TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR AUGUST 1
Thank You Seth Rosen. Take a moment to read Amy Hanauer’s piece in The Nation remembering Seth Rosen, Vice President of Communications Workers of America District 4.
Game On. Learn more about the Production Tax Credit, along with other resources to encourage the use of renewable energy in America, in the newest section to the BlueGreen Alliance website. And, stay tuned for an announcement tomorrow highlighting a new ad campaign the BlueGreen Alliance is undertaking highlighting American workers in the wind industry whose jobs are at risk without the Production Tax Credit.
Climate Change and California. The California Natural Resources and Agency and California Energy Commission jointly released a report yesterday explaining “California's electricity sector is more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought.” Read a statement from BlueGreen Alliance President David Foster applauding California for its efforts to combat climate change, promote clean energy and lead “the country and the world in acknowledging that we must adequately prepare for the climate impacts already impacting our communities.”
National and International Blue-Green
Governor Romney’s campaign has officially announced he supports the elimination of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy. Coverage of this announcment, and other PTC news, includes:
- Huffington Post: Mitt Romney Wind Energy Tax Credit Opposition At Odds With Republicans
- Hill: Grassley wants answers from Romney camp on extending wind tax credit
- Hill: Obama official: Ending wind credit could have 'devastating effect'
- American Public Media: Sierra Club pushes wind industry tax credit
- Des Moines Register (IA): Branstad wants to educate Romney on wind tax credit
Australia’s Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics is predicting energy from Australia’s wind and solar projects may be “some of the nation’s lowest-cost electricity by the mid-2030s.” Bloomberg has more.
CNNMoney says enrollment is booming at America’s trade schools.
The dispersants used during the Deepwater Horizon spill cleanup may have killed plankton in the Gulf of Mexico, the Associated Press reports.
The federal government blocked Enbridge’s efforts to restart a oil pipeline following a leak that spilled more than 1,000 barrels of crude oil in Wisconsin, according to Reuters.
The Christian Science Monitor looks at the new breed of “green cowboys.”
To the States
Bloomberg says the Massachusetts Senate and House approved a measure requiring utilities to purchase more of their electricity from renewable sources.
Georgia voters voted against a new sales tax for transportation projects yesterday. CBS Atlantahas more.
According to the Suburban Journal, solar panels are being installed on five Mehlville School districts in Missouri.
The Star-Telegram reports the Dallas Area Rapid Transit open three new light-rail stations in Irving, Texas Monday.
Politico: Climate change on back burner
Detroit Free Press: Fiat profit falls sharply, but it all came from Chrysler
Detroit Free Press: Volkswagen offers preview of plant vital to its U.S. expansion
GreenBiz.com: Inside the effort to strip toxics from U.S. hospitals
Guradian: BP adds $847m to Deepwater Horizon costs
New York Times: Taking the Ick Factor Out of Recycled Water
Guardian (UK): UK cuts feed-in tariff for solar panels
San Francisco Chronicle (CA): State must adopt proposed rules on toxic chemicals
San Francisco Chronicle (CA): About-face on climate change
Indiana Public Radio (IN): Right To Work Lawsuits Face Difficult Battle In Courts
Holland Sentinel (MI): Renewable energy can be conservative
News Observer (NC): N.C. can't outlaw global climate change
Inquirer (NJ): PSE&G seeks to energize its solar-energy program