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The Green Jobs Source for Wednesday, December 12

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This is The Source for Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 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.


Right-to-Work Bills Signed Into Law in Michigan. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder yesterday signed right-to-work legislation after it was quickly passed by the Michigan’s Legislature. Michigan is now the 24th state to pass legislation limiting the right of workers to unionize and collectively bargain. Our own Mark Schauer was among those pepper sprayed during the protests.

Climate Change Caucus. Senator Barbara Boxer yesterday announced she is forming a Climate Change Caucus. She stated the caucus will “work with all the committees and all the committee chairmen to make sure we can move forward legislation that reduces carbon pollution and also works on mitigation and all of the other elements.”

More Wind Worker Cuts. Vestas Wind Systems informed its hourly workers in Colorado Monday that it will be reducing their work week from 40 to 32 hours a week. This is the latest news of staffing reductions done by Vestas and other wind energy companies as they waits on Congress to renew the Production Tax Credit for wind energy. An estimated 37,000 wind workers will lose their job if Congress drops the ball and doesn't renew the PTC.


Articles, columns and letters to the editor from across the country about the Production Tax Credit for wind energy include:

National and International Blue-Green

Forbes takes a look at a new report that found “a majority of the world’s largest companies – 56 percent of the combined Fortune 100 and Global 100 – have a renewable energy goal, a greenhouse gas reduction goal or both.”

The Hill summarizes the new report from The Sierra Club — a BlueGreen Alliance co-founder — ranking the “50 Best and Worst Transportation Projects In the United States.”

Former President Bill Clinton is going to speak about the importance of wind and renewable energy at a speech in Chicago, according to Midwest Energy News.

The Londonist states air pollution can be linked to up to nine percent of the deaths in London.

To the States

The Park Record looks at a recent study from the Natural Resources Defense Council — a BlueGreen Alliance partner — that stated climate change could impact Utah’s ski industry.

The President of the California Public Utilities Commission predicted California could surpass its renewable energy goals. The Ventura County Star has the story.

The Power District for Omaha, Nebraska is planning to double its wind energy production, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

A new report, covered by the Kansas City Star, found the Kansas City region is prepared for electric vehicles. says several Massachusetts lawmakers visited the Hoosac wind project.

The Associated Press reports New Mexico regulators approved PNM’s renewable energy plan.

Blue-Green Links

Forbes: Solar's Steady March: New Installation Figures Are Out 7 steps to effective energy management

New York Times: Solar Installations Surge on Lower Costs and Government Support

KCET: Rooftop Solar Just Keeps Getting Cheaper

Forbes: A Conservative, Small-Government Strategy For Fighting Climate Change

Mercury News (CA): Solar financing startup Mosaic 'crowd sources' installations

AOL Energy (CT): Connecticut Auction Cuts Clean Energy Costs -- and Offers a Greener Path for the Country

Chicago Tribune (IL): Where will right-to-work surface next? (MI): 'Midwest's largest' solar-powered Christmas tree will light in Flint Friday

Hawaii Now (HI): Sierra Club and Governor square off on solar tax credits

Post Bulletin (MN): German delegation visits region to learn about renewable energy efforts

Associated Press (WA): Gregoire to propose major transportation package