TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR JANUARY 8
Guess Who? Speculation is continuing about who will be selected to lead the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At this point we know Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe will be replacing Lisa Jackson, at least temporarily, as the head of the EPA when she steps down.
Old Pipes + Cold Weather = A Big Mess. The dangers of America’s aging water infrastructure were on full display in Minnesota recently when two underground water mains broke and released millions of gallons of water onto city streets in Minneapolis and Duluth. The BlueGreen Alliance recently released a policy statement about how America can create jobs and protect our environment by updating our water infrastructure, read it here.
Taking To the Rails. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited California yesterday to sign over $135 million that will be used to extend Sacrement's Blue Light Rail line 4.3 miles.
National and International Blue-Green
Uruguay wants to have 90 percent renewable electricity by 2015, according to CleanTechnica.
Bloomberg BNA has the Environmental Protection Agency’s Draft Assessment about three potential harmful chemicals.
The Guardian reports electric car sales increased in 2012.
CNN says “plastic micro beads” are being removed from soaps.
To the States
Wisconsin Radio Network is reporting Wisconsin’s Assembly Speaker told reporters “right to work is not going to come up this session."
We Are Michigan is planning to hold a “walk of shame” Wednesday to protest the passage of the state’s right to work measure, according to MLive.com.
Vestas Wind Systems is cutting its workweek at three of its Colorado manufacturing facilities.
The Grand Forks Herald talked to officials in North Dakota who are hopeful the extension of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy on the federal level will save jobs in the state.
The Hartford Business Journal recently talked Byran Garcia, the president and chief executive of the newly renamed Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, about the funding of clean energy projects.
When getting sworn in, the Arizona Corporation Commission’s new chair stated he refuses “to bet on, or cheerlead” solar energy over other technologies.
Climate Progress: What Did We Learn About Climate And Energy In 2012?
Huffington Post: Beyond Politics: How Clean Energy Can Solve Our Deficit Problem
Huffington Post: Manufacturing Reshoring
Daily Climate: A green energy loss in perspective
CleanTechnica (China): China’s Strong Renewable Energy Growth Continues
Reuters (France): France launches rescue plan for solar power industry
Wichita Eagle (KS): Kansas drought isn't easing up; forecasters optimistic for later in the year
Transportation Nation (NY): Draft Report: To Withstand Storms, Build a Bigger Bus System