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Apr 4 12

The Green Jobs Source for Wednesday, April 4


This is The Source for April 4, 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.


Auto Sales Keep Gaining. March was another strong month for U.S. auto sales with automakers saying they had their best quarter since before the recession.

Gas Prices Keep Inching Up Too. This increase in auto sales continued despite the continuing increase in the price of gas. Prices in Virginia, for example, are only a dime away from the $4.01 a gallon record set in 2008.

Great Day One at Good Jobs, Green Jobs EastThe first day of the Good Jobs, Green Jobs East conference was great. Catch up on the speakers — including Senator Chris Coons, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley — and workshops on the Good Jobs, Green Jobs blog.

National and International Blue-Green expects “a blitz of clean energy announcements” to come from the Clean Energy Ministerial summit taking place April 25-27 in London. The event, which will bring together energy ministers from 23 countries, will run alongside a meeting of the UN Sustainable Energy For All Initiative.

CleanTechnica reports wind turbine prices dropped 4 percent in the second half of 2011.

Regulators at the Mine Safety and Health Administration are preparing to issue their final set of rules for underground coal mine examination on Friday. The Charleston Gazette has more.

New technology could eliminate the need for airplanes to circle above airports. The New York Times has more about this technology that could cut 30 miles from a plane’s approach.

To the States

Illinois is working on building the nation’s largest network of fast-charging electric vehicles stations, NBC Chicago reports.

The Washington Post looks at the Florida East Coast Industries’ plans to open a private passenger rail line connecting Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa and Orlando, Florida.

The Maine AFL-CIO says it is “ready to fight” right-to-work legislation in Maine, according to the Morning Sentinel.

Crews are cleaning up approximately 630 gallons of oil spilled near the Head of Passes of the Mississippi River, KATC reports.

Blue-Green Links

CleanTechnica: Waste Haulers, Power Companies see “Green” in a Fast-Growing Waste-to-Energy Market

CleanTechnica: 370-MW Scottish Viking Wind Farm Gets Go-Ahead

E&E News: Myth-busting scientist pushes greens past reliance on 'horror stories'

Guardian: 'Polluter pays' is the only principle that can limit aviation emissions

The Hill: Union joins Occupy for protests against public transportation cuts

Nature: US integrity effort hits troubled water

New York Times: Environmental Rules: Job Killers or Job Creators?

New York Times: Bracing for a Hungry Tick Season

New York Times: On Facebook, Some Friendly Energy Rivalry

Politico: Former drilling enforcer defends role

Politico: House panel issues drilling ban subpoena

Spiegel Online International: Germany's Far-Right Turns to Environmentalism

Wall Street Journal: Towns Fight States on Drilling

Wall Street Journal: Canada Beats America

Courier Journal (IN): Ohio River tops nation in pollution discharges

Charleston Daily Mail (WV): Manchin, Obama at odds over EPA

Desert Sun (CA): EPA puts off chromium-6 water rule

RTV6 (IN): Gregg Predicts Repeal of Right-To-Work

Star Tribune (MN): Change in food rules will be felt down on the farms