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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.13.12

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.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

In Japan, energy saving takes its toll (via Washington Post)

Connecticut debuts new statewide energy efficiency program (via New Haven Register)

OIL 

BP’s Olympic ads see to erase oil spill from memory (via Mother Jones)

Feds give new guidelines for offshore oil spill response plans (via Houston Chronicle)

The Bakken billionaire’s oil optimism (via Washington Post)

TRANSPORTATION 

Survey: interest in hybrid cars up, but not sales (via United Press International)

More clean cars equals more jobs (via Mother Nature Network)

RARE EARTHS 

Japanese firms, including Toyota, develop rare earth recycling (via Plug-in Cars)

RENEWABLES 

143,000 MW of solar and wind for Pakistan? (via CleanTechnica)

Scottish renewables investment tops £2.8 (via BusinessGreen)

100% electricity from renewables “attainable” for Scotland (via UK Press Association)

Latin America region offers new direction for China’s solar giants (via Renewable Energy World)

10 solar projects in India that can help fight blackouts (via GigaOm)

UN chief calls on US to suspend biofuel mandate (via BusinessGreen)

Dismal crop forecast fuels ethanol battle (via The Hill)

The physics of tidal energy (via New York Times)

LA needs desert solar farms – but not everyone’s happy about it (via Grist)

Layoffs buffet wind power industry (via Houston Chronicle)

Spokeswoman says Romney backs US wind industry, not PTC (via Recharge)

NATURAL GAS 

Fracking upside: 3.6 million jobs along with 3% GDP (via Bloomberg)

Natural gas and its role in the US’s energy endgame (via Yale e360)

ENVIRONMENT 

Rate of Arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted (via The Guardian)

Sea ice retreats rapidly in the Northwest Passage (via NASA)

California fresh water restricting raises fears for farmers (via New York Times)

Forest Service fights all fires now, but at what cost? (via Climate Central)

GRID 

Report: German utilities don’t want to spend on smart grid (via Greentech Media)

Micro grids, net metering can reduce power outages in India (via Panchabuta)

NUCLEAR 

The nun who broke into a nuclear sanctum (via New York Times)

CLIMATE/EMISSIONS 

Charts: comparing the largest carbon emitters (via Mongabay)

Severe storms overwhelm China’s infrastructure, experts warn climate change will make problem worse (via Climate Progress)

Agriculture adaptation to climate change sought by farmers (via Huffington Post/AP)

OPINION 

Finding the sweet spot: bipartisan energy and environment policies (via National Journal)

How the laws of energy power the US (via GreenBiz)

On clean energy, the military’s biggest fight is with Congress (via Climate Progress)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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