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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 6.6.12

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.

CLIMATE/EMISSIONS/ENVIRONMENT

China picks stable power prices over emissions targets (via Reuters)

Around the world, cap-and-trade is still alive and kicking (via Washington Post)

US cities lag in climate change prep (via United Press International)

The deadly consequences of climate change (via InsideClimate News)

Brazil finalizes 2011 deforestation data (via Mongabay)

5 ways states are (and aren’t) planning for rising sea levels (via Take Part)

2012 Farm Bill should help American farmers prepare for climate change (via Climate Progress)

NATURAL GAS

ExxonMobil projects natural gas will overtake coal as 2nd most widely used source of energy by 2025 (via Green Car Congress)

IEA: China natural gas demand to double by 2017 (via Seattle Times/AP)

TransCanada selected to develop $4B natural gas pipeline to Canada’s West Coast (via Green Car Congress)

RENEWABLES 

Solar makers bet on Japan nuclear crisis being a game changer (via Reuters)

India’s low-carbon technology market likely to be worth $135 billion by 2020 (via The Economic Times)

UK government mulls national offshore wind supplier database (via BusinessGreen)

Clean ‘Energy Islands’ planned for Australian coast (via EarthTechling)

Farms becoming major source of renewable energy in UK (via Sustainable Business)

Floating deep-water wind farms inch closer to reality (via Greenbang)

Is mixing wind and solar catching on? (via Greentech Media)

Small investors could earn returns funding solar, too (via Good)

Behind BrightSource Energy’s big push for US loan (via Wall Street Journal)

DTE Energy investing $500 million in Michigan wind power infrastructure (via Huffington Post)

COAL

US coal’s share of total net generation continues to decline (via US EIA)

China turns away coal shipments (via Sightline Daily)

TRANSPORTATION 

The auto industry’s cloudy outlook (via Mother Nature Network)

Energy storage is key to reducing the cost of fast EV charging (via Plugin Cars)

LaHood will join airlines to protest EU carbon emissions limits (via Bloomberg)

Honda FIT EV has highest EPA efficiency rating of any car (via Green Car Reports)

California can’t get enough of Chevy Volt as sales surge (via Detroit Free Press)

A123 expresses ‘doubt’ in future, loses main line of credit (via Autoblog Green)

Why the lithium air battery is over hyped (via Earth2Tech)

OIL 

For first time in years, the world is producing more oil than it needs (via Washington Post)

The other reason for oil dependency (via Earth2Tech)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

US House votes to block enforcement of energy-efficient light bulb standards (via The Hill)

How Chicago plans to lead in commercial building energy efficiency (via GreenBiz)

Johnson Controls launches tool kit to improve building efficiency (via Environmental Leader)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

Canada oil output growth upgraded by 500,000 bpd (via Reuters)

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline get support from 60% of First Nations along route (via Huffington Post/Canadian Press)

Keystone XL supporters see weak jobs data boosting project (via Bloomberg)

ENERGY POLICY 

US House spares nuclear, fossil fuel subsidies in votes that split GOP (via The Hill)

‘We cannot trust’ EPA on oil and gas development – state officials (via EnergyWire)

Progress Energy ‘hopeful’ FERC will approve Duke takeover by June 8 (via Bloomberg)

GRID

Democratizing the energy game with the ‘power of one’ (via Climate Progress)

Smart meters and competition make ‘Free Power Day Plan” a reality (via Facts of the Day)

POLITICS 

Ex-EPA official of ‘crucify’ fame won’t appear before House (via The Hill)

Lay off the Konarka: Dem energy message risks defeating Dem energy message (via Grist)

The dirt on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s environmental record (via Grist)

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