Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/21/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/21/12)

  1. According to DeSmogBlog, “Climate scientist Peter Gleick has acknowledged that he was the person who convinced the Heartland Institute to hand over the contents of its January Board package, authenticating the documents beyond a doubt and further exposing the disinformation campaign Heartland has pursued in the last week, trying to discredit the information.”
  2. Bryan Walsh argues at Time Magazine’s Ecocentric blog: “it’s not the price of gas the President should focus on — it’s the effect high gas prices can have on the economy. A more energy-efficient economy — from gas mileage on up — is naturally more resilient to high energy prices.”
  3. The Washington Post reports, “The coalition that has come together in Maryland to back wind power includes more than Sierra Club types. Churches, labor unions and groups of doctors and nurses have joined the push to bring wind farms to the waters off the state’s coast.
  4. At Climate Progress, several analysts from the Center for American Progress recommend that America “[t]ap the geyser of oil company earnings by imposing a tax on imported oil and ending antiquated federal subsidies for oil companies,” that doing so “will pay for an environmentally and fiscally sound plan to upgrade our crumbling transportation, water, and energy infrastructure.”
  5. Huffington Post reports, “As millions of pounds of explosives from mountaintop removal strip mining operations continue to devastate historic mountain communities in central Appalachia, a powerful new music video released this week by the beloved American Roots band Magnolia Mountain captures the haunting grief and stories of stricken families in America’s cradle of roots and country music.”