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Oh Lutz: Reducing fuel consumption by mandating more fuel-efficient cars “is like attacking obesity by ordering everybody to wear size small clothing,” and other gems from former Chevy Volt frontman Bob Lutz on David Letterman last night. — Jalopnik

Smart Grid for China: China’s power distribution monopoly State Grid Corp. has set a goal of building a smart grid by 2020, the company’s general manager Liu Zhenya said today. — Dow Jones Newswires

Green Military Tech: The U.S. Navy says it has saved more than $79 million this year on ship fuel costs, and reduced its overall energy consumption by 12 percent in 2008 with wind, solar, geothermal and ocean thermal energy conversion projects at military bases, mostly in California. — Environmental Leader

Ag Readies for a Fight: The House Agriculture Committee could create some of the most formidable opposition to the compromise version of the climate and energy bill now working its way through Congress. Committee members want more offsets for farmers and changes in renewable fuel standards. — ClimateWire via NYT

GM Engine Progress?: General Motors is working on a new internal combustion engine for use in upcoming hybrids and plug-in hybrid vehicles that it says approaches the efficiency of diesel engines. — CNET’s Car Tech