Midwest holds 23 percent of “clean” jobs

Despite the serious political roadblocks to feeding a green economy, a new report by the Brookings Institution, in collaboration with development company Battelle, reveals that green jobs grew at an annual rate of 3.4 percent (or by half a million jobs) between 2003 and 2010.

Dropping sunspots! Lunar eclipses! Oh, my!

Today’s big news is all about the great big sky. Not that it’s falling, but for some alarmists and reactionaries, it might as well be. That’s because the big science news on Wednesday was that there’s a serious halt to sunspot activity, which might potentially impact the world’s climate and climate-change initiatives, including renewable energy projects.

Ethanol subsidies: A uniter among Midwest rivals?

Senate Democrats and Republicans agree on little these days, save for the fact that the sun rises and sets. (Although where it rises and sets still might be up for debate.) However, a group of Midwest senators agree on one thing: Subsidies for ethanol should be extended.

Signed, fracked over in the Midwest

It’s not easy being sand these days–or a riverbed or prairie land or a forest. That’s because new oil-sand processing and natural-gas fracking facilities are popping up like weeds in Canada and the Midwest, resulting in destruction of the land and serious environmental concerns.