YOU SHOULD KNOW…

Posted by on Fri, May 15, 2015 @ 15:05 PM

Lawmakers have just days left to act to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from running dry. Lawmakers are working on solutions that could extend the funding anywhere from two months until the end of the year. (The Hill)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Those of us who depend on clean waterways for drinking water and recreation ought to be saying ‘That’s enough!’ to this alarmist blowback about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ‘Clean Water Rule,’” write the editors of the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.

WHAT’S TRENDING

Payoff – Minnesota firefighters’ tireless advocacy to ban flame retardants is as close as they have ever been to paying off. If passed, it could become the most restrictive law on flame retardants in the nation. (Pioneer Press)

Buzz kill – More than 40 percent of the country’s bee colonies have died in the last 12 months according to the Department of Agriculture, continuing an overall trend in bee deaths. (The Hill)

Defeated, for now – Right-to-work legislation in the Illinois state legislature failed to gain enough support to move forward. Advocates of the law saw they hope to revive the measure. (ABC7)

A step back – The Kansas legislature passed a bill repealing the state’s renewable energy standards, replacing it with voluntary goals. (Lawrence Journal-World)

BLUE-GREEN LINKS

Bloomberg: Clean Energy ETFs Are on a Tear

Reuters: India, China commit to work together on climate change

Climate Central:El Niño Gains Momentum, Could Bring Warmest Year

Utility Dive: Maryland Gov. Hogan signs community shared solar bills into law 

 

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