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May 17 12

The Green Jobs Source for Thursday, May 17

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This is The Source for May 17, 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.

THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR MAY 17

Holding Steady. Claims for unemployment benefits held steady last week at 370,000, according to the Labor Department.

Building a better future together. The BlueGreen Alliance's Executive Director David Foster was recently interviewed by the Infra Blog on InfrastructureUSA. The interview focused on the need to move America to a 21st century transportation system and the environmental and economic benefits of rebuilding our highways, transit systems, and bridges to ensure America can compete globally. Make sure to check it out, as well as the other great interviews available there.

Solar Energy Prices Fit Right In. A report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance found advancements in the solar industry have made solar energy prices cost-competitive with traditional energy sources.

National and International Blue-Green

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu called on Congress to extend the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit at the World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver, the Denver Post reports.

The American Wind Energy Association and 40 wind energy companies sent a letter to the Department of Interior stating support for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) voluntary land-based Wind Energy Guidelines. CleanTechnica has more about the industry’s decision to “voluntarily [agree] to be held to a higher standard for wildlife protection than any other.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lowered the threshold for diagnosing lead poisioning Wednesday. The Huffington Post has more about the announcement, which translates to five times as many children being considered “at risk of lead poisoning.”

Yale Environment 360 interviews with Paul Anastas — the man who “pioneered the concept of green chemistry” — about why companies are using green chemistry principles to design their materials and products.

According to E&E News, a new report has found “China will fail to meet its carbon and energy intensity targets unless it makes dramatic changes to its electricity grid.”

The last 60 years have been the hottest in Australasia for a millennium, according to the Guardian.

To the States

The Crawford/Richland County Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO is helping students learn about wetlands by raising funds to build an Environmental Studies Center in partnership with Ashland University. The AFL-CIO says the project was “dormant on Ashland University’s drawing boards for several years” until the union got involved.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited Arizona to discuss the program in Pheonix that has helped 1,000 residents lease solar-electric systems for their homes. The Arizona Republic has more. 

Montana officials are looking at several sites that may still have oil contamination from last year’s Exxon Mobile pipeline break. Huffington Post has more.

Blue-Green Links

Bloomberg Businessweek: US factory output rose in April on stronger autos

Associated Press: Oil dips further below $93 on euro crisis concern

Daily Camera: NOAA: Thinner sea ice may lead to more mercury contamination

E&E News: Great Lakes projects founder as political winds shift

E&E News: Bucking trend, Senate takes lead -- and momentum -- on big bills

EarthTechling: Green Technologies A Tourist Attraction On Japanese Island

Guardian: Business and governments discuss green economy ahead of Rio+20

Guardian: UK carbon targets 'at risk over local authority funding cuts'

Guardian: EU is investing in toxic waste projects in developing world, GAIA claims

Huffington Post: A Bright Future for Renewable Energy

Los Angeles Times: L.A. electric car drivers differ from nation, study finds

National Geographic: 10 Effective Ways to Clean Up Hazardous Waste

New York Times: Regulating Gas Drilling

Reuters: Denmark aims low with green energy policy

Reuters: Climate deal milestones should be set this year: U.N.

UPI.com: How will global warming impact water availability?

Wall Street Journal: Chesapeake Scrambling to Raise Cash

Wall Street Journal: Vt. becomes 1st state to ban hydraulic fracturing

Washington Post: What the oil industry wants — in charts