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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.