Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (12/17/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/17/12).

  1. The New York Times reports, “The Environmental Protection Agencyannounced a new standard for soot pollution on Friday that will force industry, utilities and local governments to find ways to reduce emissions of particles that are linked to thousands of cases of disease and death each year.”
  2. Dan Lashof of NRDC argues: “reducing carbon pollution from the power sector doesn’t have to mean a big switch from coal-fired power plants to natural gas. How is that possible?  One word: efficiency.”
  3. Huffington Post reports, “In an interview with HuffPost Live Thursday, former U.S. Army Brigadier General Steven M. Anderson spoke out against the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, warning that ‘all Americans should be outraged’ about the national security implications of the project.”
  4. According to DeSmogBlog, “This week, the group Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE) declared they would submit a petition to the White House signed by 107 experts to urge the administration to slow down and consider the health effects of natural gas fracking before allowing any new permits.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co. (002202)China’s largest wind-turbine maker, is studying new projects to take advantage of Australia’s 2020 renewable energy target.”