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Welcome everyone to this beautiful Monday..err... Tuesday morning. I want to apologize for the inconvenience this past week of the lack of original articles and features from KeenforGreen.com. A little something came up. Well, exactly a 20 inch, 6 pound and 6 ounce little something came up. Yes, the stork made a visit to my house this past week and dropped off a beautiful little girl named Anne Kristine. Just so I can show her off to the world, take a gander below.

 

Keen For Green Baby!

Precious, no? Well now onto the exciting news of the day being provided by traditional news outlets. Enjoy and don't mind my new rose-colored glasses. I feel like I am on top of the world and the lack of sleep won't stop me from smiling.

Editorial: Stepping up on climate, green energy: A greatt read from the Milford Daily News of Massachusetts about Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act passed by Congress. The editorial supports the bill and presents detailed reasoning on how and why this bill is good for America. I actually found some of the comments below the editorial to be more interesting, who knew people still did not accept global warming?

Milford Daily News

House passes landmark climate change bill: Article discusses the great victory Obama reached by securing passage of the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act. The bill would require larger U.S. companies, including utilities, oil refiners, manufacturers and others, to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases associated with global warming by 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050, from 2005 levels. It would do this through a cap and trade policy. To understand what this means click here.

Climate Bill

Playing loose with LEED: The next article comes our neighbors to the North as Canada's Globe and Mail asks are developers using LEED without meeting certification? Well it does seem to be true since many are promoting LEED specifications throughout the construction industry without ever actually achieving certification, in violation of marketing guidelines. Great read and it has a lot of information on the US economy also.

Oregon had 51,402 ‘green jobs’ in 2008: The Portland Business Journal is reporting some good economic news about the size of the green sector in Oregon. This information was gleamed from a survey done by the Oregon Employmenty Department which also states the average wage for a green worker in Oregon was $22.61 and a 14% increase is expected between 2008 and 2010.

Democrats Fight For Climate

 

Democrats Fight For Climate

The Energy & Climate Bill going through the Energy and Commerce Congressional Committe just withstood a withering attach by Republican lawmakers.  The Democratically controlled Congress defeated over 14 "benchmark" amendments to bill during a 14 hour session of the Energy and Commerce Comittee.  The Amendments ranged from sunsent provisions due to job losses, higher gas prices and electricity rates, or a lack of corresponding action from China and India.... read more

Tax Refunds, In Your Socket?

Obama Energy Rebates



Could the next tax rebate you get be from your energy usage?  According to Barrack Obama the answer is yes. At a recent town hall meeting in Denver, Colorado he talked about the potential for smart meters.  The president specified the ability of a national smart grid to register energy usage and conservation is key to the new stimulus package.... read more

Cap and Trade: What is It?



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Green Careers Directory of Training, Green Career Guide

Green Careers Guide is providing a directory of training providers on their site.  If you are looking for somewhere to begin a career in clean technology or looking simply to use green components in your current job, then this directory is very helpful.  Also, can those members of the KeenforGreen community who know of green training at their university, college or trade school add to their list.  Hopefully this list will encompass most of the green career training in the United States and allow us an easy way to continue education in sustainable development.

Also, keep checking our job opening board for open positions in clean technology in your area.... read more

Australia Supports Clean Coal and Solar Power

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The Australian government recently passed an economic stimulus package similar to the one in the United States.  This package consists of $3.5 billion over nine years for clean energy demonstration projects and the establishment of a national renewable energy research body. There are two big winners in this legislation that will recieve nearly all the funding; clean coal and solar power.... read more

San Francisco, Home of Largest West Coast Solar Plant

San Francisco Goes Solar

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently approved a plan that will give this foggy city a world-wide leadership role in solar power. The plan is to build the largest solar photovoltaic municipal plants in the world.  This huge project would produce 5 megawatts of electricity for consumption by San Franciscians by utilizing 25,000 connected solar panels.... read more

The Future of Green: Dr. Peter Dixon on Energy & Carbon Emissions

Green technologies presentation at UBS Wolfsberg by Futurist keynote conference speaker Patrick Dixon. How innovation will reduce energy use and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.... read more

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Van Jones Foresees More Green Jobs

Van Jones, the special adviser to the White House for for green jobs, enterprise, and innovation, spoke recently on the economic ramifications of the new policies of the Obama administration. This speech was given in front of the Bentley University Leadership Forum in Massachusetts.

Van Jones of Obama Administration Green Jobs... read more

Green Power Superhighway in the Fastlane

The new energy lines and transmission centers that will help move power throughout the Midwest of America took a faithful step closer to becoming a reality.  Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved transmission infrastructure investment rate incentives for a proposed 3,000-mile regional "green power superhighway." This new infrastructure will aid delivery of wind-powered renewable energy from the upper Midwest to consumers in and around Chicago, Minneapolis and other load centers.

SmartGrid, Problem with Power Lines... read more

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