A breach of an electron pipe at a solar panel farm spilled millions of gallons of energy into the Potomac River near Seneca, MD overnight. High concentrations of electrons and photons were detected at the spill site and appeared to have flowed as far as Great Falls, Virginia by dawn.
The Environmental Protection Agency dispatched scientists and technicians to set up water buoy dams to contain the spill, but most of the ions had already dispersed. One EPA official called the river running through the nation’s capital in “imminent and substantial danger” of being permanently contaminated. Continue reading Potomac in “Imminent Danger” After Solar Spill→
Developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast would create twice as many jobs and produce twice as much energy as opening the area to oil and gas drilling — and it would avoid worsening the climate disruption that’s already taking a toll on the region.
So finds a report released last week by the international conservation advocacy group Oceana. The analysis comes as the federal government is developing an updated five-year plan for offshore drilling lease sales beginning in 2017, and as a coalition of seven coastal state governors chaired by Pat McCrory of North Carolina is pushing to open the area to the oil and gas industry.
North Carolina in particular stands to benefit from offshore wind power development, the report found, as the state has the greatest wind resource and job creation potential of any other along the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Florida. Offshore wind has the potential to create 48,145 jobs in North Carolina, compared to 23,238 for offshore drilling. Continue reading Offshore Wind Beats Drilling for Jobs and Energy in the Southeast→