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TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR JUNE 28
Auto Recovery In the Spotlight. The White House Council of Environmental Quality yesterday held an event marking the resurgence of the U.S. auto industry. One of the things discussed? The BlueGreen Alliance Gearing Up report that found President Obama's proposed fuel efficiency standards will create 250,000 jobs by 2030.
National and International Blue-Green
According to the Hill’s Floor Action Blog, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved ten amendments to the 2013 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development spending bill including a measure preventing the Secretary of Transportation “from exploring raising new highway revenues by taxing cars for each mile they drive.”
Following up on the Tuesday decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals, E&E News says those wishing to stop the Environment Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gasses can only look to the U.S. Supreme Court or Congress for help.
The New York Times Editorial Board says the Court’s decision “showed good sense at a time when both the agency and the science of global warming are under relentless Congressional attack.”
Reuters reports oil and gas producers in the Gulf of Mexico have resumed operations following Tropical Storm Debby.
BBC News reports Scotland increased its renewable energy output by 45 percent in the first quarter of 2012.
To the States
Conneticut is preparing to launch a clean energy financing program in 2013, according to the New Haven Register.
USA Today says “epic dryness” is feeding wildfires in the West.
Portland, Oregon is experiencing their first summer with biweekly garbage pickup. The New York Times looks at how residents are reacting to the measure that has helped reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfills by 44 percent.
Three Los Angeles metal recyclers were charged Wednesday for mishandling toxic waste and allowing toxic chemicals to enter the storm water system. The Los Angeles Times quotes the head of the Los Angeles city attorney’s environmental justice unit as saying, “These facilities pose a significant threat to human health and the environment.”
Detroit Free Press: Ford touts fuel efficiency of upcoming cars at test track
Co.EXIST: Purchasing Power Is Social Impact Power
Bloomberg Businessweek: Natural Gas Climbs to Five-Month High on Outlook for Hot Weather
Toronto Star (Canada): Canada’s auto industry to swing to a profit this year ahead of contract negotiations
California Watch (CA): Some senators want dramatic shift in bullet train plan
Orlando Business Journal (FL): Privately-funded $315.2M Maglev system to create 60 high-wage jobs
Baltimore Business Journal (MD): Chesapeake Bay Trust awards $376,000 in grants for green projects
EarthTechling (MD): Clean Energy Jobs Find Fertile Ground In Maryland
Alfred University (NY): ‘Renewable Energy’ camp attracts high school students to AU
New York Times (PA): Cutting the Electric Bill with a Giant Battery