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The Green Jobs Source for Thursday, January 10

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This is The Source for Thursday, January 10, 2013, 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 JANUARY 10

Eye on the Weather. The weather is continuing to make headlines: federal officials named the entire state of Oklahoma a disaster area, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others are concerned the Chicago River may reverse its flow due to Lake Michigan being at a record low level and Chicago is entering its 320th day without an inch of snow — breaking a snowless record set 73 years ago.

Tightening the Emissions Belt. In his State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed lowering the amount of carbon dioxide companies are allowed to release under the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (REGGI).

Thank You Secretary Solis. Secretary Hilda Solis yesterday announced she is resigning from her position as the head of the Labor Department. David Foster, Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance, issued a statement, “As Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis has been a tireless advocate implementing worker training programs, reducing worker fatalities and fighting for better regulations and working conditions that have benefited working families across the country. We thank Secretary Solis for elevating these important labor issues that benefit Americans’ quality of life beyond the workplace and wish her the best for her next endeavor.”

National and International Blue-Green

USA Today recently talked to Lisa Jackson about her time as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency and why she calls the “climate-change shift a proud milestone.”

Environmental Health News looks at the new rules for drinking water.

Platts has an article about a proposal allowing the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) to have “broader rights to allocate the costs of transmission projects.”

The Washington Post reports “U.S. oil imports are falling to their lowest level since 1987.”

E&E News says Tom Steyer is likely to become a “star in energy politics.”

To the States

Midwest Energy News says solar energy is at the top of the clean energy agenda in Minnesota.

The Journal Star says talks are underway about the routing of a 260-miletransmission line in Nebraska.

KCET discusses how “Californians can promote solar energy and save.”

Blue-Green Links

E&E News: Housing agencies find budgetary alchemy in improving old buildings

Bloomberg: Solar Mosaic’s Crowdfunding Beats Treasuries With 4.5% Return

Forbes: Wind Energy: Twisting and Turning and Getting Bent out of Shape

Politico: Salazar concerned about Shell's Arctic 'mishaps'

Politico: Infrastructure bank advocates seek a new champion

Detroit News: Survey says carmakers' futures ride on gas engine

Associated Press: UN finds rising mercury emissions, need for treaty

Atlantic: Google Keeps Its Renewable Energy Investments Going

GreenBiz.com: Apple to harness stored wind energy via new on-demand system

Tucson Sentinel (AZ): Obama's clean energy progress

Columbus Dispatch (OH): PUCO deals blow to AEP solar project

Statesman (TX): House science panel wears blinders