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$13.5 Million awarded for projects supporting sustainable offshore wind development

October 14, 2021 The US Department of Energy (DOE) is funding four projects with $13.5 million to obtain critical environmental and wildlife data to support offshore wind development. The projects will inform offshore wind siting and permitting, and help protect wildlife and fisheries as offshore wind deployment increases under the country’s target of installing 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. Two of the selected projects will support wildlife and fisheries monitoring efforts on the East Coast, while two are focused on preparing the West Coast for floating offshore wind development by collecting wildlife distribution data and developing tools to monitor the environmental effects of floating offshore wind energy.  On the East Coast, Duke University and team, awarded $7.5 million, will assess the risk that offshore […]

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Mainers Strongly Back Key Elements of Biden’s Build Back Better Package

By Ramona du Houx October 7, 2021 Voters in both congressional districts support lower Rx prices and green infrastructure investments As Congress debates the $3.5 trillion budget package, recent polling shows that nearly two-thirds of Maine voters approve of key elements of the proposal to address the high cost of prescription medication and make investments in green infrastructure to address climate change. The poll from the Maine People’s Resource Center finds that 63 percent of Maine voters support allowing the government to negotiate prescription drug prices for Medicare to address the high cost of medication. Seventy five percent of Maine voters age 65 and older strongly support the proposal, and support remained strong across both congressional districts (67 percent in CD1 and […]

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Over 40 New York elected officials urge Gov. Hochul to stop the Gowanus fracked gas plant

October 7, 2021, 43 elected officials issued a letter to Governor Hochul, demanding that she stop the Gowanus fracked gas plant repowering proposal in Sunset Park. Officials at all levels of New York government signed onto the letter urging Governor Hochul to stop the fossil fuel project, including Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, New York State Senators and Assemblymembers, and New York City Council Members. At a press conference elected officials stood with environmental advocates from Food & Water Watch, New York Communities for Change, New York Youth Climate Leaders and 350 Brooklyn in highlighting the threats the repowering project poses to the climate, environmental justice and public health.  Encouraged by the state’s decision to reject the permits […]

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DOE’s clean energy cybersecurity accelerator program helps clean energy grid

OCTOBER 6, 2021 Program Will Accelerate the Deployment of Cyber Solutions to Combat Threats to the Power Grid  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) on October 6, 2021 announced the launch of the Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator, a technology partnership of federal experts, industry partners in the energy sector, and innovators to accelerate the development of new cybersecurity solutions for the nation’s evolving grid. The program will support efforts to modernize the grid, address cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and create a grid that will withstand the transition to a clean energy economy in the effort to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.   “The transition to a clean energy economy will require groundbreaking cyber solutions […]

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The Huntington Beach oil spill should never have happened say elected officials in California

Over 320 lawmakers, support urgent actions to phase out fossil fuel extraction and production in California with just transition  By Ramona du Houx October 4, 2021 On October 2, Southern California woke up to a major oil spill from a broken pipeline connected to an offshore oil platform named Elly off the coast of Huntington and Newport beaches, coastal communities […]

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U.S. Senate passed key legislation to make states more resilient to flooding

September 27, 2021 With flooding events becoming more intense and frequent, including events like Hurricanes Henri and Ida, the U.S. Senate recently took action to lessen the economic and recovery impacts of these disasters by passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The legislation, which now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration, makes a landmark commitment to improving the ability of the nation’s infrastructure, such as its roads and bridges, to withstand flooding while also supporting state and community programs designed to improve local resilience. According to Bill Nechamen, co-chair of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association policy committee, “Flood risk is increasing due to both unwise development and changing storm and precipitation patterns. Experience […]

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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 […]