Five Energy Articles We’re Reading Today (1/21/11)

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/21/11).

  1. According to BP’s Energy Outlook 2030, “diversification of energy sources increases and non-fossil fuels (nuclear, hydro and renewables) are together expected to be the biggest source of growth for the first time. Between 2010 to 2030 the contribution to energy growth of renewables (solar, wind, geothermal and biofuels) is seen to increase from 5% to 18%.”
  2. For its part, Renewable Energy World believes that “BP Still Doesn’t Get It” when it comes to clean energy.  Specifically, “the report still makes false choices (deliberately), assumes facts not in evidence (like clean coal works), and notes rather casually that emission targets will still not be met by then.”
  3. Appalachian Voices makes the case that mountaintop removal coal mining actually “means FEWER mining jobs for Appalachia.” Why? Because “Mountaintop removal mining is designed specifically to remove the miner from the process, replacing manpower with machinery, and lowering the coal companies’ overhead cost.”
  4. The New York Times reports on how the “lack of transmission lines — and the relatively low price of natural gas — has thwarted the ambitions of wind-power advocates to expand the use of this alternative energy source in Texas.” To remedy this situation, Texas “is moving forward on a contentious project to erect $5 billion worth of transmission wires to connect the turbines to the cities that need power.”
  5. Mother Jones writes about Congressional Republican attempts to cut spending on clean energy, energy efficiency, high-speed rail, and mass transit funding.