Blue Green Alliance Publications Feed http://bluegreenalliance.com/news/latest/rss Blue Green Alliance Publications Feed Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 LETTER: BlueGreen Alliance Urges the Administration to Adopt a National Methane Reduction Strategy http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/letter-bluegreen-alliance-urges-the-administration-to-adopt-a-national-methane-reduction-strategy Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:59:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/letter-bluegreen-alliance-urges-the-administration-to-adopt-a-national-methane-reduction-strategy The BlueGreen Alliance urged President Obama to adopt a strong methane reduction strategy in order to advance the U.S. Climate Action Plan and meet the administration’s target of reducing the nation’s global warming pollution 17 percent by 2020.  

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REPORT: Minnesota Natural Gas Distribution Profile http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/minnesota-natural-gas-distribution-profile Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:26:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/minnesota-natural-gas-distribution-profile Minnesota’s natural gas distribution pipeline system is a network of more than 30,000 miles of pipe that supply homes, businesses, and communities with energy. Repairing aging and leak prone natural gas pipelines has the potential to create and support quality, family-sustaining jobs and drive investment toward a more resilient pipeline system.

As of 2012, the Minnesota had 512 miles of distribution pipelines made from leak prone materials: 430 miles of bare steel pipeline, 53 coated unprotected steel, and 30 cast/wrought iron. In 2012 there were 646 leaks reported in the state of Minnesota. 

This profile examines the natural gas distribution system of Minnesota and examined efforts to repair leak-prone pipes within the system. 

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Repair America Panel Discussion in Grand Rapids, MI http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/repair-america-panel-discussion Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:07:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/repair-america-panel-discussion As an advisor on President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, Mayor George Heartwell is already helping to lead the way on how communities prepare for climate change. Come join this discussion about spurring growth in clean energy and energy efficiency, upgrading our infrastructure to be
prepared for climate impacts, and the need to reduce carbon pollution that is driving our climate to change.

Featured Speaker Susan Hedman, EPA Region 5 Administrator

Panel discussion to follow:
• Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell
• D. Michael Langford, National President, Utility Workers Union of America
• Anne Woiwode, Michigan Chapter Director, Sierra Club
• Mike Williams, Vice President for Development and Corporate Initiatives, BlueGreen Alliance

Wednesday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Grand Valley State University
Old Bicycle Factory, 2nd Floor
201 Front Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI
Event parking is available in the Watson parking lot



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TESTIMONY: Representatives of the BlueGreen Alliance on the EPA's Clean Power Plan at the Pittsburgh, PA Hearing http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/testimony-representatives-of-the-bluegreen-alliance-on-the-epas-clean-power-plan-at-the-pittsburgh-pa-hearing Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/testimony-representatives-of-the-bluegreen-alliance-on-the-epas-clean-power-plan-at-the-pittsburgh-pa-hearing Three representatives of the BlueGreen Alliance will testify today during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s hearing on the Clean Power Plan—a proposal to put the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants—in Pittsburgh, PA. Their testimony will show that the proposed Clean Power Plan—an integral component of the president’s Climate Action Plan—is a significant step forward in tackling the root causes of climate change. 

Click the links below to see the as-prepared testimony of the BlueGreen Alliance's Executive Director Kim Glas and Regional Program Managers Lee Geiss and Khari Mosley at the Pittsburgh, PA hearing. 

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TESTIMONY: The BlueGreen Alliance on EPA’s Clean Power Plan http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/testimony-of-the-bluegreen-alliance-at-public-hearing-on-epas-clean-power-plan Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:05:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/testimony-of-the-bluegreen-alliance-at-public-hearing-on-epas-clean-power-plan The BlueGreen Alliance supports the EPA’s authority to limit carbon pollution from power plants. We are pleased that this proposed rule permits each state to craft a compliance plan that is tailored to the specifics of its local and regional economy; that will protect existing jobs while reducing emissions; and that can create opportunities to grow new jobs, encourage investment, and jumpstart new technologies. 

This proposal can be a significant step forward, if we all engage to develop and implement it. 

There were three points emphasized by Executive Director Kim Glas at a hearing on the Clean Power Plan held in Washington, D.C. on July 29, 2014: 

First, the proposed rule sets reasonable targets for reducing carbon pollution that the final rule should retain. 

Second, the proposal’s flexible compliance approach is essential to its success. 

Third, community and workforce stability and development should be integral elements of any carbon reduction strategy. 

We at the BlueGreen Alliance applaud the EPA for moving forward on addressing the threat of climate change. And we look forward to working in states to develop well-crafted implementation plans that achieve these goals. 

View the as-prepared testimony by clicking the link below.

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REPORT: Interconnected – The Economic and Climate Change Benefits of Accelerating Repair and Replacement of America’s Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/interconnected Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:56:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/interconnected Repairing the system of distribution pipelines that deliver natural gas to homes and businesses offers an opportunity to drive significant investment in our economy. Doing so will help to fix a critical part of our aging infrastructure while creating jobs and cutting global warming pollution—a winning proposition for both the environment and the economy. 

While the repair and replacement of natural gas distribution pipes is underway in many parts of the country, the nation won’t see an overhaul of the estimated 9 percent of distribution pipeline comprised of aging, leak-prone materials for three decades at the current rate of progress. This report considers an alternative, accelerated scenario whereby this rate of repair and replacement activity would be tripled—a goal not inconceivable were ideal policy and finance mechanisms in place. 

The report findings include:

  • Accelerating the timeframe of pipe replacement would increase Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by over $37 billion by 2024, leaviing GDP $30 billion higher in that year compared to the 30-year repair and replacement schedule. 
  • By the end of the 10-year replacement timeline, over 313,000 people would be employed, with nearly 250,000 more jobs created than in the 30-year repair and replacement scenario. 
  • Over three decades, the accelerated 10-year scenario would save nearly $4.4 billion worth of gas. Those savings are $1.5 billion more than under the current rate of repair and replacement.
  • The faster replacement rate prevents an additional 81 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from being emitted into the atmosphere, roughly equivalent to taking 17 million cars off the road for one year. 

Investing in our infrastructure is a winning proposition for consumers, the environment, and the economy as a whole. Accelerating the timeline will provide those benefits at a time when America needs them the most. 

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Listen to the audio from the press call below.

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A Common Position on the Future of Oil http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/a-common-position-on-the-future-of-oil Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:37:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/a-common-position-on-the-future-of-oil Over a fifteen-month period stretching from June 2011 to August 2012, oil refinery workers and environmentalists came together to discuss the future of oil. In four roundtables held at United Steelworkers (USW) Local offices near refinery communities in California, Louisiana, Washington and Texas, 97 people—mostly refinery workers represented by the United Steelworkers and members of local Sierra Club chapters—participated in the drafting of a common position on the future of oil. 

Then participants reviewed and discussed information on how the U.S. economy currently depends on oil; how we use more oil than we produce; why improvements are needed in the safety practices of oil production and refining; and how the oil industry is a powerful political force, resulting in an unhealthy cycle of huge subsidies and lax regulation. The dialogue emphasized the importance of identifying solutions that would cut our consumption of oil, the need to rely on existing sources of domestic oil and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and the importance of protecting the jobs of American oil workers and improving the safety of American refineries.

Read the Executive Summary by clicking the link below.

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FACT SHEET: The Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program: A Success Building the Next Generation of Technology in America http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/the-advanced-technology-vehicle-manufacturing-atvm-loan-program-a-success-building-the-next-generation-of-technology-in-america Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:14:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/the-advanced-technology-vehicle-manufacturing-atvm-loan-program-a-success-building-the-next-generation-of-technology-in-america The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program plays a critical role in rebuilding U.S. manufacturing and helps ensure we make the next generation of globally competitive clean transportation technology in America. These public-private  investments to date have created or saved more than 35,000 direct manufacturing jobs.

The program was created as part of the bipartisan 2007 energy bill, and has been successfully implemented across two Administrations. Today advanced manufacturing companies across the country stand to benefit from ATVM loans.

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Fact sheet on the Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2014 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/fact-sheet-on-the-ban-poisonous-additives-act-of-2014 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:42:09 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/fact-sheet-on-the-ban-poisonous-additives-act-of-2014 The Ban Poisonous Additives (BPA) Act of 2014, which is being introduced by Sen. Edward Markey, D‐Mass., and Reps. Lois Capps, D-Calif. and Grace Meng, D-N.Y., will remove BPA from food packaging, label food packaging that still contains BPA while alternatives are developed, encourage manufacturers to replace this hazardous chemical with alternatives that are safer for workers and consumers, and require the FDA to review the safety of all food contact substances.

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Letters of Support for the Ban Poisonous Additives Act http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/letters-of-support-for-the-ban-poisonous Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:44:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/letters-of-support-for-the-ban-poisonous The Ban Poisonous Additives (BPA) Act of 2014, which is being introduced by Sen. Edward Markey, D‐Mass., and Reps. Lois Capps, D-Calif. and Grace Meng, D-N.Y., will remove BPA from food packaging, label food packaging that still contains BPA while alternatives are developed, encourage manufacturers to replace this hazardous chemical with alternatives that are safer for workers and consumers, and require the FDA to review the safety of all food contact substances. 

Bisphenol A (BPA) is the chemical building block for polycarbonate plastic and can be found in some plastic bottles and food storage containers marked with a No. 7. BPA is also used in epoxy resins that coat the lining of metal food and beverage cans. Globally, more than 10.3 billion pounds of BPA is used in products annually. 

More than 300 animal and human studies have linked small amounts of BPA exposure to a staggering number of health problems, including prostate and breast cancer, asthma, obesity, behavioral changes and inattention, altered development of the brain and immune system, low birth weight and lowered sperm counts. Even minuscule amounts have been shown to cross the placenta and disrupt normal prenatal development. 

It is time for Congress to take the necessary steps to protect our citizens, including the children, women and men who consume packaged food, and the men and women who work in factories where food containers are made and packed. The BPA Act provides Americans with this needed health protection. 

Click the link below to view our letters of support as well as letters from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health; the Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety and Health Inc.; the Massachusetts Council on Occupational Safety and Health; the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health; and Worksafe. 

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Competing to Win: Spurring Industrial Energy Efficiency in Minnesota http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/competing-to-win Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:35:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/competing-to-win A diverse group of Minnesota business, environmental, labor and government stakeholders gathered recently to answer the following questions: 1) what are the largest barriers preventing further investment in industrial energy efficiency in Minnesota, and 2) what tools and resources are available, or what policy changes are needed, to reduce those barriers?  

To identify the barriers preventing industrial energy efficiency improvements specifically in Minnesota, the BlueGreen Alliance joined with the St. Paul Port Authority and the United Steelworkers to convene stakeholders from taconite companies, pulp and paper mills, and other stakeholders from around the state. Their input was used to develop recommendations for policy makers to address the barriers identified and to make new and significant energy efficiency projects possible. The results were clear. While stakeholder companies have increased energy efficiency—given the energy-­‐intensity of these industries—participants supported opportunities that could remove internal hurdles and other barriers to new and significant energy efficiency and related projects. 

Competing to Win: Spurring Industrial Energy Efficiency in Minnesota summarizes the benefits of increasing industrial energy efficiency, quantifies the opportunity for the state of Minnesota, identifies the barriers preventing projects from being installed, and issues a series of recommendations to address these barriers.  

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Repair Ohio: Creating Good Jobs While Preparing Our Infrastructure for Climate Change http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/repair-ohio-creating-good-jobs-while-preparing-our-infrastructure-for-climate-change Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/repair-ohio-creating-good-jobs-while-preparing-our-infrastructure-for-climate-change Ohio’s infrastructure systems are in urgent need of significant repair. The state’s roads and bridges, water, waste water, transit, energy, and communication systems need increased investment to become efficient, safe, and productive. Repairing Ohio will create good jobs, make our systems more efficient and less polluting, and safeguard communities from the impact of climate change, like severe weather such as floods and droughts.  

In this report, the BlueGreen Alliance identified needed investment—some of which is already in the planning stages—in roads, bridges, transit, waste water, drinking water, electricity, natural gas and smart grid. After identifying these needs, we estimated the number of jobs that would be created by making these essential investments in repairing and modernizing our basic infrastructure systems. 

More than an estimated 167,700 jobs could be created across Ohio’s economy by making much-needed investments in our basic infrastructure systems. This includes the number of direct jobs from impacted sectors like construction laborers, equipment operators, and maintenance workers; as well as the number of indirect jobs from industries that service those sectors and supply chains, including the manufacturing of materials, components, and equipment. In addition, we estimated the number of induced jobs supported as the workers buy goods and services, including increased demand for retail, housing, and financial services. 

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Dowload the Repair Ohio Report

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Repairing America's Aging Pipelines http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/repairing-americas-aging-pipelines Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:49:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/repairing-americas-aging-pipelines Repairing the nation’s aging natural gas pipelines has the potential to create and support quality, family-sustaining jobs and drive billions in investment. The BlueGreen Alliance’s RECAP campaign was developed to accelerate the repair and replacement of this network to create hundreds of thousands additional jobs while addressing the urgent threat of climate change.

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REPORT: Repair Washington: Creating Good Jobs, Strengthening Infrastructure, and Building Climate Solutions http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/report-repair-washington Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:40:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/report-repair-washington
Repair Washington CoverRebuilding and upgrading Washington’s infrastructure gives us a great opportunity to create tens of thousands of family wage union jobs, reduce income inequality, make our economy more efficient and productive, reduce climate-­‐disrupting pollution, and protect our communities from severe weather effects caused by climate change. 

In this report, the BlueGreen Alliance identifies needed investment—some of which is already in the planning stages—in roads, bridges, transit, waste water, drinking water, electricity, natural gas and a smarter energy grid. After identifying these needs, we estimated the number of jobs that would be created or sustained by making these essential investments in repairing and modernizing our basic infrastructure systems. 

We estimate approximately 77,900 jobs could be created or sustained across the Washington economy each year by making much-­needed investments in our basic infrastructure systems. This includes the number of direct jobs from impacted sectors like construction laborers, equipment operators, and maintenance workers, as well as the number of indirect jobs from industries that service those sectors and supply chains—including the manufacturing of materials, components, and equipment. Specific energy projects in Washington, such as the Central Ferry-­‐Lower Monumental transmission line and natural gas pipeline repair and replacement, hold the potential of creating and sustaining additional jobs through the economy. In addition, we estimated the number of induced jobs supported as the workers buy goods and services, including increased demand for retail, housing, and financial services.

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Pittsburgh Repair America Resolution http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/pittsburgh-repair-america-resolution Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:25:34 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/pittsburgh-repair-america-resolution Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman on Earth Day introduced a Will of Council in support of shoring up infrastructure investments to protect communities from the worsening effects of climate change. At the introduction he was joined by  Rachel Martin Golman, Senior Organizing Manager at the Sierra Club,  Khari Mosley, Regional Program Manager for the BlueGreen Alliance and Dewitt Walton, with the United Steelworkers

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BlueGreen Alliance urges lawmakers to renew clean energy tax credits http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/bluegreen-alliance-urges-lawmakers-to-renew-clean-energy-tax-credits Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:18:29 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/bluegreen-alliance-urges-lawmakers-to-renew-clean-energy-tax-credits The BlueGreen Alliance urges Congress to provide support to these clean energy investments consistently, and with longevity. A 21st century clean energy economy creates good American jobs, mitigates carbon pollution, and ensures the US remains secure and competitive.

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BlueGreen Alliance opposes Chemicals in Commerce Act http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/bluegreen-alliance-opposes-chemicals-in-commerce-act Wed, 05 Mar 2014 09:17:11 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/bluegreen-alliance-opposes-chemicals-in-commerce-act The BlueGreen Alliance writes members of Congress in opposition to the release of the House discussion draft titled the 'Chemicals in Commerce Act.' For the reasons stated in the attached letter, this draft does not accomplish the much needed, and long overdue, reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Rather than a step forward, this draft would represent an erosion of even those thin protections still offered by TSCA, effectively making it a step backward.

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Climate Change: A Workplace Hazard http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/climate-change-a-workplace-hazard Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:13:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/climate-change-a-workplace-hazard Climate change is changing the way we live—and the way we work. With greater temperature and precipitation extremes, more severe storms, and changing weather patterns, we are encountering new challenges—and more serious hazards—in the workplace.  

To educate and to call for action to protect our lives, our livelihoods and the environment we share, The BlueGreen Alliance, along with its partners and allies, is collecting stories to highlight these threats.  Alongside this publication, we are producing a set of tradable cards that can be collected and shared with family, friends and colleagues.  If you would like to contribute to this effort – either by sharing the cards or sharing your story—please contact us at climate@bluegreenalliance.org.

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BlueGreen Alliance Urges Congress to Pass Series of Tax Extenders http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/bluegreen-alliance-urges-congress-to-pass-series-of-tax-extenders Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:56:38 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/bluegreen-alliance-urges-congress-to-pass-series-of-tax-extenders The BlueGreen Alliance writes members of Congress urging the passage of key tax programs that steward US advanced energy priorities. These provisions attract investment in new industries and remain important tools in scaling clean energy production, driving job creation throughout domestice supply chains and lowering technology costs. 

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Repair Minnesota: Creating Good Jobs While Preparing Our Systems for Climate Change http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/repair-minnesota Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:52:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/repair-minnesota Minnesota’s infrastructure systems are in urgent need of significant repair. Our state’s roads and bridges, water, waste water, transit, energy, and communication systems need increased investment to become efficient, safe, and productive for Minnesotans. Repairing Minnesota will create good jobs, make our systems more efficient and less polluting, and safeguard communities from the impact of climate change, like severe weather such as floods and droughts.  

In this report, the BlueGreen Alliance identified needed investments—some of which is already in the planning stages—in roads and bridges, transit, waste water, drinking water, electricity, natural gas and smart grid. After identifying these needs, we estimated the number of jobs that would be created by making these essential investments in repairing and modernizing our basic infrastructure systems. 

An estimated 114,000 jobs a year could be created and sustained across the Minnesota economy by making much-­needed investments in our basic infrastructure systems. This includes the number of direct jobs from impacted sectors like construction laborers, equipment operators, and maintenance workers; as well as the number of indirect jobs from industries that service those sectors and supply chains, including the manufacturing of materials, components, and equipment. In addition, we estimated the number of induced jobs supported as the workers buy goods and services, including increased demand for retail, housing, and financial services. 

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The Green Industrial Revolution and the United States http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/the-green-industrial-revolution-and-the-united-states-in-the-clean-energy-race-is-the-united-states-a-leader-or-a-luddite Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:14:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/the-green-industrial-revolution-and-the-united-states-in-the-clean-energy-race-is-the-united-states-a-leader-or-a-luddite United States Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) today joined leaders from the BlueGreen Alliance, the Institute for America’s Future, and the Center for American Progress to release a new report that offers a bold strategy to lead a 21st century green industrial transformation. The report, The Green Industrial Revolution and the United States: In the Clean Energy Race, Is the United States a Leader or a Luddite?, proposes maximizing the national strength of U.S. manufacturing by employing a region focused strategy for clean energy manufacturing.

The report focuses on the new green industrial revolution—driven by a variety of concerns and opportunities—that is gathering steam across the globe. In some regions, it is spurred by land and water scarcity. In others, it is driven by rising concerns about catastrophic climate change. And in even more regions, new energy technology and financial innovations have opened up exciting industrial and economic possibilities. Whatever the cause of this transformation, at its center is a new approach to energy characterized by an increasing commitment to renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency, and a 21st-century approach of generating and moving fuels and electricity that recognizes—not denies—our climate and natural resource challenges.

Listen to the press call releasing the report below.

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A Proposal for Financing the Clean Energy Transition http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/a-proposal-for-financing-the-clean-energy-transition Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:36:34 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/a-proposal-for-financing-the-clean-energy-transition The transition to a clean economy will involve significant economic shifts in how we produce, distribute, and consume electrical power. Since electricity touches virtually every aspect of modern society and is an $840 billion sector of the economy, this transition can either be a tool that helps to rebuild America and revitalize our manufacturing sector and the middle class, or it can be a disruptive force that creates unnecessary hardship for particular communities, industrial sectors, and demographics.

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Repair Michigan: Creating Good Jobs While Preparing Our Infrastructure for Climate Change http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/repair-michigan Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:03:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/repair-michigan Michigan’s infrastructure systems are in urgent need of significant repair. Our state’s roads and bridges, water, waste water, transit, energy, and communication systems need increased investment to become efficient, safe, and productive for Michigan residents. Repairing Michigan will create good jobs, make our systems more efficient and less polluting, and safeguard communities from the impact of climate change, like severe weather such as floods and droughts.  

In this report, the BlueGreen Alliance identified needed investment—some of which is already in the planning stages—in roads, bridges, transit, waste water, drinking water, electricity, natural gas and smart grid. After identifying these needs, we estimated the number of jobs that would be created by making these essential investments in repairing and modernizing our basic infrastructure systems. 

More than an estimated 119,300 jobs could be created across the Michigan economy by making much-­‐needed investments in our basic infrastructure systems. This includes the number of direct jobs from impacted sectors like construction laborers, equipment operators, and maintenance workers; as well as the number of indirect jobs from industries that service those sectors and supply chains, including the manufacturing of materials, components, and equipment. In addition, we estimated the number of induced jobs supported as the workers buy goods and services, including increased demand for retail, housing, and financial services. 

Download the Repair Michigan Fact Sheet.

Download the Repair Michigan Full Report.

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Position Statement: Laying the Foundation for a Global Agreement http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/position-statement Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:58:00 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/position-statement Both the scientific community and nature itself have demonstrated that climate change is real and its impacts are increasingly devastating. According to the most recent findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), humans are overwhelmingly the cause of this change; we therefore must also be the solution. But every year that we wait to find solutions translates into compounding damage to our economic, health, environmental and societal well-being. Unfortunately, reality has shown repeatedly that early scientific estimates have understated the effects of climate change. 

The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) presents an opportunity for the international community to collectively discuss and address the global threat of climate change. Unfortunately, it is also a space that has increasingly garnered criticism and doubt. But that doesn’t have to be the case. As the 2015 target date for a new international agreement approaches, COP 19 can and must be used as an opportunity to strengthen the individual commitments of the Parties, and through those commitments, accelerate achievement of the emissions reductions trajectory that aligns with the recommendations of the global scientific community and aims to close the mitigation gap.

Click the link below to read the full BlueGreen Alliance Position Statement for COP 19. 

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David Foster's Remarks at Pacific Collaborative Climate Pact Event http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/david-fosters-remarks-at-pacific-collaborative-climate-pact-event Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:07:56 -0500 http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/news/publications/david-fosters-remarks-at-pacific-collaborative-climate-pact-event The Pacific Coast Collaborative, three West Coast governors and the Premier of British Columbia, on Monday, October 28, 2013 released an historic climate pact agreement, setting a price on carbon, setting benchmarks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and investing in clean energy and climate-resilient infrastructure. The following remarks are as prepared for delivery for by David Foster, Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance. 

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