Democrats drop signature climate bill – The Boston Globe (Update with LCV comment)

Jul 23rd, 2010 | By

WASHINGTON — Senators John F. Kerry and Harry Reid conceded yesterday that they have no chance of passing a comprehensive climate and energy bill any time soon, saying they would instead push for a limited bill to address problems with offshore oil drilling and to boost energy conservation. The stripped-down bill would include provisions that

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Reid Struggling to Meet Deadline for Energy Measure He Set, Democrats Say

Jul 21st, 2010 | By

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is struggling to meet a self-imposed deadline for passing energy legislation, his fellow Democrats say, and they expressed doubt the measure could be approved before Congress takes its month- long August recess. Reid didn’t confirm the comment to reporters after the lunch and was noncommittal about the measure’s timing. He

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Support The Active Community Transportation Act of 2010

Jul 20th, 2010 | By

U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) introduced H.R. 4722, the Active Community Transportation Act of 2010, in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Encourage your U.S. representative to co-sponsor the legislation now! Or, find out if your representative has already signed on.

Law will protect MDC from lawsuits like the mountain biker’s

Jul 17th, 2010 | By

State Rep. David Baram said this week he will propose legislation that will stop future lawsuits against the Metropolitan District Commission such as the one recently won by a mountain biker for injuries she received from running into a gate. via Law will protect MDC from lawsuits like the mountain biker’s – Courant.com.

And the Senate Climate Bill Gets Weaker Still

Jul 15th, 2010 | By

As expected, the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill has grown weaker still, relinquishing an economy-wide cap on carbon emissions and instead targeting only the utility sector for greenhouse gas reductions starting in 2013. And that’s still apparently too controversial for this Senate, as the conventional wisdom says not even a utility-only bill can get enough votes to

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Connecticut farmers celebrating Farms, Food and Jobs bill

Jul 14th, 2010 | By

New Law Clears Hurdles for Farm-to-Consumer Sales and Helps Create Jobs Connecticut consumers will benefit from a new bill signed into law by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. House Bill 5419, also known as the “Farms, Foods and Jobs” bill will significantly expand the availability of locally grown foods at farmer’s markets and farm stands, allowing

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Green firms uniting to flex political muscle

Jul 12th, 2010 | By

WASHINGTON — Stonyfield Farm is slapping its familiar cow logo on more than just containers of yogurt these days. The New Hampshire-based organic food maker is one of more than 50 local companies to lend its corporate name to a political lobbying campaign aimed at persuading Congress to support climate and energy legislation on Capitol

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Gov. Rell Signs Bills To Expand Brownfields Development Program

Jul 1st, 2010 | By

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has signed a pair of bills designed to expand the state’s brownfields development program by providing more opportunities for regional projects, establishing new sources of funding and offering tax incentives if developers adhere to a state-approved remediation plan. The governor signed House Bill 5383, An Act Concerning Regional Economic Development

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Advocates cite need to protect Sound | New Haven Register, staff reports

Jun 28th, 2010 | By

BRANFORD — Long Island Sound generates more than $5.5 million in revenue each year through the tourism, recreation and fishing industries, but pollution — including beach closings resulting from outmoded sewage treatment facilities — threatens that, environmental advocates said recently at a waterfront press conference. via Advocates cite need to protect Sound – The New

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Memo to the Next Governor of Connecticut: Ensure a Cleaner, Lower Cost Energy Future by Maximizing Investments in Energy Efficiency

Jun 22nd, 2010 | By

Memo to the Next Governor of Connecticut: Ensure a Cleaner, Lower Cost Energy Future by Maximizing Investments in Energy Efficiency, from Jessie Stratton, Director of Government Relations, Environment Northeast. Connecticut’s high energy costs hurt our economy by making our businesses less competitive and by reducing the amount of money residents have to spend on other

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What’s Linda McMahon’s energy policy?

Jun 17th, 2010 | By

That’s what state Democrats are asking. Party spokeswoman Kate Hansen issued a press release this morning that cites McMahon’s earlier support of off-shore drilling and questioned whether her stance has changed in the wake of the Gulf disaster. “As the Deepwater Horizon spill continues to gush with no end in sight, Linda McMahon remains a

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Connecticut’s environment under attack | Environment Connecticut

Jun 16th, 2010 | By

Bringing polluters back within the law’s reach In 1969, the abuse of America’s waterways hit a new low. Ohio’s Cuyahoga River—already infamous for the black oil that floated along its surface, the trash that lined its banks, and the complete absence of animal life within its waters—caught fire. The incident, along with a Time magazine

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Statewide ‘E-Waste’ Recycling Program For Consumer Electronic Devices Is Planned By DEP; Could Start By Fall

Jun 16th, 2010 | By

A new statewide “e-waste” recycling system for obsolete electronic equipment – computers, monitors, printers, televisions and other devices – could be set up for state residents as early as this fall, state officials said Saturday. Do you live in a state with e-waste laws? You can check out a map of which states have what

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Blumenthal to Obama: Give Gulf drilling disaster committee subpoena power

Jun 16th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is calling on Obama to grant subpoena power to the committee investigating the drilling disaster. “I know from my personal experience in conducting major investigations that the granting of subpoena power is critical to uncovering the truth, especially when big corporations resist it,” Blumenthal said via press release today. via

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Home heating oil dealers praise biodiesel (update)

Jun 14th, 2010 | By

The president Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association, a trade group of 565 gas station owners and heating oil dealers, said Monday that the group is looking forward to Connecticut’s mandate for biodiesel/heating oil blends. via home heating oil dealers praise biodiesel – Courant.com. See also:  Connecticut takes lead in fight to burn cleaner home heating oil

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Congress considers historic park for Coltsville

Jun 13th, 2010 | By

HARTFORD, Conn. — Three members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are pushing for legislation to designate Hartford’s Coltsville Historic District as a National Historical Park. via Congress considers historic park for Coltsville – Courant.com.

Can Senate get climate change bill done?

Jun 12th, 2010 | By

Washington (CNN) — A key Republican senator, instrumental in climate change negotiations in the Senate, has indicated that getting a bill passed this year with bipartisan support is a priority. But with a sharply divided Senate and other issues such as financial reform and jobs likely to take up the rest of this year’s agenda,

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Senate Rejects Republican Effort to Thwart Carbon Limits

Jun 11th, 2010 | By

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday defeated a Republican-led effort to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from curbing greenhouse gases as lawmakers road-tested arguments for a future fight over climate change legislation. via Senate Rejects Republican Effort to Thwart Carbon Limits – NYTimes.com.

U.S. Senate Rejects Big Oil Bailout

Jun 11th, 2010 | By

Environment Connecticut Urges Passage of Clean Energy & Climate Bill West Hartford, CT— As the damage escalates from the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Environment Connecticut applauded Senators Dodd and Lieberman today for voting against legislation that would have blocked new rules requiring cars and light trucks to use less oil.  A

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American Farmland Trust on the Failure of the Murkowski Amendment

Jun 11th, 2010 | By

Washington, D.C. — Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT) said:    “The failure of the Murkowski Amendment to pass in the Senate today makes clear that efforts to delay Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation of green house gasses (GHG) under the Clean Air Act, through similar legislation or lawsuits are not likely to

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