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.
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.
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.”
Associated Press: Key Alaska Dems open to talk oil tax progressivity
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
GreenBiz.com: AT&T to Provide Eco-Scores for All Mobile Phones
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
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