Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/4/13)

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/4/13).

  1. The New York Times reports, “The driller whose floating Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew out in 2010, causing a massive oil spill, has agreed to settle civil and criminal claims with the federal government for $1.4 billion, the Justice Department announced Thursday.”
  2. According to Stephen Lacey of ClimateProgress, General Motors in 2012 “became the first American auto manufacturer to sell more than one million vehicles with a 30-mpg fuel rating. And due to a surge in demand from Califorina, GM tripled sales of its electric model, the Chevy Volt.”
  3. The Columbus Dispatch reports, “The last-minute extension of a wind-energy tax credit is a boon to several large Ohio projects, but the timing has led to agony for the state’s wind industry.”
  4. Forbes explains “Why Shell Should Just Quit Its Alaska Drilling Fiasco.”
  5. DeSmogBlog argues, “Shell’s Kulluk Rig Grounding Proves Folly of Arctic Oil Drilling, Again.”