Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/30/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/30/12)

  1. According to Energy Boom: “After nearly a year and a half of research, scientists have definitively linked BP’s oil spill with the death of a once brightly coloured coral community in the Gulf of Mexico. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists report that oil spewing from the compromised Macondo well devastated an area of coral roughly half the size of a football field.”
  2. The Wall Street Journal reports, “The Obama administration and five states have reached an agreement to speed up approval of offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes, which have been delayed by cost concerns and public opposition.”
  3. According to ThinkProgress Green, “In a 51-47 vote, 43 Senate Republicans and four Democrats filibustered to protect $24 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil… The 47 senators voting against the bill have received $23,582,500 in career contributions from oil and gas. The 51 senators voting to repeal oil tax breaks have received $5,873,600.”
  4. Business Week reports, “Germany’s parliament approved record cuts in aid for solar power, aiming to reduce the annual pace of installations by half in the world’s biggest market for the industry.”
  5. David Roberts of Grist argues that the “Solyndra sideshow” has “turned up nothing,” other than “a policy difference being legislated through a witch hunt.”