Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/17/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/17/12).

  1. Reuters reports, “Environmental groups sued the state of California on Tuesday in an effort to stop hydraulic fracturing as regulators attempt to devise new rules for the controversial oil and gas extraction practice.”
  2. ClimateProgress asks, “Can Rare Earth Replacements Spur A Supply Chain Revolution?”
  3. Bloomberg reports, “The Middle East and North Africa, home to about half the world’s oil reserves, has more than 150 renewable-energy projects under way, a map from the Abu Dhabi- based Clean Energy Business Council shows.”
  4. According to Renewable Energy World: “The coastlines of the U.S. are brimming with potential for offshore wind development, yet every turbine is on land. Why isn’t this coastal goldmine of clean energy and jobs being tapped? According to a new study, the impediment isn’t technological, it’s social.”
  5. DeSmogBlog reports: “A pro-fracking rally held on Oct. 15 in Albany, NY was described by about a dozen local media outlets as a gathering of roughly 1,000 grassroots activists from all walks of life…Unmentioned by any of the news outlets that covered the event was a crucial fact: these weren’t actual “grassroots” activists, but rather astroturf out-of-towners bused in from counties all across the state. Their journey was paid for by the legitimately “well-funded” oil and gas industry, which raked in profits of $1 trillion in the past decade.”
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