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by Sean Cosgrove

Increased wind speed late yesterday started putting oil on Gulf Coast beaches about 10:00pm last night. Our colleagues at the Gulf Restoration Network are working hard to deal with the oil onslaught. The federal government is stepping up their response and making sure we all know they are. White House political chief David Axelrod announced…

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Yet one more fully predictable disaster
by Sean Cosgrove

What is there to say about the latest oil spill disaster? My first few attempts at writing would have had to be translated into cartoon epithets  – “^%*) BP oil $#(*^~ %&#*!!” What we did predict and now know is that: A) the impacts will continue to get worse, B) the experts who promised time and again that they could handle a…

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CLF President John Kassel on Cape Wind
by John Kassel

Yesterday, Interior Secretary Salazar gave us a glimpse of our clean energy future by announcing his approval of the Cape Wind project. CLF has worked tirelessly on this project for many years, and the decision was momentous for our organization and others in the environmental, labor and business communities who recognize Cape Wind’s enormous potential…

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Get yourself into (solar) hot water in New Hampshire !
by Seth Kaplan

In the spirit of the Federal rebates for efficient appliances discussed in a prior post this  message just came in from Jack Ruderman, the Director of the Sustainable Energy Division at the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission: Friends – I am delighted to report that the Commission is now accepting applications for the residential solar…

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Free Money! (Ok sort of: rebates for energy efficient appliances)
by Seth Kaplan

As implementation of the energy efficiency funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act continues to roll forward a window is about to open that will allow buyers of energy efficient appliances to receive substantial rebates. There is real concern that these programs could prove so popular that the window for getting the rebates will…

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Furnace Efficiency is Sexy !!
by Seth Kaplan

If President Obama can make the case that “insulation is sexy stuff” in a moment captured on video then we can say that providing the residents of Massachusetts with the chance to save money while staying warm in the winter is sexy as well. The situation is simple – the federal government sets minimum efficiency…

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Courting Cleaner Water
by Anthony Iarrapino

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ announcement that he will retire from the United States Supreme Court will bring some much needed attention to the larger issue of judicial nominations under the Obama Administration.  These days, it is hard to  find a good word to say about the ultraconservative majority of the United States Supreme Court…

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Hard lessons from the hard rain
by Anthony Iarrapino

Our hearts go out to New Englanders dealing with the flood disaster caused by record-setting rainfall over the last couple days.  The director of CLF’s Rhode Island Director, Tricia Jedele, has circulated some extraordinary pictures of the deluge that really bring home the scope of the devastation. The tragic events playing out on the ground in Rhode Island–flooding and subsequent failure…