THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR MAY 16
Moving Along. Senator Barbara Boxer told reporters Tuesday that the Transportation Conference Committee talks have “passed the organizational stage” and are now moving to the “substance of the bill.” Send a letter to Congress telling them to take this opportunity to put Americans back to work fixing America’s transportation by supporting the Senate’s transportation bill.
The Numbers Show It! According to USA Today, “the business of making stuff is doing well, so well that many economists see domestic manufacturing not as a lost cause but as entering a renaissance.” Since early 2010, manufacturers have created 489,000 jobs and had an output of $1.84 trillion, eight percent higher than the industry’s pre-recession high point.
Good Jobs, Green Jobs Wraps Up. The last 2012 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Regional Conference — Good Jobs, Green Jobs Midwest — wrapped up last Friday in Detroit. Carl Pope, Former Executive Director and Chairman of the Sierra Club, explains the conferences were “about greening all jobs, not green jobs.”
National and International Blue-Green
British Foreign Secretary William Hague recently sent a letter to his Cabinet colleagues urging further action to be taken to help green industries. The Guardian reports Hague’s letter also warned that “unless Britain takes stronger leadership on the green economy there is no hope of securing an international agreement on climate change.”
Scientists at the University of Utah and Harvard have developed a method to measure carbon dioxide emissions. CleanTechnica has more.
According to Phys.Org, “Discoveries made during studies by Victoria University could revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry, by allowing drugs to be made in a more environmentally friendly way.”
Canadian factories sales increased in March, Reuters says.
To the States
The Los Angeles Times looks at exemptions being sought for the California high-speed rail line.
Environmental Protection says 80 new green jobs are coming to Delaware thanks to an investment in a state-of-the-art recycling facility.
The Texas Chronicle reports The National Partnership for Women & Families gave Texas a D- for protecting parents in the workplace.
Center for American Progress: EPA Carbon Standard Takes a Bite out of Pollution
CleanTechnica: Organic Photovoltaics Market to Grow 1300% by 2022
CleanTechnica: U.S. Solar Manufacturers Opposed to Solar Tariffs
Environment News Service: Stakes High in Bonn Climate Talks: Global Deal, $100B Fund
Wall Street Journal: North Dakota Tops Alaska in Oil Output
KUNC (CO): Colorado River Water Deal Reached
Los Angeles Times (CA): Company wants to tap Mojave's public lands for Southland water