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TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR JUNE 15
Will America, once again, be kept waiting? The Hill reports Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative John Mica are beginning to trade “accusations that each other’s party [is] holding up the talks” for the passage of a long-term transportation bill.
Trio of Bad Economic Numbers. Today’s headlines had a trio of bad numbers with news that unemployment claims unexpected rose last week while industrial production and consumer prices both fell in May.
Rio+20 Begins Next Week. United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon says the Rio+20 meeting beginning next week in Rio is “too important to fail.”
National and International Blue-Green
The Hill says a coalition of transportation and construction workers launched an advertising campaign focusing on four GOP members of the Congressional Transportation Conference Committee to ask the question, “With billions of dollars at stake, and thousands of good paying jobs… [w]ill your congressman be part of the problem, or part of the transportation solution?”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says last month was the second-warmest May on record since 1180. The Hill has more.
Bloomberg Businessweek looks at Ford Motor Company’s pledge to reduce energy consumption in its factories by 25 percent by 2016.
Bloomberg Businessweek considers Senator Jeff Bingaman’s belief that “The lack of consistent U.S. support for clean energy production has put the nation at a disadvantage with China.”
To the States
The number of unemployed individuals in Illinois dropped in June, thanks in part to job growth in the manufacturing sector, according to The Chicago Tribune
The Milwaukee Business Journal examines the possibility of right-to-work legislation being brought up in Wisconsin.
NJ.com says New Jersey Assembly Democrats “are balking at Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to borrow an additional $260 million for transportation projects in the upcoming fiscal year.”
Hydrogen Fuel News looks at the “Solar Jobs Bill” developing in New York.
The expansion of renewable energy is bringing hundreds of jobs to Arkansas, Arkansas Matters reports.
Bloomberg Businessweek: Lower gas prices not enough to lift US economy
Wall Street Journal: Romney Green Energy Fund Draws Fire From Democrats
Politico: Inside the Koch World convention
Economist: Cold comfort
Washington Post: EPA to tighten national soot standards
National Journal: Screaming Trees
Bloomberg Businessweek (Japan): Japan to Set Clean-Energy Subsidies Matching Panel’s Proposals
Power Engineering (Ukraine): Ukraine aims to boost share of renewable energy to 10% by 2030
UPI.com (UK): U.K. committed to renewable energy targets
Craig Daily Press (CO): Report: Colorado coal production, employment on the rise
Huffington Post Miami (FL): Here's a Tip, More Challenges to Right to Work Laws on the Way
Examiner (MI): Ann Arbor City Council tackles climate change challenges
Las Vegas Sun (NV): Panel’s message: Clean energy worth the effort for Nevada