVIRONMENT 

Federal court backs EPA on emissions limits intended to reduce global warming (via New York Times)

British Columbia carbon tax is a good-news, bad-news story (via Vancouver Sun)

US beach pollution at third-highest level in 22 years (via Los Angeles Times)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

US grants a Keystone pipeline permit (via New York Times)

Despite spills, Enbridge pushes for more oil sands pipelines (via Forbes)

The dilbit disaster: inside the biggest oil spill you’ve never heard of, part 2 (via InsideClimate News)

RENEWABLES 

Solar production glut to persist to 2015- study (via Reuters)

Chinese growth may help smooth PV’s stormy waters, analysts say (via Recharge)

The growing state of wind power in Latin America (via Renewable Energy World)

Shared solar one step closer to reality (via Greentech Media)

Texas wind sets new records: 17.6% of ERCOT’s demand on June 19 (via Facts of the Day)

New Jersey’s solar ‘resurrection bill’ passes state legislature (via Greentech Media)

OIL

Feds finalizing 5-year offshore drilling lease plan with heavy Gulf focus (via Houston Chronicle) 

Harvard researcher forecasts sharp increase in world oil production capacity, risk of price collapse (via Green Car Congress)

Salazar: feds likely to approve Shell’s Arctic drilling permits (via Houston Chronicle)

Oil lease sale in US Beaufort Sea delayed two years to 2017 (via Bloomberg)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Toyota retains top spot as ‘greenest global brand’ (via BusinessGreen)

How businesses can find sustainability breakthroughs (via Environmental Leader)

COAL 

Mongolia’s coal deposits draw neighbors’ attention (via New York Times)

TRANSPORTATION 

Capability to charge EVs lacking in homes, apartments (via CNET)

Gearing up: proposed auto efficiency standards will create 570,000 jobs by 2030 (via Climate Progress)

Chu sets EV target price at $23,000 in 10 years (via Plugin Cars)

Internal combustion engine may see a makeover (via Houston Chronicle)

Tesla’s Elon Musk: most new cars will be electric by 2032, no matter who’s president (via Autoblog Green)

Ecototality forms joint venture with Chinese utility to develop EV charging stations (via Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR 

Japan utility shareholders vote to keep nuclear power (via Reuters)

Probe: colleagues of NRC chief Jaczko felt bullied, intimidated (via The Hill)

RARE EARTHS 

Idaho, Montana may provide US supply of rare earth metals (via Autoblog Green)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Interior Secretary Salazar: state fracking regulation ‘not good enough for me’ (via The Hill)

A novel way to clean fracking wastewater (via New York Times)

POLITICS 

For EPA, court win feeds GOP anger (via The Hill)

OPINION 

Think again: the American energy boom (via Council on Foreign Relations)

Can US carbon emissions keep dropping? Depends on Congress (via Washington Post)

Rising sea levels: it’s worse than you think (via Grist)

OTHER NEWS

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

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