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TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR JUNE 22
Global Clean Energy Pledges. More than 50 governments have agreed to launch new energy efforts as part of the United Nation’s “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative unveiled by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Thursday.
What Color Is A Seventh Place Ribbon? The Natural Resources Defense Council Thursday released a scorecard grading the development of renewable energy in the G20 countries. If you're looking for the United States on the list, you'll need to look way down the list to seventh place.
Cutting It Close. As the June 30 deadline draws closer and closer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated Thursday he doesn’t believe Congress will need to pass another temporary highway funding extension. “I don't think we'll need an extension… I can't guarantee anyone here we're going to get a highway bill, but we're certainly in a lot better shape than we were 24 hours ago.”
National and International Blue-Green
In addition to the Top News story, other media coverage of the Rio+20 conference includes:
- Climate Central: UN Calls for New Way to Measure Sustainable Wealth
- Daily Beast: Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Get Serious About Global Warming
- E&E News: Support for mass transit and 'green' accounting moves ahead
- Guardian: Rio+20 summit: Final day live blog
- Guardian: Rio+20 draft text is 283 paragraphs of fluff
- National Geographic: Leap of Faith Needed on Green Economy
- New York Times: An Earth Summit Draws on Oil, Mining and Utility Largess
On Wednesday, John Bryson resigned from his position as Commerce Secretary. The Los Angeles Times looks the “gap in Obama’s Cabinet” created by his resignation.
The House of Representatives Thursday passed an energy bill. The Huffington Post has more about why President Obama believes it would “undermine the nation’s energy security.”
The New York Times examines the “sweeping new farm bill” passed by the Senate Thursday.
The New York Times Green Blog visits the Renewable Energy-Finance Forum-Wall Street annual conference where “talk … was of developing a different kind of carbon market where the gas would be bought and sold like a commodity to encourage carbon capture.”
The Detroit Free Press reports “Energy Secretary Steven Chu wants the U.S. to become a global leader of affordable electric vehicles.”
The Christian Science Monitor looks at a report predicting “global warming spells bad news for emperor penguins.”
Toshiba Wednesday announced it plans to invest $373.5 million to build solar photovoltaic fields near Fukshima in Japan. CleanTechnica has more.
To the States
The Associated Press reports on the “Debate of fire retardant toxicity” occurring in the west.
Minnesota officials are adding up the damage from the Duluth flood, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
The federal government has approved the building of a 350-megawatt solar energy project on land belonging to the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Tribe near Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Sun has more about the project, which will be the first utility-scale solar project to be built on tribal lands.
MPBN discusses support for the banning of BPA in children’s products in Maine.
eBay has pledged to use renewable energy to power its new data center in Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
PV Magazine says Campbell Soup installed a 9.8-megawatt solar project at its Ohio facility.
Politico: EPA wears the bull's-eye
Los Angeles Times: Congress cranks out 'jobs' bills, but not many jobs
New York Times: Fuel Efficiency Takes Baby Steps in the Auto Industry
Politico: Groups rushing to save green energy
New York Times: Where Are the Clean Water Rules?
Bloomberg Businessweek: Small U.S. Manufacturers Give Up on 'Made in China'
POPSCI: The Battle Over Climate Science
CleanTechnica: World’s Largest Wind Farm Commissioned
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia): PM commits Australia to green jobs
allAfrica (Botswana): Climate Change Threatens Main Tourist Attraction
Guardian (UK): Vestas abandons plans for Sheerness wind turbine factory
Los Angeles Times (CA): Gov. Jerry Brown to scrap environmental exception for bullet train
New York Times (PA): In Western Pennsylvania, and Energy Boom Not Visibly Stifled