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The Green Jobs Source for Monday, February 11

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THE TOP 10 FOR FEBRUARY 11, 2013 

State of the Union – President Obama’s State of the Union address is tomorrow, and the Washington Post wants the President to discuss the science of climate change and the risks it poses to all of us. The BlueGreen Alliance is hosting a press conference call today with Utility Workers Union of America National President Mike Langford, Union of Concerned Scientist President Kevin Knobloch, and our Executive Director David Foster calling on president to support six steps to address climate change. More on that tomorrow. (Washington Post) 

Booming wind – Global wind capacity grew 20 percent in 2012, with gains in the United States, Germany, India and England offsetting a slowdown in China. (The Guardian)

Seeking comments – The EPA put out its plan to fight climate change on Friday, and they’re looking for public comments for the next 60 days. (The Hill) 

Need for speed – Passengers won’t be the only ones benefitting from the upcoming web of high-speed passenger rail in the Heartland; hundreds of Midwest manufacturers will benefit too. (Huffington Post)

Sky-high support for renewables - People in the Rocky Mountain regions of the U.S. support more renewable energy and protecting federal lands.(New York Times)

Cap-and-trade working - The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the northeast U.S. has helped reduce emissions from 188 million tons in 2005 to 91 million tons last year, and the system has raised $912 million since 2009. (Washington Post)

Attacking renewables – Lawmakers in Kansas are attempting to weaken or repeal the state’s renewable energy standard(Topeka Capital-Journal)

Missouri lags – Despite 66 percent of the state’s voters saying yes to a renewable energy standard four years ago, there’s still an effort to quell renewable energy growth in Missouri. (KMA Land)

Everybody’s a winner – This article looks at why solar is all the rage in Germany(Grist)

Hazmat concerns – Solar companies are concerned about hazardous wastes from the manufacturing process, and they are working to get ahead of the problem.

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

New York Times: It’s Not Easy Being Green 
The Hill: This week in Transportation: Shuster tries to carve out space for spending
Detroit News (MI): Snyder budget calls for higher gas tax, vehicle fee, more for education

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