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Feb 28 12

The Green Jobs Source for Tuesday, February 28

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This is The Source for February 28, 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 FEBRUARY 28

Saving green energy incentives. The Hill focuses on efforts by the BlueGreen Alliance to extend tax credits — such as the Production Tax Credit and credits for energy efficient homes— as well as renew other tax credits that expired at the end of 2011. “The clean economy already employs over 2.5 million workers. It has the potential to employ many, many more with family sustaining careers, but only if we provide the necessary support to keep our domestic industries competitive,” said Executive Director David Foster. Read the full letter on our website.

U.S. appeals court to hear cases on EPA greenhouse gas rules. Three interlinked cases are expected to head to a U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. this week. E&E News looks at the lawyers arguing for and against the cases.

Disasters cost us big. A new report shows that insurance companies that are covering property damage from catastrophes are increasingly pushing costs onto consumers and taxpayers. So, as weather gets weirder and America faces more disasters, we’ll be paying for it either way.

National and International Blue-Green

Detroit carmakers are racing to keep up with auto sales, the Chicago Tribune says.

The cost of oil has dropped for a second-straight day. Bloomberg has more.

Reuters reports greenhouse gas emissions in the United States rose 3.3 percent between 2009 and 2010.

The European Union is expected to take action today on its carbon market, Reuters says.

The Washington Post examines how scientists determine the environmental impact of new products.

GreenBiz.com looks at three common issues companies must overcome when adopting sustainability programs.

The Guardian looks at energy policies in Britain.

United Press International reports that China is seeking to boost its domestic solar industry.

BusinessGreen says Unite, the United Kingdom’s largest trade union, reached an agreement to work jointly with RenewableUK, a green energy trade group, to advocate for green jobs.

The Boston Globe reports lenders have agreed to give $65 million to 18 Caribbean nations to help them prepare for the effects of climate change.

To the States

Construction has begun on Hawaii’s largest wind power project. The 69-mewatt project will include thirty 2.3 MW wind turbines, which will produce enough electricity to power 14,500 homes according to CleanTechnica.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger’s Editorial Board says Governor Chris Christie’s plan to redirect $210 million from the state’s Clean Energy Fund is “a retreat on clean energy.” They say the Fund, which is money collected from a surcharge on energy bills, is “a smart program because conservation is the single best way, by far, to reduce pollution and contain energy costs.”

Blue-Green Links

Associated Press: Key Alaska Dems open to talk oil tax progressivity

Chicago Tribune: Climate Change Could Cause Killer Hurricanes in NYC: A simulation model by Princeton researchers warns of storms "the likes of which have not been seen"

CleanTechnica: Renewables Now Cheaper than Coal in Michigan, Could Be $5-Billion Industry

C-SPAN: VISIT: EPA Administrator Explains $8.3 Billion Budget Request

E&E News (Subscription Only): Military's alt energy programs draw Republicans' ire

Environmental Health News: High levels of PCBs tied to defective sperm in infertile men

Environmental Health News: Chemical exposures cause child IQ losses that rival major diseases

Farmers Guardian: Climate change could make livestock disease more common

Forbes: Economist: Clean Air Regs Cost U.S. $21 Billion A Year But Produce $100 Billion in Benefits

Forbes: Lightbank Invests in Commercial Solar Installer SoCore Energy

GreenBiz.com: AT&T to Provide Eco-Scores for All Mobile Phones

Guardian (UK): Wind power still gets lower public subsidies than fossil fuel tax breaks

Hill: EPA chief vows ‘strong science’ on hydraulic fracturing

Hill: Comprehensive approach is the only way to control gas prices

Hill: H.R. 7 - more than just roads and bridges

Huffington Post: Farm Bill 2012 Eyed As Chance to Boost Conservation Of Soil, Bolster Crops

New York Times: Japan Weighted Evacuating Tokyo in Nuclear Crisis

New York Times: TransCanada Renewing Request to Build Keystone Pipeline

New York Times: Drawing the Line at Power Lines

New York Times: Location, Location, Location, 700 Million Times

Politico: Rick Santorum blames recession on gas prices

Wall Street Journal: Exxon Confirms Deals With Iraqi Kurds

Charleston Gazette (WV): Deal with industry weakened mine safety bill

South Bend Tribune (IN): Always time to defend working people

Times-Picayune (LA): Dozens of dead marine mammals, turtles in Gulf this year, NOAA says