News bites: Shell starts Arctic drilling, US solar market grows, and more

Royal Dutch Shell officially began its controversial Arctic drilling project off Alaska’s northern coast Sunday, The Associated Press reports.

CNN has the latest on gasoline prices in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

The Wall Street Journal reports that solar power is growing in the United States, “helping lift the cloud that has surrounded the industry since the demise of Solyndra LLC a year ago.”

“But the growth isn't coming from U.S. solar-panel manufacturing, despite the money and rhetoric devoted to the industry by the Obama administration. Instead, it is in installations of largely foreign-made panels, whose falling price has made solar more competitive with other forms of power,” the paper reports.

Bloomberg looks at BP’s plans to sell a group of Gulf of Mexico oilfields for $6 billion.

The Washington Post’s editorial board alleges that neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney has offered a “credible” plan to deal with the country’s energy and environmental challenges.