TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR OCTOBER 24
Water Infrastructure Jobs. The BlueGreen Alliance last week released a plan to create jobs by bolstering’s America’s aging water infrastructure system, and people noticed. In These Times is the latest publication to take a look at our plan for how the country is esitmated to create and sustain 20,000 jobs for every billion dollars invested.
Solar Powered Senate. The Architect of the Capitol is considering installing solar panels on the roof of the Hart Senate Office Building in D.C.
Media coverage of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy includes:
- Los Angeles Times: Blown away by attacks on wind-power subsidy
- Omaha World-Herald (NE): Gov. Heineman hopes for extension of wind-power tax credit
National and International Blue-Green
Although it didn’t get any attention in the prime time debates (the Huffington Post has a video showing that this truly was a first since this occured since 1988), global warming was recently discussed at a debate of third-party candidates. The Los Angeles Times has more.
A new poll found 42 percent of registered voters support President Obama’s decision to help the auto industry, the Hill reports.
The New York Times has an interview with the leaders of the National Audubon Society and Conserv America discussing “their new alliance’s efforts to find common ground and give Republicans ‘cover’ and a base of support when they seek to discuss habitat, climate or pollution.”
To the States
The East Bay Express urges voters to Vote No on California Proposition 32. According to the paper, “It's no secret that there's too much money in politics and that special interests wield too much power in California… Prop 32 would make matters much worse in California, because it would give one set of special interests — corporations — a huge, unfair advantage over another — unions, and thus would favor Republican candidates while harming Democrats.”
The Los Angeles Times looks at how California Proposition 39 would “recoup $1 billion California los in tax breaks.”
Ray Buursma explains why “Michigan workers need Proposal 2” in the Holland Sentinel, and a letter to the editor in the Battle Creek Enquirer says passing Proposal 3 in Michigan will “create more than 94,000 good-paying, local jobs.”
A tally has been done and, in total, wildfires burned 560,000 acres, destroyed 75 homes and did $100 million of damage in Wyoming this year.
More than 6,000 trips are being taken a week using D.C.’s new car sharing program.
The Sioux City, Iowa City Council took its first step towards allowing homeowners to build small wind turbines, the Sioux City Journal reports.
Solar installations are coming to 12 shopping centers in Arizona, California, New York and Connecticut, according to Solar Power World.
The Kansas City Star reminds readers to check with their homeowners association if they want to install solar power.
A man in Orono, Minnesota is being allowed to reconstruct his wind turbine after the city made him take it down.
New York Times: After Federal Jolt, Clean Energy Seeks New Spark
Associated Press: US may soon become world's top oil producer
New York Times: Bigger Than Either of Them?
New York Times: After the Boom in Natural Gas
San Francisco Chronicle (CA): San Francisco invites Chinese solar companies as U.S. companies fail
Flint Journal (MI): Letter: Renewable technology works, yes to proposal 3
Duluth News Tribune (MN): Worker injured in power-plant explosion
Vindy.com (OH): Major retailer in Liberty goes green with solar panels
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter (WI): Letter: Wind energy negative impacts overblown