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Reality Check on Dedicated Green Portfolios: “Investors tempted by green investing need to choose funds carefully and understand that some of these sectors can be very volatile.” Plus, buying stock in greener companies and “shunning those that are harder on the Earth’s resources won’t benefit the environment directly.” — Wall Street Journal via Climate Progress

Panasonic Eyes Laptop Cells for EVs: Panasonic says it has developed a new method for connecting laptop battery cells that will bring down the cost of plug-in vehicle batteries by half compared with larger format cells being developed for automotive applications. — Reuters via Autoblog

Big Biz Goes to Bat for Swift Climate Bill Passage: “Executives from the Dow Chemical Co., Entergy Corp., Nike Inc. and more than 140 other companies and venture capital firms will convene in Washington this week to lobby Senate lawmakers to pass a comprehensive climate and energy bill quickly.” — Greenwire via NYT

EU to Ramp Up Funding for Energy Research: The European Commission plans to launch a campaign this week to triple funding for energy research to 8 billion euros ($11.7 billion) per year year. Over the next decade, 16 billion euros is slated for solar power and 11 billion euros is in the pipeline for development of “smart cities.” — Reuters

Government Watchdog Weighs in on Ethanol Tax Credit: “The Government Accountability Office said Friday that turning corn into fuel is costing U.S. taxpayers an unnecessary amount of money.” — WSJ’s Environmental Capital

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