TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR AUGUST 6
You Know What We Thought? It’s Actually Worse. James Hansen, head of the NASA Goodard Institute of Space Studies, this weekend stated in an editorial, "the affects of climate change are worse than previously expected and that to think the extreme weather events of the past few years were caused by chance is “like quitting your job and playing the lottery every morning to pay the bills.”
Cue the Wind. The Obama campaign released a new web video discussing America’s wind industry. In the video Steve Smiley, President and CEO of Heron Wind Manufacturing in Michigan, says a loan his company received from the federal government helped “sustain eight to ten people plus probably half a dozen sub-suppliers.”
New Jersey Waivers. Following New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s executive order allowing companies to request waivers for regulations they believe are burdensome, a coalition of labor unions, environmentalists and educators held a rally to “show publically what this waiver really is about.” According to Denise Patel, project coordinator for BlueGreen Alliance partner N.J. Work Environment Council, “It is the auctioning off of our environmental regulations that protect our air, that protect our water.”
National and International Blue-Green
Environment Newswire a new poll has found a majority of Latino voters support clean energy and believe global climate change is happening.
Des Moines Register editorial board says the “Wind tax credits should be extended.”
China Daily takes a look at the fortune being “squandered” due to the lack of e-waste recycling.
According to Bloomberg, “United Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will pledge 100 million pounds ($156 million) for two investment funds that seek to back renewable and energy efficient projects.”
The New York Times looks at the newest thing affected by this summer’s heat: county and state fairs.
To the States
According to CNNMoney, Colorodo's largest utility set a U.S. record of receiving 57 percent of its electricity from wind power on April 15.
The Washington Post visits Point Hope, Alaska, a place where climate change is “threatening a way of life.”
The Pioneer Press examines the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s initiative to “help streamline solar installations.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer recently talked to a Philadelphia parents group that is urging action on climate change for their “children’s sake."
The Oregonian discusses a new 502-megawatt wind project proposed in Morrow County, Oregon.
660 News (Canada): Canada could be left behind in green energy development; briefing
Finance & Commerce (MN): Goodhue wind project foes drop legal fight
Indypendent (MS): Nissan Workers Seek Fair Shake in Mississippi Plant
Daily Advance (NC): Wondering if climate change is real? Just ask my cows
Austin Business Journal (TX): Vet group sponsors cleantech event in Austin
Texas Tribune (TX): Al Armendariz: The TT Interview
New Richmond News (WI): PSC rules that Highland wind project doesn’t require EIS