Natural Gas Won the Week
The best kind of PR is the kind you don't have to do.
A day after the Energy Information Administration reported higher-than-expected natural gas production from the Marcellus shale formations in the Northeast, the Environmental Protection Agency said carbon emissions from power plants declined 10 percent from 2010 "due to the growing use of natural gas," which burns half as much carbon as coal.
The natural gas industry couldn't write press releases that help it nearly as much as these government-endorsed numbers and statements do.
Of course, the industry has its issues, chiefly fracking and the PR handling of the environmental risks associated with this drilling technique. But the big natural-gas picture coming out of the Obama administration is unequivocally positive.
Meanwhile, this week's losers include environmentalists trying to ban fracking; as well as the coal industry, which loses the more that natural gas wins.
TOP ENERGY NEWS
REVIVAL PLANNED FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENCY BILL. A few key amendments are targeted at earning moderate GOP support.
GORE: KEYSTONE PIPELINE AN 'ATROCITY.' The VP-turned-climate-activist compared climate-change deniers to substance abusers during a Thursday speech.
PETROLEUM GROUP SAYS RENEWABLE-FUEL-STANDARD REVISIONS INADEQUATE. API says that scaled-back corn ethanol targets from the EPA are still too high.
OIL RESERVES DISCOVERED OFF COAST OF BRAZIL. According to Brazil's National Petroleum Agency, vast reserves of recoverable oil have been discovered near Sergipe, a state on the country's northern Atlantic coast.
TEXAS LEADS NATION IN CARBON POLLUTION. Despite the fact that carbon emissions declined in the Lone Star State in the past year, it continues to win the title of largest carbon emitter in the U.S., according to EPA data.
AUSTRALIAN PM HITS UN CLIMATE CHIEF OVER WILDFIRE REMARKS. Abbott says wildfire-climate change connection lacks merit.
MEET THE KICKSTARTER OF SOLAR ENERGY. An Oakland, California-based startup is trying to radically change solar-- by bringing it to everyone.
ISTANBUL TO HOST WORLD PETROLEUM CONGRESS. Houston's bid narrowly falls short.
EIGHT-STATE COALITION PUSHES ELECTRIC VEHICLES. New York, California among states shooting for 3.3 million emissions-free vehicles by 2025.
REPORT: SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES POSES HEALTH RISKS. A study released by the Natural Resources Defense Council warns of the public health hazards posed by smoke from wildfires.
OFFSHORE DRILLING. National Academies releases a report on technologies for offshore drilling operations, focusing on the Interior Department.