Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/7/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/7/12)

  1. DeSmogBlog reports on experts airing “Serious Concerns Before New York Fracking Decision.” One of these is the “overlooked but potentially dangerous public health issues relating to unconventional gas drilling is radon,” which “comes up from the wells mixed with the gas that gets piped to consumers.”
  2. At Renewable Energy World, Bill Scanlon of NREL writes: “NREL, DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and Ampulse have teamed on an approach to eliminate this waste and dramatically lower the cost of the finished solar panels. The aim is to create a less expensive alternative to wafer-based crystalline silicon solar cells. By using a chemical vapor deposition process to grow the silicon on inexpensive foil, Ampulse is able to make the solar cells just thick enough to convert most of the solar energy into electricity. No more sawdust — and no more wasting refined silicon materials.”
  3. Stephen Lacey of Climate Progress reports: “According to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), the U.S. now has a $1.6 billion trade deficit with China. The group, which supports an anti-dumping complaint recently filed with the International Trade Commission, concludes that the deterioration of U.S. solar manufacturing due to unfair trade practices has turned America’s $1.9 billion global trade surplus into a $1.5 billion trade deficit.”
  4. According to Bloomberg, “The power unit of Tata GroupIndia’s biggest, said its new investments will favor wind and solar farms over coal-fired projects which have become ‘impossible’ to develop.”
  5. Reuters reports, “U.S. Senate Republicans’ push for a vote to authorize the $7 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline project gained momentum on Tuesday after Democrats failed to end debate on a major transportation bill.”