TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR JUNE 11
Action: Week Five. As the Transportation Conference Committee enters its fifth week of negotiations, transportation supporters are waiting to see how the House will respond to the compromise language given by the Senate last week. As we continue waiting, The Hill reminds readers House Speaker John Boehner “raised the possibility last week of an extension that would only last six months.” Send a letter to your Representatives telling them America cannot afford further delays, and today is time to pass the Senate’s transportation bill.
Wind Down 80%? Vestas Chief Executive Ditlevn Engal stated he believes the U.S. wind turbine market will likely fall by 80 percent next year if the Production Tax Credit for renewable energy is allowed to expire. Currently, 3,500 people work for Vestas in the United States.
China Emissions Could Be Higher A new study found China’s carbon emissions could be nearly 20 percent higher than previously thought. The lead researcher on the study stated that when they considered two sets of data (one examining nationwide energy use and one examining the use in the country’s provinces), "The paper identifies a 1.4-billion tonne emission gap (in 2010) between the two datasets. This implies greater uncertainties than ever in Chinese energy statistics.”
National and International Blue-Green
The New York Times looks at how and why several major banks are investing in green technology.
The New York Times Green Blog talks to Arun Majumdar about his time as the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects for Energy.
To the States
The Virginian Pilot says state lawmakers “avoid buzzwords” when discussing climate change bills.
The Jackson Clarion Ledger looks at the United Auto Workers effort to unionize “Detroit South.”
Environmental Health News: Pollution, Poverty, People of Color: No beba el agua. Don't drink the water
New York Times: America’s New Energy Reality
Platts Energy Week (Video): 06.10.12 Michael Brune Interview
Los Angeles Times (CA): Environmental objections in path of bullet train
News-Gazette (IL): Champaign to host green business summit
Republic (IN): Is debate Right-to-Work bill settled in Indiana?
News Observer (NC): Federal regulators approve Duke-Progress merger with minor conditions