THE TOP 10 FOR FEBRUARY 1, 2013
1994 – U.S. carbon pollution emissions dropped to the lowest level since Mariah Carey, Boys II Men, and Ace of Base topped the charts and The Lion King was the top-grossing movie — 1994 to be exact. (The Guardian)
Unemployment ticks up – Even though the economy added 157,000 jobs — with 28,000 of them in the construction sector — the nation’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 7.9 percent. BGA's David Foster said, "In the face of an economy that has contracted overall slightly last quarter, we must continue to work to expand policies and investments that help the economy turn the corner, creating good jobs in vital sectors like manufacturing."(The Hill)
Record fine for Chevron fire – A refinery fire in Richmond, California last year that sent 15,000 people to seek medical attention for respiratory and other illnesses has resulted in a state record fine of $1 million for Chevron for willful violations of safety procedures. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Doubling up – U.S. renewable energy capacity doubled between 2009-2012 as policies in the Recovery Act and other clean energy investments paid dividends. The cumulative wind, solar, geothermal and biomass energy generation capacity in America rose from 43.5 gigawatts in 2008 to 85.7 gigawatts in 2012. (Bloomberg)
Solar jump – Solar photovoltaic energy demand around the world is expected to rise 18 percent this year, according to analysts. (Bloomberg)
Climate as a national security issue – Newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry should treat climate as a national security issue, as climate change will have a huge impact on the geopolitical state of the world. (National Journal)
Chu talks EVs – Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu spoke yesterday on the progress the U.S. has made on electric vehicles (EVs) and discussed how costs are going down. (New York Times)
Cuts could cost us – Proposed automatic spending cuts to government programs — called sequestration — could send our economy in a nosedive, according to economists. (Christian Science Monitor)
Hagel’s promises – The nominee for the Department of Defense, former Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, said he would continue the Pentagon’s efforts to become more energy efficient and would make alternative fuels a major focus if he were confirmed. (The Hill)
Offshore wind blowing – Senator Tom Carper of Delaware will be reintroducing a bill that offerstax credits for some offshore wind projects. (The Hill)
Christian Science Monitor: Are human-caused and natural global warming different? Study says yes.
The Raw Story: Schwarzenegger calls for ‘sexy’ and ‘hip’ environmentalism
Scottsbluff Star Herald (NE): Wind energy could mean jobs in the Panhandle
MN Daily (MN): Legislators push Obama to act on climate talk’
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