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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: The BlueGreen Source will be on hiatus until Monday, September 14.

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Yesterday a federal judge in North Dakota blocked Clean Water Act protections just before it was set to take effect. The decision only applies to the 13 states that are a part of the lawsuit. (The Hill)

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“We strongly believe that this investment is not, as some would say, an expenditure of money but a true investment that provides a return to the public in the form of economic growth along with the jobs that are created by that growth,” writes Oklahoma’s transportation secretary.

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Message of hope – President Obama yesterday traveled to New Orleans yesterday on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In a speech he said, “Americans like you—the people of New Orleans . . . you’re what recovery has been all about.” (Washington Post)

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Despite the effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others to restore sediment and rebuild levees around New Orleans, rising sea levels continue to pose a threat to Louisiana. (Climate Central)

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"We don't have time to waste. We don't have time to lose,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a press conference yesterday urging leaders to accelerate climate change negotiations.

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Ten years later – President Obama travels to New Orleans today to mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. He’s expected to speak about the structural inequalities across the city that contributed to the severity of the destruction. (Reuters)

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The following post by Anthony DeAngelo has been cross-posted from the AFL-CIO NOW blog. The original post is available online here

Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

More Americans Are Backing Worker Efforts to Speak Out: According to a new Gallup poll released last week, nearly six in 10 Americans stated they approve of labor unions. Efforts by working people to rally around issues ranging from raising wages to improved access to collective bargaining have led to the highest approval rating since 2008. In addition, millennials reported being more pro-union than any other age group, while the number of respondents who want workers to have more influence in public debate has risen 12 points since 2009.

The following blog by Erika Spanger-Siegfried, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program at UCS has been cross-posted from The Equation blog. The original post is available online here

Ten years ago, this country was thunderstruck by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. As the death toll, the damage, the costs, and the human suffering mounted, we promised we would learn from this and never let it happen like this again. So, have we?

Katrina damaged much of the U.S. Gulf Coast and devastated the city of New Orleans. Storm surge as high as 27.8 feet struck Mississippi and Louisiana.

Importantly, the storm was just the beginning of the disaster. The levees that protect New Orleans failed 50 times due to inadequate foundations, erosion, and overtopping. Overall, about 80% of New Orleans flooded, up to depths of 20 feet. It would take 43 days to drain the flood waters. All of this was exacerbated by inadequate planning and preparedness that led to woefully insufficient evacuation, search and rescue, and public safety procedures.

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Solar is the next energy boom in Texas. With the help of $1 billion in investment and improved transmission infrastructure, solar is being seen in a whole new light in the state. (Wall Street Journal)

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“We know that water is coming to New Orleans again. It has always come in the past. It was a delusion to think the levees were going to keep it from happening again,” said Mark Davis, who directs the Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy at Tulane University.

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Talking energy – President Obama traveled to Nevada to speak at the National Clean Energy Summit. It’s the first stop on his 11-day climate and energy tour. (Washington Post)

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An analysis of Massachusetts’ natural gas system shows the pipelines have around 20,000 leaksin the system. The discovery is concerning for public safety and our climate, as well as for ratepayers who are paying for lost gas. (Boston Globe)

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“The most important lesson we learned from Katrina was that hurricane protection and coastal restoration must be at the forefront of federal and state government for years to come,” said Chip Kline, who chairs the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

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Clean energy vision – In Nevada, President Obama’s clean energy vision is closer to reality than just about any other state with the help of a growing clean energy market. (Bloomberg)

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Breaking a new record, U.S. drivers drove 1.54 trillion miles between January and June of this year, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This is as Congress continues to struggle to find a long term solution to fund highway and transit investments. (The Hill)

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“What we’re seeing is a president that is prioritising the climate issue,” said Jennifer Morgan of Washington, D.C. think tank WRI.

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Pulling out all the stops – In the lead up to 200 nations agreeing to and signing an historicclimate pact in Paris at the end of the year, President Obama pushes ambitious climate action forward in the hope of broad agreement. (RTCC)

Twenty percent – Experts estimate that climate change has made California’s drought more intense by 15-20 percent. The current drought started in 2012. (New York Times)

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Renewable energy is the second most utilized form of energy in the world. Globally, solar power has grown at a rate of 44.6 percent per year. (EcoWatch)

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"So quality of life, direct exposure to environmental hazards is quite common among the Latino population; we shouldn't be surprised they're concerned about it,” said Gary Segura, co-founder of Latino Decisions.

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Ten years later – On the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, President Obama will travel to New Orleans to meet with the mayor and city residents. (Washington Post)

Guilty plea – The former head of Freedom Industries, the West Virginia company whose toxic chemicals contaminated the water supply of Charleston area residents last year plead guilty to environmental crimes. (New York Times)

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Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the threat of a similar disaster remains. The combination of more severe weather and flooding and the increasing potential of government flood estimates to be wrong is ever-more dangerous to certain communities. (Politico)

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“Keeping natural gas in the system is good for the environment and a significant opportunity to put American workers squarely at the forefront of developing, manufacturing, and implementing technologies needed to accomplish this—providing high-quality jobs and stimulating local economies,” said BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kim Glas about a newly proposedmethane emissions reduction strategy.

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Broad push – First of their kind federal regulations on methane emissions were introduced by the administration and Environmental Protection Agency yesterday. The goal of the standards is to significantly reduce methane emissions from new operations in the energy industry. (New York Times)

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Today the administration is expected to announce the first-ever plan to reduce methane emissions 40-45 percent by 2025. Uncombusted methane lost through the system—pound for pound—has at least 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide over a 100-year time frame, making it a truly potent contributor to climate change. (Wall Street Journal) 

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“Even before salt water flooded into the tunnels during Hurricane Sandy nearly three years ago, the tunnels were in trouble. Now the corrosive residue left by the flooding is steadily eating into the concrete and the mechanical and electrical equipment vital to the system,” writes the New York Times Editorial Board.

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Algae everywhere – Toxic algal blooms on the West Coast now stretch from California to Alaska and are a growing threat to marine life. (KQED)

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