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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.14.12

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.

NUCLEAR 

Mutations found in Fukushima butterflies (via United Press International)

High water temperature shuts down Connecticut nuclear reactor (via New York Times)

California ratepayer advocate calls for rate cut over nuclear plant outage (via Los Angeles Times)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY 

Energy peak demand disappearing in Australia (via CleanTechnica)

Why the next wave of green buildings will focus on net zero (via GreenBiz)

Passive design is easier, more effective than you’d think (via Denver Post)

How to convince homeowners to pull the trigger on energy upgrades (via Forbes)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Fracking chemical public disclosure database kept private (via EnergyWire)

RENEWABLES 

Study says migrating geese avoid offshore wind farms (via BBC News)

South Korean solar companies make strong push into US market (via Renewable Energy World)

Federal spending on clean energy falls short on jobs, but wind and solar advance (via McClatchy News)

With tax credit advance and OCS leases, optimism builds in nascent US offshore wind industry (via Greenwire)

Small solar at 40 percent of US project pipeline (via Sustainable Business)

Cape Cod offshore wind farm tiptoes ahead (via Wall Street Journal)

Power link to bring Mexican wind into California gets local OK (via Recharge)

Michigan renewable ballot measure called ‘job creating machine’ (via Detroit News)

Wind farms are a towering rural issue in Michigan (via Detroit News)

OIL 

Iraq overtakes Iran as OPEC number two oil producer behind Saudi Arabia (via Platts)

Russia says new US oil sanctions on Iran could affect ties (via Reuters)

Salazar plan puts half of Alaska petroleum reserve off-limits to drilling (via Washington Post)

Salazar lays Arctic drilling delay at Shell’s feet (via The Hill)

Time running out for Shell drilling in Arctic, Salazar says (via Reuters)

EMISSIONS 

US power plant emissions decline reflects clean energy transition (via Sustainable Business)

California considers more free credits under cap-and-trade plan (via Sustainable Business)

California air chief says carbon auction won’t be delayed (via Bloomberg)

LA car emissions down 98 percent from 1960s levels (via Good)

TRANSPORTATION 

EIA: 2012 average shows US using less gas than at any time since 2007 (via Autoblog Green)

Fisker probing second Karma fire; battery not cause (via Reuters)

In Michigan, automakers plan hybrid road to the future (via Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT

Global food crisis may hit world ‘very soon’ (via Bloomberg)

Australia says trends consistent with early stages of El Nino (via Reuters)

Key West ponders a submerged future (via ClimateWire) 

Obama announces federal aid for drought-stricken agriculture industry (via The Guardian)

River Superfund cleanup stirs troubled water (via New York Times)

OPINION 

Consumers and global climate will win with new vehicle fuel standards (via C2ES)

Energy issues could be critical in the battleground states (via AOL Energy)

Obama’s stimulus package was a ginormous clean energy bill (via Grist)

Video: why the Environmental Protection Agency is so important (via Climate Progress)

Gone with the wind (tax credit) (via Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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