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Threat of bankruptcy – As the days tick by without action, Senate Democrats urge movement now to avoid the growing  threat of bankruptcy for the Highway Trust Fund. (The Hill News)

Save the rivers – American Rivers releases a new report, “America's Most Endangered Rivers for 2014.” The Upper Colorado River System and a stretch of the Mississippi River top the list. (USA Today)

Going Dutch – Applying the lessons of the Netherlands’ famously efficient water management systems to a post-Hurricane Sandy America. (New York Times)

Bottleneck – Citing concerns about the integrity of the structure, officials will close the northbound lanes of the Pulaski Skyway—a major artery into New York City—for two years for repairs. (New York Times)

Pollution solutions – Many countries express reservations about a UN report that suggests sucking greenhouse gases from the air is a viable option to address climate change. (Reuters)

Organics examination – A new look at whether or not organic food products really are better for your health. (Washington Post)

Drain watch – Watershed managers in Los Angeles deploy SWAT teams to test runoff and catch polluters. ( Los Angeles Times)

Deny, deny, sigh – Over questioning of the president’s nominee to head EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, Senators stir up debate over the validity of climate change. ( The Hill News)

Don’t cut enforcement – Residents from Alabama to Virginia express fear that the Environmental Protection Agency will cut federal inspections that hold companies accountable. (Public Integrity)

In disagreement  Utility companies dispute the value of new rules that would regulate power plant greenhouse gas emissions. (Climate Central)


Wall Street Journal: Germany Amends Green-Energy Regime to Curb Rise in Prices

New York Times: The Uphill Climate Challenge in ‘Years of Living Dangerously’

The Hill News: Gas prices to change very little this summer

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Flexible but binding – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy stresses the proposed rule on existing power plants will be flexible, environmentally stringent and enforceable. (Reuters)

Electrifying investment – General Motors has announced it will invest $450 million in electric cars, which will keep or create around 1,400 jobs. (Wall Street Journal)

Good business – Around 70 global companies such as Unilever and Royal Dutch Shell have urged world governments to cap carbon emissions to 1 trillion metric tons. (Bloomberg)

A German transition – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet is backing renewable energy reforms that will slow energy cost increases and double down on its green power share. (Reuters)

Celebrity sighting – Celebrities including Don Cheadle and Harrison Ford ask the tough questions on climate science in a new Showtime documentary series. (New York Times)

Unknown additives – After finding a way around federal regulations, food manufacturers are routinely using new chemicals in their products without ever notifying the FDA. (Washington Post)

Losing biodiversity – Water scarcity, the spread of diseases like dengue fever, and animal extinction are some of the especially unique vulnerabilities of Latin America due to climate change. (The Tico Times)

Going, going, gone – Climate change is threatening some of earth’s natural wonders. (Time)

Not really "fair and balanced" – The Union of Concerned Scientists examined 50 Fox News reports on climate change from 2013 for accuracy and found that 36 of them were misleading. (Washington Post)

Clean power – A new report finds that half of electricity generation today is powered by wind or solar energy. (New Scientist)


NBC News: Our year of extremes: Did climate change just hit home?

Bloomberg: Coal’s Clout Endures in Washington Even as Jobs Decline

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Logic runs through it: An EPA rule will clarify its authority on water

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Join the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) for their National Renewable Energy Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. on March 27 and 28. Get more information and register here.


Clean Jobs Illinois – A new study from the Clean Energy Trust and other groups says that almost 100,000 workers are employed in Illinois’ clean economy. Energy efficiency accounted for 62 percent of the jobs and renewable energy accounted for 28 percent. (Midwest Energy News) 

GM invests in Flint Plant – General Motors will invest $200 million into its Flint, Michigan plant to gear up for building a family of new, small, fuel-efficient enginesbeginning in 2015. (Detroit Free Press) 

PACE – A blog highlights the opportunity that using Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs to help homeowners install renewable energy on their homes has in California. (Environmental Defense Fund) 

Kansas renewable battle – Efforts to repeal the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard from Republicans in the state legislature—backed by Americans for Prosperity and other right-wing groups—continue. (Lawrence Journal-World) 

Carbon measuring – A key measuring station for world carbon dioxide levels for the last six decades is in danger of losing funding. (USA Today) 

The end of spring? – As the planet warms from climate change, our idea of what seasons mean will likely not match up with reality. (TIME)

Fined – Five companies in New England were fined for violating regulations meant to prevent chemical accidents from occurring. (Merrimack Patch) 

Going local – The White House launched a new initiative to help local communities plan for the impacts of climate change. (The Hill) 

A new moonshot – Columnist Thomas Friedman opines that if we’re going to have a new Cold War with Russia, we should make our moonshot be a race to produce technologies that mitigate climate change. (New York Times)

Disaster aid - Recent testimony on the delivery of New Jersey's Hurricane Sandyaid shows the state's poor and minority victims are being shortchanged.


Financial Post: Peter Foster: Man as killer asteroid

New York Times: How Concerned Are You About Climate Change?

The Hill: Environmental group sounds alarm on college sports merchandise 

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Join the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) for their National Renewable Energy Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. on March 27 and 28. Speakers at the event will include: Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz; EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy; U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono from Hawaii and Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island; and many other elected, business, and non-profit leaders. Get more information and register here.


TPP – An opinion piece takes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a proposed trade agreement between the U.S. and countries on the Pacific Rim—to task for its economic and environmental inequity. (New York Times)

Banking on a good idea – More and more states are looking at the concept of “Green Banks” to leverage private investment in clean technology. (The Energy Collective)

“Abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible” – That’s the kind of change the American Association for the Advancement of Scientists said we face as our climate changes. They urged action to address our warming planet now. (The Guardian)

Ignoring it won’t make it go away – North Carolina’s Division of Air Quality has removed information about climate change from the front page of their website, following the lead of other state agencies in the state. (Greensboro News-Record)

Polling – A new Gallup poll says that 42 percent of American’s believe news reports exaggerate the seriousness of climate change. (The Hill)

Biggest in Kansas – A solar energy array recently announced by a cooperative in Kansas will be the state’s largest. (Hays Post)

Benefits – Two recent studies have show vastly different benefits to clean energy. First, a study by PJM Interconnection reported that renewable energy will have little impact on the reliability of the U.S. electrical grid. Second, new research shows that offshore wind turbines could dampen hurricane winds in coastal areas. (Liberty Voice)

At the movies – The 2014 Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. that begins today will be powered by 100 percent wind power. (North American Wind Power)

A good reminder – A letter to the editor points out that colder temperatures in some areas doesn’t disprove climate change. (Delaware Online)

Chicken – Members of Congress are urging the USDA to not speed up poultry lines in poultry processing plants due to public health and worker safety concerns. (Huffington Post)


PBS Newshour: Report finds chemical cleanup leaves hazardous ‘toxic trail’ across U.S.

The Hill: White House to host event on climate change resilience

New York Times: Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate

Los Angeles Times: Smothered by smog, Paris bans some cars; measure lifted late in day

Environmental Health News: Opinion: Who's really in charge at EPA?

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Obama agrees – With a message similar to our Repair America campaign, President Obama yesterday announced a four-year, $302 billion transportation package to fund the repair of America’s roads and bridges. BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster released a statement saying, “President Obama’s call for a $302 billion, four-year transportation bill takes the necessary steps to address the deferred maintenance and repairs that have added up over decades and to plan for a better future.” (Washington Post)

Highway Trust Fund – The head of the House Ways and Means Committee released a Tax Reform Act that included $126.5 billion for federal transportation projects. (The Hill)

Yep – A new study from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the United Kingdom’s Royal Society shows scientists are “more certain than ever” that human activity is causing climate change(NBC News)

So stop claiming – The same report says that the so-called “global warming slowdown” does not invalidate climate change. (Guardian)

Kerry – Secretary of State John Kerry stands by his statements that climate change is a national security threat(The Hill)

Battery – Tesla is building a $5 billion battery factory, and the company is looking at sites in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. (Wall Street Journal)

Wisconsin renewables – Legislative democrats want to increase Wisconsin’s renewable energy standard to 30 percent by 2030. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

What is renewable? – Legislators in Massachusetts are considering legislation that could change the state’s definition of “clean energy.” (Boston Globe)

Mississippi – There is an effort underway in Mississippi to create a new state department of labor to focus on job training efforts. (Clarion Ledger)

Partnership – Oberlin College is teaming up with its utility to install a 2.27-megawatt solar project that provides every to the college and city. (Midwest Energy News)


Boom: Climate and Energy Forecast

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Not giving the full picture – The economists behind the studies advocating the elimination of Ohio’s energy efficiency standard are now admitting they didn’t consider all of the benefits in their reports. (Midwest Energy News) 

Making things – President Obama yesterday announced the creation of two new manufacturing hubs in the Midwest. (Associated Press) 

Infrastructure – The president is in Minnesota today to announce a plan to invest $300 billion to fix America’s crumbling roads and bridges. (Hill) 

Going at high speed – Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says 2014 is shaping up to be “busiest year” for the construction of high-speed rail in the United States. (Hill) 

Hiring vets – A new report was recently released looking at how military veterans are finding jobs in the solar energy industry. (CleanTechnica) 

Building the youth movement – At the recent Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference, the BlueGreen Alliance was proud to join NRDC in cohosting a Youth Climate Caucus in order to encourage young environmental and labor activists to join the movement to Repair America. (Huffington Post)

Speak now or… – Today is the last day to submit comments on the Obama administration changes to the social cost of carbon estimate. (Politico) 

Michigan – An editorial in the Detroit News explains how incentives encouraging the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technology helped Michigan’s economy grow. (Detroit News) 

Indiana – An amendment popped up yesterday in Indiana that would cut the state’s energy efficiency programs. (Indianapolis Star)

Texas – New transmission lines would make Texas the world’s fifth largest producer of wind energy. (E&E News) 


E&E News: Cows' methane emissions trump gas operations in latest EPA greenhouse gas inventory

E&E News: Dingell dynasty may be extended -- but popular environmentalist eyes race against congressman's wife

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Rainfall – Rain is coming to parts of California, but it is not enough to end the state’s drought(KPCC)

Inching closer – While the United States dropped slightly, China scored slightly better in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, a ranking of the “attractiveness” of renewable energy investment and deployment in a country. (Bloomberg)

Supreme Court – Court watchers yesterday said the Supreme Court justices appeared to be “divided” while listening to arguments regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. (E&E News)

Yes! – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is continuing his work to fight climate change. (Hill)

Good work – Widener University in Pennsylvania recently signed a Green Chemistry Commitment, making it the 17th college or university to do so. (Delaware County Daily Times)

Offshore wind – E&E News talks to the BlueGreen Alliance’s Mike Williams and others about what labor unions are doing to support the development of offshore wind technology. (E&E News)

EPA Admin. stumps for regs – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is going to visit North Dakota to discuss the proposed standards to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants(Fargo Forum)

They like it – Nearly two-thirds of Australians support the country’s renewable energy target. (Guardian)

No thanks – The Supreme Court is not going to hear a challenge regarding how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) allowed the costs associated with transmission projects to be allocated.(Platts)

100%  What would it take to get 100 percent of energy from renewable energy sources? Renewable Energy World takes a look. (Renewable Energy World) 


Bloomberg BNA: EPA Won’t Issue Fourth Rule to Obtain Data on High Production Volume Chemicals

E&E News: Electric bike companies peddle a change for your daily commute

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They will hear it – The Supreme Court today is going to hear arguments regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to reduce carbon emissions.(Washington Post)

A strong case – The Washington Post Editorial Board says the EPA has a "strong case" for regulating carbon emissions(Washington Post)

Or not – A new study found climate change won’t reduce the number of deaths that occur in the winter, because there will be “more harmful weather extremes.”(Reuters)

Yeah, it’s cold here – While temperatures have been cold in the U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says January’s average global temperature was 54.8 degrees. (Hill)

Appealing – Do to outside coercion, the United Auto Workers is asking the federal labor board to throw out the results of the union election at Volkswagen’s Tennessee facility. (Hill)

Our champion – Politico looks at how Tom Steyer is planning to battle the Koch brothers. (Politico)

Keeps turning – A new study claims wind turbines may remain efficient for at least 25 years—that’s ten year longer than previously thought. (Business Green)

$670 million – That’s how much the Department of Transportation is giving for expansion of Los Angeles’ light rail system(Hill)

Detroit – Money is needed to help repair Detroit’s crumbling infrastructure(Michigan Radio)

Net Zero – The new Habitat for Humanity house in Minneapolis is the organization’s first “Net Zero” home in the area. (MPR News)


Bloomberg: Profit From Global Warming or Get Left Behind

Hill (CO): Colorado first state to regulate methane emissions

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI): Baldwin correct with claim about green jobs topping those offered in gas and oil

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TPP – How could the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement hurt our efforts to fight climate change? The BlueGreen Alliance, Sierra Club and others are talking about that. (Politico)

Getting smarter – The Department of Energy is working to revise rules regarding the energy efficiency of appliances, including walk-in coolers, freezers and commercial boilers. (Hill)

He said it – The BlueGreen Alliance’s efforts to Repair America’s natural gas pipelines in order to reduce methane emissions got a shout out from U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz yesterday. (Oil & Gas Journal)

Monday – The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources like power plants. (New York Times)

Food and chemicals – A new study has been released about the possibility of chemicals leaching into food from packaging. (Globe and Mail)

Smart in Illinois – According to the U.S. Green Building Council, Illinois has the most green building space in the nation.(NBC Chicago)

Attacks on workers' rights continue – Unions continue to fight back against the efforts to implement “right-to-work” laws in Missouri and Pennsylvania. (Beverly Hills Courier)

$684.7 million– That’s how much money Governor Jerry Brown proposed the stay spend to to help people and businesses deal with the California drought(San Jose Mercury News)

Megawatt war – Minnesota Power is planning to try out several solar panels at the St. Louis County Government Services Center in Duluth, MN. (Duluth News Tribune)

Buying together – An initiative in Wisconsin wants to expand its group-buy program that helps people install solar energyprojects. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


New York Times: Labor Leaders See Focus on Wages as Key to Union and Democratic Victories

Hill: Highway agency move toward new alt fuel rules

BBC News: EU Commission launches legal action over UK air quality

Wall Street Journal (NC): Probe Widens Into North Carolina Coal-Ash Spill

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A megawatt saved is… – Energy efficiency programs are getting credit for lowering energy demand in the Midwest. (E&E News)

Breaking point – In another example of the need to Repair America, this winter’s cold temps are leading to water main breaks that are taxing city budgets. (New York Times)

50th – The Interior Department today signed off on the 50th utility-scale renewable energy project to be built on public lands. (Politico)

Spreading – Climate change is helping pathogens spread into new areas. (E&E News)

Setting the dialogue – Tom Steyer is planning to spend $100 million to make climate change “a defining issue” in the elections happening this fall. (Politico)

Lead – The Environmental Protection has reached agreements with several companies who violated regulations regarding lead dust exposure. (Hill)

Security issue – The Weather Channel looks at why climate change is a threat to national security. (Weather Channel)

Nice to meet you – E&E News takes a look at the people in the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). (E&E News)

California drought – As the California drought continues, health concerns are becoming greater. (Reuters)

Pushback continues – A collection of organizations in Ohio released a report as part of their effort to oppose the state’s energy efficiency mandates(Columbus Dispatch)


New York Times: Obama Orders New Efficiency for Big Trucks

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