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Commission for Environmental Cooperation Council has solutions for NA climate change and environmental justice

By Ramona du Houx Sep 10, 2021 The Council of the CEC affirmed its commitment to environmental cooperation when they conclude their first regular session under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and its companion Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA). The Twenty-eighth Regular Session of the CEC Council, September 9–10, 2021, was chaired by Mr. Michael Regan, Administrator of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency CEC started in […]

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California’s extreme right wing recall vote carries big stakes for climate crisis

By Rebecca Stoner | Sep 9 2021 This September, as climate-fueled wildfires once again rage across the state, Californians will have the chance to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. If Newsom is voted out, his replacement will have the ability to reshape climate and environmental politics in the state. And according to environmental advocates, that’s cause for serious concern.  “The people who are running […]

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Rep. Crow Helps Take First Step Toward Passing Once-In-A-Generation Investment in American People, Climate and Communities

August 24, 2021  Today’s Vote Charts Pathway to Pass the Build Back Better Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) helped take the first step toward passing a once-in-a-generation investment for the American people and communities. Crow voted to pass H.Res. 601, which is a procedural motion to begin the process to pass the $3.5 trillion Budget Reconciliation package (the “Build Back Better Plan”) and the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal (H.R. 3684) later this fall. The Aug, 24th resolution will get the ball rolling for 13 House and 12 Senate committees to begin designing the Budget Reconciliation Package. That $3.5 trillion package is set to deliver transformative change for American families including: child care, home health […]

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Why Connecticut business, public health, and environmental advocates want to join Transportation and Climate Initiative

August 26 ,2021 Connecticut advocates and businesses spotlighted their support for the Transportation & Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) at a virtual gathering that urged state lawmakers to support legislation that will formalize the state’s participation in the groundbreaking program.  TCI-P is a first-of-its-kind, multi-state, bipartisan effort to reduce harmful pollution from cars and trucks, and increase investments in an equitable, […]

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Springworks, an aquaponic ME farming greenhouse, expands due to demand for sustainable, locally produced organic lettuce in NE and NY

Springworks to add 500,000 sq. ft. to ensures retail customers including Hannaford Supermarkets and Whole Foods have nutrient-packed, fresh, organic lettuce and greens year round By Ramona du Houx August 12, 2021 Springworks, the largest and first certified organic aquaponic farming operation in New England, has plans to add 500,000 additional square feet of greenhouse space. The expansion will sustainably […]

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The Supreme Court guts voting rights when upholding Arizona’s  restrictions, elected officials speak out against biased racist court ruling

July 1, 2021 EOPA, a national coalition of elected officials, says John Lewis Voting Rights Act would uphold the promise of our democracy for all. The following is the statement from the Elected Officials to Protect America about the Supreme Court July 1 decision on Arizona’s voting restrictions: “Today, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted most of what remains of the […]

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Offshore wind for New Jersey = Win/Win Wind

Letter to the editor By Chuck Griffin, Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey June 28, 2021 Recently I’ve been hearing negative comments about the offshore wind energy project. People are saying they “heard” that the windmills will kill migratory birds and will have a negative impact on commercial and recreational fishing. None of this is true. First, I’d like to say that if you research these items, all the statistics gathered from wind energy farms in other countries show evidence to the contrary. Second, the wind farms will be 10 to 15 miles off the shore. They will be barely visible, if at all. The main thing I want to say is that job opportunities are becoming available because of offshore wind. […]

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Climate scientist speaks out about why closing Culver City’s portion of the Inglewood Oil Field is critically important

June 20, 2021 By, Ben Santer is an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California.  Dear Editor,  My cousin, Leah Pressman who lives in Culver City recently told me about the efforts of local activists and the City Council to shut down a portion of the Inglewood Oil Field. She reached out to me for a statement of support knowing of my life-long commitment to the study of climate change and the efforts I have made to alert the world to the acute and present danger we face due to climate change. I am happy to provide my thoughts about why this bold move by local government is so important. I am a MacArthur Fellow and […]

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California delays oil and gas health buffers for another time, while people die prematurely

CalGEM misses crucial deadline to protect communities from neighborhood oil and gas drilling By Ramona du Houx On June 21, 2021, the California Geologic Energy Management (CalGEM) missed yet another deadline to draft public health regulation on neighborhood oil and gas drilling despite months of waiting and assurances that a draft rule would be released by Spring 2021. “How much longer are our communities supposed to wait? This delay is just another in a long line that reinforces California’s legacy of environmental racism and injustice. VISIÓN will keep fighting for setbacks and to protect all residents from the possibility of Big Oil setting up shop across the street to pollute our homes and schools” said Kobi Naseck, Coalition Coordinator, Voices […]

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June, 52nd RGGI auction made $183.2 Million for reinvestment in energy efficiency and renewable energy

By Ramona du Houx June 14, 2021 NEW YORK — The eleven participating states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s first market-based regulatory program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, today announced on June 4, 2021 the results of their 52nd auction of carbon dioxide (CO2) allowances. 22,987,719 CO2 allowances were sold at the auction at a clearing price of $7.97. Bids for the CO2 allowances ranged from $2.38 to $12.51 per allowance. The auction generated $183,212,120 for states to reinvest in strategic programs, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, direct bill assistance, and GHG abatement programs. “We applaud the completion this week of another successful RGGI auction,” said Martin Suuberg, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental […]

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CAP and Rewiring America have comprehensive plan to decarbonize households, with rebates to switch from gas to electric

June 3, 2021‭ On June 3rd the Center for American Progress and Rewiring America released a new plan that would offer Americans incentives to switch from gas to electric appliances to make a difference in fighting climate change and air pollution. “Federal investment to speed up household electrification is an effective, equitable, and necessary part of the U.S. effort to build back […]

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Maine Technology Institute solicits proposals for their Clean Energy Innovation Challenge grants until June 18

May 2021 By Ramona du Houx The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) began soliciting proposals for the Maine Clean Energy Innovation Challenge that was announced by Governor Janet Mills on Earth Day. In collaboration with the Governor’s Energy Office, MTI developed the challenge to catalyze the deployment of innovative clean energy technology solutions in Maine. During the Baldacci administration grants for innovative technologies came from MTI, funded by bonds the people of Maine voted on. The program successfully helped many businesses advance the clean energy economy. The University of Maine’s VolturnUS offshore wind scale model prototype was helped by a MTI bond backed grant, then federal grants followed. Today the project is America’s leading offshore floating wind technology. Now, MTI has […]

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New York City Council introduces legislation to prohibit gas In residential and commercial buildings 

May 27, 2021 Although New York City enacted Local Law 97 in 2019 to reduce emissions in large existing buildings, it currently has no plans to stop the construction of new buildings that burn fossil fuels. On May 27, New York City Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel introduced a bill that would prohibit gas use in new construction and in major renovations. If passed the […]

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NOAA predicts another bad hurricane season

May 21, 2021 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that this Atlantic hurricane season will be more active than usual, according to a statement released on Thursday. While NOAA does not expect this hurricane season to reach the historic levels of 2020, which saw a record-breaking 30 named storms, forecasters predict between 13 and 20 named storms with up to five major hurricanes. Hurricane season begins on June 1 and peaks in the fall, so NOAA will update its forecast in August, 2021. The warming climate has increased ocean temperatures thereby creating more opportunities for deadly hurricanes.

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Executive Order on climate-related financial risk

MAY 20, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS Today, President Biden issued an executive order on climate change. It creates a government-wide strategy to quantify the risks posed by climate change for both public and private financial assets. This will enable agencies from the Treasury Department to the Labor Department to the  Federal Insurance Office to start determining ways to minimize climate-related financial risks. The executive […]

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New federal programs to electrify buildings, invest $30M in America’s workforce, and save consumers money

[On May 17], the White House convened leaders from across the Administration to announce new federal investments in building energy efficiency and electrification, as well as new opportunities to modernize homes and businesses which will create good-paying, union jobs. National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Brenda Mallory, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, General Services Administration (GSA) […]