Hot off the Griddle: November 17

Good morning, and welcome back to The Griddle, a morning menu of fortified items for the busy person's media diet. Some state officials think the EPA's oversight of natural gas extraction from shale (aka hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, aka fraccing) is better left to the states. “Fracking has never been regulated by the federal government,” Michael Krancer, secretary of Pennsylvania's environmental agency, told Bloomberg News. “This is a philosophic question that goes back to 1789.” See first opinions here by early blogger James Madison.

And now, today's news:

GM Seeks Way to Discharge Volt Batteries After Crashes (Bloomberg)

U.S. Starts National CO2 Permit -- Quietly (Scientific American)

Analysis: China Climate Role Could Be to Corner U.S. (Reuters)

As Rooftops Beat Utilities, Solar Demand Will Jump (Bloomberg)

'Sixth Extinction' Fells Amphibians at Alarming Rate (Guardian)

Canada Taken Aback by 'Treacherous' Oil Sands Opposition (Reuters)

China's Appetite for Wood Takes a Heavy Toll on Forests (Yale e360)

New York Faces Salty Water Supply, Better Wine From Climate Change (NY Times)

Chu Takes Responsibility for Solyndra Decisions (Bloomberg)

Why Cities Are Good for the Environment (National Geographic)

Beautiful Destruction: 11 Gorgeous Geological Maps of Volcanoes (Wired)

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.