Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/3/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/3/12)

  1. According to ProPublica, “A new study has raised fresh concerns about the safety of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, concluding that fracking chemicals injected into the ground could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have previously predicted.”
  2. ClimateProgress reports on a “new report from the Baker Center for Public Policy” which finds that federal support for solar power has been relatively small, but has provided “more jobs per megawatt-hour than any other energy industry.”
  3. Yale’s Environment360 has an interview with Cape Wind president Jim Gordon, who describes why his struggle has been good for clean energy — and why the fight is still not over.”
  4. According to Renewable Energy World, “The world’s largest untapped source of solar energy…stretches across at least 23 million square miles of earth’s tropical oceans; the uppermost layers of which make a prime natural source of thermal energy.” It’s called “Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC),” and it’s “the renewable energy elephant in the room; huge and hard to ignore, although many do.”
  5. Huffington Post Green reports, “Another long, stupefyingly hot summer is looming for Japan just as it shuts down its last operating nuclear power reactor, worsening a squeeze on electricity and adding urgency to calls for a green energy revolution.”