THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR MAY 2
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.
Charleston Gazette: House leader presses MSHA on UBB inspection warnings
New York Times: Climate Change and the Body Politic
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
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