Chron Energy Newslinks | 12.02.09 | A Texas push for shale regs, 'climategate' prof takes a breather.

L.A. tries to be all Houston-like with electric cars.

• New ‘grassroots’ group to push for more Barnett shale drilling regs.

• North Carolina utility to close 11 coal plants, betting big on natural gas.

• House bill funds more research into natural gas-fired turbine efficiency.

• Debt-laden oil state Dubai gives us a lesson in capitalism without the bailout.

• Mexico’s oil woes worsen as Cantarell loses no. 1 spot.

• New technology must drive carbon emission cuts, says BP chairman.

• In-house attorneys can do draft support for both transmission and marketing, FERC rules.

• Prof. at center of ‘climategate’ will step aside for now as investigation starts.