Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (11/21/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (11/21/12).

  1. According to MediaMatters for America: “Fox News is using a recent report that solar companies are having trouble finding qualified workers to suggest that the country isn’t ‘ready to go green.’ But employers in other sectors claim similar issues, and the stat is cherry-picked from a report that outlines many promising signs in the industry, including the fact that solar jobs have grown nearly six times faster than the rest of the economy.”
  2. The Guardian reports, “The world’s largest oil-exporting countries have been asked to consider imposing a small carbon tax on oil as a way to break the deadlock over finance for poorer countries in the UN climate talks…The Ecuador-led initiative, submitted to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), could see a 3-5% tax levied on every barrel of oil exported to rich countries.”
  3. According to Grist, “More than 100 activists intent on shutting down construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline again gathered in the small East Texas town of Nacogdoches, again constructed treesits, again chained themselves to TransCanada’s equipment, and again were brutalized and arrested for their efforts.”
  4. At Renewable Energy World, Jennifer Runyon writes that Superstorm Sandy highlighted “[s]ix pieces of news we’ve seen that showcase renewable energy ingenuity.”
  5. The New York Times Green blog reports, “A free-market auction has established a price for pollution in California: for each metric ton of carbon dioxide emitted, businesses, utilities and industries that bought allowances last week will pay just $10.09.”