TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR AUGUST 29
Cleaner cars given the nod. The Obama administration finalized the 2017-2025 light-duty vehicle fuel efficiency standards yesterday, setting the goal of 54.5 miles-per-gallon for vehicles by 2025. Read the BlueGreen Alliance’s and some of our partners’ statements on this action and find out how cleaner cars will help create jobs in your state and save you money here.
Seven years to the day. Seven years ago today, Hurricane Katrina hit the city of New Orleans and today they are bracing to face Hurricane Isaac. The International Governmental Panel on Climate Change earlier this year noted that climate change has led to weather extremes, so we’ll be seeing even more of damaging weather events in the future as the world warms.
Fight for the Production Tax Credit continues. White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, BlueGreen Alliance Jobs21! National Co-Chair Mark Schauer, and others called for an extension of the Production Tax Credit at Astraeus Wind Energy in Michigan yesterday. BlueGreen Alliance events continue today, as we go to Duluth, Minnesota to call on Congressmen Chip Cravaack from Minnesota and Sean Duffy from Wisconsin to renew this vital, job-creating credit.
National and International Blue-Green
A Huffington Post piece says Hurricane Isaac may stir up oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Clean Technica says a village in Germany is bringing in $5.7 million per year by selling excess clean energy back to the grid. However, Reuters reports that the nation is considering slowing their efforts on green energy.
A blog on the Washington Post looks at why record low Arctic ice levels matters to all of us.
At the Republican National Convention, there’s no love for the military’s focus on climate change, according to The Hill.
To the States
More than 300 clean energy thought leaders will be in Savannah, Georgia to attend a clean energy conference this November, according to the Savannah Morning News.
East Bay Express highlights a UC Berkeley study that shows an efficient high-speed rail network in California will reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
New York Times: Post-Katrina Levees Tested as Isaac Stalls Over Louisiana
New York Times: Hurricane Isaac is a Rainmaker for a Parched Heartland
Los Angeles Times: On the right road with federal fuel economy standards
New York Times: U.S. Sets Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards
New York Times: The Secret to Solar Power
Fuel Fix (TX): Solar power can help the Texas grid meet power needs
Bergen County Record (NJ): Politics and storms