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Across the country in the first quarter of the year, 100 wind power projects are under construction in 23 states—with a generating capacity of 13,600 megawatts. Texas leads the pack in new turbine projects. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Energy efficiency is uniquely positioned to draw bipartisan support,” said Elizabeth Noll, energy efficiency advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council. There’s a “vast bipartisan opportunity to do much more.”

WHAT’S TRENDING

Congress’ Kumbaya – In a rare moment of bipartisanship, Congress approved and the president signed into law a bill to boost efficient power use. (Bloomberg)

At risk of extinction – A new study predicts one in six animal or plant species are at risk of extinction due to climate change. (Reuters)

So, yeah, this happened  – Rep. Sam Johnson (TX) has introduced legislation eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency entirely, closing its field offices and taking away climate research capacity and much more. (National Journal)

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The U.S. State Department outlined four top foreign policy priorities through the end of the decade and climate change is one of them. It ranks alongside fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and building open and democratic societies (RTCC)

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“…the reality is short-term federal funding bills for transportation infrastructure for more than 10 years has left small businesses at the curve impacting job creation in our nation,” writes Helen Callier, President of Bradlink, LLC.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Short on votes – House GOP leaders have intimated they're short of the votes necessary to move a Fast Track Trade Authority bill through the body and need Democrats to make up the shortfall. (MarketWatch)

Accelerating action – California’s Governor Brown announced yesterday the state plans to speed up plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The plan would mandate a 40 percent reduction in emissions by 2030. (New York Times)

Reiterating the call – President Obama in an opinion piece in the Miami Herald presses his case again for climate action. (Miami Herald)

The following blog has been cross-posed from the USW blog. The original post is available online here

The following blog post by Mike Hall has been cross-posted from the AFL-CIO Now blog. The original post is available online here

Infrastructure Week Spotlights Need to Renew, Rebuild

The AFL-CIO and more than 60 national and regional infrastructure and transportation advocacy groups will take part in Infrastructure Week 2015, May 11–15.

The actions around the country are designed to raise awareness of the lack of investment in America’s infrastructure—from surface and air transportation to broadband networks—which has left the United States less globally competitive and riddled with potholes, aging water pipes bursting once every two minutes, outdated transit and lengthening travel delays. 

Infrastructure Week is coordinated by America’s business, labor and policymaking leadership and will convene an unprecedented nonpartisan coalition united around the importance of investing in America’s infrastructure future. Said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

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There are six ways the U.S. plans to implement climate-ready infrastructure that include curbing methane, upgrading energy infrastructure and modernizing the electric grid. (Think Progress) 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The offshore wind industry today is in its infancy in the U.S., but once Deepwater Wind's project gets built, that will be an important inflection point," said Kit Kennedy, a renewable energy expert at the National Resources Defense Council.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Punt on infrastructure – Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said this week he would accept a temporary extension of infrastructure funding that runs out at the end of May, but only if they get right to work on a long-term solution. Meanwhile, House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Schuster expects funding levels to remain flat. (The Hill)

UN & the Vatican – The UN and the Vatican have joined forces to press their case for ambitiousclimate action in advance of Paris climate talks later this year. (AP)

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The following blog post has been cross-posted from the Tony Mazzocchi Center blog. The original post is available online here. 

Four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.

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The first U.S. offshore wind farm breaks ground. The project, which will sit off of Block Island in Rhode Island, will provide 30 megawatts (MW) of power—enough to provide clean energy to every Block Island resident. (Huffington Post)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The issue on everyone’s mind, climate change, is a civil rights issue as well as a health, economic, and environmental issue. And this lack of diversity represents a fundamental flaw in today’s movement,” writes Rep. Grijalva in an oped.

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Holy mission – Pope Francis takes an aggressive stance on climate change using his influence to engage scientific and political leaders to take action. (Bloomberg)

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Workers Memorial Day is observed on April 28, and a new study found that there are more than 54,000 preventable deaths from workplace safety in our country each year—including those that die from exposure to toxic chemicals and other workplace hazards. (Charleston Daily Mail)

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“The BlueGreen Alliance supports fair, transparent trade that doesn’t engage the U.S. in a race to the bottom,” said BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kim Glas. “Fast Track is the opposite of that. That’s why it is wrong for our workers, economy and environment.”

WHAT’S TRENDING 

Fast Track – A House committee yesterday passed a Fast Track Trade Authority proposal. Now, it will head to the House floor, but the timing is still up in the air. (Reuters)

Ag and climate change – The Obama administration is pushing for action to cut down agriculture’s impact on climate change . (Washington Post) 

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A Senate committee approved a Fast Track Trade Authority bill yesterday. Today, a House Committee is hearing similar legislation. The United Steelworkers, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Communications Workers of America and the BlueGreen Alliance are holding a press teleconference call later today urging the House committee to vote against the measure. Stay tuned tomorrow for coverage of that. (Wall Street Journal)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Rapid advancements in clean energy, energy efficiency, and low-carbon energy technologies are creating jobs, stimulating investment, and spurring innovation, proving that there does not have to be a conflict between a sound environment and strong economic growth. Moving to a low-carbon economy is creating new industries and unlocking cleaner forms of affordable and reliable American-made energy,” said President Obama in an interview.

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Capturing waves – Efforts to generate energy from the ocean’s waves are underway in Australia. (New York Times) 

Show-me clean energy – More than 20 organizations—including the Sierra Club—have banded together to create the Missouri Clean Energy Coalition to lobby for approval of an interstate clean power line and other clean energy priorities. (Fulton Sun)

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Happy Earth Day!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“So the answer is not only no, but hell no,” said Senator Harry Reid in response to a question about if he supports a bipartisan trade deal.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Energy boost – Vice President Biden and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz traveled to Philadelphia yesterday to highlight the problems and solutions of investing in America’s energy infrastructure. Here’s our statement . (Bloomberg)