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Wind Energy Jobs on the Rise as U.S. States Chart a Clean Path to Fight Climate Change

June 4 -- With summer fast approaching, the impacts of climate change are hitting home with even greater force. NRDC recently reported that climate change is linked to more pollen and smog, threatening more asthma and allergy attacks across the country. Meanwhile, drought continues to grip California and floods have ravaged Texas -- showing us in the starkest terms what climate change can mean for our communities.

The good news is that this summer is also a time ripe with ready solutions to help America address the threats of climate change. The U.S. EPA is expected to launch its Clean Power Plan that will dramatically reduce carbon pollution from power plants -- the biggest source of climate change pollution in our country. States are already gearing up to reduce carbon pollution and create local jobs. Many are turning to one of the best and most cost-effective ways to cut carbon pollution: America's abundant clean energy resources. >>View Article

Don’t give up our solar advantage

June 4 -- In the 1980s, North Carolina’s business community seized an early-mover advantage and went on to create the second-largest banking center in the country. Supported by a business-friendly climate, this growth enabled North Carolina to compete on a global stage.

Today, another industry is emerging in which North Carolina has an early-mover advantage. That industry is solar power. However, our legislature is debating changing North Carolina’s renewable energy policies mid-stream and removing the renewable energy tax credit abruptly instead of phasing it down from 35 percent of cost to lower amounts over time. Such action would be premature and bad for business. States that encourage development of growth industries gain major advantages in our competitive global economy. >>View Article

Calif. Maintains Lead Over Mass. in Clean-Tech Index

June 3 -- For the third straight year, Massachusetts finished second in a ranking of states based on the strength of their clean-tech activities, with California widening its lead (94-78.8) over the Bay State and topping the index for the sixth consecutive year.

Clean Edge, a research and indexing firm, on Tuesday released its annual U.S. index ratings, which measure adoption of renewable energy and other factors like patent, technology and investment activity. >>View Article

Close to Home: Invest Now For a Clean Energy Future

June 3 -- On May 1, Sonoma Clean Power celebrated its first year of delivering greener, cheaper power to customers. Here is a snapshot of Sonoma Clean Power’s enormous success:

With its basic service, Sonoma Clean Power supplies electricity that is 6 to 9 percent less expensive and 34 percent lower in greenhouse gas emissions than PG&E’s. >>View Article

North Carolina's Solar Industry is Booming. So Why Are State Republicans Threatening to Strangle It?

June 3 -- In the short term, the uncertainty on Jones Street has been good for business. Actually, great for business: More than Steve Nicolas' 18-employee company, NC Solar Now, can handle, in fact.

Since 2010, Nicolas, a Londoner who moved to North Carolina in the early '80s to work for a tobacco-leaf distributor in Wilson—"The opposite of green," he quips—has seen NC Solar Now grow exponentially. >>View Article

A Good-Enough Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gasses

June 1 -- President Obama's global warming strategy will cut the country’s climate-change-inducing greenhouse emissions significantly — but at some cost. That’s the upshot of a new Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark Clean Power Plan, which, once finalized, will be at the core of the president’s strategy to reduce U.S. carbon-dioxide output. >>View Article

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