Events & News March 7

Events of Interest to CSGA


Hearing on HB 669 / Maryland House Economic Matters Committee

Mar 7, 1 PM - House Office Building, Annapolis


Hearing on HB 1246 / Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee

Mar 7, 1 PM - House Office Building, Annapolis


Hearing on HB 514, 1158, and 1235 / Maryland House Economic Matters Committee

Mar 8, 1 PM - House Office Building, Annapolis


Hearing on SB 520 / Maryland Senate Finance Committee

Mar 8, 1 PM - Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis


Chapter Meeting / Citizens' Climate Lobby

Mar 9, 12:45 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis


Earth Forum of Howard County / First Presbyterian Church of Howard County

Mar 10, 2 PM - First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia


Mitigation Working Group Meeting / Maryland Commission on Climate Change

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


Climate Tea & Talk / Elders Climate Action

Mar 12, 6 PM - Video Conference


Annapolis Youth Climate Strike

Mar 15, Noon - Revenue and Treasury Courtyard, Annapolis

Zero Waste: Youth Leadership in Action Day / United Workers

Mar 16, 1 PM - City Garage, Baltimore

Strategies and Stories from the German Climate Justice Movement

Mar 16, 2 PM - The Undercroft, Baltimore


News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA


Can YouTube Solve Its Serious Climate Science Denial Problem? | DeSmogBlog

“What are we in for next?” asks the narrator on the YouTube video. “Will the temperature resume an upward trend? Will it remain flat for a lengthy period? Or will it begin to drop? No one knows, not even the biggest, fastest computers.” The video — with the clickbait title “What They Haven’t Told You about Climate Change” — has been watched more than 2.5 million times on the Google-owned video platform.


Student Reporters in West Virginia Find Atlantic Coast Pipeline Offers Only Two Dozen Permanent Jobs | DeSmogBlog

It’s hard for anyone to miss a “help wanted” sign like this: “13,000 Union Workers Needed for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project.” That’s how the website Oilfield Job Shop described the opportunities created by the $7 billion Atlantic Coast pipeline, planned to carry shale gas 605 miles from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina. Its builders, a group led by Dominion Energy, say all told, the project will support 17,000 jobs — no small amount of work anywhere, but especially in parts of West Virginia where the economy has long relied on coal mining. So, when high school students working with PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs in Morgantown, West Virginia, set out to find out what “opportunity” looks like in 2019, they quickly zoomed in on pipeline jobs.


Alberta's oil production cut shows the Keystone XL protest worked | Climate Home News

Widely dismissed as a symbolic victory in 2015, the blocking of a major pipeline project has forced Canada's oil patch to limit its output, vindicating activists.


Juliana v. United States: The climate change lawsuit that could stop the U.S. government from supporting fossil fuels - CBS News

A lawsuit filed on behalf of 21 kids alleges the U.S. government knowingly failed to protect them from climate change. If the plaintiffs win, it could mean massive changes for the use of fossil fuels.


Viral Confrontation Between Dianne Feinstein and Activists Had Real Political Impact | The Intercept

That activists’ conversations with Democrats — and Republicans — have borne actual fruit should be instructive as they try to gin up more support for the Green New Deal.


Readers react to the Editorial Board’s Green New Deal - The Washington Post

The board said the plan proposed by congressional Democrats falls short. Readers had thoughts.


Walz unveils plan for all carbon-free electricity by 2050 | MPR News

Gov. Tim Walz announced a plan Monday morning for making Minnesota's electricity entirely free from fossil fuels by 2050.


Amid Climate Change, FEMA And Government Aid Widen Wealth Inequality : NPR

The federal government spends billions of dollars each year helping communities rebuild after disasters and to prevent future damage. But that money isn't always allocated to those who need it most.


Special Report: Six Trump Administration Rollbacks Will Result in More than 200 Million Metric Tons of Additional GHG Emissions Each Year | State Impact Center

Following the release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, the Trump administration is proposing to give four top climate-polluting industries a pass. Six rollbacks will cause an annual increase of more than 200 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, result in the loss of hundreds of billions of dollars in forgone benefits, and lead to tens of thousands of premature deaths.


Analyst says GOP, Dems are most divided on climate change | TheHill

Polling and public opinion analyst Dan Cox said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "What America's Thinking" that Republicans and Democrats are most divided on the issue of climate change.


Maryland Attorney General Frosh joins 8 other state AGs in seeking halt to underwater seismic testing for oil - Capital Gazette

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says a coalition of nine states that joined a federal lawsuit in December to prevent underwater seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean is asking a judge to halt the practice while the case proceeds.