Eight Out of Ten Ohio Residents Agree. The Cleveland Plain Dealer today released a poll saying eight out of ten Ohio residents think that the development of advanced energy technologies "are important to the state's economic future.” We’ll be going to Cleveland, Ohio July 11-12 to talk about these very technologies at Making It Here 2012: Manufacturing Our Energy Future. Have you signed up to join us?
TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR JUNE 27
Inching Closer. At the same time we hit the 1,000 day mark since when Congress last passed a long-term transportation funding package, Senate Majority Leader Leader Harry Reid expressed optimism for the passage of a bill to get Americans back to work building America’s roads and bridges. Reid, however, also cautioned that an agreement must be reached today (Wednesday) so the bill can be written and passed before the June 30 deadline.
EPA Rules Affirmed. In a highly anticipated opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to limit greenhouse gasses from a variety of sources. In a statement, BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster applauded the court’s decision saying, “Clean air, clean water, and a stable climate are essential to achieving economic growth and prosperity for middle-class Americans. Now, the EPA can continue to work to protect our environment with common sense solutions.”
Cleaner Cars=Good Jobs. Yesterday, we released a report that found the vehicle fuel economy standards proposed by the Obama administration will create up to 570,000 American jobs by 2030. Make sure to read our full report and press release, all of which where developed jointly by the BlueGreen Alliance, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, United Auto Workers and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
National and International Blue-Green
Durable good orders rose 1.1 percent in May, according to the Associated Press.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, a partner of the BlueGreen Alliance, found pollution related beach closers dropped three percent in 2011. The Los Angeles Timeshas more.
Fast food restaurants in the United Kingdom have pledged to reduce their food and packaging waste by five percent by 2015, the Guardian reports.
The Washington Post considers what congressional action is needed in order for U.S. carbon emissions to continue their decline.
General Motors is going to begin selling the Chevrolet Spark minicar in August, according to the Detroit Free Press.
To the States
The Chicago Tribune says California regulators are taking action to “scrap rules that made toxic flame retardant common in U.S. furniture.”
Gas prices in South Carolina slipped below $3 a gallon, according to The State reports.
The Washington City Paper says the District of Columbia Department of Transportation is considering options for the development of a streetcar system.
CleanTechnica looks at the 5.75-megawatt solar project being developed in a former landfill in Canton, Massachusetts.
Climate Central: Heat Wave Bakes the West and High Plains, Moves East
Guardian: Sparking greener economic growth
New York Times: DuPont Says Claims Over Herbicide Are Rising
Wall Street Journal: For Energy Producers, Natural Gas May Not Be the Only Source of a Glut
Reuters (EU): Major firms urge removal 1.4 bln EU carbon permits
Guardian (Scotland): Plans for carbon-capture power station abandoned
Business Green (UK): UK energy policy "not up to the job", warn businesses
USA Today (CO): More than 32,000 ordered to flee Colorado wildfire
Bloomberg Businessweek (MA): Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen Drop Suit Against Cape Wind
Newark Patch (NJ): Ex-Offenders Complete Green Jobs Program
Herald and News (OR): Oregon Renewable Energy Center at OIT promotes alternatives