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Events & News December 27

Events of Interest to CSGA

Meeting / Annapolis Environmental Commission

Jan 2, 7 PM - 145 Gorman St, Annapolis

Anne Arundel County Lobby Training: 100% Renewables / CCAN Action Fund

Jan 5, 10 AM - Severna Park Branch Library, Severna Park

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

DC council passes nation's most aggressive 100 percent renewable energy bill, mandates eliminating fossil fuels | Washington Examiner

The Washington, D.C. city council on Tuesday unanimously passed the nation’s most aggressive 100 percent renewable energy bill, in what would be the fastest-acting climate change legislation in the country.

Air board delays crucial vote again on air compressor station for Atlantic Coast Pipeline | ABC8 News

The State Air Pollution Control Board was set to vote Wednesday on the permit for an air compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Board members are delaying making a decision.

Air Board Again Delays a Vote on Compressor Station – Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance

Cooper administration releases thousands of Atlantic Coast Pipeline documents ::

The document dump is in response to General Assembly and media requests for information on pipeline negotiations.

Home for Christmas: horseback pipeline protest | News Leader

With the first half of the protest finished, Sarah Murphy hopes to make it home for the holidays.

Knowing the Carbon Footprint of Your Food May Convince You to Eat Less Meat, Study Suggests | Earther

I’m one of those people who can’t let go of meat altogether, but I try to eat less because of its carbon footprint. A new study hints that more people would do the same if they realized how bad their food was for the planet.

Humanity will be remembered for . . . its chickens | Anthropocene

In 2016 alone, humans consumed almost 70 billion chickens globally.

CBO Dismisses Costs Of Global Warming, Posing Hurdle For Climate Legislation | HuffPost

Amid mounting climate damage, the Congress' official budget scorekeeper said global warming poses little economic risk in the next 30 years.

Rising Waters Are Drowning Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor | Bloomberg

By the middle of this century, climate change may punch a hole through the bottom half of the Northeast Corridor.

Attorney General Frosh Leads Coalition Suing to Block Seismic Testing in the Atlantic Ocean | Brian E. Frosh Attorney General

Federal Authorization of Seismic Testing Violates Environmental Laws; Will Harm Marine Mammals and Other Wildlife.

Powerless | ProPublica

The gas rush is upending communities with traffic and noise, reshaping the way the state looks and sounds. Residents are often powerless to stop it.

‘We Have to Show People What’s Going On’ | The New Republic

Climate change is making weather more extreme, and these two veteran photojournalists were on the frontlines in 2018.

French environment petition raises 1.7 million signatures | DW

Despite the yellow vests winning a reprieve from a hike in fuel taxes, millions of French people want more done to fight climate change. Their legal case for lower carbon emissions could take several years.

Drawing a line in the oilsands | CBC News

After so many battles with industry and government, the mindset of Indigenous leadership has evolved. They lack the resolve to keep going to war against oilsands development when there’s no reason to believe they'll be able to stop it.

How Does Your State Make Electricity? - The New York Times

There’s been a major shift in how America makes electricity over the past two decades. Each state has its own story.

Zinke's Deputy: The Former Fossil Fuel Lobbyist Running Trump's Interior Dept. | InsideClimate News

In late September 2017, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was slated to make a speech that would showcase his work on President Donald Trump's "energy dominance" policy.

New research debunks Trump’s attack on economic effects of Paris Agreement – ThinkProgress

A new study shows rapid transition to clean energy would create, not eliminate, jobs.

U.S. solar takes hit from Trump tariffs but is cheaper than ever: report | Reuters

U.S. solar installations fell 15 percent in the third quarter as the Trump administration's tariffs on overseas-made panels forced developers to put off large projects, according to a report commissioned by the industry's primary trade group.

Climate action must now focus on the global rich and their corporations | The Conversation

The latest UN climate talks were ultimately hindered by their focus on nation-states, obscuring who is actually responsible for emissions.

The Farm Bureau: Big Oil’s Unnoticed Ally Fighting Climate Science and Policy | InsideClimate News

When Republican Rep. Steve Scalise stepped to the dais in the U.S. House of Representatives in July and implored his colleagues to denounce a carbon tax, he didn’t reach for dire predictions made by the fossil fuel titans that pushed for the resolution.Instead, he talked about America’s farmers.

Climate Team, and Its Boss, Just Got Harder to Find at Top Health Agency - The New York Times

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it had folded its Climate and Health Program into a branch that studies asthma.

A 21,000% Gain Shows Sky-High Value of Offshore Wind Leases - Bloomberg

An Italian construction company just sold its lease to develop a wind farm in waters off the New Jersey coast for $215 million, about 21,000 percent more than it paid only three years ago.

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