TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR JUNE 1
Job Growth Dips. The Labor Department today said only 69,000 jobs were added in May, bringing the national unemployment up from 8.1 to 8.2 percent.
Action: Lets Keep the Transportation Bill Moving. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Thursday said it is concerned about the “inaction” of the Congressional Transportation Conference Committee. “Thousands of jobs will be lost unless the House and Senate can put politics aside and move forward on a highway and transit bill. Without this bill America's surface transportation programs will shut down July 1…” Tell your elected officials you agree that it is time to get down to business on the transportation bill and pass the Senate’s fully-funded bill.
Jobs21! A solution to create and keep good jobs in the 21st century. As today's unemployment numbers show, America needs a plan to create and keep millions of good jobs. We have that plan. It's called Jobs21! Take a look at the plan and sign the pledge to support this important effort to change the dialogue around jobs to focus on what we can do right now to create and keep good jobs for American workers.
National and International Blue-Green
Environmental advocates — including Maryland State Treasure Nancy Kopp — urged companies to disclose their climate change related risks to investors, Reuters reports.
The United Nations is predicating climate change and other factors will increase the number of refugees or displaced individuals over the next ten years, Dawn.com reports.
CBS Moneywatch says General Electric is moving the global headquarters for its transportation unit to Chicago.
Senator Maria Cantwell sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood calling on him to establish a national freight initiative to “streamline ‘the movement of freight and goods across our country.’" The Hill has more.
To the States
NPR looks at the final push in the Wisconsin recall election happening Tuesday.
Supporters of the proposed Atlanta transportation tax have made 300,000 calls to Atlanta residents. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has more on the $8 million campaign for a 10-year, one percent sales tax to build transportation projects in a ten-county region.
GreenBiz.com says California’s new buildings codes could generate energy savings for Californians equaling 25 percent for homes, 30 percent for commercial buildings and 14 percent for low rise multifamily buildings.
HispanicBusiness.com: Bill Ford Seeks Reform, New Opps for Green Technology
Chemical and Engineering News: Pharma Strives For Green Goals
Huffington Post: Stopping Renewable Energy From Going the "Dirty" Path
Fiji Times Online (Fiji): We want green jobs
Seacoast Online (NH): Proposed power plant emissions rule promoted
Mother Jones (NJ): North Carolina Wishes Away Climate Change