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Events & News July 4

CSGA Events

Legislation to Limit New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

CSGA Meeting

Thursday, July 11, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Events of Interest to CSGA

Nonviolent Direct Action Training / Extinction Rebellion Washington DC

July 8, 7 PM - Saint Stephens and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, Washington

Tell Congress: Declare Climate Emergency! / Extinction Rebellion Washington DC

July 9, 5 PM - Spirit of Justice Park, Washington

Trash Headdress, Hat, Costume Making Workshop / Baltimore Peoples Climate Movement

July 9, 6 PM - Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Baltimore

Climate & Tea Talk / Elders Climate Action

July 9, 6 PM - Teleconference

Annapolis Chapter Meeting / Citizens Climate Lobby

July 13, 12:45 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Property owners protest pipeline procurement process | AP

Much to Gary Erb's chagrin, a natural gas pipeline now cuts across his 72-acre homestead in Conestoga Township, Pennsylvania.

Gunmen attack prominent Colombian environmental activist | AP

One of Colombia's most-prominent grassroots activists and winner of a prestigious international environmental prize has been attacked at a meeting.

US Steel plows $1B into western Pennsylvania operations | AP

U.S. Steel will invest more than $1 billion on state-of-the-art facilities in western Pennsylvania that it says will improve its steelmaking efficiency and reduce emissions.

Cities scores - CDP

43 global cities acting to reduce emissions, adapt to climate risks and manage water resources.

Children may be their parents' best climate-change teachers | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Study results suggest nationwide protests by young people urging action to tackle global warming could influence the views of adults.

Solar Industry Diversity Study - The Solar Foundation

Flood relief programs fail to deliver |

Paying off a mortgage is a significant event in the lives of most people.

Va. governor signs budget that restricts carbon-reduction efforts | TheHill

Virginia’s recently signed budget includes language that restricts the state from spending funds on a multistate agreement designed to reduce carbon emissions.

Business as usual is not acceptable when it comes to protecting our planet - The Washington Post

Governments need to do more — and fast — to stop the degradation of nature, a U.N. report shows.

Once again, the U.S. embarrasses itself on climate change - The Washington Post

By pushing its climate denialism, the Trump administration damages its relations with allies and puts its own people in danger.

Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science - The New York Times

In a significant escalation, policymakers are seeking to undermine or discard research showing the most dire risks of inaction on climate change.

European Parliament elections: Greens surge as voters abandon old parties over climate - The Washington Post

The rise of Europe’s Greens may prove to be just as significant as that of the far-right, policymakers say.

Letter to Editor: Our Environment and Federal Legislative Options | The Chestertown Spy

Projections for sea level rise over the next two decades indicate that Rock Hall is the most economically vulnerable in Kent County.

Can severe weather open eyes to climate change? - Baltimore Sun

Record flooding and tornadoes should be a wake-up call to Americans, particularly Midwesterners, who are often climatic skeptics.

Steny Hoyer's 2020 Primary Challenger Makes Climate Refugees A Campaign Centerpiece | HuffPost

If she beats the powerful House majority leader, Mckayla Wilkes wants to work toward opening the doors to refugees fleeing extreme weather.

Judge rules Range can't depose Post-Gazette reporters or see their notes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Newspaper seeks to intervene to open up sealed settlement in high-profile Washington County case chronicled in Pulitzer Prize winning book.

A Democratic Think Tank, the Progressive Policy Institute, Is Promoting Pushback Against Climate Lawsuits | DeSmogBlog

As part of a growing trend of lawsuits over climate change impacts, cities and states across the U.S. are seeking damages from oil, gas, and coal companies whose products drive the crisis and which for years evidently engaged in disinformation and denial campaigns to stall climate action.

OHCHR | UN expert condemns failure to address impact of climate change on poverty

As climate protests mount, governments urged to governments urged to respect civil rights | Thompson Reuters

Alston warned in a report that even in the 'best-case scenario', hundreds of millions would face food insecurity, forced migration, disease and death.

Trump’s EPA Signs 'Deadly' Clean Power Plan Replacement - EcoWatch

Former coal lobbyist and Trump-appointed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a rule that officially replaces the Obama-era Clean Power Plan with a new regulation that Wheeler said could lead to the opening of more coal plants. The announcement was roundly criticized by environmental groups.

Coal protests in Germany: Climate activists storm Garzweiler mine | DW

Protesters here, police there — one group wants to stop coal mining, the other is trying to stop them. Protests, a ritual in the Rhineland, are getting help from the Fridays for Future movement, as Peter Hille reports.

NYPD arrests 66 people at a climate protest outside The New York Times offices - CNN

The protesters were affiliated with a group called Extinction Rebellion, and a group spokeswoman said they wanted to call attention to how news outlets cover climate change.

Agriculture Department buries studies showing dangers of climate change - POLITICO

The Trump administration has stopped promoting government-funded research into how higher temperatures can damage crops and pose health risks.

Refinery fire has been extinguished; investigation begins Monday | Philadelphia Inquirer

Investigators from federal and local agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are scheduled to begin their investigation early Monday.

Canada Approves Expansion of Controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline - The New York Times

Plans to expand the pipeline linking Alberta’s landlocked oil sands with British Columbia have divided provinces and exposed a rift in Indigenous communities.

White House tells agencies they no longer have to weigh a project’s long-term climate impacts - The Washington Post

The Trump administration proposed Friday that federal agencies no longer have to take project's long-term climate impacts when assessing how they will affect the environment, reversing a major Obama administration policy.

Call on government, business, and civil society leaders, elected officials, and candidates for office to recognize climate change as a health emergency and to work across government agencies and with communities and businesses to prioritize action on this Climate, Health and Equity Policy Action Agenda.

Trump EPA finalizes rule to gut Obama coal plant regulations | Washington Examiner

The Trump administration finalized Wednesday its much-anticipated rule gutting President Barack Obama’s signature plan for reducing carbon emissions from coal plants to combat climate change.

Emission Inventory | Maryland Department of the Environment

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act requires the Department of the Environment to prepare and publish an updated inventory of statewide greenhouse gas emissions for a three-year cycle.

Trump's impeachable offense: Ignoring climate change - Baltimore Sun

The impeachment noise in Washington is a distraction from an existential threat to life on Earth.

General Electric to scrap California power plant 20 years early - Reuters

NJ OKs biggest US wind farm ever off Jersey Shore; will power 500K homes | Asbury Park Press

A $1.6 billion 1,110-megawatt wind energy farm located about 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City was approved by New Jersey regulators on Friday.

Pipeline opponents, spurned by the state, ask federal agency to stop work |

It’s hard to count how many times Virginia environmental regulators have been asked to stop work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

As Coal Fades in the U.S., Natural Gas Becomes the Climate Battleground - The New York Times

Utilities are facing a choice: embrace natural gas, or shift more aggressively to renewable power? The decision will have a major climate impact.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan orders state-owned buildings to be more energy efficient - The Washington Post

The state spends $210 million a year on utilities; order calls for a 10 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2029.

More energy needed to cope with climate change - IIASA

A new study published today in Nature Communications by researchers from IIASA, Boston University, and the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice found that by mid-century climate change will increase the demand for energy globally, even with modest warming.

U.S. electricity generation from renewables surpassed coal in April - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

UN report on 1.5C blocked from climate talks after Saudi Arabia disputes science | Climate Home News

There will be no further formal discussions of the IPCC's findings at the UN after Saudi Arabia fought to undermine the findings of the global scientific community.

U.S. refinery capacity reaches record high at the start of 2019 - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

How Rogue Republicans Killed Oregon’s Climate-Change Bill | The New Yorker

Carolyn Kormann writes about how Republican opponents of Oregon’s cap-and-trade legislation blocked the bill by fleeing the capitol, and how youth activists have responded with protests.

Behind Oregon’s GOP Walkout Is a Sordid Story of Corporate Cash | The Nation

Industry and belligerence won out over climate legislation. 

Fake news ‘vaccine’ works: ‘pre-bunk’ game reduces susceptibility to disinformation | University of Cambridge

An online game in which people play the role of propaganda producers to help them identify real world disinformation has been shown to increase “psychological resistance” to fake news, according to a study of 15,000 participants. 

Climate Costs in 2040

More than 130 counties face billion-dollar price tags to defend against chronic flooding from climate-driven sea-level rise by 2040.

Climate activists clash with French police at Paris bridge - Reuters

Virginia Legislators Promoting Atlantic Coast Pipeline Have Personal Investments | Truthout

Advocates of the pipeline who serve as elected state legislators personally stand to profit from it.

Pointing finger of blame at FERC, Dominion pulls 120,000 Dt/d gas project | S&P Global Platts

'No reasonable justification for delay': Dominion Project would move Appalachian gas to eastern Ohio Dominion Energy Transmission on Friday withdrew its application for the 120,000 Dt/d Sweden Valley.

Two-degree climate goal attainable without early infrastructure retirement | Carnegie Institution for Science

America's liquefied natural gas boom may be on a collision course with climate change - CNN

America's liquefied natural gas boom has a climate change problem, according to a report released on Monday.

Comparing America's grid operators on clean energy progress: PJM is headed for a climate disaster | Utility Dive

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