Skip to content

Category: Uncategorized

Uncategorized 0

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 […]

Uncategorized 0

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. […]

Uncategorized 0

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 […]

Uncategorized 0

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 […]

Uncategorized 0

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 […]

Uncategorized 0

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 […]

Uncategorized 0

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 […]

Uncategorized 0

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 […]

Uncategorized 0

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.

Uncategorized 0

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 […]

Uncategorized 0

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) […]

Uncategorized 0

Twin tower floating offshore wind demonstration project to be off of Cornwall, England

May 18, 2021 The Stockholm-based Hexicon develops wind power projects in deepwater areas based on patented technology, and Norwegian Marine Energy Test Centre (Metcentre) provides facilities and assistance for testing new marine renewable energy technologies. They’ve developed a twin tower floating offshore wind tower and have acquired a test site in England. The Swedish floating wind developer, and technology provider […]

Uncategorized 0

US launches offshore wind turbine supply chain study

On May 13, 2021, a partnership between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the State of Maryland, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), began to research the United State’s potential offshore wind turbine supply chain. The study will be carried out by NREL, the Business Network for Offshore Wind, and others. Initial results from will be available in the Fall of 2021. The full report will be released by the end of 2022. The purpose of the project is to put together a Supply Chain Roadmap which will present the collective benefits of a domestic supply chain and to help facilitate the acceleration of the offshore wind industry in […]

Uncategorized 0

New policy brief outlines solutions to US offshore wind transmission challenges

The Network’s Brief makes recommendations for immediate and long-term strategic actions that policymakers should take to ensure the U.S. offshore wind market deploys 30 GW by 2030 May 12, 2021 Baltimore – The Business Network for Offshore Wind today published its Offshore Wind Policy Brief: Advancements in Coordinated Transmission Approaches. The Briefing provides updates to the Network’s 2020 Transmission White Paper and offers immediate and long-term recommendations for strategic actions that policymakers should take to ensure the U.S.  deploys 30 GW of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030. The Network released this Brief just one day after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s issued the Record of Decision for Vineyard Wind, the first major offshore wind project in U.S. waters and a historic day for clean energy in […]

Uncategorized 0

Secretary Haaland approves new Constitution for Cherokee Nation, guaranteeing full citizenship rights for Cherokee Freedmen

5/12/2021 WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today approved a new Constitution for the Cherokee Nation that explicitly ensures the protection of the political rights and citizenship of all Cherokee citizens, including the Cherokee Freedmen. Cherokee law directs that changes to their Constitution be approved by the Department of the Interior. “The Cherokee Nation’s actions have brought this longstanding […]

Uncategorized 0

Biden-Harris administration approves first major offshore wind project in U.S. waters

Major milestone will propel America’s drive toward a clean energy future May 11, 2021 WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo today announced approval of the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project — the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States. The Secretaries were joined in the announcement by labor […]