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Jan 23 13

The Green Jobs Source for Wednesday, January 23

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THE TOP 10 FOR JANUARY 23, 2013

Less IS more – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer is moving bills to improve the efficiency of our buildings to help mitigate climate change, including improving energy efficiency in federal buildings. (Politico)

The moral case for action – During his Inaugural Address, President Obama focused not on the economic or national security issues for addressing climate change, but instead on the moral case. (Washington Post)

Attacks on workers’ rights ramp up – The newest battleground over the rights of working people may be in Pennsylvania, where so-called “right-to-work” legislation has been introduced in the legislature. (MSNBC)

D.C. outdone by states, metros in key areas – Local and state units of government are moving forward with bold initiatives to tackle infrastructure, energy efficiency, and climate change(CNN)

Leaving the EPA alone – The U.S. Supreme Court won’t be hearing an appeal of a lower court ruling upholding a 2010 EPA rule limiting sulfur dioxide emissions. (Reuters)

Ray to stay – Unlike a number of high-profile Obama cabinet members, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will be staying on during the second term of the Obama administration. (Bloomberg)

Doing it themselves – After repeated attempts to push their utility to give them more clean energy on the grid, citizens of Boulder, Colorado are attempting to get to their goal by splitting off for their utility and creating their own. (Inside Climate News)

A climate focus in Minnesota – Legislators in Minnesota are focusing on the impact of climate change in the region during a series of hearings featuring climate experts, and the state’s largest newspaper says the state should get ready for warmer, stormier and drier weather. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Offshore wind in New Jersey – An effort in New Jersey may be opening up the path to achieving offshore wind farms in the Atlantic. A consultant has come up with a new funding mechanism ensuring that electricity produced by the offshore turbines isn’t raided for other uses. (NJ Spotlight)

Running on empty – The Texas Legislature is considering how to conserve water in a state that’s running out of it. (Dallas Morning News)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

Reuters: U.S. mayors focus on 'local warming,' urge Obama to act

Star Tribune (MN): Greenhouse gas emissions dip in Minn., but future is uncertain

Examiner (OH): Janitors rally for workers' rights in the tradition of Martin Luther King (Photos)

Salt Lake Tribune (UT): Climate change bill readied for 2013 Legislature