TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR AUGUST 9
Governors Unite for Auto Industry. The Governors of Michigan, Tennessee, Illinois and Missouri yesterday announced the formation of a bipartisan National Governors Auto Caucus. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the group will work together to “find common-ground solutions.”
Going Green, Getting Green. Check out BlueGreen Alliance Jobs21! National Co-Chair Mark Schauer’s column explaining why implementing the new fuel economy standards will be “without one of the single most significant improvements in a generation.”
National and International Blue-Green
E&E News reports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate may be able to put a price on carbon if his party retains control.
E&E News talks to several environmentalists who are see the recent extreme weather as a “teachable moment” about climate change. Researchers and farmers are also taking action; they are focusing on creating “hardier breeds” of animals and plants that can withstand droughts, the Associated Press reports.
GreenTech Media quotes President Clinton as saying winning the “visibly tattooed” is the key to clean energy success in Washington.
While Governor Romney stayed away from discussing the Production Tax Credit while visiting Iowa, Iowa’s Hawk Eye reports Senator Grassley said Romney’s position that the PTC should be eliminated felt “like a knife in my back.”
Manufacturing in India dropped 1.8 percent in June, the Washington Post reports.
To the States
According to mLive.com, Irwing Seating Company purchases nearly 700,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy in Michigan making it “the largest participating manufacturer in the Consumer Energy's Green Generation program in Michigan and third-largest overall participant.”
Retired Lieutenant General Richard Zilmer explains why “Fuel economy is key to national, military security” in a column published by the Detroit Free Press.
A letter to the editor in the Star-Ledger advocates for building solar energy projects on New Jersey’s brownfields sites.
New York Times: The Secret to Solar Power
Detroit Free Press: Toyota to move more production to North America -- maybe even Lexus sedan
Press Association (UK): PM urged to back renewable energy
Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV): Power to choose energy sources wisely in our hands
Huffington Post (OR): What We Can Learn From Portland