Events & News - Apr 26

Events of Interest to CSGA

Days of of Action vs Wells Fargo / Climate First!

April 26, 11AM - Washington

Rally for a Safety Study / We are Cove Point

April 26, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis

Days of of Action vs Wells Fargo / Climate First!

April 27, 11AM - Fairfax

Drop in and Hang Out at MDE / We Are Cove Point

May 2, 11AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

Meeting / Annapolis Environmental Commission

May 2, 7PM - 145 Gorman St, Annapolis

Mitigation Working Group Meeting / Maryland Climate Change Commission

May 3, 10AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

Rally for a Safety Study / We are Cove Point

April 26, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Agritourism commission releases conceptual recommendations for solar panels - Capital Gazette

The Agriculture, Farming and Agritourism Commission released preliminary recommendations on solar panel use within Anne Arundel County.

Annapolis mayor names head of environmental protection office - Capital Gazette

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley on Tuesday named Jacqueline Sincore Guild, the former executive director of the Chesapeake Legal Alliance, as the new director of the Office of Environmental Policy.

Rushern Baker pushes for 100 percent clean energy, defends school system CEO - Capital Gazette

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker defended his school system CEO and unveiled an environmental plan to make Maryland the first state to use 100 percent clean energy.

Trump's First Salvo in Push to Weaken Vehicle Standards Struck Down by Court | InsideClimate News

A federal appeals court in New York on Monday blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to delay penalties against automakers that fail to meet carbon-cutting emissions standards in new cars.

Wind, not fossil fuels, is Maryland's energy future - Baltimore Sun

Maryland should invest in wind power, not in natural gas or coal.

Earth Day: Time to take action on climate change - Baltimore Sun

Earth Day provides an ideal moment to turn the nation's attention to the mounting threat posed by climate change.

Perched on a platform high in a tree, a 61-year-old woman fights a gas pipeline - The Washington Post

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is set to blast through land that has been in her family for centuries.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says it is "unlawful" for a mother and daughter to sit in trees on their land outside Roanoke, trying to block a natural gas pipeline from being built on land their family has held for seven generations. - The Washington Post

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) stops short of ordering action against Theresa “Red” Terry and her daughter, who are occupying a tree on their own land.

Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants plunge, EPA report shows | Washington Examiner

Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants dropped 25 percent from 2005 to 2016, according to a report Wednesday from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Giant Chicken Houses Overrun Delmarva, and Neighbors Fear It's Making Them Sick | InsideClimate News

After a local company built four hulking poultry barns across the street from April Ferrell’s farmhouse on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, thousands of chickens were trucked in and giant exhaust fans on the outside of the barns began to whir.

Scott Pruitt wades into a fraught science debate, declaring biomass burning ‘carbon neutral’ - The Washington Post

Scientists aren't sure that's true.

Americans Who Accept Climate Change Outnumber Those Who Don’t 5 to 1 - Yale E360

Pittsburgh powers up small electric vehicle fleet with solar charging stations | TribLIVE

Pittsburgh is driving on sunshine and has the song lyrics to prove it.

Duke Energy will use natural gas from pig manure to generate electricity | Charlotte Observer

Duke Energy said its Smith Energy Complex power plant in Richmond County is burning natural gas created from pig manure to generate electricity, a project intended to help the Charlotte, NC, company comply with state law.

New York commits $1.4 billion to renewable energy projects | Ars Technica

Funding for solar, wind, and hydro comes with a statement against offshore drilling.

Solar Foundation presents solar jobs maps, local data – pv magazine USA

The Solar Foundation has launched individual state fact sheets and a map view focused on jobs per U.S. congressional district.

Investors stunned over oil producer’s climate-change exemption - Axios

The SEC move is emerging as a flashpoint in what has become America’s central battleground over climate change.

Insurers are backing fossil fuel companies and then charging you for climate change risks | Los Angeles Times

US delays oil, gas sales in Montana after climate ruling | AP

U.S. officials delayed lease sales on federal oil and gas reserves beneath more than 160 square miles (414 square kilometers) of public and private lands in eastern Montana in response to a recent court ruling on climate change.

Pennsylvania rules fracking neighboring property is trespassing | The Daily Climate

On Monday the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion that could have major ramifications for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the state: It states a company trespassed on a family’s land by extracting natural gas from beneath their property while operating a fracking well next door.

U.S. to Review Gas Pipeline Policy for First Time Since 1999 - Bloomberg

U.S. energy regulators embarked upon a wide-ranging review of how interstate natural-gas pipelines are approved, amid concerns that current guidelines have become outdated following the shale boom.

Sea Level Rise Will Inundate Coastal Sewage Plants, Study Says | The Weather Channel

The researchers say rising seas will impact more people through comprised infrastructure than direct flooding.

Keeping the balance: How flexible nuclear operation can help add more wind and solar to the grid | MIT News

A model developed at MIT finds operating nuclear plants flexibly can reduce electricity costs, increase revenue for nuclear plants, and cut carbon emissions in electric power systems.

South Florida Nuclear Site to Expand Despite Sea Level Rise Projections | The Weather Channel

Sea level rise projections show the Turkey Point facility could be in danger, but the South Florida nuclear site will expand anyway.

On Earth Day, a teenager accuses leaders of failing on climate change - CNN

16-year-old climate activist Jamie Margolin explains why young people feel let down over climate change, and how they're holding politicians to account.

There’s still hope on global warming — if the world gets to work - The Washington Post

If the U.S. rejoined the Paris climate agreement, it could leverage American progress to inspire greater emission reduction worldwide.