News bites: DOE nominee's oil-and-gas ties scrutinized

Critics are giving Ernest Moniz, President Obama’s pick to run the Energy Department (DOE), a hard look for his ties to the oil-and-gas industry, reports The Boston Globe.

The New York Times explores what it would take to ramp down dependence on fossil fuels.

China could abandon some subsidies for its solar industry, which would mean higher global prices for solar panels, The Washington Post explains.

As New York and New Jersey rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, Newsweek asks whether coastal communities are ready to prepare for climate change’s effects, such as rising sea levels.

CNBC profiles the Bakken region in North Dakota and Montana, which has produced an oil boom “that some believe could challenge the Gulf Coast's prodigious crude output.”