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May 2 12

The Green Jobs Source for Wednesday, May 2


This is The Source for May 2, 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.


Manufacturing Speeds Along. The Manufacturing Index released yesterday by the Institute for Supply Management showed U.S. manufacturing last month at the fastest pace in ten months, while new orders, production and one indicator of hiring all rose as well. This was welcome news as other reports had shown hiring to be slowing.

Federal Transportation Bill Keeps On Truckin’. The Associated Press says lawmakers and transportation lobbyists are expressing optimism that a final transportation bill will be passed by June 30. The House-Senate conference committee remains scheduled to begin negotiations May 8.

Another Company Comes Home. News is good in Wilsonville, Oregon where Trellis Earth — a maker of “plant-based-sustainable products” — announced it is bringing its production operations back to Oregon. Trellis Earth’s decision — a company that outsourced its production facility to China six years ago — is part of a national trend of U.S. companies brining their manufacturing back to the U.S. from China and other parts of the world.

National and International Blue-Green

Auto sales continued at a strong pace in April, The Detroit News reports.

Environmental Health Perspectives says new studies are raising questions about the health effects of pavement sealers.

USA Today reports more than 80 percent of builders say many new homes are contain energy-efficient features.

According to EarthTechling, a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated airports have lands that could be used to produce alternative energy.

To the States

The Public Service Company of New Mexico submitted its annual renewable energy to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Monday, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

An editorial in California’s Marin Independent Journal says Marin’s 7,000 energy customers have the option to get their energy from renewable sources through the Marin Clean Energy program.

Blue-Green Links

E&E News: Texas pollution feud will continue, despite Armendariz's resignation

Charleston Gazette: House leader presses MSHA on UBB inspection warnings

CleanTechnica: Clean Energy Switch to Cost Fossil Industry $4 Trillion by 2020

New York Times: Climate Change and the Body Politic

McClatchy: Cruise-ship industry fighting EPA's cleaner-fuel rule

MSNBC: Has Clean Energy Fuels Become the Perfect Stock?

Inside Cosmeceuticals: L'Oreal boosts plant-based material sourcing to 55 percent

PBS NewsHour: Climate in The Classroom: Teachers Share Their Stories

Politico: Chesapeake Energy plans to oust chairman

Reuters: US solar subsidies consistent with coal, oil: report

TIME: Can Polar Bears Keep Their Heads Above Water in a Warming World?

Wall Street Journal: Military Powers Beef Up Arctic Presence

Wall Street Journal: Virginia Could Be an Energy Power—If Washington Would Let It

Burlington Free Press (VT): Vermont lawmakers joust over labor legislation

The Indianapolis Star (IN): Indiana: Right-to-work lawsuit can't be amended