Here are five recommended reads for today (2/28/11).
- The Energy Collective argues that “fracked gas is only cheap because extractors do not clean up after themselves.” The article also points out that “no activity can properly claim to be cheap until it internalizes the full cycle of its costs.”
- The New York Times has an important story about how “the relatively new drilling method — known as high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking — carries significant environmental risks.”
- Dave Alexander of the Muskegon Chronicle reports that, in Michigan, “[t]he actual contract prices for renewable energy are much lower than forecasted in 2009 renewable energy plans,” and also that “[w]ind is competitive with coal and natural gas on cost as long as you find the best winds.”
- Energy Boom writes that Scotland is “poised for economic growth through renewable energy.” Specifically, “The country believes that by 2020 it will be able to produce an additional 130,000 green jobs as well as position itself as a global hub for engineering and research.”
- GreenTech reports that Dow Chemical “today announced that it aims to green its own operations, in part, by investing $100 million in internally pitched projects that will reduce the company’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.”