THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR MAY 1
ACTION: Extend Clean Energy Tax Credits to Save Good Jobs. The folks over at Think Progress have found that in the state of Ohio alone between 5,000 and 6,000 wind energy jobs may be lost if the Production Tax Credit for wind set to expire at the end of the year isn't extended. Just this week, one company said it will abandon plans for a $20 million wind project projected to support between 150-200 jobs without an extension. Send your member of Congress a message supporting extending the PTC and other important job-creating clean energy tax credits.
Recognizing International Workers’ Day. Although May 1st is commonly described as a day to celebrate the beginning of spring, it is also a day recognized by those inside and outside of the labor community as International Workers’ Day. Read our blog examining the struggle for workers’ rights and the need to push ahead to preserve and expand the rights of working people.
Transporation Conference Committee to Meet in Next Week. In a speech to the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department, President Obama stated the transportation bill used to be “the easiest bill to pass in Washington.” The House and Senate Transportation Conference Committee has scheduled its first meeting next Tuesday.
National and International Blue-Green
Economists believe U.S. manufacturing expanded at a slower pace in April than during the previous month. Bloomberg has more.
E&E News says climate change is expanding allergy risks by lengthening pollen seasons and allowing the stinging insects to spread farther.
According to Bloomberg, oil companies are teaming up with wind energy developers to develop projects in the North Sea.
To the States
SustainableBuisness.com says the state of New York will invest $800 million in its government buildings in order to reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2016.
The New York Times looks at the “greening” of New York City’s Zoning rules.
The West Virginia State Journal says Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) impact inspections found coal dust issues in a variety of mines.
CleanTechnica: Top 10 Transit Systems in U.S.
Huffington Post: United Steelworkers To Exxon: 'Treat Us Equally'
New York Times: Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dissenters
San Francisco Chronicle: Exposures to Pesticide in Utero Linked to Brain Abnormalities
Wall Street Journal: Utilities Give Coal the Heave-Ho
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA): Citing lack of rail spending, Sierra Club comes out against transportation sales tax
Iowa City Press-Citizen (IA): Offering a conservative perspective on climate change
Los Angeles Times (CA): Settlement may bring EV infrastructure to California