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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.7.12

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 POLICY 

Asia-Pacific nations agree to slash trade duties on green technology (via Reuters)

Japan risks angering both sides with energy mix plan (via Reuters)

NRG-GenOn acquisition plan would create largest U.S. independent power producer (via US EIA)

GRID 

How a weak grid could hobble China’s mega-PV push (via Recharge)

Smart meters find growing support in Europe, emerging markets (via SustainableBusiness)

70% of municipal utilities could install smart meters by 2017 (via Greentech Media)

DOE report finds significant growth in fuel cell industry in 2011, continued growth through 2012 (via Green Car Congress)

RENEWABLES 

South Australia hits two wind power milestones: 50% of electricity, more power than coal (via Renewable Energy World)

China price war draining jobs in Germany’s solar valley (via Bloomberg)

Brazil forecast for huge renewables growth (via Renewable Energy World)

Australia’s New South Wales state sets out plan to boost renewables to 20% (via Recharge)

60 conservatives groups push for end to wind energy tax credit (via The Hill)

The U.S. military’s great green gamble spurs biofuel startups (via Forbes)

California solar generation sets records, reaches 1GW (via Renew Grid)

California hits billion-watt solar energy milestone (via U-T San Diego business)

Three renewable energy bills pass in California, community solar bill fails (via SustainableBusiness)

SDG&E teams up with San Diego Zoo on EV charging project (via Renew Grid)

TRANSPORTATION 

August alt-fuel sales almost double as gas prices rise (via Autoblog Green)

PlugShare finds most EV drivers go 1,060 miles on $30/month (via AutoBlog Green)

California paves way for testing of driverless cars (via Greenbang)

OIL 

Oil from BP spill uncovered by Hurricane Isaac’s waves (via Fox News)

Tests confirm oil found on Gulf beaches after Isaac is from BP spill (via Houston Chronicle)

ENVIRONMENT/EMISSIONS 

Half of the polar ice cap is missing: Arctic sea ice hits a new record low (via Weather Underground)

Japan axing nuclear for renewables means missing carbon goal (via Bloomberg)

Impact of melting Arctic ice will be equal to unleashing 20 years of CO2 emissions (via Inhabitat)

As sea ice fades, the Arctic becomes a nautical highway (via Climate Central)

Destruction of tropical forests reduces regional rainfall (via Yale e360)

Timeline: extreme weather events in 2012 (via WRI Insights)

Climate change, pollution force National Parks Service to rethink management strategies (via Greenwire)

NATURAL GAS 

South Africa lifts moratorium on shale gas exploration (via Reuters)

As US shale gas output booms, who should fund required infrastructure? (via AOL Energy)

GREEN BUSINESS 

From Asia, five inspiring ways to green the city (via Forbes)

Poll: company profits unaffected by climate change laws (via Bloomberg)

TAR SANDS 

First U.S. tar sands mine: 6 years digging up 62 acres, for 6 hours of oil (via DeSmogBlog)

POLITICS 

Obama: climate change is not a hoax (via The Hill)

Obama v. Romney on science (via StateImpact Pennsylvania)

OPINION 

Research links climate science denial to conspiracy theories – but skeptics smell a conspiracy (via Climate Progress)

Coal’s future: “all the good seams are gone” (via Charleston Gazette)

On Solyndra anniversary, who wins the message war? (via Politico)

Shell CO2 capture bets on emissions targets (via Reuters)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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