Events & News - Dec 28

Updated: Dec 30, 2017

Events of Interest to CSGA

2018 Legislative Priorities / Greenbelt Climate Action Network

Jan 3, 7 PM - Greenbelt Community Center, Greenbelt

Meeting / Montgomery County Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions

Jan 4, 7:30 PM - Kol Shalom, Rockville

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Advocates pushing lawmakers to clean up Maryland's renewable energy supply - Capital Gazette

In 2018, Maryland environmental advocates will press lawmakers to clean up the state's renewable energy supply, which subsidizes some polluting power sources. But it could be difficult to reach consensus on what changes need to be made.

Congressional watchdog agency to study social cost of carbon | Science

Trump administration has targeted controversial metric.

Maryland, northeast states accelerate carbon pollution reduction - Capital Gazette

Maryland and eight other states finalized their agreement to enact new air pollution limits aimed at reducing global climate change.

The New Climate Watchdogs: Democratic Attorneys General Take on Trump | InsideClimate News

A blue-state coalition filed nearly two dozen lawsuits in 2017 involving climate change, energy and the environment.

WGL Holdings-AltaGas deal reaches settlement agreement in Maryland - Washington Business Journal

Calgary-based AltaGas will relocate the head office of its U.S. power business to Prince George’s County.

Caroline passes solar energy system ordinance, ends moratorium |

Hopkins didn't go far enough in divesting from coal - Baltimore Sun

Md. should get incinerators out of its renewable energy standards - Baltimore Sun

Incinerators have no place in Maryland's clean energy portfolio.

Windmills would be the least of Ocean City's aesthetic problems - Baltimore Sun

Who says offshore windmills would be a tourism killer in Ocean City?

Maryland green energy projects stall amid protests from worried neighbors - Capital Gazette

Marylanders generally support an embrace of renewable energy, but when faced with the reality of living next to a large wind farm, "going green" becomes much more complicated for many residents.

Bird-tracking study reveals some migration paths cross areas slated for offshore wind farms - Capital Gazette

If and when wind farms are built off of Maryland's coast, turbines will be spinning in areas through which many seabirds cross in annual migrations, but where few linger, a study has found.

Regulators to consider changing gas pipeline approval policy | TheHill

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said Thursday it would review its nearly two-decade-old policy for approving natural gas pipelines.

The Trump administration wrongfully withheld funds from a popular energy program, a federal watchdog rules - The Washington Post

Officials planned to use funds to shut down research office.

Virginia officials delay final permits for controversial natural gas pipeline amid protests from environmentalists, landowners, artists - The Washington Post

Opponents sing, snap and voice objections to the pipeline, then claim a partial victory.

US Bank Declares End to Oil and Gas Pipeline Loans—Then Quietly Joins $4B Deal with Dakota Access Owner | DeSmogBlog

World Bank invests $4.5 bln to arm cities against climate change | Thomson Reuters Foundation

A Response For People Using Record Cold U.S. Weather To Refute Climate Change | Forbes

Record cold temperatures in the United States will inevitably have some people refuting climate change. Here is how to respond.

Talking about climate change in Orwellian doublespeak doesn't make it go away - LA Times

The administration's new National Security Strategy doesn't mention climate change as a threat. That's dangerously ignorant.

How to bring climate change under control: Play a game — Quartz

This holiday season, think about trash - The Washington Post

Initiatives across the area aim to help us make less waste.

Scientists present a sweeping new estimate of how much humans have altered the planet - Capital Gazette

New research provides a large estimate of just how consequential our treatment of land surfaces and vegetation has been on the planet and its atmosphere.

FACT CHECK: Scientists Caught Tampering With Raw Data To Exaggerate Sea Level Rise? | Snopes

Breitbart is pushing an extremely flawed study as evidence of a widespread conspiracy to inflate sea level rise.

The fiscal benefits of stringent climate change mitigation: an overview: Climate Policy

How a trash incinerator — Baltimore's biggest polluter — became 'green' energy - Baltimore Sun

A state renewable energy program is sending millions of dollars of ratepayer subsidies to Baltimore's biggest polluter, the Wheelabrator incinerator. Community activists in South Baltimore are trying to increase recycling to essentially put the incinerator out of business.

Time to rethink incinerator subsidy - Baltimore Sun

Waste-to-energy had its day but it's time to wean it off the public dole.

EPA: Climate science debate 'on hold' after White House meeting --

The effort by U.S. EPA to publicly debate mainstream climate science is on ice. The idea has created divisions within the Trump administration, spurring high-level staff discussions at the White House about how to proceed.

Fighting Climate Change, and Building a World to Withstand It | WIRED

The past year was one of the worst on record for natural disasters. Blame greenhouse gases, and start planning for a hotter future.

10 Ways Global Warming Will Change Your Personal Finances - TheStreet

Global warming will make life more expensive for everybody. Here are a few ways it's heading for your wallet...

Devastating climate change could lead to 1m migrants a year entering EU by 2100 | The Guardian

Researchers plotted temperature rises against the number of asylum applications and are predicting that as the southern hemisphere heats up the number of people migrating to the EU each year will triple.

The devastating beauty of Greenland's melting ice | The Week