Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (11/17/11)

Here are five recommended reads for today (11/17/11)

  1. Joe Romm reports at Climate Progress, “In Testimony to GOP’s Solyndra Witchhunt, Chu Takes on the Clean Energy Defeatists.” A key point by Secretary Chu is that “In the coming decades, the clean energy sector is expected to grow by hundreds of billions of dollars,” and also that “We are in a fierce global race to capture this market.”
  2. CleanTechnica writes: “Removing fossil fuel subsidies would boost economic growth and make energy markets much more efficient, not to mention all the good that would result in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study and policy report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency. Doing so would also give a big boost to financially strapped governments at a time when many are in dire, or near dire, need of improving their finances.”
  3. Mother Nature Network reports, “The Obama administration proposed on Wednesday doubling auto fuel efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025…Efficiency improvements would save consumers an average of up to $6,600 in fuel costs over the lifetime of a model-year 2025 vehicle, but they would pay up to $2,200 on average for more fuel efficient vehicles, according to the proposal.”
  4. At Grist, senior sustainability researcher Eric de Place argues: “Coal exports look to be an even bigger climate disaster than the [Keystone tar sands] pipeline. There are, in fact, quite a bit more direct emissions from burning the coal than from the oil. That’s true even when one counts the energy-intensive tar-sands extraction and processing.”
  5. The Washington Post reports, “House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who has criticized the administration for its failed loan guarantee to the firm Solyndra, urged theEnergy Department to approve funding assistance for a Michigan solar company that said last week it is halting operations.”