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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 6.28.12

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 

Few legal options for losers in EPA rule challenge (via Greenwire)

Ball in Congress’ court after greenhouse gas ruling (via E&E Daily)

Arctic sea-ice levels at record low for June (via The Guardian)

Study: climate change would lead to increased fire activity (via ABC News) 

Plans for UK carbon-capture power station abandoned (via BusinessGreen)

Exxon CEO: global warming “manageable” (via The Hill)

Colorado wildfires explained in one chart (via Climate Central)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Japan expects to import 20% of its LNG from North America (via Reuters)

Natgas matches coal in share of US power generation in April (via Reuters)

Natural gas climbs to five-month high on outlook for hot weather (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

Exxon CEO says low US natgas prices not sustainable (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES

German parties agree on solar incentive cuts (via Reuters)

Solar thermal scales new heights in China (via Renewable Energy World)

Insurance giant Allianz in talks over offshore wind investments (via Recharge) 

US offshore wind will be born in Northeast, says Deepwater boss (via Recharge)

Solar installations to power 17-mile stretch of Colorado toll road (via Denver Post)

TRANSPORTATION 

Strong majority of Americans support higher gas tax to improve roads (via Autoblog Green)

GRID 

How the smart grid clamps down on climate change (via GreenBiz)

SMUD: dynamic pricing for electricity beyond the pilot (via Greentech Media)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

US lawmakers reach transportation deal, Keystone out (via Reuters)

The dilbit disaster: inside the biggest oil spill you’ve never heard of, part 3 (via InsideClimate)

TransCanada CEO says East Coast tar sands oil line possible (via Reuters)

GREEN BUILDING 

Product exclusion: the big reason behind the delay of LEED 2012 (via Sustainable Cities Collective)

Industry groups lobby to block new green building standards (via Revmodo)

RARE EARTHS 

US, Europe, and Japan escalate rare-earth dispute with China (via New York Times)

Rare earth metals future may hinge on China (via Earth Techling)

OPINION 

Climate’s weathercaster problem (via Sightline Daily)

Repeating the shale gas boom: how unconventional oil may crush oil prices by 2015 (via Facts of the Day)

POLITICS 

Biden blasts Romney over energy tax credits (via CBS News)

Congressional Republicans attack another job-creating American company (via Grist)

OTHER NEWS

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

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