ACTION: Jobs at risk if wind energy tax credits expire. Supporters say 37,000 American jobs are at risk if the bipartisan effort to renew the Production Tax Credit fails to move forward. The tax credit is set to expire at the end of the year, and uncertainty over its extension may already be stifling development.Take action today by writing your representatives in Congress to support extending this and other important job-creating tax credits.
Fatal work injuries up in 2010. A new report from the Department of Labor found 4,690 American workers suffered fatal injuries in 2010, a 3 percent increase from 2009.
The Bioeconomy is coming. The Obama administration is expected to announce a new plan today to foster the development of America’s “bioeconomy.” According to the New York Times, the plan will discuss “a variety of measures and strategies to spur research and development of medical treatments, crops, biofuels and biological manufacturing processes that would replace harsher industrial methods.”
The Los Angeles Times reports the public is split over the elimination of U.S. energy subsidies.
The Wall Street Journal says a federal judge indicated he is likely to give preliminary approval to the proposed class-action settlement for the victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
National Geographic gives an overview of ten new studies looking at the impact of the oil spill on the Gulf Coast.
The House named its conference committee members for the transportation bill Wednesday night. The Hill reports the members may begin meeting this week.
The Wall Street Journal says the number of people putting in new applications for unemployment benefits stayed the same this week.
A George Mason University found increasing Virginia’s use of renewable energy could create tens of thousands of jobs. Bloomberg BusinessWeek has more.
An Illinois House committee approved a measure establishing a statewide standard for recycling plastic bags, the Galesburg Register-Mail reports.
A Brookings Institute study called on “the Baltimore region to rethink economic development” so it can move into the “next economy,” according to the Baltimore Sun.
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Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Exxon First-Quarter Profit Drops on Lower Output
CleanTechnica: New $60 (or $20) LED Bulb that Lasts 20 Years
Hill’s Congress Blog: Secure infrastructure networks now
Hill’s Congress Blog: Status quo a danger to US infrastructure
Wall Street Journal: Engineers Cast Wary Eye on Role of Electric Cars
Washington Post: Behind the present pause in global warming
Guardian (United Kingdom): David Cameron: this is the greenest government ever
Los Angeles Times (CA): Activists take over Apple store in S.F. to push renewable energy
Portland Business Journal (OR): Kitzhaber reviews energy goals for Oregon
South Coast Today (MA): Your View: New study highlights career pathways for green jobs
Hamilton-Wenham Patch (MA): Gordon Named One of Country's 'Greenest' Colleges