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Dec 13 12

The Green Jobs Source for Thursday, December 13

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This is The Source for Thursday, December 13, 2012, green jobs news every day from the BlueGreen Alliance. Don’t forget to “tell your friends” about this great resource. You can sign up here.

TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR DECEMBER 13

Thinking of Hitting the Slopes? Climate change could really take a bite out of the ski industry, with some forecasts showing that more than half of the 103 ski resorts in the Northeast will be unable to maintain a 100-day season by 2039.

Hurricane Sandy Bill. The Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday released its bill to authorize $60.4 billion to be spent on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

PTC Phase Out. The American Wind Energy Association yesterday offered a proposal for a six-year phase out of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy.

National and International Blue-Green

Senator Chris Coons told The Hill he is optimistic that Republicans will support his bill to providing financing forrenewable energy next session.

Senator Richard Blumenthal is joining the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Hill reports.

Politico was on hand when Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor, stated federal policy makers need to “get real” on infrastructure spending

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $28 million in grants for seven wind energy projects.

A surge in wind installations in Canada is expected through 2015, according to Recharge.

The Hill says the Environmental Working Group has a new executive director.

To the States

The Newark Advocate asks, “Is Ohio the next on right-to-work battlefront?”

According to the Plain Dealer, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation received $4 million from the federal government to launch an offshore wind development project in Lake Erie.

A new report is projecting the Colorado River will fall 3.2 million acre-feet short of the demand for water from the states that will rely on it in 2060. The Los Angeles Times reports.

An editorial in the Boston Globe talks a look at the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explains why Alliant Energy Corporation allowed a new wind farm in Iowa to begin generating power earlier than usual. 

Blue-Green Links

ABC News: What Is a Right-to-Work Law?

Los Angeles Times: Blind faith of climate change deniers endangers us all

Guardian: China and US hold the key to a new global climate deal

Washington Post: Utility chiefs urge equal tax rates on dividends, capital gains in ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

Reuters: Siemens says energy unit will bear brunt of cost cuts

CleanTechnica: Solar PV Specialists Join To Provide Commercial PV Insurance, Warranty, O&M Services

Vancouver Sun (Canada): West Coast contemplates the calm before the storm

Washington Post (Poland): Polish government advisor: keep using coal despite EU plan to switch to clean energy

North American Windpower (AK): With Inches To Spare, Alaskan Wind Farm Overcomes Constraints

Rewire (CA): Bill Would Make Energy Efficiency Cheaper, Easier

News Telegram (MA): Mass. making strides in clean energy expansion

ABQ Journal (NM): Right Now Is the Perfect Time To Invest in Renewable Energy