THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR MARCH 15
Senate Transportation Bill Keeps on Trucking. The Senate yesterday passed a $109 billion transportation bill by a 74-22 vote. The BlueGreen Alliance quickly released a statement, urging the House to “to follow the Senate’s lead and pass a bill that also fully funds programs, maintains transit, protects U.S. workers, and makes our transportation network more efficient.”
Solar Is Booming. The Solar Energy Industries Association yesterday released a study showing the solar energy industry in 2011 installed a record 1,855 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity. That is more than double the previous record of 887 megawatts set in 2010.
Don’t Play Games. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman accused the GOP of “playing politics” with the wind energy tax credit.
National and International Blue-Green
The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation’s Good Jobs, Green Jobs West — the second of four regional conferences — kicks off today in Los Angeles. See what Public News Service says Oregonians are looking forward to at the conference, and follow the conference on its Facebook and Twitter pages.
West Coast leaders yesterday released a plan to create one million clean economy jobs by 2020. Read more about the plan and its potential impact from the Vancouver Sun and the Portland Business Journal.
According to CleanTechnica.com, American use of public transportation reached its second highest annual rate in 2011 with 10.4 billion trips.
This year’s mild winter may shift the spread of mosquito-borne illness, according to Science News.
The New York Times examines the extreme lengths some people are taking in order to avoid household toxins.
Solar cells could become more affordable thanks to a California company that “unveiled a radical new way to make the silicon wafers that are the basic ingredient of most solar cells.” The New York Times has more about this process which could cut silicon consumption by 90 percent and eliminate the need to use glass and heavy backing in the cells.
To the States
The Los Angeles Times says the Los Angeles area could receive $109 billion for the expansion of its bus and rail system from the transportation bill passed by the Senate.
Politics in Minnesota looks at the internal struggle happening among Minnesota Republican legislators over right-to-work legislation.
The Associated Press finds support is falling for right-to-work legislation in New Hampshire.
President Obama is traveling to Maryland to discuss energy, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Hawaii will add another $350,000 to its EV Ready Rebate Program, according to KPUA.
The Arizona Capitol Times reports a Arizona legislative panel adopted legislation which would stop the state regulators from adopting renewable energy standards more stringent than those currently in place.
Los Angeles Times: Cadmium in diet is linked to higher breast cancer risk
New York Times: Rising Sea Levels Seen as Threat to Coastal U.S.
New York Times: A Reminder That Science Can Override Pressure
New York Times: Study: Young People Not So 'Green' After All
New York Times: A Drill to Replace Crucial Transformers (Not the Hollywood Kind)
Politico: Oil industry, Obama at $4B standoff
Los Angeles Times (CA): California gasoline prices may be dropping very soon
Juneau Empire: Renewable energy fund closer to extension
News Day (NJ): NJ Dems take another run at cap-and-trade bill
Pueblo Chieftain (CO): State lawmakers support wind energy
Washington Times (DC): Gasoline over $4 a gallon in 4 states, D.C.