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Nov 21 12

The Green Jobs Source for Wednesday, November 21


This is The Source for Wednesday, November 21, 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.

Note: The Source will be on a break until Monday, November 26. Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for reading the Source!

Investors Call for Action. Some of the world’s largest investors released an open letter calling for more action on climate change and renewable energy. According to the group’s letter, “Current policies are insufficient to avert serious and dangerous impacts from climate change.”

Preparing for Qatar. Governments around the world are preparing for the climate negotiations begin in in Doha, Qatar next week. Yesterday, the United Nations Environment Program released a report reminding world leaders that current efforts are not sufficient to reach the current goal of limiting global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius. Several developing nations also released a statement stating “responsibility for the outcome of the latest round of U.N. climate talks in Doha lay in the hands of rich countries.”

Do You Know Enough? has an article written by Dave Parocki, a member of USW Local 987 in Muskegon, Michigan, explaining why America’s current chemical regulatory system put “our public health and our economy… at risk.”

National and International Blue-Green

Politico says the fiscal cliff talks are off to a “rough start.”

The Detroit News reports automakers are concerned about how the fiscal cliff could affect car sales.

The New York Times looks at the health risks hitting those cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy, and NPS says thousands of trees are gone following the storm.

A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) stated climate change is “evident across Europe.” BBC News has more. says sustainability and climate change made it in the top ten global concerns listed in the Global Agenda Survey.

Jane Holtz Kay, the author of the book Asphalt Nation and a “prophet of climate change” according to the New York Time, passed away November 5 at the age of 74.

To the States

Karla Swift, the Michigan State President of the AFL-CIO, wrote a column for the Detroit News explaining why “Governor Snyder must stop right-to-work push in Michigan’s lame duck session.”

The Huffington Post has a column from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster explaining how clean energy and infrastructure funding gained support in California.

The Clarion Ledger looks the agreement Jackson, Mississippi made with the Environmental Protection Agency to fix the city’s sewer treatment system.

According to WSBTV, a law in Georgia is preventing residents from saving money with solar energy.

The largest wind farm in Hawaii is about to begin operation, according to Pacific Business News.

A new survey reported by WFMJ showed manufacturing jobs in the Youngstown, Ohio region might remain open due to a lack of skilled labor.

Blue-Green Links

E&E News: Judge tells agency lawyers to kill the acronyms ASAP

Hill: Sen. Vitter alleges administration hiding internal discussions on a carbon tax

Politico: Lisa Jackson's 'Windsor' knot

Grist: A chat with Al Gore on carbon taxes, natural gas, and the ‘morally wrong’ Keystone pipeline

New York Times: Skills Don’t Pay the Bills

Republican American: Solvents on towels create air pollution

CBC News (Canada): WTO rules Ontario green energy tariff unfair

Xinhuanet (China): China using more clean energy: report

New York Times (CA): California’s CO2 Now Has a Price, but a Low One

San Francisco Chronicle (CA): Chevron fire moves Brown to form task force

Delaware Online (DE): Global warming targets Thanksgiving

Duluth News Tribune (MN): Local view: Preserve tax credit to save jobs

Dickinson Press (ND): Letter: Support Production Tax Credit for health of ND

Crain’s Cleveland Business (OH): Ohio should stay the course on energy efficiency

Olympian (WA): Wind energy still worthy of tax credit