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Bush Takes a Pass on MPG Rulemaking: The Bush administration has forfeit the job of raising fuel-efficiency targets to President-elect Obama’s incoming team, citing “recent financial difficulties of the automobile industry.” — Washington Post

Solaria Gears Up for 100MW Production: Spire will supply Solaria Energia with module manufacturing equipment for a 100 megawatt production line at its new plant in Fuenmayor, Spain. — PV Tech

Panic Now? How About Now?: With government focus shifting away from the fringes of the energy economy and gas prices tanking, what does the future look like for clean technology? George Tolley, John Whitehead, and Ethan Zindler convene in the ether to discuss. — NYT’s Freakonomics

Exxon CEO: Carbon Tax or Bust: “My greatest concern is that policy makers will attempt to mandate or ordain solutions that are doomed to fail,” such as a cap-and-trade system, said ExxonMobil (s XOM) chief Rex Tillerson. “A carbon tax would be a more direct and transparent approach.” Dow Jones

Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth (or at Least D.C.): The stock of science has fallen among feds in the last eight years. Now, as the incoming president makes good on a promise to welcome scientists into his administration, it’s rising. — The Economist

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