Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (12/11/13)

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/11/13).

  1. Climate Progress reports, “According to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists — updated from 2012 numbers — as much as 17 percent of coal-fired power in the United States is already uncompetitive, just compared to natural gas and using mid-range estimates.”
  2. According to the Price of Oil: a new paper, “entitled, “Un-burnable oil: An examination of oil resource utilisation in a decarbonised energy system”, will be published by the journal Energy Policy in January. You can view a copy here.”
  3. DesmogBlog reports: “Keystone XL’s southern half is one step closer to opening for business. TransCanada announced that ‘on Saturday, December 7, 2013, the company began to inject oil into the Gulf Coast Project pipeline as it moves closer to the start of commercial service.'”
  4. According to Bloomberg, “Solar Boom Boosts South African Salaries With 25% Jobless.”
  5. Politico reports, “In news sure to deflate the hopes of climate activists, green energy advocate John Podesta will recuse himself from issues related to the Keystone XL oil pipeline when he begins working as a special adviser to President Barack Obama, a White House aide confirmed to POLITICO late Tuesday.”