James Crowley

Staff Attorney CLF Rhode Island @JamesCrowleyRI

James Crowley is a Staff Attorney for CLF Rhode Island, where he works in the Clean Water & Healthy Forests and Clean Energy & Climate Change programs. Prior to joining CLF, he worked for nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts providing legal services for the indigent in housing, employment, and consumer protection cases.

James received his JD from Columbia Law School, where he served on the staff of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. James holds a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Rhode Island. He is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and before the United States District Courts for the Districts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.


Recent Posts

Heating Rhode Island’s Homes and Businesses Doesn’t Have to Pollute Our Planet
To solve the climate crisis, we need to power our lives without producing climate-damaging emissions. How we heat our homes, businesses, and industry is a major piece of that puzzle, especially in states like Rhode Island, where we experience long, cold winters. Rhode Island estimates that 35% of its climate-damaging emissions come from heating, mostly…
Lawmakers Must Act on Toxic PFAS Chemicals in Our Water
Across New England, thanks in large part to a push by CLF and our partners, states are taking action to protect people from a class of toxic chemicals called PFAS. These chemicals pose a serious risk to public health, even in very small concentrations. To date, they have been linked to several cancers, problems with…
UPDATE: Is Rhode Island Really Making Progress on Climate?
UPDATE: Rhode Island has still not corrected how it measures dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. The State continues to dramatically underestimate the amount of methane – an extremely potent greenhouse gas – leaking from its pipes. To ensure Rhode Island makes real progress in cutting its carbon pollution, the legislature should adopt the Act On Climate…
Finding Balance in Siting Solar Energy Projects
In the past few years, the pace of solar energy development in Rhode Island has accelerated tremendously. As recently as 2011, the state had only 1.2 megawatts of installed solar capacity – enough to power just about a thousand homes. Today, improvements in technology, state programs like Virtual Net Metering and Renewable Energy Growth, and…
Polluted Runoff is Putting Rhode Island Waters at Risk
Stormwater runoff polluted by oil, dirt, and toxins while flowing over streets and parking lots is one of the biggest threats to clean water today. Densely populated states with lots of paved surfaces, like Rhode Island, are most vulnerable to its dangerous impacts. Runoff can lead to big issues for local waterways, including toxic blue-green algae…

 

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