Events & News - Apr 12

CSGA Events

Monthly Business Meeting

Thursday, April 12, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Events of Interest to CSGA

Rally for a Safety Study / We are Cove Point

April 12, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis

Dirt! The Movie / Prince Georges's County Department of the Environment

April 13, Noon - Prince Georges's County Department of the Environment, Largo

March for Science / March for Science

April 14, 9 AM - National Mall, Washington

Where's the Bill? Climate Day of Action / Chesapeake Climate Action Network

April 13, 12:30 PM, Wilson Building, Washington

Monthly Meeting / Annapolis Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby

April 14, 12:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis

Planting Peace / Greenbelt Climate Action Network

April 15, 2:30 PM, Greenbelt Community Church, Greenbelt

Hearing / Prince George's District Council

April 16, 1:30 PM, County Administration Bldg, Upper Marlboro

Rally to Divest DC from Wells Fargo! / Chesapeake Climate Action Network

April 18, 8:30 AM - Wilson Building, Washington

Rally to Keep Maryland Frack Free / AMP Creeks Council

April 18, 5 PM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

Meeting / Anne Arundel Agriculture, Farming and Agritourism Commission

April 19, 8:30 AM - Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, Annapolis

Rally for a Safety Study / We are Cove Point

April 19, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis

Gubernatorial Candidate Forum / Maryland League of Conservation Voters

April 19, 6:30 PM - Peabody Heights Brewery, Baltimore

Food Chains / Prince Georges's County Department of the Environment

April 20, Noon - Prince Georges's County Department of the Environment, Largo

Culture, Climate and Change / Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

April 21, 9 AM - Washington College, Chestertown

Earth Day / Baltimore Green Forum

April 22, 4 PM - Maryland Presbyterian Church, Towson

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Maryland approves $4.5B Washington Gas acquisition by AltaGas - Washington Business Journal

This would be the second big energy merger in Greater Washington in the last several years.

General Assembly keeps green-energy subsidy for incinerator, kills other environmental bills - Baltimore Sun

A “rough” legislative session for environmental groups ended with the failure of two key proposals — one better measuring Maryland forest loss and another cutting off green-energy subsidies for a Baltimore trash incinerator.

Maryland must stand with California on clean cars and clean air - Baltimore Sun

With EPA seeking to roll back fuel efficiency standards, states must again take the lead on fighting pollution and climate change.

Coal Generator's Bankruptcy Threatens Solar Farm in Maryland - Bloomberg

There may be an unexpected victim of coal generator FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.’s bankruptcy: a solar farm in Maryland.

DEQ is open to citizen pipeline monitors, director says |

State environmental regulators will accept help from citizen monitors now being trained to watch construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline for violations of erosion, sedimentation and stormwater laws.

Robert E. Gay Sr. column: Proposed Virginia DEQ forest biomass regulation must reflect carbon reality |

Virginia is a leader in developing an innovative and diverse energy marketplace to ensure the state’s economy will remain competitive well into the future.

15 AGs sue Trump EPA for not enforcing pollution controls | TheHill

Fifteen attorneys general and the city of Chicago filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday for not controlling methane emissions.

China, solar power lead in green power investment - Houston Chronicle

Solar investments eclipsed all other forms of electricity generation in 2017 as China's green boom accelerated.

The simple argument for keeping nuclear power plants open - Vox

We need more carbon-free power, not less.

Partisan split on climate grows, even as U.S. fears are on the rise, poll finds - The Washington Post

Forty-five percent of those surveyed said global warming would pose a serious threat in their lifetimes, the highest level recorded since Gallup first asked in 1997.

Trump's Climate Change Denial Is Already Reshaping Public Opinion | HuffPost

Independents and Republicans are now less likely to believe global warming is real, or that it's caused by humans.

Fear, fun or facts? Researchers look at what drives climate action | Reuters

Finding common ground amid climate controversy » Yale Climate Connections

Generating productive conversations - ranters need not apply - and finding shared values on climate issues need not be impossible.

Sometimes Fighting Climate Change Means Breaking the Law | The New Yorker

Carolyn Kormann discusses a recent court ruling out of Boston, in which a judge held that a group of pipeline protesters’ acts of civil disobedience were justified by the threat that climate change poses.

After relentless protests, Kinder Morgan slams brakes on spending for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion | National Observer

Kinder Morgan has blinked in the face of relentless opposition from British Columbia to its plans to build a major oil pipeline. The Texas multinational energy company announced on Sunday that it was suspending all non-essential spending on its Trans Mountain expansion project, threatening to cancel it if it fails to reach an agreement with B.C. and other stakeholders on how to proceed.

Katharine Hayhoe Reveals Surprising Ways to Talk About Climate Change | Sierra Club

These climate-skeptic-whispering tactics have nothing to do with science.

Limiting global warming to 1.5C would have ‘significant economic benefits’ | Carbon Brief

Carbon taxes could make significant dent in climate change, study finds | MIT News

MIT and NREL study shows a tax on carbon-based fuels would go a long way toward curbing global climate change, sufficient to meet Paris Accord targets, and could be designed so that it doesn’t hurt the poorest households.

Wipeout: Human role in climate change removed from science report | Reveal

The National Park Service has deleted every mention of humans’ role in climate change in drafts of a report on risks from rising seas and storm surge.

Perry Bryant: There are solutions to climate change (Daily Mail) |

Mark Perry of the conservative American Enterprise Institute recently proclaimed the virtues of “clean natural gas” in a Daily Mail Opinion page column.

Murphy: Danish off-shore wind firm coming to Atlantic City | AP

A Danish off-shore wind company that has proposed projects in Massachusetts and Virginia will be opening an office in Atlantic City.

Revolution Now | NRDC

The future is here for clean energy technology.

WinnCompanies Completes Major Solar Project in Washington, D.C. | Housing Finance Magazine

The effort benefits families at the Atlantic Terrace Apartments and other low-income communities.

Seattle mayor proposes congestion pricing to fight climate change - Curbed Seattle

The congestion-reducing idea is one of many that could boost the city’s progress toward its Paris Agreement goals.