YOU SHOULD KNOW…
The AFL-CIO and the BlueGreen Alliance are releasing a report today called Interconnected – The Economic and Climate Change Benefits of Accelerating Repair and Replacement of America’s Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines. In it, we examine how moving up repairs to our natural gas distribution lines can have a tremendous impact in terms of jobs created and sustained, millions of metric tons of greenhouse gases avoided, cost savings from consumers not paying for lost gas, and growth in our nation’s Gross Domestic Product.
After 11:30 a.m. ET, make sure to head to www.bluegreenalliance.org/interconnected to check it out!
Testify – EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy went before a Senate committee yesterday. The results were predictable, with one Senator accusing the EPA of “trying to run the country” and other Senators praised the work of the EPA on the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)
Interestingly – A new report says that the states that have filed suit and are trying to stop the Clean Power Plan moving forward—like Texas and Oklahoma—are some of the states who would gain the most from its implementation. For example, wind power in Texas continues to grow stronger as more wind farms go live. (New York Times)
Clean energy fund – Illinois will have a new clean energy fund to help clean energy businesses grow. The fund will give startups up to $500,000 in convertible notes in areas like smart-grid technology, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and next-generation transportation. (Sustainable Business)
National Journal: The Obama Administration Safety Agency At War With Itself
Los Angeles Times: As Washington fires spread, threat of flash flooding rises
Los Angeles Times: Some bumps in the road on the way to a bike-friendly L.A.
Wichita Eagle (KS): Brownback’s office clarifies position on renewable energy standards
Deseret News (UT): Renewable energy advocates decry proposed surcharge for solar panels
Minneapolis Star Tribune (MN): Delay in alerting public to dangerous Williston toxic chemical fire raises concerns