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Jan 31 13

The Green Jobs Source for January 31

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Bye, bye ALEC  – Two influential renewable energy trade groups quit the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — a group for state lawmakers funded by conservative billionaires. Both the Solar Energy Industries Association and the American Wind Energy Association bid farewell to ALEC after it ramped up its efforts to eliminate state-level clean energy programs. (E&E News)

Hazy shade of winter – Beijing’s thick, stifling haze of fog is causing Chinese leaders to take steps to fight the pollution, even as it worsens. (New York Times)

Winds strong in 2012 – The American Wind Energy Association says that even with the threat of the Production Tax Credit for wind expiring looming over 2012, wind accounted for 13,124 megawatts of new power last year(The Hill)

New financing available? - Without reliable support from Congress, renewable energy companies are looking for other ways to finance projects, including utilizing subsidies usually reserved for other sectors. (New York Times)

Looking for a leader with vision – Several top-ranking Democrats in Congress are urging the President to pick a leader with “vision” for and “a demonstrated record of working to safeguard our children and families” for the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator position left vacant since Lisa Jackson chose not to serve a second term. (The Hill)

Replacing LaHood with a “funding defender” – Transportation unions are calling on President Obama to replace retiring Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood with someone who “comes in with a primary strategy in mind to figure out a way to fund our transportation system’s needs.” (The Hill)

Accepted – A federal judge approved the agreement between BP and the Department of Justice to pay $4 billion in penalties for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP plead guilty to 14 criminal charges. (New York Times)

Bless you – Researchers say that since climate change is creating warmer winters, it is also making our flu seasons worse. (UPI)

Delayed but not forgotten – The White House is reviewing EPA rules that would lower pollution from gasoline and vehicles that had originally been set to be finalized last year. (The Hill)

Say ‘Aloha’ to solar – Hawaii’s efforts to build up solar capacity in the state have been very effective, and a new agreement may be a breakthrough framework that others around the country can utilize. (Los Angeles Times)


Platts: European offshore wind capacity reaches 5 GW; UK remains leader

The Hill: Dems: GOP clean energy report misleads

Politico: Hagel's other label: Anti-green

Sacramento Bee (CA): New $100 million program offers funding for clean energy upgrades

WCAX (VT): Vt. lawmakers hear climate change concerns

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