The White House’s goal to raise $2 billion in commitments from the private sector to invest in clean energy technology has exceeded expectations with the announcement that they have reached $4 billion. (USA Today)QUOTE OF THE DAY
“In this encyclical, I intend especially to engage in a dialogue with everyone about our common home,” writes Pope Francis in a leaked version of his encyclical, to be officially released on Thursday.
Side tracked – Many environmental groups have been vocal in their opposition to the president’strade agenda, playing an important role in influencing efforts to stop Fast Track authority. (Washington Post)
Maine agenda – The Maine State Senate defeated a right-to-work bill supported by the governor. (Portland Press Herald)
New normal – Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explained that more frequent extreme weathercould soon become the “new normal” and human activity could be to blame. (International Business Times)
New rule – The heavy-duty truck industry is expected to face new EPA fuel efficiency rules and many industry leaders are ready and waiting to meet the new standards. (National Journal)