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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 7.2.12

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 

Study suggest neither cap-and-trade nor carbon tax have made significant GHG emissions reduction (via Green Car Congress)

EU carbon errors make Australia wiser as Gillard sets price record (via Bloomberg)

Green businesses line up to support Australian carbon tax (via BusinessGreen)

Greenland ice sheet melt nearing critical “tipping point” (via Climate Central)

EU carbon permits are fastest-rising commodity in June (via Bloomberg)

BC’s ‘controversial’ carbon trading system under review (via Vancouver Sun)

COAL 

Genome study finds ancestral fungus may have helped end coal formation; potential biofuel production resource (via Green Car Congress)

BLM ‘auctions’ 720-million-ton Wyoming coal tract to single bidder for $1.10/ton (via Climate Progress)

US government just sold 721 million tons of coal for literally cheaper than dirt (via Treehugger)

Coal can save itself by investing in tomorrow’s technologies (via Forbes)

RENEWABLES 

Mexico’s solar energy investment and capacity doubles (via Ecopreneurist)

Denmark will be 100% renewable by mid-century (via Triple Pundit)

Renewables developers begin to look beyond tax credits (via Platts)

Four charts provide distributed solar lessons from California (via Climate Progress)

GAO: Pentagon energy policies aren’t reaching the battlefield (via Greenwire)

NUCLEAR 

Japan restarts first reactor since Fukushima crisis (via Reuters)

Senate confirms two commissioners to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (via The Hill)

GRID 

Electricity storage: location, location, location…and cost (via US EIA)

Peril ahead for Texas power market (via Houston Chronicle)

Pepco and Comverge reach into 300,000 homes with demand response (via Greentech Media)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Pincushion America: the irretrievable legacy of drilling everywhere on drinking water (via Energy Bulletin)

SUNY Buffalo will not investigate fracking institute (via New York Times)

California growers join greens to query fracking safety (via Reuters)

Fracking under graveyards raises moral, money questions (via Centre Daily/AP)

Chesapeake pays 1% tax rate using outdated oil subsidy (via Bloomberg)

ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE

Climate change to favor trees over grasses in Africa (via Mongabay)

Long, hot summer: wildfires thrive on drought, heat, and wind (via Los Angeles Times)

Did climate change ‘cause’ the Colorado wildfires? (via Grist)

Waves of change: planning for New England’s unprecedented sea level rise (via Conservation Law Foundation)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

TransCanada wins second of three permits for Keystone XL (via Reuters)

Keystone XL pipeline expansion driven by oil-rich Alberta tar sands (Washington Post)

Dilbit disaster epilogue: cleanup, consequences, and lives changed (via InsideClimate News)

Tar sands boomtown Fort McMurray busting at the seams (via Washington Post)

CLEAN TECH 

Energy-efficient buildings policy promises economic boost (via GreenBiz)

At maturity, green gamification takes on a new challenge (via GreenBiz)

Passive house: the next big thing in green building (via Earth Techling)

OIL 

US net oil import dependence drops another notch (via Platts)

TRANSPORTATION 

BMW and Toyota partner to develop new electric vehicle technology (via New York Times)

Honda offers free insurance to electric Fit buyers (via Los Angeles Times)

POLITICS 

Poll: voters back Keystone pipeline, but give Obama edge on energy security (via The Hill)

Climate scores keep representatives accountable on climate change legislation (via Treehugger)

Energy ads flood TV in swing states (via Washington Post)

OPINION 

Iran, oil, and the politics of sanctions (via National Journal)

A ‘yes’ to Enbridge’s pipeline is a ‘no’ to ethics in Canada (via Huffington Post)

Will Supreme Court’s health care ruling imperil Clean Air Act? (via Greenwire)

OTHER NEWS

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

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