Events & News - May 3

CSGA Events

CSGA Business Meeting

Thursday, May 10, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Events of Interest to CSGA

Mitigation Working Group Meeting / Maryland Climate Change Commission

May 3, 10 AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

Rally for a Safety Study / We are Cove Point

May 3, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis

Adaptation and Response Working Group Meeting / Maryland Climate Change Commission

May 7, 2 PM - Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis

Green Drinks / Annapolis Green

May 8, 5:30 PM - Baroak, Annapolis

Drop In and Hang Out at MDE / We Are Cove Point

May 9, 11 AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

Exploring our Clean Energy Future / 100% Renewable Maryland

May 9, 6:30 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, Silver Spring

Rally for a Safety Study / We are Cove Point

May 10, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis

The 4th Symposium on Environmental Justice and Health Disparities in Maryland and the Washington, DC Region / UMd School of Public Health Center for Health Equity

May 12, 9 AM - University of Maryland, College Park

Meeting / Citizens' Climate Lobby Annapolis Chapter

May 12, 12:30 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Josh Cohen: Solar facilities can help preserve Anne Arundel County's rural landscape - Capital Gazette

Anne Arundel County shouldn't change its rules to make it harder to develop small-scale community solar installations that can actually help sustain agriculture.

Bay Journal - Article: Solar power’s new look: more landscape-friendly siting

Will Annapolis landfill’s panels light the way to alternatives for rural farmland sites?

Monica O'Connor: Gov. Larry Hogan's support of a Maryland fracking ban camouflages a pro-fracking policy - Capital Gazette

In spite of Gov. Larry Hogan's political maneuvers, such as his decision last year to sign a ban on hydraulic fracturing in Maryland, he remains committed to building up infrastructure for a fracked-gas industry that poses environmental hazards for the state.

Local group raises concerns over potential pipeline - WMDT

The Delmarva Pipeline Company is hoping to bring a natural gas pipeline to the peninsula, but one group is hoping they can help prevent it from happening.

Attorneys warn that Giles pipeline protester could die if denied sustenance |

A protester could die if authorities continue to deny her food and water as she nears one month atop a pole blocking construction of a natural gas pipeline.

U.S. top court rejects Constitution Pipeline over New York permit | Reuters

Dominion's long-term plan includes more natural gas, solar | WTOP

Dominion Energy Virginia said Tuesday that it plans to build at least eight new natural gas-fired plants during the next 15 years, cementing its shift away from coal, while depending on renewables for less than 10 percent of its energy capacity.

Closing FirstEnergy's reactors will not destabilize grid, says PJM, but launches probe into future fuel security |

FirstEnergy's decision to close its three nuclear power plants would not affect the stability of the regional power grid, PJM said today while simultaneously announcing it will "model' for future nuclear and coal power plants closings and devise a market-based system that may require "dual fuels" at gas plants within a year.

Coal extracted a steep price, now gas is taking WV down same path | West Virginia's Troubled Transition to Natural Gas |

Revolt in West Virginia's Coal Country - Rolling Stone

As protests rage in the State Capitol, a coal miner’s daughter is calling out the fossil-fuel industry in an insurgent campaign for the U.S. Senate.

How big can New England's regional cap-and-trade program get? | Utility Dive

New numbers prove it works and New Jersey and Virginia want in. Who’s next?

First Solar to Open a New US Manufacturing Plant | Greentech Media

First Solar's plan is contingent on confirmation of state and local incentive packages currently under negotiation. If approved, the 1 million square foot facility in Township, Ohio is forecast to create 500 new jobs in the state.

The military paid for a study on sea level rise. The results were scary. - The Washington Post

Climate change could make thousands of tropical islands 'uninhabitable' in coming decades, new research says.

We need bold action before 2020 to hold global warming below 1.5C | Climate Home News

If rich countries fail to live up to their promises over the next two years, they condemn small islands to catastrophic warming impacts, says Maldives minister.

China will save billions of dollars by reducing carbon emissions, according to a new MIT study — Quartz

The cost of battling climate change could leave China in the green.

Is a Texas Town the Future of Renewable Energy? | Smithsonian

A high-wattage Republican Mayor of Georgetown, Texas, has become the unlikeliest hero of the green revolution.

How Oman’s Rocks Could Help Save the Planet - The New York Times

The rocks in this part of the world have a special ability: They can turn carbon dioxide into stone.

Forced to Move: Climate Change Already Displacing U.S. Communities | KCET

Climate change, expected to displace up to 200 million people by 2050, is cited as the number one global security threat of the 21st century.

Should climate change be called murder? What do you call knowingly killing people? - The Washington Post

Trump diddles while home burns.

Power-for-all push risks leaving out Africa's poorest: official | Reuters

Parts of Africa will get left behind in the global push to provide electric power to all unless national governments and the international community agree on a plan for faster action in places that are lagging, a top energy official has warned.

Cardinal Ribat: A Christian obligation to confront climate change | Washington Examiner

Christians must confront climate change in order to protect creation and all who share it.