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The Green Jobs Source for March 30


This is The Source for March 30, 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.


Transportation bill extended another 90 days. The Senate cleared a House-passed 90-day extension of the surface transportation bill. The Senate had passed a two-year version, however House leadership did not bring it forward to a full vote, instead passing yet another extension to a bill that expired in 2009.

Offshore wind on the Great Lakes gets a push. The Obama administration and five states bordering the Great Lakes reached an agreement to speed up approval offshore wind farms. State and federal agencies will craft a blueprint for accelerating regulatory reviews, without sacrificing safety or environmental standards, according to the administration.

Guilty plea in Upper Big Branch superintendent case. The former superintendent of the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia — where 29 workers were killed during an explosion two years ago — pled guilty to a federal fraud charge for manipulating the mine ventilation system during inspections to fool safety officials.

National and International Blue-Green

The House passed Representatives Paul Ryan’s budget plan by a 228-191 vote. The Hill has more.

The Huffington Post reports the Federal Drug Administration is expected to decide whether to allow bisphenol-A (BPA) in food and beverage containers by this Saturday.

E&E News looks at why several professional sports teams are betting on renewable energy.

The Vice President of the European commission urged small business to do more on energy efficiency. The Guardian has more.

Reuters reports on two new clean-tech IPOs, reporting that the financial sector is betting on high energy prices and new technologies.

The New York Times reports on auto employees who are immersed in green technologies at work and at home.

To the States

MinnPost looks at why right-to-work legislation is not moving in Minnesota.

Michigan ranks twelfth in green jobs, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Boston Globe reports the Massachusetts Senate considered amendments to a bill on Thursday that aims to control energy costs while also promoting the growth of renewable energy sources in the state.

Blue-Green Links

Bloomberg: BP Says U.S. Withholding Evidence of Extent of Oil Spill

CleanTechnica: 6 Things You Really Need to Know about Renewable Energy

E&E News: Justice was blind to some facts in Idaho wetlands case

E&E News: Lawmakers share blame with Obama admin in pushing for loans -- GOP appropriator

E&E News: Unable to even define 'subsidy,' a gridlocked Senate shoots down energy tax bill

Hill: House GOP takes aim at stimulus grants for renewables

Hill: Poll: Americans concerned, but split blame on rising fuel prices

Huffington Post: Voters Support New EPA Rules on Carbon Emissions

Huffington Post: Climate Change Report: Miami, Mumbai Must Prepare For Natural Disasters Now Mexico buoyed by renewable energy boost, aims for solar project

Wall Street Journal: Natural Gas Slides to 10-Year Low (NJ): Seeking solutions for clean-tech supply chain

WIFR (OR): Renewable Energy Classes to be Offered