TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR DECEMBER 11
Michigan. Tensions are high in Michigan following the legislature’s decision to push through a controversial right-to-work bill through before the end of the year. President Obama visited the states yesterday, and said, “What we shouldn’t be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. We shouldn’t be doing that.” BlueGreen Alliance Executive David Foster also released a statement yesterday that said, “Clearly extreme Republicans in the Michigan Legislature didn’t get the message of the last election. Right-to-work isn’t going to make the people of Michigan more prosperous or create jobs. We urge Governor Snyder to join with all of us who believe in cooperation, not confrontation, by vetoing this bill.”
Solar Surge. Solar installations jumped in the third quarter of 2012 with 684 megawatts of solar panels being installed — a 44 percent increase from last year.
Getting a Doctor’s Note. In addition to some of the obvious results, more attention is being paid to the potential long-term health impacts of climate change including an increase in the rate of tetanus, respiratory diseases and post-traumatic stress disorder.
National and International Blue-Green
The number of dead and missing in the Philippines following a typhoon has risen to above 700. CNN has more.
The National Intelligency Council’s “Global Trends 2030” report found “climate change will fuel new conflicts and competition for resources in coming decades.” The Hill has more on the report that stated population growth and climate change will cause the “demand for food, water, and energy [to] grow by approximately 35, 40, and 50 percent.”
E&E News reports “Underlying the Obama administration's $60.4 billion emergency funding request to Congress for Superstorm Sandy cleanup and relief efforts is an acknowledgement that climate change is real and must be addressed in a comprehensive fashion along with more immediate needs.”
Michael Brune, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club, has a column over on the Huffington Post talking about the country’s “Bicoastal Clean EnergyLeadership.”
Fuel Fix discusses how wind energy helps rural economies.
To the States
The Great Lake Echo states the “fiscal cliffs could dump sewage into the Great Lakes.”
Crain’s Chicago Business believes protected bike lanes will help Chicagobusinesses.
Washington Post: How much can the EPA cut carbon emissions? It depends on the courts.
USA Today: Long on promise, short on delivery
Bloomberg Businessweek (China): China to Raise Wind-Farm Approvals by 8% to Meet 2015 Goal
Huffington Post (NJ): Jersey Shore Development Failures Exposed By Hurricane Sandy