Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (12/26/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/26/12).

  1. According to InsideClimate News, “Revelations that preventable safety lapses were behind Enbridge’s disastrous oil spill in Michigan thrust the issue of pipeline safety into the mainstream this year.”
  2. The International Energy Agency writes: “As China shifts from coal power, an IEA-assisted roadmap shows how wind can generate 17% of the surging economy’s electricity by 2050.”
  3. DeSmogBlog reports, “Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB)…released an investigation report that cites inadequate management of risks as one of the main causes of a September 2011 accident that contaminated groundwater with toxic hydraulic fracturing chemicals, including the cancer causing agent known as BTEX (benzene, toulene, ethylbenzene, and xylene).”
  4. According to CleanTechnica, “As of November 30th,  preliminary numbers have 6,579 megawatts (MW) of new wind capacity created in the US, just nudging ahead of natural gas, which is at 6,335 [MW].”
  5. Fossil Free reports, “Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn sent a letter to the city’s two chief pension funds on friday, formally requesting that they ‘refrain from future investments in fossil fuel companies and begin the process of divesting our pension portfolio from those companies.'”