Loss of PTC Is Already Being Felt. Although the Production Tax Credit for renewable energy doesn’t expire until the end of the, Congress’s delay in renewing the measure is already slowing America’s wind industry. AWEA’s Elizabeth Salerno told Politico, “The window of when the turbine order needs to be placed in order for it to get delivered on time for a 2013 completion is closing. If you get a PTC extension in December, the damage is done.” Take a moment and send a letter to your members of Congress telling them to renew the Production Tax Credit today.
Skills Gap Continues in Manufacturing. A new study released by the World Economic Forum and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu found there are approximately 600,000 jobs in the manufacturing industry that haven’t been filled due to a lack of skilled workers. The study also found this situation will only get worse during the next three to five years as older workers retire.
Senate Stops Effort to Block NLRB Rule.The Senate Tuesday rejected an effort to block implementation of the National Labor Relations Board’s new rule for union elections.
The Washington Post reports temperatures in the Western United States are 20 to 30 degrees above normal for April.
An editorial in The Washington Post looks at the “Bad science around ‘job-killing regulations.’”
The Christian Science Monitor looks at why a mid-level engineer has been arrested in connection with the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. This arrest is the first criminal indictment related to the spill.
In related news, the Associated Press says a federal judge is set to hold a hearing on the proposed class-action settlement resulting from the oil spill. Reuters and Bloomberg say the American Shrimp Processors Association and Halliburton object to the settlement.
A recently released study found climate change is reducing the Arctic Ocean’s biodiversity. The Montreal Gazette has more on the study that was conducted by 10 scientific teams from 27 countries.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the availability of $20 million in grants for clean diesel projects.Truckinginfo.com has more.
Washington, D.C.’s mayor yesterday announced a sustainability plan to make the city “the greenest, healthiest and most livable city in the nation.” WAMU has more.
Ohio’s steel industry is growing again. According to an article in the New York Times, “Steel makers across the state are racing to keep pace with plans to add a total of two million square feet of production space at a cost of $1.5 billion.”
EarthTechling: Scotland Sees Clean Energy Revving Up Economy
Asahi Shimbun (Japan): Heavy-metal pollution takes toll on Chinese villagers
CBS Detroit (CBS): Michigan’s Growth In Clean Energy Jobs Significant