News bites: Energy attack ads knocked for inaccuracy, hurdles for coal, and more

The Houston Chronicle looks at Exxon Mobil’s offshore drilling safety programs in an interview with a top company official.

Reuters reports on the debate over the economic effects of allowing hydraulic fracturing in New York.

The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” column concludes that ads from well-funded GOP groups attacking President Obama’s energy programs are inaccurate.

Bloomberg reports on hurdles facing Germany’s aggressive renewable energy programs.

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to create jobs in renewable energy is faltering as subsidy cuts and competition from Chinese manufacturers forces the industry to stop hiring for the first time in eight years,” the piece states.

Bloomberg also reports that in the United States, coal has hit a rough patch as it faces a “perfect adversary” in cheap natural gas.