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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.31.12

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.


Obama sets new energy efficiency goal (via The Hill)

White House industrial efficiency directive could drive $40 billion in new manufacturing investments (via Climate Progress)

The good news about energy efficiency (via Sightline Daily)

Retrofit Chicago: is the energy efficiency plan worth the hype? (via Midwest Energy News)


Germany, Italy stay opposed to IEA oil release (via Reuters)

Barclays predicts $180 oil by end of the decade (via Houston Chronicle)

Interior Department approves Shell’s initial drilling in Arctic (via The Hill)

Bakken shale oil to be transported by rail from North Dakota on 1,000-car unit trains (via Green Car Congress)


Japan to boost renewables to 10% of all power produced by 2030 (via Yomiuri Shimbun)

India will reach solar grid parity by 2017, says energy minister (via Panchabuta)

30GW of renewable energy capacity addition planned for India in next five years (via Panchabuta)

Germany seeks to prevent China solar dumping case in Europe (via Renewable Energy World/Bloomberg)

Study finds UK wind power predictable enough to keep the lights on (via Reuters)

Wind layoffs mostly hitting constituents of Congressional PTC supporters (via Greenwire)

Lake Michigan gets look from wind researchers (via Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Cheyenne approves lease for 150-turbine Wyoming wind project (via Recharge)


Poll shows 70-80 percent of Japanese want to end use of nuclear power (via United Press International)

License denied for proposed Maryland nuclear reactor (via Baltimore Sun)


Report finds climate change promises more tough summers (via The Hill)

What do methane deposits in the Antarctic and Arctic mean for the climate? (via Climate Progress)

East Coast national parks at risk from sea level rise (via New York Times)


California accuses power company of gaming state electricity market (via Sacramento Bee)

New England grid operator concerned over region’s reliance on natural gas (via New Hampshire Union Leader)

ComEd confirms smart meters involved in ‘small fires’ (via Chicago Tribune)

Ontario municipal utility working on self-healing grid (via Renew Grid)


California air board officials test cap-and-trade auction system (via Sacramento Bee)

Curtain rises on California’s planned carbon market (via Grist)

Carbon cap-and-trade explained in one simple diagram (via Mother Jones)


Road builders say higher emission rules will drain highway money (via The Hill)

Savings and costs of the new US fuel economy standards (via National Geographic)

GM sells 2,500 Chevy Volts in August, the most ever (via Autoblog Green)

Elon Musk: solar really is the future for electric cars (via Green Car Reports)


Using fertilizer wisely could help feed 9 billion people (via Scientific American)

Water should be more valued to reflect worth, says Nestle exec (via Bloomberg)


Candidates change, but rhetoric on energy and environment hasn’t (via Greenwire)

Romney speech mocks climate crisis (via BusinessGreen)

GOP platform highlights the party’s abrupt shift on energy, climate (via Washington Post)

Republicans vow to end ‘war on coal,’ torch green regulations (via BusinessGreen)

Cleantech experts on Romney’s energy plan: ‘a political document not worth serious analysis’ (via Climate Progress)


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

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