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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.19.12

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

Coal and wind layoffs intensify Congressional policy battles (via The Hill)

EU follows US, votes for tough oil, gas anti-corruption law (via CNBC)

CLIMATE

MIT: for every 1 degree C rise in temperature, tropical regions will see 10% heavier rainfall extremes (via Climate Progress)

Hottest-ever water temperatures off East Coast all the way down to the bottom of the ocean (via Mother Jones)

Climate scientists urge other climate scientists to speak up, fight man (via Grist)

Judge preserves privacy of climate scientist’s emails (via Nature)

Global climate revenues fall 5% in 2011 (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES

China’s wind capacity could reach 300GW by 2020, study claims (via Recharge)

Japan cabinet ministers endorse new energy plan (via Reuters)

German offshore wind grid law weeks away from adoption (via Recharge)

The reign of residential PV in Japan (via Greentech Media)

Southwest needs power lines to become solar hub (via MSNBC/AP)

Siemens laying off 615 in three states amid wind tax credit uncertainty (via InsideClimate News)

19 major US companies urge Congress to extend wind tax credit (via Climate Progress)

ENVIRONMENT

Arctic sea ice thaw may be accelerated by oil, shipping (via Reuters)

Arctic sea ice shrinks to smallest extent ever recorded (via The Guardian)

Forest fire research questions the wisdom of prescribed burns (via New York Times)

US West should expect bigger wildfires more often (via Reuters)

OIL/TAR SANDS

White House: all options on table in dealing with oil markets (via Reuters)

Few oil pipeline spills detected by much-touted technology (via InsideClimate News)

Report warns of local health hazards from tar sands refineries (via Sustainable Business)

EMISSIONS

The social cost of carbon: how to do the math? (via New York Times)

Glut of offsets threatens global carbon market (via Environmental Leader)

China finances $2.5 billion Texas coal carbon capture power plant: what are the lessons? (via Facts of the Day)

NATURAL GAS

UK overseas gas imports to surge to $11 billion by 2015 (via Yahoo! News/Reuters)

USGS finds 2% of NY water wells have explosive levels of methane, 53% have detectable levels (via Facts of the Day)

CLEAN TECH

A boom in utility rebates drives LED lighting (via Greentech Media)

Majority of utilities falling short on business intelligence (via Renew Grid)

TRANSPORTATION

IEA forecasts fuel use in new cars could halve by 2030 (via Reuters)

US electric car industry poised to overtake Europe (via Environmental News Network)

California to dominate US electric vehicle sales through 2020 (via Sustainable Business)

Independent tests show Nissan Leaf electric cars lost range in hot climates (via Green Car Reports)

POLITICS

Could Romney actually roll back new MPG standards? (via InsideClimate News)

Who was the greenest president? (via Marc Gunther)

OTHER NEWS

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

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