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Oct 22

The Clean Water Act -- 42 Birthday Candles and Half a Million Americans Who Support It

The following blog by Jon Devine, Senior Attorney for the NRDC in Washington, DC was originally posted in The Switchboard blog. The original post is available online here.

Forty-two years ago this past Saturday, Congress passed the law known today as the Clean Water Act.  I salute their forethought and bipartisan leadership, not just because I make my living implementing that law, but because it has helped to restore waters that are special to me. 

I grew up in Massachusetts, where the water pollution was so bad in Boston Harbor and the Charles River that the Standells’ “Dirty Water”became the city’s unofficial anthem.  I remember going into Boston on a boat for Fourth of July fireworks and my mom telling me not to touch the Charles.  My family also spent a lot of weekends by the Pemigewasset River in New Hampshire, which “was for yearsone of the most polluted rivers in New England, the repository for raw sewage from factories and towns,” and which “emitted an overwhelming odor and was known to peel the paint off buildings located on its banks.”  Today, these water bodies are significantly improved – thanks in part to the Clean Water Act’s requirements limiting pollution into the nation’s waters.  My sisters and I could swim in the Pemigewasset, and when we took a “duck boat” tour of Boston a few years back, I didn’t have to warn my own kids not to touch the water.

Despite the law’s successes, it is under attack today.  Many waters around the country are at risk of becoming polluted because a pair of Supreme Court decisions and policies implemented by the prior administration left the status of small streams and wetlands in legal limbo.  As a result, it is unclear today whether the law protects these kinds of resources from pollution or destruction, even though they help provide drinking water for one in three Americans.  I’ve discussed this problem more times than I care to count, dating from my very first post on this site seven years ago.

We’re hopeful that this mess will soon be cleared up and this dangerous loophole will be fixed, thanks to the Obama administration’s proposed Clean Water Protection Rule.  Sadly, a daunting lineup of industry lobby groups have joined together to attack the proposal.  I’ve previously posted an overview of the clean water proposal, as well as a number of blogs responding to the misinformation campaign that opponents have launched.

After many years of work on this issue, I’m extremely excited today to report that NRDC and other environmental groups, sportsmen, health advocates, and the sustainable business community are delivering more than 500,000 comments in support of the proposed clean water rule to the Environmental Protection Agency.  (Don’t fret about the trees – this is mostly a virtual, not paper, delivery.)  We’re announcing this milestone at an event along the Anacostia River in the Washington, D.C. area, another water body I am happy to report has been significantly improved thanks to the law.  Today’s event showcases the enormous support that Americans have for protective clean water policies.  It should be an inspiration to the Obama administration to keep moving forward to strengthen and finalize its proposal, and it should be a warning to polluters and their political allies on Capitol Hill that they risk alienating the public when they attack clean water.

To all of you who have commented and whose comments we’re delivering today – thank you!  Your involvement in this process is critical to getting a strong final set of protections in place.  And if you haven’t yet had the chance to weigh in, you can still do so, as the comment period on the rule was recently extended until November 14th.  You can take action to support it by clicking here

Posted In: Climate Change, Natural Resources Defense Council
Oct 22

The Green Jobs Source for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

YOU SHOULD KNOW…

Want to know how your state ranks on energy efficiency? The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) releases a state-by-state report card today. The report card will be released at 11:30 a.m. ET today. (ACEEE)

WHAT’S TRENDING

Through the campaign lens – The upcoming midterm elections serves up a chance to view how energy and environmental issues are polling in battleground states. (New York Times)

Uptick – According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, carbon emissions rose 2.5 percent last year. (The Hill)

Building a supergrid – In response to concerns about power grid vulnerability from hackers and extreme weather, the Pentagon is pushing for the construction of stand alone power grids at military bases. (Wall Street Journal)

Odd couple – Senator Joe Manchin (WV) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) team up to figure out how climate change affects their respective states. (Los Angeles Times)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

The Washington Post: Climate records are breaking so often now, we’ve stopped paying attention

Scientific American: Oceans Could Lose $1 Trillion in Value Due to Acidification

EcoWatch: Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World

New York Times: Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limits of Efficient Lighting

Grist: We were promised methane regulations! Where are our methane regulations?!

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Posted In: The Source
Oct 21

Labor and environmentalists join forces to reduce methane emissions

Just over a week ago the BlueGreen Alliance—a coalition of 15 of America’s largest labor unions and national environmental groups representing more than 15 million members and supporters—sent a letter to President Obama supporting national standards to reduce methane emissions. EDF’s Natural Gas Director of Communications, Lauren Whittenberg, recently talked with Rob McCulloch, Director of Infrastructure Programs at BlueGreen Alliance to learn more about their interest in this issue. 

Lauren: Hi Rob. Can you tell us a little about BlueGreen Alliance, and the work you’re doing?

Rob: BlueGreen alliance is a national partnership working to find common ground among labor unions and environmental groups and advance policies that help build a cleaner, fairer, and more competitive American economy.

Our partners agree: Our nation’s response to today’s environmental challenges will determine our future economy. It is important that our response includes the creation of good, family-sustaining jobs for future generations.

Part of this transition is represented by new manufacturing and operations jobs that will make the energy that powers our economy more efficient and less polluting. According to a new report, industries tackling methane reduction represent a significant opportunity to create those good, family-sustaining jobs we need for a clean economy here at home. America should be leading the world in creating, manufacturing, and deploying these technologies.

Lauren: What are the environmental benefits of reducing methane?

Rob: Atmospheric methane created by human activities are the next biggest contributor to climate change behind carbon dioxide—if we’re serious about fighting climate change, reducing methane needs to be part of the equation. Whether it’s via repairing and replacing our leak-prone natural gas distribution pipes, or continuing to develop and deploy technologies that prevent the escape of methane to the atmosphere, we can be doing a lot to reduce emissions right here, right now. We believe doing it in these ways helps strengthen—not disrupt—our economy.

Also, the technologies being deployed to reduce methane often have the co-benefit of reducing other pollution.

Lauren: What’s the economic opportunity to reduce methane emissions?

Rob: It’s estimated we can eliminate as much as half of all climate-warming methane emissions across our oil and gas sector in the next five years using proven, low-cost technologies—we’re not talking about reinventing the wheel here. And as the report I mentioned suggests, we have a lot to gain. American companies are rightfully at the forefront of emission-reduction technology, creating and supporting good jobs and stimulating local economies.

Keeping methane out of the atmosphere will help companies cut waste in addition to reducing the climate change impact of these emissions. A recent report by ICF International estimates methane emissions could be reduced by 40 percent below projected 2018 levels at an average annual cost of less than one cent per thousand cubic feet of produced natural gas

Lauren: Thanks. Do you have anything else to add?

Rob: Moving forward on a national methane standard benefits not only the environment but American workers. In some cases, the private sector is already implementing methane pollution reduction measures on their own accord. And, while some states have taken action to reduce methane emissions, no national standards are in place to effectively reduce methane leakage – which would protect our communities and economy.

Our partnership will continue to support strong efforts to reduce carbon emissions—including the Clean Power Plan rule that’s moving from paper to reality. But, to effectively fight climate change, we need to reduce methane emissions as well.

We’re already seeing the impacts of extreme weather events that climate change only intensifies, like floods and droughts. The upcoming anniversary of Hurricane Sandy reminds us all there is no time to wait. The clock is ticking, and Americans are ready to go to work.

 

 

Posted In: Climate Change, Infrastructure
Oct 21

The Green Jobs Source for Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 

YOU SHOULD KNOW…

Source: NOAA

Last year, there were nine extreme weather events where losses exceeded $1 billion. A new report out today by the National Wildlife Federation—Natural Defenses from Hurricanes and Floods: Protecting America’s Communities and Ecosystems in an Era of Extreme Weather—delves into what’s causing all of this. (National Wildlife Federation)

WHAT’S TRENDING

Curbing methane – California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill requiring the state to come up with a comprehensive strategy to curb methane emissions. (News Observer)

Hot year – After another record-breaking month in terms of temperature, 2014 is on pace to become the hottest year in history. (The Guardian)

Hitting the breaks – A measure that would regulate the energy efficiency of high intensity lamps used in gymnasiums, warehouses and parking lots has been put on hold by the Department of Energy. (The Hill)

Path to Lima – At climate talks in Bonn, Germany this week, vulnerable countries make it clear that they want far more action on climate change in the lead up to the Lima Conference of the Parties (COP) later this year. (Responding to Climate Change)

Time for political expediency – This piece calls for action after algae blooms in Lake Erie contaminated the water supply. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

Inside Climate News: 5 Lose-Lose Senate Races for Climate Advocates

NBC News: 'Drought' Beer: California Breweries Hit a Dry Spell

New York Times: De Blasio Sees Progress for Hurricane Sandy Victims Through a Program He Overhauled

Reuters: Is it time to abandon 2 degrees?

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Posted In: The Source
Oct 20

The Green Jobs Source for Monday, October 20, 2014

YOU SHOULD KNOW…

America can nearly quadruple renewable energy investments in the next 15 years, according to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report uses the gains states have seen in renewable energy over the last five years as a starting point. (Clean Technica)

WHAT’S TRENDING

53 storms in 2 days – During June, scientists witnessed a five-tornado supercell. A new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows tornado clusters like this are becoming more frequent. (E&E News)

Climate assessment – The United Nations releases its final report on climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. The report confirms Australia is increasingly affected by climate change. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Water level anomalyWater levels in some of the deepest of the Great Lakes are rising—bucking trends for this time of year. (Detroit News)

On to something – A Texas company that received $28 million from the Department of Energy will be able to capture 83,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year by using carbon capture technology. (New York Times)

Solutions-oriented – Florida climate scientists request another meeting with Governor Rick Scott to brief him on their climate findings. (Tallahassee Democrat)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

Time: This Is What Hurricane Gonzalo Looks Like From Space

The Guardian: Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals

Alaska Dispatch News: Alaska Arctic Policy Commission hears concerns about economy, climate change

EcoWatch: In Antarctica, Time Is Melting Away

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Oct 16

Ohio: The State Trying Hard to Forget Its Own Energy Successes

Ohio is racing towards earning the hapless distinction of being a place where success doesn’t matter—at least when it comes to renewable energy. It is the home of both one of the most successful renewable energy programs in the country but also ground zero for draconian efforts to stunt the growth of renewable energy policies in the future. As the state’s politics work to undercut economic growth, its low-income and working families will feel the consequences of the governor and state legislators’ actions.  

One example is Ohio’s Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP). It is a successful effort to improve energy efficiency while at the same time working to save low-income families 20 percent or more on energy bills. That is important because according to an analysis by Policy Matters Ohio and the 2013 Home Energy Affordability Gap Report, “…more than 300,000 Ohio households pay over 30 percent of their annual income just on their home energy bills alone.”

What does it mean to weatherize a home?

Home weatherization is a low-cost and highly effective way to improve heating and cooling efficiency and includes things such as the following: improving wall, attic and floor insulation; blower-door guided air sealing; heating system safety tests, repairs and tune-ups; duct insulation and sealing; hot-water savings measures; and energy related home repairs.

Federal home weatherization programs are succeeding in returning $2.50 in savings for every dollar invested not only in Ohio but also across the country.

Federal home weatherization programs are succeeding in returning $2.50 in savings for every dollar invested not only in Ohio but also across the country.  

What’s successful about Ohio’s weatherization program?

Key findings of the Policy Matters analysis reveal:

  • Weatherization generates jobs, reduces pollution and increases home values.
  • Ohio’s clean energy standards are credited for driving a seven-fold increase investment in low-income weatherization.
  • Freezing and eliminating Ohio’s efficiency standard will eliminate more than $300 million from weatherization services over 10 years (equivalent to funding the weatherization of homes of 50,000 families).

The HWAP is one of the best weatherization programs in the country, but efforts in the state to freeze renewable energy investments threaten its efforts to create jobs, save families money on energy costs and stimulate growth in emerging energy sectors. Ohioans must overturn the freeze on these investments.

Does renewable energy really matter?

Yes, renewable energy is a matter of energy bill savings, economic growth and job creation in Ohio and across the country.  Renewable energy markets surged the first half of the year. Overall U.S. investment in renewable energy reached $7.3 billion up from $5.7 billion. The companies and states that ride this rising tide of energy growth will see a return on investment. Pull back the curtain on renewable energy and energy efficiency investments like HWAP, and there’s a lot more to the story than what the politicians who froze Ohio’s renewable energy standard will give credit—something that for the rest of us is hard to forget.

Posted In: Ohio, Clean Energy
Oct 16

The Green Jobs Source for Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Photo: A view of the toxic algae bloom near Toledo, OH earlier this summer. 

A new study says climate change and invasive species helped fuel the growth of large algae blooms in Lake Erie earlier this year and urges action now to protect the lake. (Detroit News)

WHAT’S TRENDING 

Clean water – An editorial says the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers should go forward with their plan to protect water in lakes, streams and wetlands to ensure Americans have access toclean water. (Scranton Times-Tribune) 

Serious melting – The host country of the international climate summit this year is seeing climate change impacts. Peru’s glaciers have shrunk 40 percent and the melt has created 1,000 new high altitude lakes since 1980. (Reuters) 

Crowdfunding solar – The first offering of “solar bonds” in the U.S. may democratize the way solar projects are funded. (The Guardian) 

Granted – Over $600,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy will be going to Vermont to advance innovative approaches to develop local clean energy. The funding is part of $5 million provided for projects in 13 states. (VermontBiz)

BLUEGREEN LINKS

Businessweek: German Clean-Energy Costs Drop for First Time

The Hill: Green group sues EPA over new weed killer approval

The Hill: EPA offers $3M to replace school bus engines

E&E News: Can environmental groups and loggers work to limit the destruction of tropical forests?

Deseret News (UT): Clean energy advocates showcase benefits of electric vehicles

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Oct 15

L.A. Mayor Calls for More Water Efficiency

The following blog by Ed Osann, NRDC Senior Policy Analyst, Santa Monica, was originally posted in NRDC's The Switchboard blog. The original post is available online here

Kudos to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for proposing ambitious new water-saving goals for the city.  Hizzoner aims for dramatic reductions in water use over the next two years.  L.A. has already made impressive strides -- water use today is comparable to the 1970s, even with over a million additional residents.  That said, the city still uses a heck of a lot of water – well over 500 million gallons each day – much of it outdoors. 

There are compelling reasons for L.A. to curb its demand for water.  First, we don’t know how long the current drought will last.  Second, we don’t know how soon the next drought will arrive (but it most certainly will).  And third, climate change will affect both the demand for water and the availability of water supplies in ways that could send the cost of water service through the roof.

Given these imperatives, this semi-arid city needs more than short-term curtailments to place its water use on a sustainable footing. New policies need to be put in place to ensure that efficiency gains are enduring, and that water awareness won’t end with the next brief rainfall.

Here are 6 policies that can help meet the mayor's near-term goals and bring lasting gains in water efficiency to Los Angeles:

1.  Revise LA DWP water rates.  The city should aim to have a revised water rate structure in place by July 2015, so that it has enough time in effect to help meet the mayor’s January 2017 target. That means the process should get started this fall. We recommend that DWP evaluate options that would include the following:

  • Single-family residential rates that are fashioned into a 4-tier rate structure, designed to maintain affordability for first tier usage and send a strong price signal to peak-season outdoor use
  • Eliminate the current practice of increasing the lower tier allocations in summer months – this undercuts the very conservation message that the rate structure should be sending, and exacerbates the unfairness of the current rate design
  • Move toward a rate structure that accounts for the number of dwelling units in each multifamily building.  Starting with the largest buildings, collect dwelling unit counts for each apartment building and establish tiered rates based on consumption per dwelling unit.  This will improve the rate design for master metered buildings, and is distinct from submetering (below).
  • Incorporate true seasonal rates (higher on-peak, lower off-peak) into commercial, industrial, and institutional rate designs.

We also recommend that DWP commit to a transparent rate-making process, and allow responsible parties to access a year’s worth of redacted customer consumption information to enable independent analysis of potential rate designs.

2.  Removal of remaining inefficient plumbing fixtures from pre-1994 buildings. The city should consider local enforcement options to implement SB 407 (2009) (Cal. Civil Code § 1101.1 et seq.), which requires all inefficient plumbing fixtures to be replaced with water-conserving plumbing fixtures in single-family residential buildings by January 1, 2017 and in multifamily residential and commercial buildings by January 1, 2019. In cases of properties undergoing major renovations and additions, enforcement of the bill’s requirements falls to local building code officials. In the case of all other existing buildings, SB 407 explicitly authorizes, but does not require, cities, counties, and water suppliers to enact local ordinances or policies to enforce the bill’s provisions. 

As a result of this non-mandatory enforcement responsibility, few, if any, local jurisdictions or water suppliers have adopted mechanisms and policies to ensure full compliance with the requirements of SB 407. Nevertheless, the law is clear that inefficient plumbing fixtures need to be replaced by certain dates and that enforcement power ultimately lies with local jurisdictions, which could even accelerate the replacement deadlines if they chose.  

In addition to the city’s existing retrofit-on-resale requirement, a mix of regulatory and non-regulatory measures could be implemented, including targeted rebates, direct installation programs for low-income residences, replacements in public buildings, and compliance certifications for newly leased rental property and annual business license renewals.

3.  Clothes washer replacement.  

Clothes Washer - High Efficiency Samsung Eco Bubble (Samsung Wikimedia).jpgA legacy-design top-loading washer with a center agitator uses about 3 times the amount of water per load as today’s most-efficient new washers.  Washing clothes with a legacy washer consumes about 20% of a household’s total indoor water use, or about 10% of total water use (i.e., including outdoor use).  With the mayor calling for consumers to reduce water use by 20%, a family that retires its old top-loader can realize about one-third of the savings the mayor is asking for by taking this one single action.  The city could accelerate retirement of inefficient washers by:

  • implementing a direct install program for replacement of inefficient top-loaders in low-income residences
  • suspending the city portion of the sales tax on the purchase of new Energy Star clothes washers by Los Angeles residents during  CY 2015
  • preventing used top loaders from coming back into service wasting more water by offering a rebate for working inefficient top-loading washers picked up or traded in from a Los Angeles address

4.  Multifamily submetering. Meter_water (Wikicommons).JPG

Water metering and volumetric pricing are essential tools to provide city residents with an accurate price signal regarding their water use.  However, most apartment buildings receive water service through a single, utility-owned master meter, leaving owners to recover the cost of the entire building’s water service in the rent, or allocate the cost among the residents as a uniform charge, which hides the true cost of water usage by individual occupants. 

Residents in apartments will not know how much water they use unless water entering each unit is measured.  Studies have shown that water submeters are associated with decreased water usage.  The National Multiple Family Sub-metering and Allocation Study (2004), sponsored by the US EPA, EBMUD, and San Diego County, among others, found water savings of 15.3% when comparing sub-metered properties with rental properties that do not bill water separately from rent (“in-rent” properties).  Another study showed water usage in sub-metered properties to be 18% to 39% less than in-rent properties. 

Tenant protection issues are important, and should apply to any submetered building.  But all new multifamily buildings should be required to install submeters, unless site-specific engineering criteria preclude their installation and use.

5.  Water use benchmarking and disclosure for large buildings.  AB 1103 (2007) requires energy benchmarking and selected disclosure for non-residential buildings.  Under AB 1103, building owners input energy consumption and other building data into the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager software system, which generates an energy efficiency rating for the building.  Los Angeles should expand on this new state requirement by:

  • including water use as well as energy use (which Portfolio Manager can accommodate)
  •  include large multi-family buildings as well as commercial buildings
  • require annual public disclosure, rather than simply disclosure to a building’s prospective purchasers and lessees

6. End sprinkler irrigation of parkway strips.  

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Narrow parkway strips along street rights of way (the grassy strip between the sidewalk and the curb) are almost impossible to efficiently irrigate with sprinklers.  Their narrow shape and exposure to foot traffic results in broken and misaligned spray heads sending water into the gutter all too often, frequently during nighttime periods when the water waste is less apparent. 

The city should take an inventory of all parkway strips, and beginning with narrow (four feet or less) strips, require the removal of sprinkler irrigation and replacement with drip irrigation, xeriscape vegetation, porous pavers, or some combination of these treatments.  As experience with the program grows, wider strips can be targeted as well.

Los Angles has a colorful history when it comes to water.  But we don’t need a private eye a la Chinatown to find water being wasted today.  Water use data indicates clearly that landscapes continue to be overwatered and that old plumbing and appliances still take their toll.  The city needs to price water more sensibly and ensure that today’s water-saving technologies are available to all.  The mayor’s call for savings is a great start.  The rest of us need to roll up our sleeves and help make it happen.

Posted In: California, Natural Resources Defense Council
Oct 15

7 Videos Inspiring Clean Water Support

The following blog by Maggie Yancey, Water Resources Campaign Coordinator with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), was originally posted in NWF's Wildlife Promise blog. The original post is available online here

The Clean Water Act protects many of America’s most majestic waters and provides the opportunity for millions of Americans to fish, swim, hunt, play, and drink clean water. Over 42 years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. is still struggling to protect waters both upstream and downstream. Inspired by a recent rule proposal that would restore historical protections for two million miles of streams and 20 million acres of wetlands, here’s a look at a few videos that demonstrate why we should continue to support the Clean Water Act.

#1) The 10 Best Lakes in the U.S.

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This video documents some of the most beautiful lakes in the U.S. spanning from California and Nevada’s Lake Tahoe to Lake Placid in New York. The video montage captures the remarkable wonder of America’s lakes, and provides a visual reminder of the value of protecting America’s waters.

#2) Do you Choose Clean Water?

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Fact: 1/3 of Americans get their drinking water from streams that are vulnerable to pollution. The need to protect our many small streams is much greater than most people suspect.

#3) Toledo is a lesson in clean water for the rest of the U.S.

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This summer, over 1/2 of a million people were not able to drink water from their faucet. The community of Toledo learned that we can no longer take clean water for granted. Now is the time for action to prevent future disasters like the one that occurred in Toledo, Ohio from happening across the U.S.

#4) Protect the Right to Explore

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Witnessing a child explore nature is priceless and all children should have the opportunity to revel in the wonder of majestic rivers, lakes, and streams.

#5) What will we tell the children?

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For the first time in American history, there could be a new generation that doesn’t know life WITH clean water. Most Americans today have not lived in fear of toxic water bodies and toxic drinking water. None of us ever should. That peace of mind should be preserved for all of us and for future generations.

#6) The Clean Water Act and the Clean Water Rule are good for everyone, including farmers.

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The agriculture industry doesn’t like the Clean Water Act, but the industry doesn’t speak for all farmers. In fact, many farmers and sustainable agriculture groups have expressed support for the Clean Water Rule. Farmer Alfonso Abeyta wisely explains, “Farmers know everything is connected. You can’t grow food without water.” The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is located in Colorado and is a vocal supporter of the proposed rule.

#7) Sportsmen Support Clean Water

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Hunters and anglers value the proposed Clean Water Rule, and there are an estimated 1.5 million jobs that rely on the multi-billion dollar hunting and fishing industry. Hunting and angling traditions and the robust economy sportsmen support depends on a strong Clean Water Rule to support a strong Clean Water Act.

Posted In: National Wildlife Federation
Oct 15

The Green Jobs Source for Wednesday, October 15, 2014

YOU SHOULD KNOW… 

Ohio’s weatherization program is one of the best in the nation, resulting in home savings of more than 20 percent. But, this year the governor and legislature put a freeze on the state’s clean energy and energy efficiency efforts, and a push continues to repeal this successful program. View the full report here. (Dayton Daily News & Policy Matters Ohio)

WHAT’S TRENDING 

World climate agreement – Ahead of next year’s climate change summit in Paris, the U.S. climate envoy is optimistic that an agreement will be reached. (The Hill) 

Clean and affordable – A new report finds that when you factor in the health and climate change costs of traditional energy wind and solar energy are cheaper. (Grist) 

Clean water – An opinion piece calls for renewed public attention to clean water and for ensuring it is protected at its source. (Columbia Tribune)

BLUEGREEN LINKS

The Atlantic: The Unseriousness of Republicans on Man-Made Climate Change

The Hill: NextGen challenges climate skeptics in final midterm push

The Daily Progress (VA): McAuliffe stresses importance of renewable energy in plan outline

The Hill: Former No. 2 at DOE heads to Harvard

Reedsburgh Times-Press (WI): Wisconsin voters support clean energy

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