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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.29.12

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.

TRANSPORTATION 

Obama hikes fuel efficiency to 54.5 mpg by 2025 (via Miami Herald/McClatchy)

What you need to know about the new fuel efficiency standard (via GigaOm)

Top 10 EV-ready US cities (via Greentech Media)

Motor Trend gives 2012 Tesla Model S electric sedan 238 miles of range (via Green Car Reports)

COAL 

Big coal faces steel slowdown amid shale-gas pain (via Bloomberg)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Global e-waste market to top $1.8 billion by 2017 (via BusinessGreen)

RENEWABLES 

Global renewables M&A value down by half in Q2 (via Reuters)

Germany’s environment minister mulls slower green revolution (via Reuters)

Japan PV sales roar ahead as FIT sends sector into overdrive (via Recharge)

Polish wind power lobby criticizes new renewables law (via Reuters)

German cabinet passes draft law to boost offshore wind industry (via Reuters)

US ethanol output forecast to drop 10 percent as price rises (via Reuters)

Energy Department, IRS want more information on tax provisions of Solyndra bankruptcy plan (via Washington Post)

German utility E.ON plans expansion in US solar market (via Reuters)

California legislation to boost solar for renters and low-income communities opposed by utilities (via San Francisco Chronicle)

Twin Cities IKEA powers up Minnesota’s largest solar array (via Inhabitat)

Sapphire Energy’s ‘green crude’ farm comes online (via New Mexico Business Weekly)

Solar power can help Texas’ power grid meet power needs (via Houston Chronicle)

NATURAL GAS 

Fracking opponents rally as New York governor nears decision on moratorium (via Newsday/AP)

Natural gas drilling approved in Ohio national forest (via Canton Republic/AP)

CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT 

UN-backed Bangkok talks face climate funding stand-off (via BusinessGreen)

Climate change, Clinton hot topics at Pacific Islands Forum (via Gulf News)

Arctic sea ice just hit a record low. Here’s why it matters (via Washington Post)

Worst drought in decades could affect US energy markets (via US EIA)

GRID 

Smart grid is taking center stage in Ontario (via Renew Grid)

FERC: power grid vulnerable to ‘fast-moving cybersecurity threats’ (via CNET)

More utilities dragged into smart meter firestorm (via Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR 

Japan leans toward zero nuclear stance, caution remains (via Reuters)

Exelon drops Texas reactor plan, cites cheap natgas (via Reuters)

EMISSIONS 

Carbon efficiency at power plants failing to fight warming (via Agence-France Presse)

New material captures 90+ percent of carbon dioxide in tests (via Greenbang)

22 of the top 25 CO2-emitting congressional districts in 2009 were Republican (via Climate Progress)

KEYSTONE XL 

Seven arrested while blocking construction of Keystone XL in Texas (via Treehugger)

POLITICS 

How Romney and Obama differ on fossil fuel and energy debate (via Autoblog Green)

GOP platform slams military’s focus on climate change (via The Hill)

Coal miners say they were forced to attend Romney campaign event without pay (via Climate Progress)

OPINION 

Nobody’s forcing anybody to disclose CO2 emissions (via Bloomberg)

A global carbon market is no longer a pipe dream (via BusinessGreen)

Our energy inheritance: living with our grandparents’ decisions (via National Geographic)

Why community solar matters (via Clean Technica)

Time to shed obsession for coal in India as future lies in renewable energy (via Panchabuta)

Basic research the wrong focus for ARPA-E (via Innovation Files)

Food vs. fuel: should the EPA waive ethanol requirement? (via Midwest Energy News)

OTHER NEWS

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

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