Events & News - Feb 22



Events of Interest to CSGA


Rally for a Safety Study / We Are Cove Point

Feb 22, Noon - Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis


Offshore Drilling Protest / Ignite Change

Feb 22, 3 PM - Hilton Garden Inn, Washington


Hearing on Pension Climate Change Risk Act HB993 / Maryland House Appropriations Committee

Feb 22, 3PM - House Office Building, Annapolis


Bowie Solar Celebration / Solar United Neighbors

Feb 22, 5:30 PM - Old Bowie Town Grille, Bowie


4th Annual Leaders in Energy, Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza / Leaders in Energy

Feb 23, 11 AM - University of Maryland, College Park


Days of Action Against Wells Fargo / Climate First

Feb 23, 11 AM - Gaithersburg


Days of Action Against Wells Fargo / Climate First

Feb 23, 4 PM - Takoma Park


Film Screening & Green Expo / Interfaith Power & Light

Feb 23, 6PM - St Columba's Episcopal Church, Washington


2018 Lobby Night / Maryland Sierra Club

Feb 26, 4:30 PM - State Capital, Annapolis


Saving Snow / Citizens' Climate Lobby of Howard County

Feb 28, 7 PM - First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia


Mitigation Working Group Meeting / Maryland Commission on Climate Change

Mar 1, 10 AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore


Rally for a Safety Study / We Are Cove Point

Mar 1, Noon - Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis


News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA


Guest Commentary: Clean Energy Jobs Act Enjoys Wide Support | Maryland Matters


On climate, Slutsky earns failing marks - Baltimore Sun

Harford County Council President Slutsky's ignorance of climate change does his constituents a grave disservice.


Amid protest of Potomac River gas pipeline, Maryland seeks delay of federal review - Baltimore Sun

The same day protesters circled the governor's mansion calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to kill a gas pipeline beneath the Potomac River, state officials asked the Army Corps of Engineers not to give the project a permit until a state review is completed.


Far More Methane Leaking at Oil, Gas Sites in Pennsylvania than Reported | InsideClimate News

An EDF comparison of company-reported data and research measurements finds as much as 5 times more methane, a climate-warming greenhouse gas, is leaking.


Donald Trump signed a landmark bill to support carbon capture and nuclear power — Quartz


U.S. Grid Operator Fires Back at Group Over Political Payments - Bloomberg


HUD tells states to consider sea level rise when rebuilding from storms | Washington Examiner


First Solar Made Good on Its Promise to Beat Out Gas Peakers With Solar and Batteries | Greentech Media

First Solar will build a massive solar-powered battery to deliver power to APS from 3 pm to 8 pm.


FirstEnergy Shutting down Unsold Coal Plant | RTO Insider

Blocked by regulators from moving its ailing coal-fired Pleasants plant into the rate base of a subsidiary, FirstEnergy announced it will shut the plant down.


APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040


Singapore Budget 2018: Singapore's carbon tax to start at S$5 a tonne - THE BUSINESS TIMES


Carbon pricing could save millions of hectares of tropical forest: new study | Mongabay


New study questions impact of ending fossil fuel subsidies | Carbon Brief

Ending the world’s fossil fuel subsidies would reduce global CO2 emissions by 0.5 to 2.2 gigatonnes (Gt) per year by 2030, a new study says.


GRID: Utilities, NRDC to regulators: Clean energy is inevitable -- Wednesday, February 14, 2018 -- www.eenews.net


South Carolina lawmakers getting pro-SCE&G emails impersonating constituents | postandcourier.com


Connecticut Wins Court Fight Over Pennsylvania Plant Pollution - Hartford Courant

Federal judge rules for Connecticut in battle with EPA over high-pollution Pennsylvania coal-fired plant.


Court Sides with Arctic Seals Losing Their Sea Ice Habitat to Climate Change | InsideClimate News

The oil industry pushed back on Endangered Species Act protections for the seals, but an appeals court says there’s enough scientific evidence to support the threat.


Court rules Energy Dept. must implement Obama efficiency rules | TheHill


We Can Pull CO2 from Air, But It's No Silver Bullet for Climate Change, Scientists Warn | InsideClimate News

While technologies are being developed that can remove carbon dioxide from the air, they aren’t yet feasible on the scale needed to slow global warming, Europe’s national science academies warn in a new report.


Vast bioenergy plantations could stave off climate change—and radically reshape the planet | Science

Climate modelers bet on negative emissions technologies, but are they as risky as the problems they’re designed to fix?


The next five years will shape sea level rise for the next 300, study says - The Washington Post

For every five-year delay in strong action on climate change, the ocean could rise an additional eight inches by the year 2300, researchers concluded.


Oil Investors Call for Human Rights Risk Report After Standing Rock | InsideClimate News

Marathon shareholders want the oil company to explain how it weighs environmental and social risks after the treatment of Dakota Access pipeline protesters.


A Trip to a Museum for Convincing Americans About Climate Change - The Atlantic

An exhibition in Manhattan is the first step in a grand attempt to change the national conversation around global warming.


How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2017 | MediaMatters


‘It’s not fast enough. It’s not big enough. There’s not enough action.’ - The Washington Post

Many nations aren’t living up to their promises in the 2015 Paris climate accord, and the consequences could be “catastrophic.”


How Bill Gates aims to clean up the planet | The Guardian

It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale?


Timelapse video: shipping first as LNG tanker crosses Arctic in winter without icebreaker escort | Climate Home News

Teekay vessel Eduard Toll is designed to cut through ice and take advantage of the opening of Russia's Arctic coastline to industry.


OFFSHORE DRILLING: Interior says $160 oil won't help most areas; industry differs -- www.eenews.net


Trump plan to expand oil and gas leasing in West draws, for the most part, a big yawn from industry - LA Times

With a March 2017 executive order to reduce restrictions and achieve "American energy dominance" President Trump set out to lease more of the West's public domain for oil and gas drilling. Except for a few oil-rich areas the effort has generated scant enthusiasm in the energy sector.