June 14 News: Cuomo Proposal Would Restrict Gas Drilling To Struggling Areas

A round-up of the top climate and energy news. Please post additional links below.

“Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration is pursuing a plan to limit the controversial drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing to portions of several struggling New York counties along the border with Pennsylvania, and to permit it only in communities that express support for the technology.” [NY Times]

Republicans and Democrats seem to be living on different planets when it comes to how to meet U.S. energy needs. [Washington Post]

Next month, in naval exercises off the coast of Hawaii, five U.S. warships will make history: They will be the first to use biofuels to power their huge turbines, as well as the jet planes screaming off a carrier’s deck and helicopters hovering overhead. [Wall Street Journal]


Landowners along New York’s southern border who support natural gas drilling are cheered by reports that the Cuomo administration is considering allowing hydraulic fracturing on a limited basis in towns that want it, though opponents call the idea “shameful.” [Associated Press]

Several communities south of Boston have joined a growing trend to turn capped landfills from generators of environmental guilt to generators of green power by installing solar panels. [Boston Globe]

On June 18, environmental campaigners will coalesce for a 24-hour “Twitter storm” demanding that world leaders use Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to give politicians this simple message: end their amorous love affair with big oil. [Take Part]

Singapore has released a national climate change strategy document which outlines the country’s plans to address climate change through a whole-of-nation approach. [Channel News Asia]

With the global economy at a tipping point, a deeply divided Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting in Vienna wrangled over whether to cut production and prop up crude oil prices. [Washington Post]