Last week, a federal court upheld a 2008 air pollution standard opposed by both industry and environmental groups for different reasons after the court ruled that it adhered to both science and policy.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington unanimously rejected arguments that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ozone standard for public health, which was set by former President George W. Bush, was either too restrictive or too restrictive enough. Read more
Detailing the demand for career and technical education, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) reported last fall that about 1 million post-secondary professional certificates are being awarded each year, due largely to the affordability of technical colleges and vocational schools, their shorter time requirements to complete, and the high return on investment they often yield. Also, 800,000 associate degrees are awarded each year and roughly 400,000 Americans enter into registered apprenticeships annually.
In continuing IMT Career Journal’s new series highlighting initiatives to help the U.S. manufacturing sector create good jobs, we look at the Manufacturing Institute’s M-List, which recognizes academic institutions that are teaching manufacturing students according to industry standards. Specifically, these institutions offer students the opportunity to learn skills and earn credentials endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
During his second campaign, President Barack Obama pledged to boost the economy by creating one million manufacturing jobs by 2016. To track this effort, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) launched the AA meter, which reveals the industry’s progress on a monthly basis. How are we doing so far? Read more
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has joined the legion of organizations and political groups speaking out against California’s cap-and-trade auction, the second of which took place on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
California’s Global Warming Solutions bill (Assembly Bill 32) has been controversial since it first became law in 2006. But the biggest impact of the bill has only just taken affect this year, as a cap on carbon emissions kicks in. But the biggest complaint most have with the bill relates to the California Air Resources Board (CARB)’s auction, where businesses can bid from a fixed pool of permits to emit carbon above the cap. The auction is being used a revenue generation opportunity by the state of California. Read more
The Environmental Protection Agency entered into two proposed settlement agreements to issue rules that will address greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from fossil fuel-fired power plants and refineries, which are responsible for nearly 40 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Several states, local governments and environmental organizations sued EPA over their failure to update the pollution standards. Under these agreements, EPA will propose standards for power plants in July 2011 and for refineries in December 2011, and will issue final standards in May 2012 and November 2012, respectively. Read more