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Apr 17 12

The Green Jobs Source for Tuesday, April 17

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This is The Source for April 17, 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.

THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR APRIL 17

Greenhouse gas emissions grew in 2010The Environmental Protection Agency says that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions grew in 2010, after two years of decline. Economic expansion and warm summer weather are two causes listed for the boost.

EU pledges 50 million euros for clean energy in developing nations. The European Union announced a new initiative to grow clean energy in developing countries. The EU Commission President says he is seeking to mobilize additional support of several hundred million euros to support new investments in the run up to the Rio+20 conference.

Electric vehicle drivers saving bigDrivers of electric vehicles may be saving as much as $1,200 per year on fuel compared to a gasoline-powered compact car. The news comes from a study conducted by a BGA partner, the Union of Concerned Scientists.

National and International Blue-Green

The Washington Post looks at how plastic food packaging is a major source of potentially harmful chemicals, “which most Americans harbor in their bodies.”

E&E News reports that former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman in a letter said that the regulatory framework for chemical security is “extremely limited,” urging action to address the situation.

A judged extended the deadline given to BP and the plaintiffs to file details of the settlement reach regarding the Gulf Oil Spill, theTimes-Picayune reports.

CleanTechnica says “Construction of Australia’s largest solar photovoltaic power project has reached a major milestone with the initiation of panel installation at the Greenough River Solar Farm in Western Australia.”

To the States

Huffington Post looks at a bill to help with the installation of solar energy installation in California’s poor communities.

Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor is traveling to Asia to discuss the state’s clean energy future, the Associated Press reports.

Green cars were on display in Beaumont, Texas Saturday. The Beaumont Enterprise has more.

Blue-Green Links

Fuel Fix: Congress stifles bill to funnel spill fines

Hill: Conservative group labels long-term highway bill negotiations 'kabuki dance'

Hill’s Congress Blog: How to pay for infrastructure

Los Angeles Times: Electric cars can be no better for global warming, in some cities

Politico: Wind industry blows campaign cash at GOP

Politico: Fred Upton donors include energy, health, tech companies

Politico: CO2 rules: Now you see ’em, now you don’t

Reuters: Japan to be without nuclear power after May 5

Charleston Gazette (WV): Special panel links C8 to kidney, testicular cancer

Lexington Herald-Leader (KT): As air pollution from fracking rises, EPA to set rules