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Energy and Environment News Roundup – 9.25.12

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. 

TRANSPORTATION 

Toyota drops plans for widespread sales of electric car (via Reuters)

US airlines see EU emissions bill as forcing talks (via Bloomberg)

Bob Lutz: gas mileage rules will make 15% of all cars plug-in by 2020 (via Green Car Reports)

Will fast charging make electric vehicles practical? (via MIT Technology Review)

ENERGY POLICY 

As the US warms, power plants face new water limits (via Climate Central)

States aren’t enforcing their own oil and gas rules (via Mother Jones)

NUCLEAR 

China eyes a multi-billion pound state in Britain’s nuclear future (via Financial Mail)

RENEWABLES 

UN energy initiative may reach 300 million people by 2015 (via Bloomberg)

Germany coalition party seeks end of much-copied renewable energy subsidy system (via Bloomberg)

Europe generating enough solar electricity to power Austria (via BusinessGreen)

EU pledges to boost market for clean air technologies (via BusinessGreen)

European grids must get wise to steep solar growth, EPIA says (via Recharge)

Europe installed two-thirds of the world’s new solar power in 2011 (via CleanTechnica)

Defense Department spending on renewables expected to increase steadily (via Renew Grid)

Why tradable SRECs are ruining distributed solar (via Greentech Media)

Wind power hits the doldrums (via Charleston Daily Mail)

Four reasons why all Americans should worry about wind industry layoffs (via Triple Pundit)

Are solar jobs in the US rising or declining? (via Renewable Energy World)

Big wind: 845MW Shepherd’s Flat wind farm marks opening (via Greentech Media)

High-tech kites harvest the power in sea breezes (via Scientific American)

TAR SANDS 

Indian oil companies bid $5 billion for state in Canadian tar sands (via Rueters)

Enbridge spars with economist over Gateway pipeline price impact (via Reuters)

GRID 

Group calls for “National Day of Action” to protest smart meters (via Renew Grid)

NATURAL GAS/FRACKING 

Research looks at hydrology, soil constraints to shale gas development (via Phys.org)

Lawmakers tell feds to speed up LNG export decision (via Houston Chronicle)

Alaska sees Asia driving $20 billion annual natural gas demand via pipeline (via Bloomberg)

US judge dismisses New York’s anti-drilling lawsuit (via Reuters)

CLIMATE 

How a hotter world could make us all less productive (via Washington Post)

A melting Greenland weighs environmental perils against economic potential (via New York Times)

Climate is changing the Great Barrier Reef (via Phys.org)

Three ways to change the climate, in 2012 and beyond (via Grist)

How to relate climate extremes to climate change (via Climate Progress)

COAL 

Coal exports make US cleaner, EU more polluted (via Reuters)

EMISSIONS 

How NREL is improving GHG calculations for power plants (via GreenBiz)

Could oil recovery create a market for carbon capture? (via EnergyWire)

POLITICS 

Poll: swing voters want more from Obama, Congress on climate (via The Hill)

Politics of wind and the election (via AOL Energy)

Romney turning focus to domestic energy production and trade (via Los Angeles Times)

Dems tally violent weather in push for climate action (via The Hill)

OTHER NEWS 

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

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