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May 16 12

The Green Jobs Source for Tuesday, May 16


This is The Source for May 16, 2012, green jobs news every day from the BlueGreen Alliance. Don’t forget to “tell your friends” about this great resource. You can sign up here.


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.

Blue-Green Links

Atlantic: Your Heart on Air Pollution: An Olympic Case Study

Bloomberg: NLRB Can Revive Speedy Union Vote Rule Judge Threw Out (Update 1)

Center for American Progress: EPA Carbon Standard Takes a Bite out of Pollution

CleanTechnica: Organic Photovoltaics Market to Grow 1300% by 2022

CleanTechnica: New EPA Initiative to Boost Green Jobs & Environmental Tech Exports

CleanTechnica: U.S. Solar Manufacturers Opposed to Solar Tariffs

E&E News: Interior ignored tribal concerns about wind farm impacts -- lawsuit

E&E News: On world's most remote platform, safety is reinforced through persistence, peer pressure

E&E News: When oil and gas talks, Obama team listens more closely

Environment News Service: Stakes High in Bonn Climate Talks: Global Deal, $100B Fund

Guardian: Britain is rising to the challenge of greening our economy

Guardian: Peru's coffee growers turn carbon traders to save their farms from climate change

Hill: Boxer: Highway deal will include measure to funnel oil-spill penalty money to Gulf

Hill: Senate rejects energy amendment to Ex-Im bill

Hill: Wyden, eyeing chairmanship, pledges review of green-energy programs

Politico: Earmarks still have friends in high places

Politico: W.H. says clean coal has future as energy source

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