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Nov 16 12

The Green Jobs Source for Friday, November 16

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This is The Source for Friday, November 16, 2012, green jobs news every day from the BlueGreen Alliance. Don’t forget to “tell your friends” about this great resource. You can sign up here.

TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR NOVEMBER 16

Sandy And Job Claims. People who are temporarily out of work due to Hurricane Sandy caused a spike in unemployment claims last week. The Labor Department stated 439,000 people filed for unemployment benefits, an 18-month high.

Guilty. BP has agreed to plead guilty to 14 criminal charges and pay $5.6 billion in fines and penalties as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Justice Department also filed charges against three individuals. According to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., “This is unprecedented, both with regard to the amounts of money, the fact that a company has been criminally charged and that individuals have been charged as well."

Fiscal Cliff Causes Drop in Stocks. Investments took a hit this week as investors waited to see how Congress will deal with the pending fiscal cliff. In total, the S&P 500 Index futures fell 4.7 points, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 43 points and the Nasdaq-100 futures dropped six points.

ISSUE IN-DEPTH: PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT

Coverage of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy includes:

National and International Blue-Green

According to Reuters, several Senate lawmakers see an “opportunity for ‘transformative energy policy’ to both spur jobs created by the newfound wealth of energy while also protecting air and water from pollution.”

Politico also says Representative Ed Whitfield, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s energy and power subcommittee, is “optimistic energy deals can get done.”

The Washington Post reports, “The European Union’s climate commissioner says she hopes that President Barack Obama’s renewed attention to global warming after the election will translate into greater U.S. involvement in United Nations climate talks.”

General Motors is planning to build up to 500,000 electric-technology vehicles a year by 2017. Reuters has more.

To the States

E&E News says political support is building behind the construction of a sea wall in the New York Harbor.

The Washington Post takes a look at a poll showing 92 percent of Virginian voters want the state’s roads and highways fixed.

Blue-Green Links

Washington Post: The whole truth about Superstorm Sandy and climate change

Politico: Joe Manchin: Don't dive off the fiscal cliff

E&E News: At long last, battle over Bush ozone standard heads to court

AOL Energy: Solar Power: The Killer App

Economist: A lot of hot air

Wall Street Journal: Export U.S. Gas, Yes or No?

Guardian (UK): John Hayes: 'windfarms will not replace gas or nuclear'

San Francisco Chronicle (CA): Cap-and-trade funds to struggling communities

Los Angeles Times (CA): State voters support cap and trade

Fresno Bee (CA): Kettleman City landfill could face sanctions for unreported spills

State Journal-Register (IL): County board to debate new wind turbine proposal

Detroit News (MI): Marchionne: Chrysler's $250M investment in Michigan a 'milestone'

Star Herald (NE): Nebraska urged to do more to train for green job