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Fracking Blowout: Today's Top Reads

Good morning! Here are today's top reads:

  • Oil well in North Dakota out of control, leaking (Reuters)
  • Why Apple is Greenpeace's newest hero (Green Biz)
  • China spends more on energy efficiency than U.S. for first time (Bloomberg)
  • G8 New Alliance condemned as new wave of colonialism in Africa (Guardian)
  • Warming winters sends no love to 2022 Olympic bid cities (Climate Central)
  • Financier plans big ad campaign on climate change (New York Times)
  • Fracking boom spews toxic air emissions on Texas residents (Inside Climate News)
  • Obama heads to Mexico amigos meeting strained by Keystone (Bloomberg)
  • To make natural gas a good fuel, find the "super-emitters" (Scientific American)
  • Latin America leads the fight against junk food with the U.S. on the sidelines (Guardian)

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"A Radical CEO": Today's Top Reads

Happy Valentine's Day! Here are today's top reads:

  • Paul Polman: A radical CEO(Marc Gunther)
  • Leaks in natural gas system seen exceeding EPA estimate in study (Bloomberg)
  • North American leaders urged to restore monarch butterfly's habitat (New York Times)
  • Obama wants Congress to help with climate agenda after all (National Journal)
  • The world's ticking household bomb (Atlantic Cities)
  • California drought threatens 50% farm town unemployment (Bloomberg)
  • North Carolina coal-ash spill prompts federal probe (Wall Street Journal)
  • Something Fishy on Valentine's Day: Dolphin Love (National Journal)
  • California seeing brown where green used to be (New York Times)
  • Huge Ivanpah solar power plant, owned by Google and Oakland company, opens as industry booms (San Jose Mercury News)

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Recent Coal Facility Releases Gain Attention Of Senators Working

Bloomberg BNA – Two recent coal product spills in North Carolina and West Virginia have drawn the attention of three Senate Democrats who are working on legislation to boost chemical storage safety in light of a chemical spill in January that left 300,000 West Virginia residents without drinking water.

“If there's something else that we missed that needs to be put in there, we'll do it,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a sponsor of the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act (S. 1961), told Bloomberg BNA Feb. 12.

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Fun With Lasers: Today's Top Reads

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Bloomberg BNA – In a decisive split with federal regulators, the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) said it would conduct a detailed environmental analysis of cumulative and indirect impacts of a proposed coal export facility—including greenhouse gas emissions from combustion of U.S. coal in Asia.

In a Feb. 12 media briefing, Ecology officials laid out the scope of the state environmental impact study for Millennium Bulk Terminals, one of three proposed coal export facilities in the Northwest that cumulatively would more than match the total of 107 million tons of coal exported from the U.S. in 2011. The controversial proposals have sparked intense opposition from grassroots groups, tribes and environmental organizations; Ecology received 215,000 comments in the Millennium scoping process alone.

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CO2 Capture Could Raise Wholesale Energy Price 80 Percent

CCS Technologies Could Increase Wholesale Price of Energy

Bloomberg BNA – Requiring the use of carbon capture and sequestration technologies at coal-fired power plants could increase the wholesale price of electricity between 70 percent and 80 percent, an Energy Department official said.

Julio Friedmann, deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the Energy Department, told the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee the first generation of CCS technologies have a captured cost of carbon dioxide of between $70-90 per ton for wholesale electricity production but said a second generation of technologies could drop that cost to $40-50 per ton.

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White Roofs Could Offset Summer Warming by 2100

Homes Cool Roofs

Climate Central — Painting building roofs white could cool some major cities baking in the intensifying heat of a changing climate. How much benefits white roofs could bring depend on the region of the country they’re installed in and the season, new research shows.

Keeping cities cool in the summer is becoming increasingly important as more people move to urban areas, which currently house over 80 percent of the country’s population. In the U.S., cities currently cover a total of 106,386 square miles. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects the country’s urbanized area to double by 2100.

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Wind Power Is Boring; This Isn't

Mapping the Nation’s Wind Turbines

Wind is a boring industry. We build towers, the wind blows, we harvest the energy. Unlike the rock-em sock-em world of oil drilling, where billion-dollar rigs can go down in flames and ice-breakers are deployed to find new supplies, wind power comes with few surprises. In energy production, that's a good thing.

Wind has become so predictable and commonplace that it's hard to imagine where all the U.S. turbines could be hiding -- currently enough to power more than 12 million homes. Fortunately, we don't have to imagine anymore.

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Con Edison to Calculate Economic Benefits Of Preparing

Bloomberg BNA – Electric utility Con Edison will conduct an economic analysis to quantify the benefits of preparing its infrastructure for the impacts of climate change, a company official said Feb. 10.

Stuart Nachmias, Con Edison's vice president of energy policy and regulatory affairs, said the analysis will build on the company's $1 billion post-Hurricane Sandy plan to fortify its electric and gas infrastructure against future flooding and other potential effects of extreme weather events.

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Dealing With a 'Toxic Inheritance': Today's Top Reads 

Good morning. Here are today's top reads:

  • Johannesburg's golden legacy includes radioactive dump (Bloomberg)
  • Freezing out the bigger picture (New York Times)
  • Senators and scientists play climate dating game (National Journal)
  • If ocean heat pump switches on, expect to feel it (Bloomberg)
  • A giant bubble fort to give polluted city residents a safe place to breathe (Fast Company)
  • The Forest Trust: Greening or greenwashing? (GreenBiz)
  • Bright ideas for the developing world: Cheaper, superior lighting design (Guardian)
  • Sustainable companies want to be transparent -- but not too transparent (Bloomberg)
  • NYC's de Blasio lays out his vision for a more equitable city (Fast Company)
  • Is there a role for wildlife trade in fighting wildlife trafficking? (New York Times)

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About The Grid

Nations and companies face rising competition for strategic resources — energy, food, water, materials — and the technologies that make best use of them. That's sustainability. It's about the 21st-century race for wealth, health and long-term security, across the global grid.

Analyses or commentary in this blog are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloomberg News.

Eric Roston, Editor
eroston@bloomberg.net

Tom Randall, Deputy Editor
trandall6@bloomberg.net

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