Events & News - Feb 8

CSGA Events

CSGA General Business Meeting

Thursday, February 8, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

CSGA Movie Night


Friday, February 9, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Climate Change Speakers Series

Putting a Price on Carbon in Maryland

Thursday, February 15, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Events of Interest to CSGA

Rally for a Safety Study / We Are Cove Point

Feb 8, Noon - Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis

Monthly Meeting / Citizens' Climate Lobby, Annapolis Chapter

Feb 10, 12:45 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis

Annual Meeting / Climate First!

Feb 11, 1:30 PM - Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, Washington

Hearing on Maryland Metro Funding Act HB372 / Maryland House Appropriations Committee

Feb 13, 1 PM - House Office Building, Annapolis

Hearing on Dominion's Charles Station compressor station / Charles County Board of Appeals

Feb 13, 7 PM - Charles County Government Building, La Plata

Rally for a Safety Study / We Are Cove Point

Feb 15, Noon - Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis

Hearing on Public Service Commission Public Notice and Hearing Requirements HB715 / Maryland House Economic Matters Committee

Feb 15, 1 PM - House Office Building, Annapolis

Rally for a Styrofoam Ban / Baltimore Beyond Plastics

Feb 15, 1:30 PM - Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis

March on the Mansion: Rally to No Potomac Pipeline / Upper Potomac Riverkeeper

Feb 15, 6 PM - Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis

Building Personal Resilience in Unsettling Times / Earth Forum of Howard County

Feb 19, 2 PM - First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG Export Project Begins Producing Liquefied Natural Gas | Dominion Energy

Ocean City finds wind turbines too gauche - Baltimore Sun

Ocean City Council's symbolic vote against off-shore wind turbines sends a negative message - about Ocean City.

Federal judge puts a pause on Mountain Valley Pipeline construction plans |

9 states buck the Trump administration and move forward with a price on carbon pollution – ThinkProgress

Currently only one state in the country has an economy-wide cap on carbon. These states want to change that.

Sen. Van Hollen and Rep. Beyer introduce carbon cap & dividend bill in Congress - Citizens' Climate Lobby

Democratic Congressmen Van Hollen and Beyer propose capping carbon emissions, auctioning carbon pollution credits, and returning 100% percent of the revenue to Americans with a quarterly dividend.

EPA head Pruitt says Bay Journal funding under 'reconsideration' - Baltimore Sun

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told a Senate committee Tuesday that the decision to cut grant funding for the Chesapeake Bay Journal was “under reconsideration.”

White House withdraws controversial nominee to head Council on Environmental Quality - The Washington Post

Kathleen Hartnett White has long questioned the established science of climate change, once describing carbon dioxide as “the gas of life on this planet.”

The Controversy Surrounding Massachusetts' $1.6B Hydropower Transmission Line | Greentech Media

The Northern Pass decision has sparked an uproar from communities that are otherwise supportive of increasing clean energy use in the state.

13 universities band together to fight climate change. | Grist

The University Climate Change Coalition is creating a roadmap for university-level action.

White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels - The Washington Post

Document also suggests substantial cuts to Energy Department staffing.

How the Trump Administration Distorts Analysis of Key Environmental Rules - Yale E360

In its zeal to roll back protections, the EPA under Scott Pruitt is abandoning long-standing standard methods of evaluating the costs and benefits of regulations. This unprecedented shift could damage the long-term credibility of the EPA and other government agencies.

US, African energy groups form alliance amid Trump 'shithole' outrage | Washington Examiner

Florida Keys plan to raise some roads to meet sea rise threat | Miami Herald

Monroe County wants to elevate the lowest, most flood-prone roads in Key Largo and Big Pine Key to fight the sea level rise brought on by climate change. The project could cost $3.5 million to raise less than a mile of road.

Study: Coal job loss to keep hurting Appalachia, beyond | Knox News

A UT/WVU study says coal isn't growing, and lost jobs keep Appalachia from improving.

Preaching climate-friendly farming in Trump country - The Washington Post

This climate crusader is making a pilgrimage through Trump country, persuading farmers to reduce the impacts of food production.

Trump could open California desert to more solar and wind farms | Desert Sun

The Trump administration will reconsider an Obama-era plan that blocks energy development across millions of acres of California desert.

Fighting Climate Change? We’re Not Even Landing a Punch - The New York Times

Decades of diplomatic efforts to stem global warming have proven ineffectual because too many strategies have been taken off the table.

More than a thousand military sites vulnerable to climate change -

A new study points out where the military might be vulnerable to climate change, including extreme temperatures, flooding and fires.

Deconstructing climate misinformation to identify reasoning errors - IOPscience

Climate Change Could Swamp Your Muni-Bond Portfolio - WSJ

California localities warn of disaster when suing oil companies. So how come they don’t tell investors?

PPL sets 70% carbon reduction goal, reflecting shareholder concerns | Utility Dive

Oil Boom Gives the U.S. a New Edge in Energy and Diplomacy - The New York Times

Having survived a slump, shale drilling is surging as prices recover, limiting market upheaval and providing Washington with strategic leeway.

U.S. Becomes a Net Gas Exporter for the First Time in 60 Years - Bloomberg

America’s trade imbalance just got a wee bit smaller. The U.S. has now become a net exporter of natural gas on an annual basis for the first time since at least 1957.

Yes, global warming will be bad. But these scientists say it won’t reach the worst-case scenario. - The Washington Post

Climate change won't get as bad as we dread, a new study finds. But we're not going to get off easy, either.

WEF Global Risks Report: Environmental disasters outrank economic collapse — Quartz

Seeing Red on Climate | Grist

Young Republicans, reformed lobbyists, and green Tea Partiers: Meet America’s “eco-right.”