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BEP Postpones Hearings on Calais LNG Facility: CLF Speculates on Why
by Becky Lipson

After months of political and legal muscle flexing to bully the Board of Environmental Protection into setting an extremely aggressive hearing schedule, the proponents of a liquefied natural gas import and regasification industrial facility on the shores of Passamaquoddy Bay sought and obtained a last minute postponement.  Why? The official story is that the BEP…

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The real climategate
by Seth Kaplan

Global Warming is real . . .  and I don’t just say that because it is really hot outside. Yet again the core science presented by such reliable sources as the National Research Council has been vindicated. As the New York Times reports a fifth official commission report (know as the “Muir Report”)  has come…

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Another Radioactive Fish near Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Another radioactive fish was found near the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in southern Vermont. This is the second time a fish contaminated with Strontium-90 was found in the Connecticut River. Vermont Yankee officials defy common sense.  They continue to claim there is no connection between the contaminated fish and the nuclear reactor on the banks…

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[Political] Party at the Old South Meeting House — actually, four of them
by Samantha Caravello

Last night, in keeping with the long and rich tradition of Massachusetts political debate, the candidates in this fall’s gubernatorial election appeared at Boston’s Old South Meeting House to discuss the most pressing environmental issues facing the Commonwealth. Several hundred people attended the Gubernatorial Forum on Energy and the Environment, which was sponsored by CLF…

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Clearing the Air in Salem
by Seth Kaplan

Big announcement yesterday: In an ongoing effort to protect the environment and the public from the hazards of dirty coal-fired power plants, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) today filed a federal suit against Dominion Energy of New England for repeatedly exceeding smokestack emissions limits at its Salem Harbor Station facility in Salem, Massachusetts.  The suit holds…

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Really, don’t be evil, please . . .
by Seth Kaplan

An earlier post on this blog pressed Google to donate money it was getting from BP for AdWords and search results around the Gulf oil catastrophe.  And full disclosure that Elizabeth Stillman, who happens to be married to me, independently came up with the idea and inspired the original CLF Scoop post. Some people think…

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Big Oil – losing grip on politicians at last . . .
by Seth Kaplan

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA)  issued a statement about President Obama’s speech calling for a complete clean up of the oil spill and enactment of comprehensive energy and climate legislation that concluded with the following paragraph: “Finally, the President called on America to begin a transition to cleaner, renewable energy. As people all across our…

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The (oil) empire strikes back
by Seth Kaplan

While the oil continues to gush out of the wounded well on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico a group is gathered here in Boston today to try to head off development of an important tool that would help move us away from oil.  In fact, these folks want us to shift to an…