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Apr 10 12

The Green Jobs Source for Tuesday, April 10


This is The Source for April 10, green jobs news every day from the BlueGreen Alliance. Don’t forget to “tell your friends” about this great resource. You can sign up here.


Majority supports limits on carbon emissions. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed in a recent poll support limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Looking at the partisan split in the poll, 82 percent of those identifying as Democrats, and 50 percent of Republicans, support such limits.

Truckers going greener to save moneyHigh diesel prices are causing some companies to upgrade their big rigs to more be more fuel efficient or use alternative fuels. Others are using technology to reduce their diesel consumption.

Climate change may be hard on elderlyResearchers at Harvard School of Public Health found temperature fluctuations from climate change could put the elderly with chronic illnesses — such as heart failure and lung disease —at more risk.

National and International Blue-Green

AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department President Mark H. Ayers passed away yesterday. The Hill has more on the passing of a visionary leader in the labor movement and vigorous advocate for America’s working families.

We saw the warmest March on record in the lower 48 states, The Hill reports.

CleanTechnica reports a new report has contends U.S. industrial and manufacturing companies must undertake additional energy management measures soon “to ensure that they remain cost-competitive on a global scale.”

The Los Angeles Times says the national average gasoline price fell two-tenths of a penny on Sunday, marking a possible end to price increases.

Pollution in the United Kingdom reached the “top level of the government’s new air pollution index” in March. The Guardian has more.

To the States

The Los Angeles Times reports the state have California is examining the safety of chemicals found in some supposedly toxic-free nail products. One issue being considered is the impact of these chemicals on nail salon workers.

According to the New York Times, a soon-to-be-released report from the Government Accountability Office found “Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey exaggerated when he declared that unforeseen costs to the state were forcing him to cancel the new train tunnel planned to relieve congested routes across the Hudson River.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, New York City has tripled solar production to 648 kilowatts after installing solar panels on ten city-owned buildings.

Connecticut residents wishing to install photovoltaic solar energy systems on their homes could be helped by a new state program, the New Haven Register says.

Blue-Green Links

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Union says right-to-work law violates free speech

Environmental Health News: EPA cancels $20-million green chemistry grant program, gives no explanation

Forbes: Time for a Reset On Our Clean Energy Future

FuelFix: Salazar: Interior secretary is ‘best job’ in Cabinet

GreenTech Media: Arizona Politics at Odds With Solar and Renewable Industry Progress

Hill’s Congress Blog: Finding infrastructure solutions, big and small

Huffington Post: Alpha Natural Resources And West Virginia Mine Blast Survivors Continue Legal Battles

Independent: Britain to fight landmark ban on chemical linked to cancer

Wall Street Journal: Study Questions Natural Gas's Environmental Benefits

Arizona Capitol Times (AZ): AZ House OKs secrecy for environmental reports

Burlington Free Press (VT): Energy efficiency movement focuses on financing

Detroit Free Press (MI): 2 Chrysler plants recognized for manufacturing processes

Los Angeles Times (CA): Congressional panel launches probe of California's high-speed rail project

Oakland Tribune (CA): Windfall of cash could hit state treasury from global warming program

Tennessean (TN): This is no time to back off clean energy

TriCities News (TN): VW conducting national search to fill Tenn. jobs

WGMD (NJ): Newark makes environmental improvements