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Apr 11 12

The Green Jobs Source for Wednesday, April 11


This is The Source for April 11, 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.


Right-to-work law stumbles along in New Hampshire. The latest version of the bill was amended to be exactly the same as the one vetoed by the state's governor last year. The bill comes before the State Senate today.

Middle Class Left Behind? Economists reported this week that above-average wage earners and those at the bottom of the income scale have most benefited from the economic gains during the recovery, leaving middle-income earners behind.  According to Bloomberg, “Such a shortfall helps explain why income gains have yet to return to levels seen before the recession began and why consumer spending over the past two years has grown at the slowest pace of any expansion in the post-World War II era.”

Renewable Energy Standards are delivering affordable, clean power. The Center for American Progress takes a look at how Renewable Energy Standards (RES) are delivering clean energy at affordable rates for people in states around the country. Critics have long argued that Renewable Electricity Standards raise rates, but the study found no data to support that claim in the 29 states that currently have them.

National and International Blue-Green

According to CleanTechnica, the European wind industry will employ 52,000 people by 2020.

The National Wildlife Federation said Tuesday “the Gulf oil spill is not over.” The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the organization found “clear signs that the environment along the northern Gulf of Mexico, especially in Louisiana, continues to be affected by oil pollution.”

The University of Texas released a poll looking at Americans’ support for renewable energy. The Chronicle has more.

TIME finds fast food chains could find “big money” in going green.

To the States

CleanTechnica reports Pennsylvania may increase its renewable energy targets due to high demands for solar energy.

A poll published in the Charlotte Business Journal found 87 percent of North Carolinians support legislation allowing them to purchase electricity produced by renewable power companies other than their local utilities.

The Huffington Post looks at what Seattle’s Recycling Plan includes.

Blue-Green Links

Australian: Business joins forces to kill clean energy fund

Bloomberg: Wind Power Seen Surging as Custom Barges Cut Set-up Costs

Bloomberg Businessweek: Why Gasoline Isn't $4 Per Gallon Nationally

Bloomberg Businessweek: W.Va. judge throws out injury cases against DuPont

BusinessGreen: Clegg: "Lean times can be green times"

China Daily: Chinese NGOs say big brands buy from polluting textile firms

CleanTechnica: New Record for “Recycling Indoor Light to Electricity”

CleanTechnica: Congress Killed Treasury Grant Program that Supported up to 75,000 Jobs

Huffington Post: U.S. Army Renewable Energy Development Lab To Build Fuel Cells, Hybrid Vehicles In Michigan Facility

Los Angeles Times: Tennessee enacts evolution, climate change law

National Journal: Pentagon's Clean-Energy Initiatives Could Help Troops—and President Obama

New York Times: Out of Africa (and Elsewhere): More Fossil Fuels

New York Times: Fuel to Burn: Now What?

OHS Canada: Ontario mine worker fatally struck by rock

Reuters: Oil firms hurt by Gulf spill welcome back drill rigs

New York Times: Nuclear Power’s Death Somewhat Exaggerated

Wall Street Journal: Gas Glut Rejiggers Industry

Washington Post: Very few countries have cut their carbon emissions without cheating

Washington Post: Commerce Department says cyber attack hasn’t stopped grants

Aurora Advocate (OH): Letter: Government needs to focus on renewable, clean energy

Telegraph (IL): Illinois environmental groups split over coal, renewable energy bill

Tulsa World (OK): EPA curbs on power plant emissions contested by Oklahoma AG Pruitt and OG&E

Oregonian (OR): Oregon climate scientists get their turn on global warming