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Apr 24 12

The Green Jobs Source for Tuesday, April 24

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This is The Source for April 24, green jobs news every day from the BlueGreen Alliance. Don’t forget to “tell your friends” about this great resource. You can sign up here.

THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR APRIL 24

Quarter One Numbers In. A report found 140 clean energy projects were announced in the first quarter of 2012. These projects —spread across 42 states — could create up to 46,000 American jobs. The report also noted the continued growth of these types of projects is in doubt, however, due to uncertain federal incentives for clean energy industries. Take a moment to send a letter to your members of Congress urging them to extend the Production Tax Credit for wind before it expires at the end of this year.

Get ready, get set. The Senate today formally requested a Conference Committee on the transportation bill and named its Conferees. Now the committee awaits action in the House. Take a minute today to tell your member of Congress to support the Senate-passed transportation bill.

“Failing to support our domestic wind industry makes no sense.” Vickie Hurley, President of IUE-CWA Local 82161, knew what she was talking about when wrote about the importance of continued support of the wind industry in the Roanoke Times. Not only does IUE-CWA Local 82161 represent workers at the General Electric plant in Salem that make GEEnergy products, she works there.

National and International Blue-Green

CNNMoney looks at why several Chinese companies are offshoring their operations to the United States.

GreenBiz reports that Wells Fargo announced plans to award $30 billion in loans and investments to green economy projects by 2020.

HealthDay outlines research showing prolonged exposure to low levels of cadmium — a heavy metal found in farm fertilizers, cigarette smoke, rechargeable, and some foods and cosmetics — may encourage the growth and spread of breast cancer cells.

Mother Nature Network looks at the call from the United Nations for a doubling of the global consumption of renewable energy over the next two decades.

The Christian Post looks at why evangelicals are “’coming around’ to evidence for global warming.

To the States

The nation’s first commercial high-solid organic waste conversion facility opened in Sacramento Monday. The Sacramento Press has more.

The Times-Picayune reports brown pelicans are rebounding two years after the Gulf Oil Spill.

The New York Times looks at the “Water War” happening in California.

The Bennington Banner says 2011 was a “tough year for the environment in Vermont.”

Blue-Green Links

AlterNet: End the Delays Deadly to Workers

Discovery News: Mexico Passes Climate Change Law

EHS Today: Report: Clean Energy Industry Poised for Growth

Guardian: China may steal a march on Europe in fight against climate change

Guardian: Climate change is a human rights issue – and that's how we can solve it

Hill: Grassley, Thune: Energy Department's electric car loan caters to the 1 percent

Hill: Romney rips Obama for imposing ‘onslaught’ of energy regulations

Hill’s Congress Blog: Anti-union Right’s alternate reality on NLRB election rule

Huffington Post: Correction: Climate Change Is a Fact

NPR: Green Jobs Guru Back To Energize Progressive Base

Reuters: US senators question gov't loan to Fisker Automotive

Reuters: UK Green economy worth 24 billion pounds by 2020 - report

Wall Street Journal: India Mulls $10 Billion Strategic Energy Fund

Yahoo News: Asteroid Mining Venture Backed by Google Execs, James Cameron Unveiled

Boston Herald (MA): Report: Bay State’s efforts to stem climate change lacking

Kennebec Journal (ME): 'Right-to-work' proposal is bad for Maine workers

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (WI): Offshore wind farms have great potential for states