TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR JANUARY 4
To-Do List. Lisa Jackson’s successor will have a long to-do list when they take over the the Environmental Protection Agency. The list will include the finalization of rules polllution released by newly built power plants.
Autos Back. 2012 was a good year for America’s auto industry; new numbers show the companies had their “best year since 2007 with the pace of sales increasing as the year came to an end.”
National and International Blue-Green
The Justice Department announced the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig has agreed to pay $1.4 billion for its civil and criminal claims resulting from the 2010 oil spill. The New York Times has more.
According to the New York Times editorial board, it is “time to confront climate change.”
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster wrote an editorial talking about the need to “strengthen our transportation network” for the readers of Roll Call.
The Charleston Gazette says 19 coal miners died in on the job accidents last year, down from 21 in 2011.
To the States
Two months after Hurricane Sandy, some New York City residents still don’t have heat, according to Huffington Post.
Bloomberg BNA examines why the fiscal cliff deal “leads to more uncertainty on funding for state environmental agencies.”
Innovation Trail says New York “ranks third in the world for the number of clean energy patents issued in the third quarter of 2012.
National Journal: Battle Over Wind Subsidy Leaves Industry Bruised
Discovery News: Climate Change May Increase Volcanic Eruptions
Guardian (United Kingdom): 2012 second wettest year on record for UK
Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA): Climate change may drastically alter region
Aspen Daily News (CO): Gail Schwartz keeps focus on renewable energy, water and economic development
Associated Press (IN): Indiana wind energy industry wants longer tax credit
St. Cloud Times (MN): Proposed Stearns County wind farms nab tax credit renewal
Today’s Energy Solutions (NC): Students Support Renewable Energy Research
Journal Star (NE): Wind projects can proceed after Congress extends tax credit
New York Times (NY): Bans and Rules Muddy Prospects for Gas Drilling