THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR APRIL 16
Record sales for electric and hybrid cars in March. Americans bought record numbers of hybrid and electric cars last month, as gas prices continued their climb and new models debuted on the showroom floor. A record 52,000 gas-electric hybrids and all-electric cars were bought in March, up from 34,000 in March 2011.
Schools leading the way in solar in California. Solar panels on the Golden State's schools are increasing, as schools try to save money on electricity costs. In some cases, the arrays are installed for free by private companies and an agreement is created that has the schools buying electricity at a discount rate.
Environmental protections won't impede economic growth. A Politico commentary points out that environmental protections can both drive economic growth and ensure we leave a better planet for future generations. The piece highlights some of the Obama administrations efforts to move America to a cleaner economy, while creating growth in our economy.
National and International Blue-Green
While voters expect their personal finances to improve, they are not as certain about the overall economy, according to poll released by The Hill.
CleanTechnica reports $3.3 trillion have been invested in green projects worldwide since 2007.
Politico looks at what impact energy issues could have in November’s elections.
Waste Management World discusses Senator Kirsten Gillbrand’s Responsible Electronics Recycling Act. According to the Senator, the legislation “would grow the domestic electronic recycling industry in the U.S. by limiting the export of electronic waste to countries that disregard the environmental impacts of their practices and exploit their workers.”
IndustryWeek says 50 percent of U.S. importers have moved some of their manufacturing outside of China. More than 27 percent of those companies say they’ve moved manufacturing back to the U.S.
To the States
The Columbus Dispatch considers the “growth spurt” of wind power in Ohio.
An editorial in the Jackson Sun says Tennessee is “poised to be a leader in clean energy.”
Bloomberg Businessweek reports manufacturing in the New York region expanded in April at the slowest pace in five months.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune says Louisiana’s economy has recovered from the BP oil spill quicker than expected.
Associated Press: As ice cap melts, militaries vie for Arctic edge
EarthTechling: Green Job Openings Surge, Sector Tracker Reports
Christian Science Monitor: Germany's solar woes dim the promise of green jobs
GreenBiz.com: Earth Day and the polling of America 2012
Inside Climate News: This Week in Clean Economy: China Is Leading the Race for Clean Energy Jobs
New York Times: Pseudoscience and Tennessee’s Classrooms
New York Times: How Green Are Electric Cars? Depends on Where You Plug In
ThomasNet News: Can States Afford to Fund Green Jobs Instead of Schools?
Wall Street Journal: Why Your Highway Has Potholes
Wall Street Journal: Forecast of Heat Wave Prompts Boston Marathon Officials to Warn About Safety
Wall Street Journal: Chevron Battles Exxon for Big Oil's Crown
Alaska Dispatch (AK): Oil tax battle rages as Parnell calls for special session
Badger Herald (WI): Green energy in partisan struggle
Belleville News-Democrat (IL): Manufacturing is back': Metro-east businesses focus on ‘green’ technology, employee training
Wakefiled Patch (MA): Sen. Clark: Striking the Right Balance on Affordable Energy, Renewable Energy
Zaneville Times Recorder (OH): Will Ohio become the next right-to-work state?