Five Stories: “The Year Methane Leaked Into the Headlines”

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/29/15).

  1. Inside Climate News writes that 2015 was “The Year Methane Leaked Into the Headlines.”
  2. According to the NRDC Switchboard blog: “Much has been written about the constructive role that corporations played in the COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris last month; many companies had strenuously opposed previous efforts to negotiate a treaty, but this round, the private sector was much more supportive. Many companies even came to the COP with meaningful and specific commitments for reducing their own carbon footprint.”
  3. Renewable Energy World discusses opportunities for a “better, stronger” commercial solar industry in 2016.
  4. Greentech Media looks at “The Outlook for Wind and Solar After the Paris Climate Talks.”
  5. DeSmogBlog reports: “The American Petroleum Institute (API) successfully lobbied for an end to the 40-year ban on exporting U.S.-produced crude oil in part by making a geopolitical argument: Iran and Russia have the ability to export their oil, so why not unleash America? What API never mentioned — nor the politicians parroting its talking points — is that many of its member companies maintain ongoing business ties with both Russia and Iran. And The Vitol Group, the first company set to export U.S. crude after the lifting of the ban (in a tanker destined for Switzerland), has its own ties to both U.S. geopolitical rivals.”