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YOU SHOULD KNOW…
Worldwide there were 7.7 million people working in renewable energy jobs in 2014. (CleanTechnica)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
In a press release announcing the Vehicle Innovation Act, the BlueGreen Alliance’s Executive Director Kim Glas said, "Investing in advanced vehicle technology research, innovation, commercialization and manufacturing is critical to position America to lead in a clean, modern, global economy. Enhancing research, development and commercialization of advanced car and truck technology as laid out in today’s bill—together with separate measures to spur manufacturing—will drive growth across the auto manufacturing supply chain, securing current jobs and growing new ones that will continue our manufacturing recovery nationwide. We thank Senators Peters, Alexander and Stabenow for introducing this bill and its contribution to advancing American competitiveness and growth."
High-risk chemical plants – That’s the focus of a story that looks at high-risk chemical plantsnear a school and other parts of the East St. Louis community. (KSDK)
$212 million – That’s how much Transocean—the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in 2010 killing 11 workers and spilling millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico—will pay in a settlement of a lawsuit over its role in the tragedy. (The Hill)
Most efficient city – If you’re wondering what the most energy efficient city in the country is look no further than Boston. The city won out in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s biennial City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. It’s the second consecutive scorecard from the group that places Boston in the top spot. (Washington Post)
A patch, but what then? – With a two-month patch set to keep the nation’s Highway Trust Fundsolvent set to pass, eyes are looking forward to the potential for a long-term bill from Congress but the two bodies are far apart as to how to pay for it. (Politico)
Freezing renewables – An effort to freeze North Carolina’s clean energy laws is on the fast track in the state legislature. (WRAL)
New York Times: Obama Recasts Climate Change as a Peril With Far-Reaching Effects
The Hill: Federal agencies turn to citizen scientists
CNN: Jeb Bush rails against 'intellectual arrogance' in climate change debate
ABC News: California Farmers Offer to Give up Some Water, Avoid Cuts
EDF Voices: 5 reasons clean energy investments beat expectations
Orlando Sentinel (FL): Shift to clean energy helps Florida's low-income citizens
Alamogordo News (NM: Udall: Clean energy bill would save consumers $25.1 billion
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (IN): Donnelly warns against fast-track deal
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