News bites: Weighing a New York nuke shutdown, Shell under fire for fracking claims, the latest on the Exxon spill, and more

The New York Times has the goods on a report that weighs the consequences of shutting down the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which opponents of the aging plant are seeking.

The report — commissioned by New York City officials — finds that closing Indian Point would mean dirtier air and higher power bills for the city in the next several years.

Goldman Sachs is predicting “critically tight” oil supplies and higher prices in 2012, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Journal also has the latest on efforts to clean up the Exxon oil spill in Montana, as well as the accident’s toll.

The Associated Press reports that Virginia’s senators are pushing for oil-and-gas drilling off their state’s coast.

Reuters reports that South Africa’s Advertising Standards Authority concluded Shell Oil’s ads about hydraulic fracturing were misleading, and ordered them withdrawn.

The Financial Times reports on the controversy swirling around plans to re-start a Japanese nuclear reactor.

AP reports on an unfolding coal mining tragedy in China.

“A coal mine fire trapped 28 workers underground in eastern China on Thursday as rescuers elsewhere tried to reach 42 miners not seen since heavy rains flooded other two mines over the weekend, officials said,” they report.

Cleantechnica — via Reuters – reports on a wind company survey of which companies are leading in renewable energy consumption.

“The top five companies are Kohl's Corporation, Whole Foods Inc., Toronto-Dominion Bank, Swiss Reinsurance Limited and Nordea Bank AB,” they report.