Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (9/21/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (9/21/12).

  1. InsideClimate News reports, “Recent action by Koch Oil Sands pulls the curtain back further on the Koch family’s deep but quiet involvement in Canada’s oil sands industry.”
  2. According to The Guardian, “The [UK] Department of Energy and Climate Change has launched a consultation into how communities could benefit from having windfarms sited near them, for example by receiving discounts on bills or investment in local infrastructure. It will also look at how local businesses could become involved in the supply chain and how developers can best consult local people.”
  3. The New York Times reports, “After four years of study by the state, the Cuomo administration now says its decision on whether to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York will have to wait until it conducts a review of the potential public health effects of the controversial natural gasdrilling process.”
  4. According to the EWEA blog: “The number of countries with renewable energy targets more than doubled between 2005 and 2011. This is a clear sign that policymakers have seen the importance of promoting the benefits of clean energy, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, job creation, the development of rural areas and greater independence and security of energy supply.”
  5. The Washington Post reports: “The wind power industry boasts enviable political assets in its fight to preserve a prized tax benefit…But now an unusual coalition is fighting the extension, including tea party followers, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the electric utility most closely associated with President Obama.”