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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 8.7.12

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.

CLIMATE/EMISSIONS 

Southern states fight estimates of sea level rise (via AP)

2012 hottest year on record for US Northeast so far (via InsideClimate News)

Alaskan Arctic villages hit hard by climate change (via Washington Post)

Port of Los Angeles cuts emissions “as much as 76%” (via Environmental Leader)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Fracking moratorium debate racks South Africa (via Wall Street Journal)

Growth in natural gas supply brings benefits, risks to pipelines (via Houston Chronicle)

Chesapeake reveals huge write down of gas reserves (via Forbes)

Fracking linked to “small” Texas earthquakes, scientist says (via Bloomberg Businessweek)

Fracking’s link to smog worries some Texas cities (via StateImpact Texas)

RENEWABLES 

Ukraine to achieve 1.8GW solar power capacity by 2016 (via CleanTechnica)

US building record 10.3GW of new wind ahead of PTC cut-off (via Recharge)

Wind investments taper in Q2 2012 (via Sustainable Business)

Defense, Interior Departments seek to speed renewable development on military lands (via The Hill)

A critic of biofuels, Senator Inhofe once secured millions for them (via Reuters)

California meets 20 percent of electricity demand with clean energy (via Yale e360)

Documents tell of Great Lakes wind farm plan’s demise (via Albany Times Union)

A mirror a minute: the Ivanpah solar farm kicks into high gear (via GigaOm)

Wind power hits 57% mark in Colorado (via CNNMoney)

Walmart erects its first megawatt wind turbine in California (via Forbes)

OIL 

No end in sight for Bakken shale oil boom (via United Press International)

GRID 

Smart grid technologies could cut peak power demand by 20% (via Treehugger)

Are the batteries ready? 100% clean energy requires progress on storage (via CleanTechnica)

California ISO studying potential of transmission with Nevada (via Sacramento Bee)

NUCLEAR 

Will regulators put San Onofre nuclear plant back on line? (via Greentech Media)

ENVIRONMENT 

Study: nations with more press freedom have better environmental quality (via Treehugger)

Report: farm subsidies contribute to wetland damage (via The Hill)

Drought curbs Texas tourism as lakes go dry (via Bloomberg)

TAR SANDS/KEYSTONE XL 

Conditions placed on Enbridge highlight tougher stance of US regulators on oil pipelines (via Reuters)

Keystone XL pipeline may threaten aquifer that irrigates much of central US (via Washington Post)

GREEN BUSINESS 

Ceres: Exxon, Marathon, others give investors weak reports on drilling and climate risks (via Environmental Leader)

OPINION 

Climate change equals hot summers. Case closed. (via Time)

Can new market participants make the grid more resilient? (via Smart Grid Library)

The power grid: from rickety to resilient (via Time)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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