Quick energy reads

** An oil spill believed to be caused by a pipeline rupture offLouisiana appears to rank among the 10 largest to affect American waters in 40 years of tracking.

** The United States is poised to extract more oil and gas than ever before in 2023, a year that is certain to be the hottest ever recorded, providing a daunting backdrop to crucial United Nations climate talks that hold the hope of an agreement to end the era of fossil fuels.

** A solar company that was awarded a $3 billion Department of Energy loan has been accused of scamming dementia patients on their deathbeds into signing five-figure, multi-decade solar panel leases, according to interviews and state consumer complaint records obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

** The U.S. Energy Department’s weekly inventory release showed the season’s first decrease in natural gas supplies. While the draw came as a pleasant surprise, its magnitude was well below the five-year average and the year-ago drop reported Zacks.

** President Joe Biden will not attend the United Nations’ major climate change conference this year as he handles the U.S. response to ongoing crises in Gaza and Ukraine, the White House said Sunday.

** State officials are investigating the cause of a large fire that broke out late last week at a southeastern Michigan oil refinery.

** A report ranks Tennessee as one of the most vulnerable states for power outages if extreme cold hits the South this winter.


** Big oil and gas companies in China and elsewhere are using low-quality carbon offsets to “greenwash” their imports of natural gas while failing to make strong emissions cutting commitments, environment group Greenpeace said on Monday.

** Mozambique’s government approved a strategy to reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels that it estimates will cost $80 billion to implement by 2050, a step aimed at winning finance to develop the economy.

** Innovation by Japan’s companies to advance clean energy technology can speed up the country’s efforts to curb emissions, according to former prime minister Yoshihide Suga.

** China’s world-beating solar sector will start seeing smaller equipment makers being forced out next year as prices keep falling, according to one of the leading manufacturers.