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TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR JUNE 14
Game On. On Wednesday, the Protect Our Jobs coalition in Michigan submitted 684,286 signatures to get a question on Michigan’s November ballot guaranteeing collective bargaining in the state.
Buying Big. The Associated Press says small manufacturers are investing in big machinery that can cost millions of dollars, a hopeful sign of America’s economic recovery.
Unlucky 13. As part of the 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill debate last week, Republican House members passed 13 measures to “choke off Energy Department financing for existing clean energy and efficiency programs.”
National and International Blue-Green
The Associated Press released a poll showing “that the polarized positions on energy [issues] that have divided Congress and emerged in the presidential campaign also run deep among the public.”
The Detroit Free Press visited Ford's Louisville Assembly plant where the company just invested $600 million. The plant has added 1,8000 jobs for a second shift as it begins rolling out the 2013 Ford Escape.
European Union negotiators today agreed on a measure to cut energy usage by 15 percent, Reuters reports.
Reuters covers the dismissal of a Tea Party-backed lawsuit to prevent New York state from participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
To the States
The BlueGreen Alliance in Minnesota joined Congressman Tim Walz in calling for an extension of the renewable energy Production Tax Credit on Tuesday. The Rochester Post Bulletin has more.
Virginia legislators yesterday commissioned a study to examine the issues associated with coastal flooding. US News says this measure only passed once all language referencing climate change was removed.
According to the New York Times, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Wednesday announced funding to help building owners switch from “the use of the dirtiest heating oils.”
Los Angeles Times: When scientists predict calamity, politicians plug their ears
Indian Country: Southwest Tribes Struggle With Climate Change Fallout
New York Times: Two Nuclear Nominees Get a Hearing
Recharge News: US senators propose denying incentives to Chinese PV
TIME Ecocentric: 30.3%
Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles City Council members push fracking ban
New York Times: Fossil Fuels and New Energy
Huffington Post: America's Split Personality on Energy
New York Times (Canada): Canada Seeks Alternatives to Transport Oil Reserves
Bay Citizen (CA): 'No document exists' on bullet train's speed, lawsuit claims
Chicago Tribune (IL): Ameren Illinois names new chairman, CEO
Times-Picayune (LA): Ken Feinberg says in new book that nothing prepared him for oil spill claims
mLive.com (MI): Tim Skubick: Who wins in the right-to-work battle?
Capital New York (NY): Can an even bigger cross-Hudson rail plan succeed where the last one failed?
Transportation Nation (NY): NYC’s Refusal to Tear Down Sheridan Expressway Irks Activists, Locals