BlueGreen Alliance

Good Jobs, Clean Environment, Green Economy

Apr 12 12

April 12 Edition of the Ally


BlueGreen Alliance News

BlueGreen Alliance on March jobs numbers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 120,000 jobs were added in March, including 37,000 jobs in manufacturing, with the unemployment dropping to 8.2 percent. While these numbers are promising, the need for long-term investments in the clean economy that add critical jobs is still very real. Read more.

BlueGreen Alliance on the passing of Mark Ayers
AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department President Mark H. Ayers passed away, leaving behind a legacy as a proactive labor leader and tireless supporter of the clean economy. Read more. 

BlueGreen Alliance rallies support for carbon emissions rules in Pennsylvania
Joined by members of environmental and labor leaders around the state, as well as Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, the BlueGreen Alliance touted the benefits for Pennsylvania of limiting carbon emissions from new power plants. Read more. 

BlueGreen Alliance admonishes House to stop transportation bill delay, create jobs
The House of Representatives opted for a short-term extension for a surface transportation reauthorization and passed the FY13 budget plan introduced by Congressman Paul Ryan. But both plans fail to actually help create jobs and increase our nation’s competitiveness. Read more. 

BlueGreen Alliance applauds new clean air protections
The Environmental Protection Agency announced its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), regulating carbon emissions from new power plants, a measure the BlueGreen Alliance stands behind and believes will move our country in a more efficient direction. Read more.

BlueGreen Alliance leads Michigan transportation infrastructure discussion
Jobs21! Co-chair and former Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer led a round table on the economic benefits, specifically construction job creation, of transportation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Read more. 

BlueGreen Alliance: “Jobs of the clean economy are critical to our nation’s prosperity”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced a new analysis of green jobs for 2010, reporting 3.1 million jobs were associated with the production of green goods and services. Read more. 

Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference makes its third regional stop in Philadelphia
The Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference continues its cross-country tour highlighting the latest in the dialogue surrounding our nation’s green economy. Read more. Check out green jobs numbers for Pennsylvania.

BlueGreen Alliance Blogs

Mass Transit’s National Day of Action Exposes Congressional Inaction on Transportation

A Sad Anniversary for American Workers

How Dow Chemical Could Avoid Laying Off 900 Workers

Lessons from Germany

Restoring Worker Equity in the U.S. Economy

A Star-Studded Lineup at Good Jobs, Green Jobs East in Philly

Investments in Infrastructure & Clean Energy Yield Solid Returns

Clean Energy Business News

Policy Matters Ohio: County Council approves Emerald Cities partnership: Energy efficiency, workforce opportunities among goals

PR Newswire: Most People Oppose Bailouts, but a Sizable Plurality of the Public Believes that the 2009 Bailout of the Car Industry Helped the Economy

Center for American Progress: Taking Action on Clean Energy and Climate Protection in 2012

Offshore Wind Wire: Maryland Offshore Wind Bill Dies In Committee International Paper Named to 2012 World's Most Ethical Company List for Sixth Straight Year by The Ethisphere Institute

Bloomberg: Germany Cuts Solar Aid to Curb Prices, Panel Installations

E&E News: E.U. carbon trading continues to drown in allowances

Reuters: Total's battle to plug gas leak hit by rough seas 

BGA Partner Updates

March 30 – NRDC: The FDA “has failed to protect our health and safety”, BPA

March 29 – ATU: House punting transportation reauthorization for “spring break”

March 27 – Sierra Club applauds new EPA regulations

March 27 – NWF: “This is a milestone in the fight to rein in climate change”

March 27 – UCS points to lower emissions and more jobs through EPA rules

March 27 – SEIU calls for support for Progressive Caucus FY13 budget

March 26 – USW announces "Union Co-Op" model

March 21 – UAW opposes Ryan budget attack on middle class 

Legislative Updates

April 5 ­– House Dems Committee looks into gas prices
The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee convened a hearing on the role of oil speculators on Wall Street driving up prices for Main Street. Read more. 

March 30 – Obama signs 90-day surface transportation reauthorization extension
After the House failed to act on a Senate-passed, two-year extension for transportation and infrastructure project funding, a brief extension was passed quickly by both houses before recess and signed in time to keep current projects funded. House GOP members however continue to delay any long term, productive solution. Read more. 

March 29 – Senate votes down end to oil and gas industry subsidies
A bill to end tax subsidies for oil and gas companies failed in the Senate 51-47, short of the 60 votes required for passage. Read more. 

March 28 – House committee holds hearing on gas prices and energy
The House Energy and Commerce Committee discussed GOP legislative approaches to lowering gas prices through drilling and deregulation. EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Gina McCarthy defended the agencies New Source Performance Standards and other public health protections. Read and watch more. 

Administration Updates

April 8 – USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood notes record transit ridership as gas prices pinch people’s pocketbook, and what the department is doing to respond to increased demand for transit options. Read more. 

April 6 – DOE to provide funding for bio-based fuel additives
The Department of Energy announced up to $15 million in funding for biologically-derived supplements to petroleum as part of the Administration’s effort to reduce the volume of imported foreign oil as well as create innovative American jobs. Read more. 

April 5 – EPA and Marathon Petroleum join forces
The Environmental Protection Agency has partnered with Marathon Petroleum Company, based in Ohio, to implement state-of-the-art emissions controls utilized in its refinery flares. The initiative is projected to reduce 5,400 tons of pollution and produce savings for the company's bottom line.Read more.

March 30 – Administration initiative to develop offshore wind in Great Lakes region
The Obama Administration reached an agreement with five states bordering the Great Lakes region to develop policies to streamline wind generation siting along the “fresh coast”. Read more.

March 27 – EPA announces first ever carbon pollution standard
The Environmental Protection Agency took a landmark step in releasing rules for the allowed emissions of new power plants. The New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) follows a 2007 Supreme Court ruling mandating carbon reduction under the Clean Air Act. The measure also spurs innovation in American-made emissions reductions technologies and illuminates a path forward for companies to continue using coal. Read more.  

March 22 – President announces funding for advanced materials
Speaking at The Ohio State University, President Obama announced $14.2 million in new funding for the development of lightweight, high-strength materials for vehicle applications. In addition, $35 million in pursuit of advanced biofuels, bio-products and bio-energy was also announced. Read more here and here. 

March 21 – White House releases USA-made energy fact sheet
The Obama Administration outlined its focus on American-made energy, putting support and funding behind infrastructure, biofuels, advanced materials and smart grid policies. Read more. 

March 20 – EPA proposes limit to new uses for harmful chemicals
The Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed requirements for companies to disclose new uses for chemicals categorized as potentially harmful, under the Significant New Use Rules (SNUR), a component of the Toxic Substances Control Act. Read more. 

Climate Corner

March 27 – Food supply one more factor in climate change debate
The New York Times reports on necessary measures to adapt to global food shortages as a result of climate change, as well as resulting increased prices. Climate change and warming seasons have been linked to the supply disruption, which, along with waste management, consumption patterns and agricultural sustainability, among others factors, need to be addressed. Read more.