THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR MARCH 21
House leaders refuse to take up Senate transportation bill. House leadership is shunning a two-year highway bill extension approved with bipartisan support in the Senate in favor of yet another short-term extension of transportation funding.
Tariffs set for Chinese solar panels. The U.S. will impose a tariff of 2.9 to 4.73 percent on solar panels from China. According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the tariff is considered to be meager, but the decision could ratchet up trade tensions between the U.S. and China.
Obama administration to require improved labels on hazardous chemicals. The long-awaited protections will prevent deaths and injuries from exposure to hazardous chemicals, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The rule will be phased in and companies will be required to comply fully by June 2016.
National and International Blue-Green
Energy Secretary Steven Chu testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee Tuesday about the Department’s alternative energy loan program.ABC News has more.
According to the The Daily Climate, “Plastics put solar on the verge, again.”
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports Tokyo-based Arysta Life Science is suspending the sale of a methyl iodide pesticide.
Ontario is considering a ban on asbestos brake pads. CBC News has more.
The Hill reports several House and Senate Democrats urged the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Monday to implement limits on speculative trading in the energy futures market.
The New York Times looks at how the BP settlement is affecting victims of the oil spill.
A United Nations report found hydropower could fill all of Africa’s power needs, according to SciDev.net.
To the States
The Bennington Banner reports the Vermont House has given preliminary approval to a bill requiring 75 percent of Vermont’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2032.
A key legislative committee advanced clean energy legislation is Massachusetts, according to the Boston Globe.
The New York Times looks at why the proposed right-to-work constitution amendment is losing steam in the Minnesota legislature.
The Detroit Free Press says Michigan’s governor should promise to veto any right-to-work proposals if he wants to avoid a right-to-work conflict.
A new study mapped the viability of offshore wind power off New York’s Coast. The New York Times has more.
Financing is complete for Hawaii’s largest wind farm, according to CleanTechnica.
Bloomberg Businessweek: More US drilling didn't drop gas price
New York Times: As Reactors Age, the Money to Close Them Lags
Politico: 'Global warming' gets a rebranding
Politico: Poll: Split on cause of warm winter
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA): Georgia Power to close coal, oil units
Colorado Independent (CO): Colorado oil, gas regulators ‘inadequate,’ not enforcing rules
Huffington Post New York (NY): New York City Plans Solar Power Plant, Wind Farm For Staten Island's Freshkills Landfill
Honolulu Civil Beat (HI): Hawaii Could Be First in Nation to Establish 'Clean Economy Bank' For Energy
Michigan Radio (MI): UM study finds increase in global warming belief
Tennessean (TN): Tennessee attracts windfall of renewable energy grants and loans
Reno Gazette-Journal (NV): President Obama's visit highlights Nevada's green jobs plan
Sacramento Bee (CA): As Sacramento gas price dips, official suggests fuel tax cut
SeCoastOnline.com (NH): N.H. workers' rights top concern for Cilley
Wisconsin Ag Connection: USDA Report Highlights Renewable Energy, Efficiency Efforts