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TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR JUNE 20
Senate Democrats Make New Transportation Offer. Continuing their efforts to get Americans back to work fixing our roads and bridges, Senate Democrats made a new offer for a long-term transportation bill.
U.S. Could Be 80% Renewable Powered. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released a study that found today’s renewable energy technology is “more than adequate” to fill 80 percent of America’s energy needs by 2050.
PCB-Free Schools. The building housing P.S. 146 Brooklyn New School and Middle School 448 Brooklyn Secondary School for Collaborative Studies will be getting new light fixtures free of PCBs sooner than expected. Learn more about BlueGreen Alliance policy efforts to green our schools to make them healthy, safe and energy and water efficient on our website.
National and International Blue-Green
The Rio+20 Conference begins today. Some of the media coverage of the conference includes:
- E&E News: 'The Girl Who Silenced the World' returns to Rio
- Guardian: Rio+20 summit: Opening day live blog
- Guardian: Rio's reprise must set hard deadlines for development
- Guardian: Rio+20 summit must move world beyond 'grow now, clean up later'
- Huffington Post: Finding the Heart of the Rio+20 Earth Summit: A Growing Call for Action From around the World
- Washington Post: On eve of Rio summit, Americans see environment deteriorating
According to Reuters, “The world's eight largest development banks said on Wednesday they will invest $175 billion over 10 years to support low-emission transportation programs.”
The Hill considers the proposed changes to the U.S. Green Building Council’s green building standards.
E&E News looks at Senator Frank Latenberg’s efforts to reform America’s out-of-date Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
During a floor speech Tuesday, Senator John Kerry stated, “In the United States, a calculated campaign of disinformation has steadily beaten back the consensus momentum for action on climate change.” The Hill has more.
Politico states transit safety is still lagging in America.
To the States
A new report has found increasing the use of solar power in Texas could save consumers $520 million.CleanTechnica has more.
A letter to the editor Columbus Dispatch says the federal government must renew the renewable energy Production Tax Credit in order to “protect Ohio jobs and plan for a clean-energy future and real energy independence.”
CleanTechnica looks at the largest smart grid trial in the United States.
WJBC outlines what Heartland Community College in Illinois has done to improve its energy efficiency.
Washington Post: Are we wildly underestimating solar and wind power?
New York Times: Deadly Particles
National Journal: Romney Opposes EPA Mercury Rule
National Journal: Poll Finds Public Backs EPA, Not GOP, on Mercury
National Geographic: “Blue Jobs” Key to Future Fisheries
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: U.S. House: Bulldozing environmental laws
Globe and Mail (Canada): Third oil spill fuels calls for Alberta pipeline review
Guardian (UK): UK failing to tackle new pollutants – study
Huffington Post (NY): A Clean Energy Park for Long Island
News OK (OK): Energy subsidies must be eliminated
Columbus Dispatch (OH): Mayor takes stand for cleaner air