TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR DECEMBER 20
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Climate Change Movin’ On Up. In an interview connected to him being named TIME’s Person of the Year, President Obama stated climate change will be one of his top three priorities during his second term. He also added, “…[W]hen we think about climate change… taking the long view is something that I’m constantly pushing for.”
Transportation Support. A poll released by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers found 77 percent of Americans favor the “rebuilding” or “modernization” of our transportation infrastructure.
How Much Aid? Despite the current $60.4 billion proposal being less than what the states requested, Senate Republicans want to further slash the Hurricane Sandy recovery funds being given to states rebuilding after the storm to $23.8 billion.
National and International Blue-Green
Energy Secretary Steven Chu led his voice to efforts to allow investors to “utilize master limited partnerships forrenewable energy,” according to the Hill.
Politico discusses Arnold Schwarzenegger’s efforts to end climate change.
Gigaom.com examines a study discussing how red tape is causing challenges for solar installations.
Minnesota Public Radio has an editorial by a BlueGreen Alliance Foundation Anoka Green! graduate discussing how federal cuts to workforce training funding could make it harder for unemployed individuals to find new work.
Venter Beat has an article by UPS discussing the value of greening up the supply chain.
Forbes examines “Why the Manufacturing Skills Gap is Creating New Opportunities.”
The Center for Public Integrity looks at some of the safety dangers temporary workers face at the workplace.
To the States
An article in the Plain Dealer declares “right-to-work would face a public fight in Ohio.”
NBC News reports manufacturing is making a comeback in the South.
City Beat Cincinnati says solar energy could “revitalize” the city’s economy.
California’s Legislative Analyst Office is urging great coordination of California’s clean energy and energy efficiencyprograms, according to the Mercury News.
The Detroit News predicts “Indiana could be a precursor to what happens in Michigan” on right-to-work.
9 News (Australia): Regions given cash to curb climate change
Bloomberg Businessweek (UK): Iberdrola, Vattenfall Seek to Build Wind Farm Off U.K. Coast
Washington Post (China): China says it will overhaul solar panel industry by forcing struggling producers to merge
Iowa City Press-Citizen (IA): Preparation for climate change benefits everyone
Chicago Sun-Times (IL): Editorial: Pols lag Americans on climate change
Crain’s Chicago Business (IL): How Illinois can join manufacturing's comeback
Washington Post (MI): Did Michigan lawmakers ram through ‘right to work’ laws?
Puget Sound Business Journal (WA): Big eastern Washington wind farm to begin operations
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI): Wind turbines start spinning at S.C. Johnson
West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WV): Sierra Club study says energy efficiency investments could create jobs