Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/16/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/16/12)

  1. Paul Krugman argues in the New York Times: “Employment in oil and gas extraction has risen more than 50 percent since the middle of the last decade, but that amounts to only 70,000 jobs, around one-twentieth of 1 percent of total U.S. employment. So the idea that drill, baby, drill can cure our jobs deficit is basically a joke.”
  2. ThinkProgress Green reports: “The global climate-activist organization is “gearing up for a major new fight to end the billions of dollars in subsidies the fossil fuel industry receives each year.” In an online video, founder Bill McKibben reviews the accomplishments of the climate movement in the United States, including the non-violent civil disobedience at the White House that led to therejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and the challenges ahead.”
  3. According to CleanTechnica, “The governors of Washington, Oregon, and California, as well as the British Columbia premier released a report this week showing that, with a transition to a clean economy, the region would add over one million green jobs and $142 billion in GDP.”
  4. David Roberts of Grist highlights President Obama’s speech on energy, in which he said, “What we need now is an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy — not just oil and gas, but wind power and solar power; biofuels and fuel-efficient cars and trucks that get more miles to the gallon.”
  5. PV Magazine reports: “Photovoltaic activity in Israel is heating up: Arava Power Company has unveiled its US$150 million project plans; and Suntech discusses upcoming policy changes, which may result in higher photovoltaic quotas, and provides updates on its Israeli activities, including project pipelines and the market pullout of one of its modules.”