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Apr 18 12

The Green Jobs Source for Wednesday, April 18


This is The Source for April 18, 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.


ACTION: Global wind industry will reach 500 gigawatts in five years. A new forecast predicts that the world will see 500 gigawatts of wind installed by 2017. The forecast predicts strong growth, but also a big dip next year, as it assumes that the Production Tax Credit and other tax credits in the U.S. won't be extended. Take a minute and write your member of Congress to tell them to extend and renew these important clean energy tax credits immediately.

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon disasterFriday will be the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill that killed 11 workers and sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The New York Times Editorial Board looks at the progress made by nature, and the lack of progress in Congress on addressing the underlying safety issues.

Long-term support needed for clean energy research and developmentA new report warns that the U.S. needs to overhaul its support for clean energy research to keep the gains we've made from the Recovery Act and other important incentives and credits. With more than 70 percent of the programs now on the books set to expire in the next two years, there is a lot of work ahead.

National and International Blue-Green

A study in Environmental Science and Technology found traffic pollution causes nearly 5,000 premature deaths a year in the United Kingdom — making road pollution twice as deadly as traffic accidents. The BBC has more.

An article in the Washington Post discusses the carbon footprint of the data centers for companies like, Apple Oracle and Salesforce.

The House Appropriations Committee released the first bill for the 2013 spending cycle. The Hill says the bill includes significant funding cuts for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and State.

A large majority of Americans are linking this year’s unusual weather to climate change, according to a poll reported by the New York Times.

To the States

Bloomberg BusinessWeek looks at the economic recovery in Jackson, Michigan — a “town burned by manufacturing losses.”

Blue-Green Links

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Clean-Energy Advocates Urge Overhaul as Aid Shrinks 75% by 2014

Bloomberg: First Solar Latest Casualty in Renewable Energy Shakeout

CleanTechnica: Dong to Erect First 6-MW Siemens Offshore Wind Turbine

CNN: U.S. faces clean energy bust as subsidies expire, report warns

E&E News: Skeptical judges question EPA's approval of E15

Guardian: Britain merely 'outsourcing' carbon emissions to China, say MPs

Guardian: Governments must stop short-term outlook, warns UN development head

Hill: White House threatens veto of highway bill over Keystone pipeline provision

Hill: House panel approves energy bills amid war over gas prices

International Business Times: Half of U.S. Legislatures Contemplating Hydraulic Fracturing Bills

New York Times: Guiding Europe Toward Clean Energy

TIME: Your Time 100 Energy and Environment Influencers

Wall Street Journal: Eyeing Regulation, Drillers Try to Be Neighborly

Wall Street Journal: Gas drilling spurs jobs in wildlife, software

Wall Street Journal: Ford CEO: Battery Is Third of Electric Car Cost

Washington Post: Obama’s gas ‘crackdown’ will do little to lower prices