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Events & News - June 14

CSGA Events

CSGA Business Meeting

Thursday, June 14, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

The Climate Apocalypse

Climate Stewards Speakers Series

Thursday, June 21, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Events of Interest to CSGA

Happening / Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

June 15, 6:30 PM - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethesda

Meeting / Maryland Commission on Climate Change

June 19, 1 PM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

Meeting / Baltimore Commission on Sustainablity

June 19, 4 PM - City Planning Office, Baltimore

Meeting / No Eastern Shore Pipeline

June 19, 5:30 PM - Centre Branch Library, Salisbury

Education, Communication, and Outreach Working Group Meeting / Maryland Commission on Climate Change

June 20, 10:30 AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Diesel Range Organics Found in Cove Point Lighthouse Well Water | Calvert County, MD

Maryland Commission Takes on Carbon Pricing | Climate XChange

WEST VIRGINIA PIPELINE EXPLOSION: Pipeline explosion sends ball of fire into air in W. Va.; visible from Washington Co. | WPXI

An explosion Thursday morning in Marshall County, West Virginia, sent a ball of fire shooting into the sky.

Regulators cite Mountain Valley Pipeline a second time for erosion problems |

For the second time since work began on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, regulators have put the company on notice that it is breaking rules meant to protect the environment.

Natural gas pipeline agrees to pay $430,000 penalty for water pollution violations |

Rover Pipeline LLC has agreed to pay the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection $430,000 for water pollution violations in the state, according to a consent order made public Tuesday.

Editorial: Sunoco can’t bury residents’ pipeline concerns | Daily Local News

Up until this point, it appeared as if nothing was going to stop the Mariner East 2 pipeline.

Pennsylvania, for first time, sets methane requirements on natural gas wells | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Wolf touts the rules, which apply only to new wells.

The psychological toll of Ellicott City’s flooding | The Daily Climate

Psychologists trained in disaster psychology say after a traumatic event like a flood, people can experience stress, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.Going through a flood for the second time can worsen these responses, they said. And adding to the stress and trauma is the question of whether or not to rebuild.

Overlooked U.S. border shantytowns face threat of gathering storms | Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Poor people just get the short end of the stick continuously, and climate change is just another thing they are going to have to deal with.

Electric power sector consumption of fossil fuels at lowest level since 1994 - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Nevada's 2.3-Cent Bid Beats Arizona's Record-Low Solar PPA Price | Greentech Media

Just days ago, we were reporting that the Central Arizona Project had secured the lowest confirmed solar price in the U.S. That Arizona record is already under threat from projects that utility NV Energy selected as part of its integrated resource planning.

Consumers Energy to quit coal power by 2040, close 5 plants. | The Detroit News

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, said it would increase solar and wind energy.

Mapped: The world’s coal power plants | Carbon Brief

Since 2000, the world has doubled its coal-fired power capacity to 2,000 gigawatts (GW) after explosive growth in China and India. Another 200GW is being built and 450GW is planned.

House rejects amendment to eliminate REAP – pv magazine USA

The U.S. House overwhelmingly votes to keep the popular energy program.

Trump orders Rick Perry to save coal, nuclear plants | Washington Examiner

President Trump ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take "immediate steps" to save ailing coal and nuclear power plants from closing, the White House announced Friday afternoon.

Energy regulators: No grid emergency to justify coal bailout - The Washington Post

Federal regulators on Tuesday disputed the Trump administration’s claim that struggles facing the coal and nuclear industries threaten the reliability of the nation’s power grid.

U.S. Interior Department axed health study on coal without clear reason: watchdog - Business Insider

In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research - The Washington Post

White House officials last year weighed whether to simply “ignore” the climate findings emerging from federal agencies under President Trump or instead develop “a coherent, fact-based message about climate science,” according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post.

U.S. scraps rule requiring states to measure tailpipe gases | Reuters

The U.S. Transportation Department is repealing a rule, finalized in the closing days of the Obama administration as part of the fight against global warming, requiring states to track greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles on the nation’s highways.

In Rebuke to Pruitt, EPA Science Board Votes to Review Climate Policy Changes | InsideClimate News

The board, with more than a dozen Pruitt-appointed members, questioned his efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan and weaken auto standards and other regulations.

GOP senators push Trump to submit pollution treaty amendment for Senate approval | TheHill

A group of Republicans senators is pushing President Trump to let them approve a treaty amendment meant to cut emissions of certain greenhouse gases.

The World Is Dangerously Lowballing The Economic Cost Of Climate Change, Study Finds | HuffPost

It's almost impossible to calculate how many trillions of dollars it could cost.

Disasters Are Getting Costlier, So the U.S. Government Is Buying Reinsurance - Bloomberg

The federal government, seeking to protect itself from the growing cost of natural disasters, is borrowing a technique from the private sector and buying reinsurance.

Conflicts and climate disasters forcing children into work | Thomson Reuters Foundation News

In 2017, there were 152 million children under the age of 18 working around the world.

Many Republican mayors are advancing climate-friendly policies without saying so | The Conversation

They may not say 'climate change,' but many Republican US mayors support clean energy, jobs in renewable industries, and other climate-friendly policies. And so do majorities of their constituents.

Few Southeast Cities Have Climate Targets, but That’s Slowly Changing | InsideClimate News

Fueled by coal-burning power plants and heavy industry, seven southeastern states produce enough carbon dioxide combined to rank as the world’s sixth-largest climate polluter, but few of the region’s larger cities are setting measurable goals for cleaning up, a new report concludes.

Fossil fuel supply: why it’s time to think seriously about cutting it off - Vox

A new paper makes the case for supply-side climate policy.

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