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Apr 20 12

The Green Jobs Source for Friday, April 20


This is The Source for April 20, 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.


Sunday is Earth Day, and this year more than ever before, we need to take action to reduce carbon emissions and avoid the worst impacts on our economy and our environment of climate change. So take a minute today to send a comment to the Environmental Protection Agency on the proposed carbon pollution standard that will ensure new power plants are built cleaner and more efficient. It's important to our fight against climate change, and a good way to mark the 42nd Earth Day. Read more.


Two years after Deepwater Horizon disaster, hidden health problems surfaceThe Nation takes a look at the some of the hidden health impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill two years after the disaster killed 11 workers and sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Large manufacturers more likely to move production back to the U.S.Labor costs and the quality of goods are the top reasons why some companies are considering moving manufacturing jobs back to America from overseas. A new survey shows 37 percent of all U.S.-based manufacturing executives are planning or considering moving production from China to the United States.

Solar tax credits paying off in the Aloha StateA new study shows that Hawaii's renewable energy tax credits are helping the state's solar energy industry reach new heights. According to the survey, every commercial solar tax credit dollar invested yields more than $13 that stays in the state and generates $3.17 in tax revenue.

National and International Blue-Green

Mexico’s Senate yesterday passed legislation encouraging the creation of a voluntary carbon emissions trading market.Reuters has more.

The four founding members of the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing purchased more than $400 million in good and services from other manufacturers and employers in 46 states in 2011, CleanTechnica reports.

An independent audit found the Gulf Coast Claims Facility did not adequately compensate 7,300 individuals and businesses affected by the BP oil spill. The Hill has more about the findings that will result in $64 million in additional compensation being awarded.

Senator Jeff Bingaman, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, explains his legislation establishing a nationwide clean energy standard in an editorial published by The Hill

Apple has vowed to build a “100% Renewable Energy Data Center,” according to Wired.

To the States

Indiana Public Media reports, “Indiana companies this year have announced they plan to create nearly three thousand clean energy jobs.”

California’s Ventura County Star looks at how rising sea levels are putting coastal communities at risk.

Blue-Green Links

Bloomberg: Climate Change Has Nothing to Do With Al Gore (Part 1): Paul Douglas

CleanTechnica: Good “Green” Job Opportunities in Fast-Growing “Green” Energy Industry

CleanTechnica: Green Colleges Guide (with 322 “Green Colleges”) Released by Princeton Review & USGBC

E&E News: U.S. energy companies bide time on overseas profits

Hill: Sen. Franken chides GOP no-shows at hearing on impact of climate change

Huffington Post: BP Spill Fight Looms With Feds, Despite Settlement Of Private Claims

Huffington Post: California High Speed Rail Slammed In New Government Report, Defunding Project Recommended

New York Times: India Struggles to Deliver Enough Power

New York Times: Lead by Example, Clinton Tells Sustainability Forum

Public News Service: New Report: “No Debate” on Clean Energy Savings for New Yorkers

Reuters: Mini electric cars fill gap in China as official EVs sputter

USA Today: Long-gone lead factories leave dangerous poisons

Washington Post: Gasoline Prices Are a Rising Issue for Voters

Shanghai Daily (China): New items at e-waste dump linked to lead

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AZ): 2 years later, fish sick near BP oil spill site

Daily Wildcat (AZ): Climate change can’t be beat without alternative energy

Des Moines Register (IA): Iowa renewable energy program off to a slow start

Independent Mail (SC): PCBs testing under way on Hartwell Lake tributary

San Francisco Examiner (CA): Chambers of commerce are leading way on clean energy

State Journal-Register (IL): Thousands rally against Indiana governor in Champaign

Times-Picayune (LA): 2 years after Gulf oil spill, Louisiana seafood still battling negative perception

WFAA (TX): Groups claims Exide released 300,000 pounds of lead dust