Archive for August 2011

Appalachian Coalfield Leaders Join Tar Sands Pipeline White House Protest: Which Side Are You On, Mr. President? « SpeakEasy

Aug 31st, 2011 | By

Not quite a year ago, NASA climatologist James Hansen joined hundreds of Appalachian coalfield activists, including Teri Blanton, Maria Gunnoe, Bo Webb, Larry Gibson, Mickey McCoy and Bob Kincaid at a sit-in in front of the White House, and called for the abolition of mountaintop removal mining. In an extraordinary act of solidarity, Blanton and

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Obama administration backs oil pipeline from Alberta to Texas | The Guardian

Aug 31st, 2011 | By

The Obama administration has given an important approval to a controversial pipeline that will pump oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the Texas coast. In a blow to campaigners, who have spent the last week at a sit-in at the White House, the State Department said the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline would not cause

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FORUM: Betting that climate change is a myth is a losing wager | Eugene Linden, via The New Haven Register

Aug 31st, 2011 | By

LEON Trotsky is reputed to have quipped, “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” Substitute the words “climate change” for “war” and the quote is perfectly suited for the governors of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, all of whom have ridiculed or dismissed the threat of climate change even

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Northeast Recycling Council Welcomes Senate Recycling Resolution

Aug 30th, 2011 | By

The Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. welcomes and endorses Senate Resolution 251: Expressing Support for Improvement in the Collection, Processing and Consumption of Recyclable Materials throughout the United States, co-sponsored by Sens. Tom Carper and Olympia Snowe — the co-founders of the U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus.



Advocates pleased with New Haven safe streets efforts, but say much work remains (video, document)

Aug 30th, 2011 | By

Advocates have high praise for city officials and their efforts to kick-start safe streets legislation. But, going forward, they want faster implementation and the clear application of the standards to all city streets.



Volunteers needed for the Shoreline Greenway Trail in Branford

Aug 30th, 2011 | By

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED RIGHT NOW! Chet and his “greem Team There are many, many important tasks associated with the Shoreline Greenway Trail, which include: Building and maintaining trails Raising funds Increasing SGT membership Publicity Government Liaison Fiscal work Identifying and tagging trees along the trail. If you like to volunteer, call Co–chair Judith Miller at 203-481-3870

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Monroe Land Trust and Tree Conservancy elects president

Aug 29th, 2011 | By

Karl Witalis, the president of the old Monroe Fields and Woods Association, has been elected president of its successor, the Monroe Land Trust and Tree Conservancy. Other officers elected tonight at the trust’s fourth monthly meeting on Aug. 24 at Monroe’s Town Hall were Aaron McGoldrick, vice president,Deb Heim, treasurer, and Marven Moss, secretary. Read

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Oh, to Be Warm in Summer’s Heat

Aug 29th, 2011 | By

Why are airports, shops, offices and homes in the United States and elsewhere chilled to sweater-weather temperatures in summer when the temperature outside rises? “Everyone asks the question, but no one has a good answer,” said Fergus Nicol, a cooling expert and professor emeritus of architecture at London Metropolitan University. “I think it’s because air-conditioners

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Millstone looking to return to 100% power soon

Aug 29th, 2011 | By

The Millstone Nuclear Power Station is hoping to return to 100 percent power production today and is in talks with ISO New England, known as the region’s electricity grid, about doing that, plant spokesman Ken Holt said Monday morning. Read more here: Millstone looking to return to 100% power soon – Norwich, CT – The

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R.I. toll plan should generate broad discussion – The Day Editorial

Aug 29th, 2011 | By

Many people support the idea of paying their fair share for various public projects through user fees rather than across-the-board taxes – until, of course, it comes time to actually shell out the money.



Big fish gets him in hot water

Aug 29th, 2011 | By

Ryan McCullough has been fishing since childhood, for some 15 or 16 of his 22 years, and initially he was thrilled with his July 25 catch in the White River, just downstream of the federal fish hatchery in Stockbridge, Vt. “The second I pulled it out, I was like, ‘Wow!’ ’’ recounted McCullough, whose catch

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Shored Up: Debate over Development on Barrier Islands Intensifies After Hurricane

Aug 29th, 2011 | By

Hurricane Irene caused significant beach erosion as it made landfall at North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a 200-mile-long string of barrier islands. It also crashed into the Jersey Shore, Long Island and other popular East Coast beaches this weekend. Many of these areas are filled with high-priced oceanfront real estate, and the battle to save these

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Long Island Sound is in trouble

Aug 29th, 2011 | By

Once again, they’ve gone too far.

The radical anti-environment leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would cripple the Clean Water Act, the best defense that Long Island Sound and all of Connecticut’s waterways have against polluters.

We cannot let Congress unravel decades of progress toward protecting the Sound and toward restoring waterways that were polluted for generations. Environment Connecticut reports.



A bit of Good News regarding the CEQ

Aug 28th, 2011 | By

A note from Marty Mador, of the Sierra Club about the effort during the 2011 legislative session to save the Council on Environmental Quality. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy does not like the watchdogs, and repeatedly tried to zero out CEQs  funding. Many legislators promised to support CEQ, and full funding (less than $200,000 for 2

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While the media are distracted by Irene: Obama administration backs oil pipeline from Alberta to Texas

Aug 27th, 2011 | By

The Obama administration has given an important approval to a controversial pipeline that will pump oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the Texas coast. In a blow to campaigners, who have spent the last week at a sit-in at the White House, the State Department said the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline would not cause

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360 State’s Green Power Goes Untapped

Aug 27th, 2011 | By

Over a year after a downtown New Haven developer installed the world’s largest clean-energy generator in an apartment building, it’s operating at only a fraction of its full capacity—thanks to a tangle of government red tape. Developer Bruce Becker installed a new fuel cell at the 360 State high-rise in May 2010, with hopes to

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Navy to spend $500M for alternative energy

Aug 27th, 2011 | By

The Department of the Navy is about to take another step aimed at reducing its reliance on foreign sources of energy. The Navy and Marines want the private sector to help them come up with replacements for petroleum-based fuels. The Navy is about to issue a Request for Proposals for developing alternative energy sources that

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Smoldering coal catches fire on tanker in Long Island Sound

Aug 27th, 2011 | By

Smoldering coal ignited into a fire on a tanker in Long Island Sound off the Fairfield shoreline early Friday morning, Coast Guard and fire officials said. The Coast Guard and the Fairfield Fire Department remain on the scene with crews from PSEG, Fairfield police and the Fire Department of New York as of 9:45 a.m.

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How to Find Common Ground In the Bitter Climate Debate | by Yale Environment 360

Aug 27th, 2011 | By

Even as the impacts of climate change intensify, many Americans remain confused by the issue. In an interview Yale Environment 360, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe discusses what rising temperatures will mean for the U.S., how to talk with climate skeptics, and what she would say to Texas Gov. Rick Perry to prod him into action

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Malloy stop focuses on farms

Aug 26th, 2011 | By

State agencies need to find ways to work with Connecticut farmers to bolster their profits and promote the importance of buying locally grown goods to ensure the future health of the industry, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday. The Norwich Bulletin reports.