THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR APRIL 4
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 East. The 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
BusinessGreen.com 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.
CleanTechnica: 370-MW Scottish Viking Wind Farm Gets Go-Ahead
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