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New Fight Over Trees as Offsets: Energy-guzzling companies hope to get carbon credits and avoid obligations to make costlier emission cuts by paying forest owners to preserve trees that might not have been at risk of destruction. — Wall Street Journal

About That Hydrogen Funding: “There are only three sure things in life—death, taxes, and you’re never going to buy a hydrogen fuel cell car.” So why is Congress pouring $100 million into the hydrogen research program that DOE Chief Steven Chu tried to nix? — Grist

Green Job Ranking: If graduates from a growing training program for wind turbine technicians find work, they’ll likely earn salaries around the middle of the green-collar jobs pay scale, which tops out at about $103,200 for environmental engineering managers. — BusinessWeek

Cash for Clunkers Kicks Off: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was given until today to issue final rules for the cash for clunkers program, set to run for four months or until the allotted $1 billion runs out. So transactions are expected to take off starting today. — Los Angeles Times

Cleantech Still Waiting for Stimulus: “More than five months after its signing, key parts of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s grant and loan programs are still being hashed out by officials at the U.S. Department of Energy, much to the chagrin of anxious executives pegging big projects on public money.” — Mass High Tech