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Environment

Mining proposal near Baxter State Park, ME, has serious hazards

  Company lacks financial resources to mine safely – taxpayers would be on the hook for costly cleanup August 12, 2020 By Ramona du Houx Maine’s Baxter State Park draws visitors from around the world. Mt. Katahdin is scared to indigenous tribes. The hills, paths, valleys, lakes, streams, and waterfalls are places of solace, solitude. They are where thousands reconnect […]

Clean energy jobs

Letter from 100+ economists: to rebuild our world, we must end the carbon economy

The carbon economy amplifies racial, social and economic inequities, creating a system that is fundamentally incompatible with a stable future Jeffrey Sachs, Joseph Stiglitz, Mariana Mazzucato, Clair Brown, Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Robert Reich, Gabriel Zucman and others Aug 4, 2020 Published in the Guardian From deep-rooted racism to the Covid-19 pandemic, from extreme inequality to ecological collapse, our world is facing dire and deeply interconnected emergencies. […]

Climate Crisis

Worsening air quality in New Mexico’s Permian Basin ‘cause for concern’

Published in NM Political Report, Aug 3, 2020 By Kendra Chamberlain Jeremy Nichols, director of WildEarth Guardians’ climate and energy program, is concerned about the air people are breathing in southeastern New Mexico. Nichols tracks ozone levels in Eddy and Lea counties, the state’s top oil producing counties in the Permian Basin. In early July, a key ambient air quality […]

Environment

CMP corridor would forever damage Maine forestlands

Oped by Sue Ely, a clean energy attorney for the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Nick Bennett, a NRCM staff scientist. The Central Maine Power corridor proposal would be one of the most damaging projects in Maine history. It would forever harm the state’s brook trout habitat and irreparably scar the North Woods — a globally significant forested landscape […]

Clean energy jobs

Cuomo delays New York’s $3 billion environmental bond

Aug 1, 2020   By Ramona du Houx   New York state has postponed plans to place a $3 billion environmental bond on the ballot in November, citing a dire financial situation stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. “It was my proposal. I believe deeply in it, but we need to have financial stability before we do that,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on July 30, during a press conference call. Gov. Cuomo proposed the bond act in January as part of the state’s budget process. The state’s $177 billion budget, passed in April allowed the bond act question to be placed on the Nov. 3 ballot. The bond, if approved by voters, would have allocated funding for habitat restoration, flood reduction, […]

Climate Crisis

NJ tool to curb pollution in environmental-justice communities fails

By TOM JOHNSON | JULY 31, 2020 In New Jersey Spotlight There was a last-minute lobbying blitz against the bill by business interests and labor groups. In an unexpected setback, lawmakers yesterday failed to act on a bill touted by Gov. Phil Murphy as key to helping to curb pollution problems in environmental-justice communities. The legislation (S-232) is viewed by advocates as establishing a national model for giving minority and low-income communities more tools to block new projects that could worsen air and other pollution in their neighborhoods. But a last-minute lobbying blitz against the bill by business interests and labor groups led the Assembly to hold off voting planned for Thursday. The bill had been expected to pass and then […]

Climate change

Most polluted U.S. neighborhoods haven’t changed after three decades

Nichola Groom (Reuters) – If your neighborhood was among the most polluted in 1981, it probably still is. Likewise, the least polluted areas are still faring the best, according to a study published on Thursday in the journal Science that analyzed concentrations of fine particulate matter over more than three decades in the United States. Overall, pollution from fine particulate matter fell about 70% between 1981 and 2016, the study found. In that time, air quality has improved dramatically across the country thanks to tighter air quality regulations, cleaner vehicles and fewer coal-fired power plants, experts have found. But the communities most exposed to higher levels of pollution remain the same, the study found. That suggests the United States is […]

Clean energy jobs

New Jersey PSEG Power to sell fleet of fossil fuel power plants, focus on clean energy investments

By Alexis Shanes. Published, with great slide show, in: NorthJersey.com.   July 31,2020 PSEG Power on Friday announced it would explore selling its fleet of fossil fuel-burning power plants, turning toward zero-carbon generation and clean energy investments as investor preferences shift. The company previously set a goal to attain net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the deadline in New Jersey’s 2019 […]