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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 6.8.12

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.

COAL 

China, India lack water for coal plant plans, GE director says (via Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

CLIMATE/EMISSIONS/ENVIRONMENT 

Data shows US experiencing hottest year on record thus far (via The Hill)

Study finds large-scale geoengineering projects could disrupt global rainfall (via Inhabitat)

We’re about to push the Earth over the brink, new study finds (via Grist)

European Union calls for new targets for 2030 green goals (via BusinessGreen)

Mexican president signs ambitious climate targets into law (via Yale e360)

Japan may cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15%, panel says (via Bloomberg)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

IEA projects 2017 as date gas passes coal in US, but watch this summer (via Facts of the Day)

Public utilities expected to make a slower shift to natural gas (via Houston Chronicle)

North Dakota turns blind eye to dumping of fracking waste in waterways and farmland (via InsideClimate News)

Pennsylvania’s shale gas impact fee revenue, visualized (via StateImpact Pennsylvania)

Fireworks expected at Chesapeake annual meeting (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

US ranks first in world in non-hydro renewable electricity production (via Facts of the Day)

Renewable power boom leaves some nations without grid backup: report (via Bloomberg)

China solar companies gain on Europe pain in shift east (via Bloomberg)

EU next for SolarWorld anti-dumping tariff efforts (via Greentech Media)

China’s wind tower makers expect limited impact from US tariffs (via Recharge)

Tweaking US tax code could spur green energy: senator (via Reuters)

Wind turbine manufacturers say US market will grow in time (via Renewable Energy World)

Navy researching photovoltaic cells that work underwater (via Revmodo)

Legislation could spark renewable energy in California (via Sustainable Business)

TRANSPORTATION

Stricter fuel-economy standards reduce automaker electric-drive investment (via Autoblog Green)

EU considering lowering vehicle CO2 emissions targets (via Autoblog Green)

Shell plans to open LNG truck fueling stations across the US (via Houston Chronicle)

Tesla will sell 20,000 vehicles next year, CEO says (via Autoblog Green)

Higher gas mileage, electric range for 2013 Chevy Volt (via CNET)

KEYSTONE XL 

Will EPA concern over 61 Keystone XL water crossings go unanswered? (via InsideClimate News)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Experts give governments low marks for sustainable development (via Environmental Leader)

How baseball will usher in a greener American future (via Triple Pundit)

NUCLEAR 

Europe to decommission most nuclear power stations by 2030 (via Inhabitat)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Americans put saving energy ahead of vacations (via Detroit News/AP)

GRID 

Smart meters steadily spread across United States (via Earth Techling)

OIL 

Scientists’ qualms about BP spill emails reignite debate on legal privilege (via Greenwire)

OPINION 

Winning on climate: framing the debate means being both for and against things (via Climate Progress)

The 1992 Earth Summit failed. Will this year’s edition be different? (via Washington Post)

Ron Wyden could energize Senate Energy committee (via Politico)

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