Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (8/17/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/17/12)

  1. A new poll by Gallup finds that the oil and gas industry is ranked dead last by the American public, with a 22% positive rating and a 61% negative rating.
  2. According to the Los Angeles Times, “The Canadian pipeline company TransCanada has quietly begun construction of the southern leg of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, installing segments near Livingston, Texas, company officials confirmed Thursday.”
  3. CleanTechnica reports: “Construction of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) — the largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in the world — has reached the midway point and remains on schedule to begin delivering what’s due to be a net 370 MW of clean, renewable electricity to consumers in California come September, 2013.”
  4. At the Huffington Post, Checks and Balances Project Co-Director Gabe Elsner asks, “Will Gov. Cuomo Listen to Lobbyists and Gas Industry Consultants? Or the Citizens of New York?
  5. DeSmogBlog reports that the fracking industry is “paying off scientists for ‘unbiased’ safety studies.”