TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR JULY 24
Keeping Our Eyes on the True Prize. While we fight for the continuation of the Production Tax Credit for renewable energy, a column on Forbes.com reminds us of what our country really needs: a “compressive energy policy.” Take a moment to look at the new Jobs21! sectionof the BlueGreen Alliance website and sign the pledge supporting our comprehensive plan to make the U.S the leader in the jobs and industries of the 21st century.
“Flat Earth Five.” The League of Conservation Voters today launched a campaign targeting “the Flat Earth Five,” five House Republicans who question the connection between human activity and climate change.
Going Social. Several electric utilities are using Facebook and Twitter to urge customers to save energy this summer. Their approaches vary from giving information about potential money savings to allowing customers to compete with their friends to see who can save the most. Speaking of social media, have you connected with the BlueGreen Alliance on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest?
National and International Blue-Green
According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board announced BP “missed the big hazard issues” prior to the Deepwater Horizon accident.
TIME explains why Denmark plans to develop 26 “bicycle superhighways.”
E&E News reports energy conservation companies are thriving in China.
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association have called on both the Democratic and Republican parties to add transportation infrastructure planks in their party platforms, The Hill reports. Also, GOP lawmakers are meeting to discuss how energy policies will be addressed at their convention.
An editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News explains skilled labor is manufacturing keystone.
CleanTechnica looks at the US-India Initiative for Clean Energy.
To the States
On Monday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power flipped a ceremonial switch marking the completion of the Adelanto Solar Power Project — a ten-megawatt solar plant in the Mojave Desert. KABC-TV has more.
The Star Ledger looks at the bill signed by New Jersey’s Governor requiring electric utilities to purchase more solar credits.
The New York Times looks at how climate change is affecting the Alaska Highway that connects Alaska to British Columbia.
National Geographic: Sizing Up Wind Energy: Bigger Means Greener, Study Says
Economist: The heat is on
Chicago Tribune: Emotional fault lines on global warming
Climate Spectator: Insurance against climate change
Inside Climate News: Small U.S. Solar Businesses Suffering from Tariffs on Imported Chinese Panels
Environmental Health News: Chemical, plastics industry drives economic recovery of US cities
Climate Science Watch: US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s evasiveness on climate change and drought
CleanTechnica (Australia): Rooftop Solar Now on Over 750,000 Australian Homes
NZ Herald (New Zealand): Protesters deliver clean energy petition
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO): Once again, taxpayers pick up tab on corporate pollution
NMPolitics.net (NM): Right-to-work laws hurt all workers and the economy
Toledo Free Press (OH): Sun Burn 1: Area courted solar energy with research
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI): Tax credits awarded for Wastewater treatment and renewable energy plant