Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/21/15)

May 21st, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/21/15).

  1. NRDC’s Switchboard blog writes, “The most recent oil spill in California highlights both fundamental weaknesses in basic safeguards for our nation’s oil infrastructure as well as risks associated with industry plans to expand tar sands infrastructure in the West Coast.”
  2. According to David Roberts of Vox, “Nevada’s big utility is about to strangle the state’s rooftop solar program.”
  3. Climate Progress reports, “Exposure to oil and dispersants from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico to develop lesions and die, according to a new study.”
  4. The New York Times editorial board argues, “There is no good reason for governments to sustain outdated and unnecessary subsidies that cause millions of deaths every year, not to mention the havoc that they are wreaking on the environment.”
  5. reports: “At the California Democratic Party convention this weekend, state party officials voted to adopt an official resolution endorsing fossil fuel divestment. Citing the growing threat posed by climate change, the resolution urges the state’s public universities and pension funds to divest their financial holdings from the top 200 fossil fuel companies as part of a comprehensive solution to the climate crisis.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/20/15)

May 20th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/19/15).

  1. The L.A. Times reports, “A ruptured pipeline near Santa Barbara leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil Tuesday, some of which flowed into the ocean and left a thick coat of black tar along the county’s pristine shores, authorities said.”
  2. The U.S. Department of Energy releases a new report which “shows how the next generation of wind turbines could make reliable, cost-effective wind power a reality in all 50 states.”
  3. Media Matters asks, “Why Is The New York Times Providing A Platform For Industry Groups To Baselessly Attack The EPA?”
  4. Power for the People VA argues, “If the power grid goes down, blame the war on solar.”
  5. The Guardian writes about “The rise and rise of the fossil fuel divestment movement.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/19/15)

May 19th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/19/15).

  1. According to InsideClimate News, “Coal’s future as a major energy source is being undermined by market forces, government regulations and moral arguments.”
  2. Chris Mooney of the Washington Post explains “Why EPA’s alleged ‘war on coal’ may actually be a war on energy waste.”
  3. According to the Financial Review, “Solar panel makers globally are preparing for their best year since 2011, when US-backed Solyndra went bust, as China and Japan take advantage of falling prices to shift more of their energy production to clean power.”
  4. In the Washington Post, Eugene Robinson argues: “Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-April on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “China’s battle against pollution is threatening the recovery of coal prices from the lowest level in almost nine years.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/18/15)

May 18th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/18/15).

  1. The BBC reports, “Hundreds of people in kayaks and small boats have staged a protest in the north-western US port city of Seattle against oil drilling in the Arctic by the Shell energy giant.”
  2. According to USA Today, “U.S. natural gas projects face Keystone-like resistance.”
  3. The Guardian reports, “Australia’s solar industry has warned it will campaign against the Coalition in the lead up to the next federal election after an agreement was finally reached to cut the renewable energy target to 33,000 gigawatt hours.”
  4. Mike Gaworecki of DeSmogBlog asks, “Are We Witnessing The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels?”
  5. Greentech Media reports, “Local Governments Win Solar at 9 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour With Collaborative Procurement.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/15/15)

May 15th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/15/15).

  1. Renewable Energy World reports, “Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All.”
  2. According to Quartz, “China is on track for the biggest reduction in coal use ever recorded.”
  3. The New York Times reports: “Duke Energy, the nation’s largest utility corporation, pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act for the discharge of coal ash, a potentially toxic waste product, and for a failure to properly maintain equipment at a number of power plants in its home state of North Carolina. The company also agreed to pay $102 million in fines and environmental fees.”
  4. RenewEconomy explains “Why Australia will lead the world in solar + storage.”
  5. Mother Jones reports on the pipeline that Texans “are freaking out over” — the Trans-Pecos natural gas pipeline.