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Cap and Trade an Issue in 5th District Primary

Aug 12th, 2010 | By

Justin Bernier and Sam Caligiuri, two of the candidates in next Tuesday’s Republican primary in the 5fth Congressional District, wrestled this week over state legislation that is aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions, as they differed on whether the state bill, which Mr. Caligiuri supported, would raise costs for consumers. via Cap and Trade an

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Legislators slip in tough budget year: CTLCV 2010 Environmental Scorecard

Aug 5th, 2010 | By

Hartford, CT (August 5, 2010) – The scores are in.  And state legislators let their environmental grades slip in the 2010 legislative session, according to the 2010 Annual Environmental Scorecard released today by the bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV).  Citizens who want a sense of how their state legislators performed on environmental issues this

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Long Island Delegation Unites To Restore Long Island Sound

Aug 5th, 2010 | By

Washington – In partnership with the bipartisan Long Island delegation in the House of Representatives, Congressman Tim Bishop has introduced new legislation to protect and restore Long Island Sound. The Long Island Sound Improvement Act (H.R. 5876) provides regulatory tools for states and municipalities to protect waters throughout the Sound's watershed and authorizes funding to

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DECD: $2.25 Million for High-Priority Brownfield Sites across State

Aug 4th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced six brownfield sites throughout the state selected for the second round of funding through Connecticut’s Municipal Brownfield Pilot Program, which Gov. Rell expanded through legislation she proposed in 2007. Six sites will receive a total of $2.25 million in state funding to assist in returning formerly abandoned, contaminated or otherwise

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New legislation requires biodiesel in home heating fuel

Jul 30th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s signature of Senate Bill 382 on May 26 enacted several regulations, while setting the table for more sweeping reform over biodiesel and home heating fuel. Those reforms open the door for more biodiesel to be used in traditional oil heaters – seamlessly. Bantam Fuel president Peter Aziz attested to the impact

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Farmland Trust President Says: Senate’s Failure to Act Misses Opportunity to Help Environment and Farmers

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

Washington, D.C.—“In dropping the negotiations on clean energy and climate change, the Senate has missed an opportunity to take proactive steps to benefit the environment and U.S. farmers,” President of American Farmland Trust (AFT) Jon Scholl said in a news release. “The House worked hard to negotiate a viable approach to clean energy and climate legislation that

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Stripped down energy bill leaves out ‘cap and trade’

Jul 28th, 2010 | By

Senate majority leader Harry Reid on Tuesday unveiled a vastly narrower energy bill, minus controversial climate provisions that would have capped carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. The bill focuses instead on addressing the Gulf oil spill, home efficiency, land and water conservation, and natural gas powered vehicles. via Stripped down energy bill leaves

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CCEJ to sign up participants for Clean Energy Options

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice is signing up Hartford residents to take part in Clean Energy Options, a voluntary program to support clean energy. Through Clean Energy Options, participants purchase clean energy from one of two providers by paying a small charge on their regular CL&P monthly utility bill. The charge is based on the

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Some Utilities Disappointed in Scaled-Back U.S. Energy Plan

Jul 25th, 2010 | By

Senate Democrats’ decision to scale back energy legislation disappointed environmentalists, some utilities and the Obama administration, which took office promising to steer the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels. Conversely, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to drop a cap-and-trade plan, in which companies would buy and sell pollution rights, was “welcome news” for companies

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EPA employees blow the whistle on flawed climate bills

Jul 25th, 2010 | By

Agency Specialists Say Greenhouse Gas Offsets Unenforceable and Demand Probe Washington, DC — The major bills before Congress to regulate greenhouse gases to combat global climate change suffer from “multiple unfixable flaws” that undermine their effectiveness, according to a detailed congressional disclosure by two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees, posted today by Public Employees

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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.



Airport Shuttle Buses Fined for Idling at Bradley and Logan

Jul 19th, 2010 | By

Pending court approval, several companies affiliated with National Car Rental will pay a fine of $475,000 for repeated violations of motor vehicle idling regulations at Hartford, Connecticut’s Bradley International in Windsor Locks and Logan International in Boston. On numerous occasions in 2006 and 2007, EPA investigators observed the shuttle buses that carry passengers from the

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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.



Statement of Lisa P. Jackson on Use of Dispersants in BP Oil Spill

Jul 15th, 2010 | By

Senate Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Chairman Mikulski, Ranking Member Shelby and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on the role of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill response. My testimony today will provide you with an

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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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