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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.6.12

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 SUBSIDIES 

The real deal on US subsidies: fossil’s $72B, renewable energy’s $12B (via Greentech Media)

CLIMATE/EMISSIONS 

Obama Administration official calls for flexible global accord on climate change (via Bloomberg BNA)

New study ties heat waves to climate change (via The Hill)

Extreme heatwaves 50-100 times more likely due to climate change (via Mongabay)

KEYSTONE XL/TAR SANDS 

US orders major Enbridge oil pipeline review after leak (via Reuters)

Federal agency’s decision on beetle could delay Keystone XL (via Omaha World-Herald)

Enbridge says pipeline system safe despite US concerns (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES 

Japan increasingly turning to solar power (via United Press International)

Sainsbury seizes title as Europe’s top solar generator (via BusinessGreen)

A “third way” approach for US-China solar trade (via Climate Progress)

Spain and America dominate solar thermal market (via CleanTechnica)

First Solar says utility-scale PV ‘starting to take off’ in Australia (via Recharge)

Solar soldiers testing flexible energy harvesters with US Army (via Fast Company)

New bladeless wind turbine claimed to be twice as efficient as conventional designs (via Treehugger)

Scientists seek next wave in tidal power generation (via Houston Chronicle)

Research: harvesting technologies could cut biomass feedstock costs by $25 per ton (via Green Car Congress)

Triple win for biofuels on Capitol Hill (via Renewable Energy World)

Sierra Club: clean energy ‘under siege’ (via United Press International)

California weighs innovative community solar bill (via San Jose Mercury News)

GRID 

Maine PUC agrees to extensive smart meter evaluation (via Portland Press-Herald)

California’s pioneering energy storage mandate moves forward (via GigaOm)

RARE EARTHS 

The rare earth riches buried beneath Greenland’s vast ice sheet (via The Guardian)

TRANSPORTATION 

Military adding more electric vehicles to fleet (via Stars and Stripes)

Alt-fuel vehicle sales slowed in July as EV demand stalls (via Autoblog Green)

What will ‘low-carbon fuel’ mean for you? (via Green Car Reports)

Will E15 ethanol blend really save drivers money? (via Midwest Energy News)

ENVIRONMENT 

Drought worsens in Midwest, threatens next year’s corn crop (via BusinessGreen/The Guardian)

Mixed blessings: a smaller Gulf dead zone offers less to celebrate than you’d think (via Grist)

America’s “most polluted” lake finally comes clean (via NPR)

NATURAL GAS/OIL 

Marcellus Shale about to become top US natural gas field (via Wall Street Journal)

Report: shale boom revamping US refining industry (via Houston Chronicle)

Cuba says another offshore well is unsuccessful (via Reuters)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Method turns ocean trash into packaging (via Triple Pundit)

OPINION 

Climate change is here – and worse than we thought (via Washington Post)

The Wall Street Journal’s long war on science (via Mother Jones)

Should wind tax credit stay or go? (via National Journal)

Who are your climate science sources? (via New York Times)

Can clean energy strike back against the growing smear campaign? (via Climate Progress)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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