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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)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“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) 

Blame Canada – The Canadian emissions pledge for a global climate agreement likely will fall short of America’s pledge. (The Hill)

Solar and vets – Six Senate Democrats are asking to double the capacity of an Obama administration program that trains outgoing military members for jobs in the solar industry. (The Hill)

BLUEGREEN LINKS

Politico: Obama admonishes his base on trade

Scientific American: How to Misinterpret Climate Change Research

Midwest Energy News: Michigan Democrats propose doubling clean-energy standards

The Guardian: Can the Bullitt Center prove that it pays for buildings to go 'deep green'?

Sacramento Bee (CA): Kevin de León, California officials push renewable energy

MLive (MI): Renewable energy center in Muskegon to host free workshop on solar development

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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.

WHAT’S TRENDING 

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)

Virginia is for clean energy lovers – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed several bills on Earth Day to promote clean energy in the state. (Augusta Free Press)

Moving forward – Nebraska lawmakers advanced a bill that would provide a state production tax credit for wind and other renewable energy. (Omaha World-Herald) 

BLUEGREEN LINKS

USA Today: Senate panel approves 'fast track' trade bill

TIME: Obama’s Florida Visit Takes Climate Change Fight to the Front Lines on Earth Day

New York Times: Liquid Batteries for Solar and Wind Power

The Hill: Committee passes $35B funding bill for energy, water development

High Plains Journal: Oklahoma tops EPA charts for pollution reduction to waterways

The Hill: Poll: Conservatives alone say global warming won't happen during their lives

Sandusky Register (OH): Rep. Kaptur takes Kasich to task on renewable energy

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The fight against Fast Track trade authority is heating up as yesterday a bipartisan bill was introduced that would allow Fast Track. Opponents, including the BlueGreen Alliance, say that Fast Track is bad for our economy and environment. (Politico)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We've had the start of a Senate hearing even before a bill was finalized and introduced. Now, that legislation is headed to mark up and a floor vote in just days. TPA (Trade Promotion Authority) pretends to be about trade, but in reality it is about protecting corporate profits above all else and defining our national security in terms of giving away our jobs, depressing our wages and then rewarding the responsible multinational corporations, often U.S. based, with guaranteed profits in the nations where they invest," said CWA President Larry Cohen in a statement about the newly introduced bill.

WHAT’S TRENDING

A bad deal – The head of the American Sustainable Business Council has penned an opinion piece that highlights why Fast Track is a big mistake for most businesses. (The Hill)

Dismissive – A panel of federal judges appears to be leaning toward dismissing the first legal challenge against the Clean Power Plan. (New York Times) 

43 CEOs urge climate action – The CEOs of 43 international companies sent an open letter that both commits them to reducing greenhouse gases in their own corporation and also asks that countries put a price on carbon pollution. (The Hill)

The Pope and climate change – Here’s a look at why Pope Francis’ climate change encyclicalis a step forward for the church. (US News & World Report)

85 percent – A new report says that 85 percent of facilities in the Midwest storing nine toxic chemicals haven’t filed a risk management plan with the EPA. (AllGov) 

BLUEGREEN LINKS

New York Times: Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Accord

Washington Post: The Arctic is ‘unraveling’ due to global warming, and the consequences will be global

Reuters: Boardrooms and public fuel momentum for climate change: experts

Washington Post: Experts: Powering your home with batteries is going to get cheaper and cheaper

Kansas City Star (MO): Climate change being measured in property damage, loss of life and costs in billions of dollars

Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH): In Ohio, unlike California, there's water, water everywhere -- an asset to be preserved: editorial

Detroit News (MI): Stanfield: Pols a threat to clean energy in Michigan

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Unions, environmentalists and other allies yesterday rallied on Capitol Hill against Fast Track trade promotion authority. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said, “Our trade policies should level the playing field, punish those who violate the law and strengthen our middle class.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“There's another big benefit of these standards and other actions we've taken under the Clean Air Act that we don't talk about enough: They help grow our economy,” writes EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in the Huffington Post

WHAT’S TRENDING

Push back – Governors from New Hampshire and Vermont pushback on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s letter urging governors to defy proposed EPA rules. (AP)

Under pressure – The world’s richest nations are under pressure from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to provide developing nations with $100 billion a year for climate related programs by 2020. (Bloomberg)

Quick fix – A group of senators yesterday urged action before the looming deadline on transportation funding, set to expire May 31. (The Hill)

6,000 – That’s how many people wind energy employed in Iowa last year. That’s 2,000 more people than the year before according to the American Wind Energy Association. (Des Moines Register) 

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

New York Times: Legal Battle Begins Over Obama Bid to Curb Greenhouse Gases

Climate Progress: Vatican Announces Major Summit On Climate Change

Bloomberg: Grid Power Will Survive Clean Energy Challenge, Stem CEO Says

Livingston Daily: Entrepreneurs support clean energy policies

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Editorial note: The Source will be on hiatus for a few days and will return Wednesday, April 15.

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Vice President Joe Biden will receive the Green Jobs Champion award at this year’s Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference. For all the latest conference updates, including pictures and more, follow @gjgjconference on Twitter or www.facebook.com/goodjobsgreenjobs

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I am confident that we have the guts and the know-how to find solutions that work—making our society more sustainable, while also strengthening our economy. To do this, however, we need leaders who accept the facts and have a plan to solve this crisis,” Climate activist Tom Steyer writes in a Huffington Post blog.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Gag order – A state board in Wisconsin voted 2-1 yesterday in favor of preventing staff at a state agency from discussing climate change while on the job. (Wisconsin State Journal)

Data and more data – The White House unveiled this week 150 new open data sets. One such data set uses Google Earth Street View data to analyzemethane emissions. (Government Technology)

Head on – With the worst of the recession behind us, one of President Obama’s key economic advisors is now focusing on the challenge of climate change. (New York Times)

Most sustainable – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a plan yesterday to make the city one of the most sustainable in the country by reinventing itself as a more walkable, electric vehicle-friendly city. (New York Times) 

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

National Journal: T-Mobile Drops Membership in Conservative Group ALEC

The Guardian:Japan to pledge 20% CO2 cut – reports

New York Times: In California, Cities Braced to Cut Water by 10 to 35%

CNN: President Obama, others link climate change to public health

RTCC: As it happened: City mayors adopt sustainability goals in Seoul 

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Ohio becomes the latest state to consider right-to-work measures as a small legislative panel will contemplate adding it to the constitution. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Fast track trade promotion, also known as TPA, means fewer jobs, lower wages and a declining middle class, a stark contrast to what the country needs and what hard-working families deserve,” writes UAW President Dennis Williams.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Doctor’s orders – According to an administration official Brian Deese in a press call yesterday,seven in 10 doctors are seeing effects on their patients’ health from climate change that is “posing a threat to more people in more places.” (Bloomberg)

Roadblocks – Several roadblocks have gotten in the way of Maryland’s pursuit of a 25 turbineoffshore wind project. (Baltimore Sun)

Making up for lost time – The late start to the allergy season is now making up for lost time. It’s now predicted to be an especially severe allergy season. (USA Today)

135,000 – Activists sent a petition with 135,000 signatures asking Walgreens to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in its products. (Baltimore Sun)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

The Oregonian: Teens' climate-change suit hits court with call to protect our air

The Hill: White House: Obama 'greenest president' ever

Climate Central: How Flood Insurance Could Drive Americans From Coasts

New York Times: Anemic Report on California Water Conservation Adds to Crisis

WDET: Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice on Climate Change in Detroit 

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The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have put forward a rule to help protect America’s water sources and now it is heading to the White House for review. Later this week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will travel to Minnesota and to Texas for a pair of events aimed at promoting the EPA’s water pollution control efforts and the Waters of the United States rule specifically. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“For politicians and climate-denial groups, the elixir of life is money. Now that corporations are becoming reluctant to bankroll crazy theories, the surrender of climate-change deniers will follow,” penned Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank .

WHAT’S TRENDING

Views on climate aren’t red and blue – A new study that looks at how concerned Americans are about climate change highlights that the issue isn’t just a red- or blue-state issue. (New York Times)

See them while you can – New research shows the glaciers of Western Canada could shrink by 70 percent by 2100. (New York Times)

Steyer looks to ’16 – Climate change activist Tom Steyer is looking to make the issue a prominent one in the next presidential election. (The Hill)

Hitting the goal – The Sonoma County Water Agency in California has achieved its goal of getting all its energy from renewables or carbon-free sources. (Sonoma Press Democrat)

BLUEGREEN LINKS

Politico: Lindsey Graham: Too green for the GOP?

Think Progress: ALEC Doesn’t Want To Be Known As A ‘Climate Denier’ Organization Anymore, And It’s Willing To Sue

Washington Post: White House to explore how climate change makes you sick

New York Times: Beneath California Crops, Groundwater Crisis Grows

Politico: Carly Fiorina blames environmentalists for California drought

MLive (MI): Lisa Wozniak: Of the energy proposals on the table, some make more sense

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President Obama announced a new initiative in Utah this weekend that will seek to train 75,000 people—including veterans—to build up the nation’s solar energy workforce. (Washington Post)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“…if we're going to spend billions of dollars a year on something, why not spend it in a way that supports jobs, businesses and communities right here in Minnesota?” wrote Yvonne Prettner Solon, a former lieutenant governor and state senator from Duluth, and Bill Hilty, a former state House member from Pine County in an oped.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Climate goals – Washington State Governor Jay Inslee laments the partisan political lens through which the climate debate is viewed and continues to search out politically palatable solutions for his state. (New York Times)

Regional strategy – Some states are calling on EPA to allow for the same regional approach that helped states cut acid rain pollution as they work up a plan to limit carbon emissions. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Moving fast – The growth of solar and wind power has been fast and opinions about this growth are also in shift. A new survey shows 80 percent of respondents thought renewables would dominate by 2050. (New York Magazine)

Banning flame retardants – A diverse group including firefighters, scientists and consumer advocates band together to fight the use of a certain class of flame-retardants in children’s products. (Environmental Health News)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

Portland Press Herald: Maine’s energy forecast: Partly sunny, clouded by questions

WUSF News: Duke Energy Outlines Major Solar Plans

New York Times: California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth

The Hill: Looming departures usher in new leaders on environment

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The day after the United States submitted a commitment to the UN and the rest of the world to cut emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels, a new analysis shows that efforts to cut emissionsand prevent global warming will stimulate major economies in fuel savings, job creation and more. (The Guardian)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Critics who insisted that American effort wouldn’t do any good because no one would follow were proved wrong. Mexico since has submitted a serious emissions commitment, as well. The major nations of the world must respond to scientists’ warnings, and U.S. leadership is a necessary prerequisite,” written in a Washington Post Editorial.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Cleanup in W.V. – Freedom Industries, the now bankrupt company responsible for the West Virginia chemical spill that left hundreds of thousands of people without water, will move forward with a voluntary cleanup program as approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection. (Charleston Gazette)

In the next month – According to administration officials, Congress is expected to vote on Trade Promotion Authority legislation within the next month. (Reuters)

Solid Plan A - “I don’t need a Plan B if I’m solid on my Plan A,” McCarthy said answering questions about challenges to the Clean Power Plan. (Bloomberg BNA) 

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

Reuters: Republicans warn world that Obama U.N. plan could be undone

Washington Post: Renewable energy is growing very, very fast. It’s just still not fast enough.

The Hill: What to do about climate change?

News and Observer: Don’t derail North Carolina’s clean energy boom

The Hill: Amtrak labeled one of ‘America’s Best Employers’

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According to a new report from the EPA, new vehicles are more fuel-efficient than ever. The newest vehicles are getting an average of 1.4 more miles per gallon than required. (Think Progress)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"There will always be contentious issues within the sciences," said John Bedward, a teacher at Buena Vista University, regarding controversy about climate change in the curriculum. "It would be doing our students a disservice if we did not at least have a conversation and give them the ability to inquire about (the issues)."

WHAT’S TRENDING

Looming deadline – As the U.S. makes plans to submit a plan of action to address global warming to the United Nations this week, most countries will miss a March 31 deadline to do so. (Reuters)

Fresh air or hot air? – This is the question many in New Jersey are asking with regard to Governor Christie’s early commitments to making the state a wind energy leader. (Washington Post)

Lights out – Landmarks across the globe including the Eiffel Tower celebrated Earth Hour this weekend by going dark. (The Times-Picayune)

Right-to-work – Illinois Governor Rauner’s plans to make the state a right-to-work state go under the microscope. (State Journal-Register)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

Arizona Daily Star: It’s time to understand the science behind BPA

Bloomberg Business: Mexico Pledges to Cut Emissions 25% in Climate-Change Milestone

Philadelphia Tribune: Interfaith group continues to work on climate change agenda

Smithsonian: What Climate Change Will Mean for the People of Oceania

MSNBC: FEMA plays hardball with climate deniers

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