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TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR JUNE 26
This Is It. Senator Jay Rockeller stated yesterday another short-term extension may be needed for federal transportation funding even if Congress reaches a compromise now. Over the weekend, President Obama reminded us all of the Americans workers that will be hurt if Congress cannot come to an agreement on a long-term transportation-funding package. “Right now, we are seven days away from thousands of American workers having to walk off the job because Congress hasn’t passed a transportation bill.”
Thank You! 2.1 Million Strong. Yesterday, the BlueGreen Alliance joined with a number of organizations to drop of statements from 2.1 million Americans supporting the proposed standards limiting greenhouse gas emissions from newly constructed power plants. The BlueGreen Alliance was pleased to contribute signatures and letters of support from local unions and union groups representing over 240,000 union workers and environmentalists to this effort.
Watching the Northeast Hotspot. Scientists are expecting the “northeast hotspot” — a 600-mile stretch from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to Boston, Massachusetts — to see its sea level to increase faster than the 0.6 to 1.0 millimeter rise expected elsewhere around the globe.
National and International Blue-Green
The Rio+20 conference concluded on Friday. Some of the media coverage of the wrap up includes:
- Bloomberg: U.S. Grants For Clean Energy Will Create Jobs In Africa
- E&E News: Side agreements pitched as the real meat behind Earth Summit
- Guardian: My Ghanaian grandfather would agree that Rio+20 may yet be a turning point
Adding to the list of people discussing the end result of the federal transportation bill, The Hill says bicycle advocates are concerned local governments may lose “the ability to access transportation funds for bike lanes and sidewalks.”
E&E News asks “[Are] U.N. environmental mega-conferences a dying breed?”
NPR looks at Tesla’s new Model S electric car that gets 89 mpg.
To the States
The Wall Street Journal predicts the Midwest’s dry spell may intensify.
The Los Angeles Times looks at the “fight over sea levels and science” happening in North Carolina.
The Los Angeles Times says California’s Supreme Court ruled Monday that authorities can require companies to use pollution controls that do not currently exist but are “reasonably anticipated to exist by the compliance deadline."
The Statesman Journal says Oregon is “reigning in” tax credits for clean energy.
Midwest Energy News looks at Cleveland’s role in the development of offshore wind in the Great Lakes.
The Star Tribune says Duluth is considering the affects of climate change and increased rainfall as is plans to repair its 400-mile storm water system.
The federal government will reimburse Wisconsin $14 million following the sudden end of a proposed high-speed rail project to link Milwaukee and Madison. TheMilwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.
Solar Power Portal: Environmental graduates remain positive about green jobs growth
Los Angeles Times: Koch brothers' effort to take over Cato Institute appears over
Australian (Australia): Climate change taking hold, summit hears
Washington Post (LA): BP oil spill hastened loss of Louisiana marshes, study says
Detroit Free Press (MI): Group is against renewable energy ballot proposal in Michigan
Bismark Tribune (ND): Hoeven says N.D. setting example for renewable energy
New York Times (NJ): New Jersey Senate Bans Treatment of Fracking Waste
Times Union (NY): State gives region $1M for sustainable planning
Oregonian (OR): Alive but not kicking: Oregon Sustainability Center
Greenville Online (SC): Manufacturing jobs a bright spot for state
Columbian (WA): Green jobs fade due to recession