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Jan 22 13

The Green Jobs Source for Tuesday, January 22

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THE TOP 10 FOR JANUARY 22, 2013

Climate change leaps back into the national debate – President Obama put climate change front and center during his inaugural address yesterday saying, "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” (The Guardian)

We had a ball – A number of environmental and clean energy groups put together an inaugural ball over the weekend, and Vice President Biden and the Obama green energy team showed up to talk about the President’s commitment to tackle climate change. (The Hill)

Somewhat depressing – A poll conducted last week by CNN/ORC International says that 49 percent of respondents agree that climate change is proven and humans are contributing to it. That’s down seven percent from 2007. (CNN)

No kidding – A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts says that revenue in the clean energy sector worldwide could total $1.9 trillion from 2012 to 2018, but America’s position in the market is at risk because of our policies are uncertain and global competition is fierce. (PV-Tech)

If only wishing made it so – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hoping for a new agreement on climate change and an end to the war in Syria this year.  (The Guardian)

Get ready for more attacks on workers’ rights – 2013 is shaping up to be much like 2012, with anti-union legislators across the country trying to take away the rights of working people. At the federal level, they are focused on weakening the National Labor Relations Board. (The Hill)

Still looking for justice – A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit from the International Union of Operating Engineers against Indiana’s right-to-work law, which was passed last year. The union is still considering an appeal. (USA Today)

LEDs becoming the standard for green lighting – LED bulbs are becoming more and more popular, saving electricity. In just four to five years, they could dominate the market. (New York Times)

Energy solutions get focus at conference – The annual Energy Solutions Conference was held in Chicago last week, focusing on bright ideas in energy efficiency(Midwest Energy News)

Goodness of their heart? – Firms without a direct tie to renewable power lobbied to save the wind energy production tax credit, showing the broad support in the business community for clean energy. (Inside Climate News)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

Wall Street Journal: Rhetoric Heats Up on Climate Change

The Guardian: China's air pollution results from unchecked government, says top official

Aspen Times (CO): Aspen council to tackle renewable energy

Southwest Iowa News (IA): Effort seeks to elevate ‘right to work'

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