THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR MARCH 19
Diversifying Our Energy Portfolio. In response to attacks regarding rising gas prices, President Obama heads to four states Wednesday and Thursday of this week on an energy tour, including Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio.
Right Back At It in Ohio. After opponents successfully defeated an anti-union measure last year, “Right-to-Work” proponents are working to gather signatures to put the issue on the ballot in 2012.
Going Nowhere in Minnesota. A proposed constitutional amendment doesn’t seem to have the votes in the Minnesota State Legislature.
National and International Blue-Green
Bloomberg says U.S. industrial production held steady in February.
According to the New York Times, the Department of Agriculture may require an extensive environmental review before issuing mortgages to people who have leased their land for oil and gas drilling.
The Wall Street Journal says the Environmental Protection Agency may delay new smog rules.
The United Kingdom may be reducing several environmental regulations affecting asbestos, invasive species and industrial air pollution control; wildlife and common lands protection and noise nuisance and deadly animal traps restrictions. BusinessGreen.com has more.
Greece wants to export solar power by 2015, Bloomberg reports.
A group of doctors warned on Thursday that climate change may cause a spike of asthma cases, according to the Chicago Tribune.
To the States
The Columbus Dispatch says private investors are helping more schools use solar power.
An editorial in The Oregonian looks talks about the success of sustainability initiatives on the west coast.
Senator Harry Reid writes in the Las Vegas Sun, “Nevada must play to win in clean energy.”
A small wind farm in Massachusetts would like to take part in a larger project, according to an article in the Boston Herald.
CleanTechnica: US Military and a Critical Energy Alternative
Chicago Tribune: U.S. solar to get Obama aid in battle with China
Environmental Protection: The Greening of Chemistry
Los Angeles Times: Federal renewable energy advisor told not to deal with NextEra
Malaysian Insider: Pollution the big barrier to freer trade in rare earths
New York Times: House Panel to Cite New Flaw in Energy Loans
Wall Street Journal: Fears of a 2008 Repeat for Oil
Wall Street Journal: Japan's Nuclear Crisis Plan Still Lags
Wall Street Journal: Tax Revolt in a Boom Town
Washington Post: As climate changes, Louisiana seeks to lift a highway
Detroit Free Press (MI): Gov. Snyder to unions: Back off petition drive against right-to-work
New York Times (NY): Regulatory Staff Endorses Gas Pipeline for New York City and New Jersey
Seattle Times (WA): Address climate change with science, not opinion polls