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E2 Report: 47,000 Clean Energy Jobs Announced in 2014; Top 10 States Are NV, CA, NY, MI, AZ, TX, CO, NC, UT, NM

Sampling of Business Leaders Reveals Long-Term Extension of Tax Incentives, Implementation of Federal Clean Power Plan could Trigger Increased Investments

Nearly 47,000 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced at more than 170 projects across the country in 2014, according to jobs tracking analysis by the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

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KIA Motors America Expands Soul EV Availability to Five Additional States

KIA Soul coming to GeorgiaHot-Selling Soul Electric Vehicle Will be Available for Sale in Georgia in Q2; Oregon, Washington, Texas and Hawaii Anticipated in June

Expansion into five new states underlines Kia’s commitment to green mobility and its fun and funky alternative fuel vehicle

Following the successful launch of the Soul EV late last year in California, Kia Motors America (KMA) is proud to announce it is expanding availability of its fully charged urban runabout into five new states:  Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.  Electric vehicle demand has been growing in these states, and consumers there have expressed significant interest in Soul EV. And with more than 1,8001charging stations combined, the robust EV infrastructure within these markets makes battery-powered travel convenient and an increasingly appealing choice for consumers.  Within each state, select Kia retailers will be certified to sell and service the Soul EV, and customers will have access to charging stations installed at these facilities.  The Soul EV-authorized Kia dealership locations will be announced closer to the Soul EV’s on-sale date in the expansion states later this year.  Additional markets are set to come online in 2016.

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New Study: Rapid Ocean Acidification Threatens Coastal Economies in 15 States

Anticipated Impacts More Widespread than Previously Believed; Major Threats Seen to Oyster, Scallop, Clam Industries in CA, CT, FL, LA, MA, ME, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OR, RI, TX, VA, & WA

The first nationwide vulnerability assessment for ocean acidification, published in Nature Climate Change, shows that coastal communities in 15 states that depend on the nation’s approximately $1 billion shelled mollusk (e.g., oysters and clams) industry are at long-term economic risk from ocean acidification. The assessment illustrates that vulnerable communities are not confined to the Pacific Northwest, which has been the primary focal point of attention and resources.  Newly-identified communities at risk reside everywhere from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay to the Louisiana bayou.

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More Than $14 Million in Grants Will Support Recreational Boating

Infrastructure projects provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, create jobs

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced more than $12.2 million in competitive grants to 10 states for projects to support recreational boating through the Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program. The Service will also release approximately $2 million in grants to 21 states willing to match a smaller program within BIG.

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