Events & News - Dec 14

CSGA Events

Thursday, December 14, 7-9 PM

General Meeting

at Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Events of Interest to CSGA

The State of the Grid / Marylanders for Energy Democracy & Affordability

Dec 15, 1:30 PM - University of Baltimore, Baltimore

Public Hearing on Waterways Permit for Potomac Pipeline / Maryland Department of the Environment

Dec 19, 6 PM - Hancock Middle Senior High School, Hancock

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

A Maryland paper mill burns a polluting sludge called black liquor. The state calls it clean energy. - Baltimore Sun

Black liquor, a byproduct of the paper-making process that is burned to power paper mills, is Maryland's largest source of "renewable" energy, earning it millions of dollars in ratepayer subsidies.

Letters: An all-electric future is here, and it costs less - Capital Gazette

Trump will suspend a rule to limit a pollutant far worse than carbon dioxide - The Washington Post

The Trump administration will delay an Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions.

Climate change is the story you missed in 2017. And the media is to blame. | The Guardian

Some of Trump’s tweets generate more national coverage than devastating disasters. As the weather gets worse, we need journalism to get better.

EPA head: Anti-greenhouse gas declaration involved 'breach of process' | TheHill

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday the Obama administration erred when it formally declared greenhouse gases a dangerous pollutant worthy of regulations in 2009.

Trump open to biofuel policy reform, senators say after meeting | Reuters

A California First: Enlisting Distributed Energy for the Transmission Grid | Greentech Media

PG&E and California’s grid operator want solar, batteries, demand response and efficiency to be as reliable as a diesel-fired power plant and transmission lines.

To fight climate change, carbon capture needs to be made cheaper — Quartz

The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change

How Northwest Communities Are Stopping Big Oil Projects - Resilience

Communities throughout the Northwest, often led by Native American tribes, have been stopping more and more big oil projects.

Can Car-Sharing Culture Help Fuel an Electric Vehicle Revolution? | InsideClimate News

The real cost of energy - Nature

All energy production has environmental and societal effects. But calculating them — and pricing energy accordingly — is no easy task.

There’s No Such Thing As ‘Sound Science’ | FiveThirtyEight

The easiest way to undermine good science is to demand that it be made “sound.”

‘Largest ever’ drilling lease sale in Alaska yields few bids | TheHill

The mud that could save the world - The Washington Post

Scientists have discovered a massive ecosystem that's vital to combatting climate change.

Scores of Leading Economists Demand End to All Fossil Fuel Investments | Common Dreams

"Simply put: there is no more room for new fossil fuel infrastructure and therefore no case for ongoing investment," declaration states.

As "Climate Change" Fades from Government Sites, a Struggle to Archive Data | PBS

Nearly one year into the Trump presidency, a makeshift coalition is grappling with how to preserve mass amounts of federal climate information that many researchers fear is at risk.

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey wants climate change warnings on gas pumps | Washington Examiner

"'The franchisee has to put on its gas station, 'You're creating global warming by buying my gas?'' a Massachusetts judge asked.

US fails to enforce smog rules, 14 states allege in lawsuit | AP

China Assumes Green Power Mantle, Leaving Germany, U.S. Behind - Bloomberg

Adapt or burn - The Washington Post

A new climate awareness confronts the inertia of consumer society.

A Viral Video Shows A Polar Bear Succumbing To Climate Change....We Are Too | Forbes

The shocking, viral image of a starving polar bear should remind us that daily "kitchen table" issues closer to home are also vulnerability.

If the government won’t lead on climate change, AU can | The Eagle

AU pushes for greater divestment in fossil fuels and an environmentally friendly campus.

The Scientists Who Track Climate Change in the Field - The New York Times

Lucas Foglia has spent the past two years photographing the climate scientists who traverse glaciers and mountains to collect data — work that largely goes unnoticed.

'Tsunami of data' could consume one fifth of global electricity by 2025 | Climate Home News

Billions of internet-connected devices could produce 3.5% of global emissions within ten years and 14% by 2040, new research will find.

Poem of the week: Microbial Museum by Maya Chowdhry | The Guardian

Finding the poetry in scientific vocabulary, this work is alive to the marvels of its discoveries as well as the ecological peril it reports.

Johns Hopkins to stop investing in thermal coal over climate change concerns - Baltimore Sun

Johns Hopkins University's board voted to divest from investments in companies that produce coal for power.

U.S. energy approach will affect national security - Baltimore Sun

The approach the U.S. takes toward energy transition will affect our national security through our global competitiveness, our diplomatic effectiveness and the strength of our military.

Md. governor should study chicken farm emissions - Baltimore Sun

As the poultry industry continues to build hundreds of new houses containing bigger birds — and more manure — each year, Eastern Shore communities are bearing the burden.

Wind energy is supposed to help fight climate change. It turns out climate change is fighting back. - The Washington Post

Two new studies suggest a key renewable resource could be undermined by climate change itself.

How Much Food Do We Waste? Probably More Than You Think - The New York Times

Globally, we throw out about a third of all food. That matters a lot in the fight against hunger, but reducing waste could also help cut greenhouse gas emissions.

World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas exploration | The Guardian

Bank announces in Paris it ‘will no longer finance upstream oil and gas’ after 2019 in response to threat posed by climate change.

The United States of Petroleum | Center for Public Integrity

Government’s secret alliance with Big Oil.

Meat tax ‘inevitable’ to beat climate and health crises, says report | The Guardian

‘Sin taxes’ to reverse the rapid global growth in meat eating are likely in five to 10 years, according to a report for investors managing over $4tn.

Exxon Mobil to disclose climate change risks | TheHill

Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to regularly disclose analyses of the impacts to its business from climate change and policies meant to fight it.

Big investors press major companies to step up climate action | Reuters

2 Years After Paris, We Have Work To Do In The Fight Against Climate Change | HuffPost

It is important that voters and legislators never forget that we have the power to act.

US Auto Dealerships Are Bad at Selling Electric Vehicles, Study Finds | Greentech Media

Researchers found the EV sales process is “wrought with inconsistencies.”

Emails shed light on controversial DOE request to remove ‘climate change’ from abstracts | Science

Officials may have been trying to protect scientists.

Environmental groups file lawsuit to try to block pipeline | AP

Industry opposition leads ALEC to withdraw anti-climate resolution – ThinkProgress

‘People are freaking out.’ Will electric vehicles doom your neighborhood auto mechanic? - The Washington Post

Some experts believe they could be among the first casualties of an impending electric car revolution.

The Global Crisis That's Creating 21.5 Million Refugees Each Year | Alternet

How environmental destruction created a refugee crisis.