Events & News - Mar 29

CSGA Events

Saving Snow

CSGA Movie Night

Friday, April 6, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Events of Interest to CSGA

Rally for a Safety Study / We are Cove Point

March 19, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis

Frozen Visions, Science and Art Below the Freezing Point / Cafe Scientifique

March 19, 6:15 PM - 49 West, Annapolis

Days of Action vs Wells Fargo / Climate First!

March 31, 10:30 AM - Fairfax

Paul Hawken, Hanway Lecture in Global Studies / Loyola University Maryland

April 3, 7 PM - Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore

Clean Transportation For All Community Forum / Sierra Club

April 3, 7 PM - Impact Hub, Baltimore

Meeting / Annapolis Environmental Commission

April 4, 7 PM - 145 Gorman St, Annapolis

Mitigation Working Group Meeting / Maryland Commission on Climate Change

April 5, 10 AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

Rally for a Safety Study / We are Cove Point

April 5, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Baltimore votes to ban crude oil export terminals – ThinkProgress

If signed by the mayor, if would become the first East Coast city to ban a specific kind of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Maryland regulators approve Potomac River gas pipeline - Baltimore Sun

Maryland regulators will allow a Canadian energy company to route a controversial natural gas pipeline through the state and beneath the Potomac River, but are holding the project to a set of safeguards protecting the river and groundwater.

Hogan's soft line on fossil fuels - Baltimore Sun

Even though Gov. Larry Hogan agreed to ban fracking in Maryland, he has quietly sought to expand the infrastructure for the use of fracked gas in the state.

Maryland's utilities propose spending $104 million on statewide electric-vehicle charging network - Baltimore Sun

In pursuit of Maryland’s ambitious goal of 300,000 electric vehicles on the street by 2025, utility companies and other stakeholders are proposing to install a $104 million network of 24,000 charging stations across the state — which would be the second-largest in the country, after California’s.

Maryland is 290K shy of its EV goal; Can a broad stakeholder process get it there? | Utility Dive

Can Maryland Reach 100% Renewable Energy by 2035? |

A new clean energy bill would give Maryland 17 years to achieve 100% renewable electricity. The goal is well within the state's reach, says Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.

Study: wind and solar can power most of the United States | The Guardian

John Abraham: Wind, solar, and storage could meet 90–100% of America’s electricity needs

FirstEnergy Solutions Files Deactivation Notice for Three Competitive Nuclear Generating Plants | FirstEnergy Solutions

Joey James, Evan Hansen: Law could foster renewable energy development in Central Appalachia |

For many years, private and government forecasts have predicted sharp declines in Central Appalachian coal production in southern West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia and northeastern Tennessee.

Governor signs sweeping utility overhaul affecting 3 million Virginia ratepayers | Virginia |

Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday signed into law a dramatic overhaul of regulations for Virginia’s two large electric utilities.

Why I’m breaking up with Dominion Energy - The Washington Post

Our political and regulatory systems are clearly broken.

Microsoft says it will buy power from Virginia's largest solar site planned in Spotsylvania County |

Microsoft Corp. plans to buy a significant amount of the energy produced from a planned solar power project in Spotsylvania County.

The Koch brothers preached the fossil fuel gospel in Virginia. Then, black churches fought back. | Grist

A green wave rises in the wake of a Koch Brothers-funded campaign to win the African-American community’s support of fossil fuels.

New citizen monitoring group to watch for violations during pipeline construction |

Doug Martin told a crowd of more than 100 people about his daily walks through Newport, the village where his family has lived for eight generations.

Anti-pipeline campaigners found not guilty by judge because 'protest against climate change crisis' was legal 'necessity' | The Independent

More than a dozen protesters who clambered into holes dug for a high pressure gas pipeline said they had been found not responsible by a judge after hearing them argue their actions to try and stop climate change were a legal “necessity”.

Tree-sit protest of Mountain Valley Pipeline escalates, drawing police response |

PETERS MOUNTAIN — She didn’t want to state her name, the woman who was sitting near the top of a 50-foot pole planted in the middle of a gravel road.

Half of All U.S. Coal Plants Would Lose Money Without Regulation - Bloomberg

It’s long been clear that U.S. coal plants are struggling. A study released Monday shows how much -- concluding that barely half earned enough revenue last year to cover their operating expenses.

Tougher climate policies could save a stunning 150 million lives, researchers find - The Washington Post

Millions of people who breathe polluted air around the world will die of heart attacks and respiratory illnesses that are preventable.

Fossil fuels are the problem, say fossil fuel companies being sued | Grist

Oil doesn't cause climate change, Big Oil says, people burning oil cause climate change.

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017 | Reuters

Shell — yes, that Shell — just outlined a radical scenario for what it would take to halt climate change - The Washington Post

The company just outlined a future in which people won't buy nearly as much of its oil anymore.

In Pittsburgh, a community bill of rights helped ban fracking - Shareable

Here's the problem: In 2010, the oil and gas industries operating in Pennsylvania were acquiring land leases that would allow them to extract natural gas.

Fossil fuel subsidies need to go – but what about the poorer people who rely on cheap energy? | The Conversation

Reforms to fossil fuel subsidies must be combined with effective anti-poverty policies.

Banking on Climate Change - Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2018 - Rainforest Action Network

Banking on Climate Change - Download Banking On Climate Change: Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2018. The ninth annual fossil fuel finance report card shows how big banks continue to fund the climate crisis.

EPA: Pruitt's youth advisers slam federal inaction on climate --

U.S. EPA's youngest social justice advisers are hammering the federal government for its lack of action on climate change.

Global CO2 Emissions Rise after Paris Climate Agreement Signed - Scientific American