The Rubber Meets the Road on the Transportation Bill. Senator Barbara Boxer announced the House and Senate Transportation Conference Committee’s first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8. In a statement Boxer said, “I am sure that every member of the conference, Democrat or Republican, House or Senate, understands how critical it is to swiftly pass a comprehensive transportation bill that is a deficit neutral, reform measure that will preserve or create millions of jobs and thousands of businesses.”
More Extreme Weather to Come. New research has determined climate change is causing an intensification of the earth’s evaporation and rainfall cycle that is changing the salinity of our oceans. According to the New York Times, “If the [study’s] estimate holds up… the water cycle could quicken by as much as 20 percent later in this century as the planet warms, potentially leading to more droughts and floods.”
Clean Energy Ministerial Wraps Up. The Clean Energy Ministerial — a group of energy ministers and secretaries from 23 governments that account for 90 percent of clean energy investment worldwide — completed its third summit on Thursday after making “substantial progress in spreading energy efficiency and more affordable energy around the globe.”
Glenn Paulson has been chosen to replace Paul Anastas as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Adviser, according to Chemistry World. Paulson was previously the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Public Health.
Bloomberg Businessweek reports Chrysler posted its best quarterly profit in thirteen years with $473 million in first quarter earnings.
Japan plans to boost its renewable energy capacity by 13 percent, according to Bloomberg.
Alternet asks if climate change will “tip poor nations' health systems over the edge?”
The Mine Safety and Health Administration ordered mine operators to phase out the use of defective emergency breathing devices, the Associated Press reports.
According to Bloomberg, ConocoPhillips and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation will need to pay $360 million for a offshore oil spill in China last year.
According to Mass High Tech, more than 100 businesses joined together to call on the Vermont legislature to pass a clean energy legislative package.
The Minnesota House tabled a motion to move a proposed right-to-work constitutional amendment to a new committee. MPR has more.
The Superior Telegram reports Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is denying claims that he wants to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Gasoline prices continue to creep lower
Business Spectator: Carmakers unveil clean energy vehicles in China
Hill’s Congress Blog: Account for the cost of carbon emissions
New York Times: Despite Budget Cuts and Base Expansion, Trying to Save Energy
Wall Street Journal: Slowing Growth Raises Fears of Stall
Wall Street Journal: Can Nascar Help Sell Ford’s Electric Focus?
Viêt Nam News (Vietnam): Green workplace aids safety
Battle Creek Enquirer (MI): Oil spill lawsuit ends in settlement; John Bolenbaugh say's he'll file lawsuit against Enbridge next
Los Angeles Times (CA): Assembly OKs bill allowing clean-air vehicles to avoid some tolls
Virginia Business News (VA): Old king coal