Events & News August 23

CSGA Events

Movie Night

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Friday, August 24, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Events of Interest to CSGA

Days of Action vs Wells Fargo / Climate First

Aug 24, 11:30 AM - Washington

Days of Action vs Wells Fargo / Climate First

Aug 24, 11:30 AM - Washington

Listening Session / Transportation & Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States

Aug 27, 1 PM - University of Maryland University College, Largo

New Energy & Economic Future Town Hall / Zero Hour

Aug 28, 5:30 PM - The Real News Network, Baltimore

St. Mary's Transportation Forum / Sierra Club

Aug 29, 6:30 PM - Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Lexington Park

Mitigation Working Group Meeting / Maryland Commission on Climate Change

Aug 30, 10 AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Heat: the next big inequality issue | The Guardian

The deadly global heatwave has made it impossible to ignore: in cities worldwide, we are now divided into the cool haves and the hot have-nots.

Red hot planet: This summer’s punishing and historic heat in 7 maps and charts - The Washington Post

Record heat has touched every continent in the Northern Hemisphere in recent weeks.

Offshore wind: NJ plans to add clean energy subsidy to electric bills | Asbury Park Press

A surcharge for wind energy coming to your electric bill has begun to take shape in New Jersey.

Amid offshore wind fight, Ocean City to power municipal buildings with new solar farm - Capital Gazette

Ocean City plans to break ground Thursday on a solar farm that will generate enough power to run the resort town's convention center and municipal buildings. Ocean City's commitment to solar power comes as town leaders fight an offshore wind farm they say could disrupt beach views.

How Bank of America Financed a Green Energy Boom | Fortune

Wind and solar energy projects were struggling to attract investors. Then Bank of America got creative.

Colorado’s oil and gas industry goes after reporters and signature gatherers in new fracking fight – ThinkProgress

With large oil and gas reserves, Colorado often is at the center of the nation's fossil fuel wars.

The Trump Administration Will Not Be Happy About the Forest Service’s New Fire Management Strategy – Mother Jones

The strategy emphasizes science and a changing climate.

The Baptists and the yogis join to fight a pipeline - The Washington Post

A planned pipeline and compressor worries a yoga retreat and a long-settled African American community.

Virginia regulators consider revoking permits for two major gas pipelines, but settle for stricter enforcement - The Washington Post

Pipeline opponents erupt in anger at state officials who won’t grant closer review.

Northam unveils Giles County sculpture; pipeline protesters demonstrate |

Despite a political demonstration just yards away, Gov. Ralph Northam pulled back a giant sheet with a wide smile stretched across his face.

FERC Deadlocked After Powelson Departure, Pipeline Approvals Likely to Slow – InsideSources

When running for office, President Donald Trump hyped his pro-infrastructure and pro-energy platform, assuring voters that he would work to approve pipeline projects.

Mountain Valley Pipeline cuts workforce, delays project completion to late 2019 |

As construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline decelerates, the company says a temporary stop-work order has forced it to release half of its workforce and push back an expected completion date to late next year.

Pipeline projects' delays already negatively affecting workforce |

While so much of the economic news out of West Virginia of late has been positive, the delays to two natural gas pipeline projects are beginning to take a toll.

FERC allows limited construction to resume on Mountain Valley Pipeline | Utility Dive

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) allowed developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline to restart construction on the first 77 miles of the project, saying it was the best option to diminish potential environmental impacts of partially completed work.

As state board takes up pipeline permits, thousands of comments await |

The Mountain Valley Watch has seen enough.

What Lies Beneath | Break Through

This report argues for an urgent risk reframing of climate research and the IPCC reports. What Lies Beneath is the inside story of how climate policy-making has become embedded in a culture of failure and scientific reticence. The report brings together the voices of some of the world’s leading scientists.

Most economic forecasts have a big blind spot: Climate change | CNN

Many closely followed economic models don't take into account the mounting costs of extreme weather caused by climate change, which might be accelerating faster than forecasters think.

This poet captures the madness and injustice of our burning planet | Grist

Craig Santos Perez extends his poetic lens to climate injustice and environmental destruction.

The Doomed Island That Loves Trump - POLITICO Magazine

Tangier Island, climate change-denying and threatened by rising waters, became a thing of media fascination in 2016. Here’s what it looked like on their side.

Sea level rise is eroding home value, and owners might not even know it - The Washington Post

Several studies have found evidence that rising seas are undermining coastal property value.

Climate Change Already Has Countless Victims - The Atlantic

With a new global summit approaching, communities in the southern United States are calling attention to the disaster scenarios they currently face.

Trump EPA plan would give states more authority on coal plant emissions; Maryland officials wary - Baltimore Sun

President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday proposed a new set of rules that would give states greater control over limits on pollution from coal-fired power plants, and likely allow many of those plants to operate longer than they would have under a plan from former President Barack Obama.

Trump's costly coal-fired revival - Baltimore Sun

With the stroke of a pen, the EPA has put President Trump's political interests ahead of protecting clean air and public health.

Trump's coal pollution plan could cause 1,400 deaths annually: EPA - Business Insider

President Donald Trump's administration released its new plan to regulate carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. According to an EPA analysis, Trump's new rules could cause up to 1,400 premature deaths annually.

A better way to ensure clean, reliable energy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule would enhance our energy, environmental and economic future.