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.”
Forbes: Wind Energy: Twisting and Turning and Getting Bent out of Shape
Detroit News: Survey says carmakers' futures ride on gas engine
Associated Press: UN finds rising mercury emissions, need for treaty
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