A Senate committee approved a Fast Track Trade Authority bill yesterday. Today, a House Committee is hearing similar legislation. The United Steelworkers, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Communications Workers of America and the BlueGreen Alliance are holding a press teleconference call later today urging the House committee to vote against the measure. Stay tuned tomorrow for coverage of that. (Wall Street Journal)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Rapid advancements in clean energy, energy efficiency, and low-carbon energy technologies are creating jobs, stimulating investment, and spurring innovation, proving that there does not have to be a conflict between a sound environment and strong economic growth. Moving to a low-carbon economy is creating new industries and unlocking cleaner forms of affordable and reliable American-made energy,” said President Obama in an interview.
Capturing waves – Efforts to generate energy from the ocean’s waves are underway in Australia. (New York Times)
Show-me clean energy – More than 20 organizations—including the Sierra Club—have banded together to create the Missouri Clean Energy Coalition to lobby for approval of an interstate clean power line and other clean energy priorities. (Fulton Sun)
Virginia is for clean energy lovers – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed several bills on Earth Day to promote clean energy in the state. (Augusta Free Press)
Moving forward – Nebraska lawmakers advanced a bill that would provide a state production tax credit for wind and other renewable energy. (Omaha World-Herald)