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Shut’er Down, Regulators asleep at the switch
by Anthony Iarrapino

1. Stop the Leaks The continuing leaks of radiation at Vermont Yankee must stop. It is outrageous that our regulators are refusing to act.  Nearly a month ago, CLF called on the Public Service Board to shut down Yankee until the leaks stop. It only makes sense. You can read our filings here. 2. Shut…

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Global Warming and Blizzards
by Seth Kaplan

Our friend Mike Tidwell, the Executive Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (and definitive climate policy blogger Joe Romm) directs attention to the thoughts of Jeff Masters, head meteorologist at Weather Underground on how the current spate of East Coast blizzards is the kind of phenomena that climate science tells us to expect as…

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Neil Young, Environmental Visionary
by Seth Kaplan

The summary at the top of this blog post sums it all up: In 2009, Neil Young released Fork In The Road, an album which is dedicated to the Lincvolt project that transformed his classic Lincoln Continental into a hot zero emissions vehicle that gets 100 mpg. In this paean to the LincVolt project, Karen…

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Tragedy in Connecticut
by Seth Kaplan

The explosion at a nearly-completed power plant under construction in Connecticut illustrates the direct dangers inherent in harnessing fuels like natural gas.  The accident occurred during the “purging” of the gas lines that were to provide the fuel for the plant – an activity of concern to some observers who believe it to be an…

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Everything old is new again: The fight for Clean Air continues & reducing, reusing and recycling is still a good idea
by Seth Kaplan

While the overarching environmental challenge of our time continues to be global warming we can’t loose sight of the need to confront the other air pollution that threatens the public health.  For those of us who fighting against dangerous pollution from coal fired power plants like Salem Harbor in Massachusetts this is not news –…

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In defense of airline baggage fees
by Anthony Iarrapino

It’s hard to say a good word about the new fees being charged by airlines for checked baggage.  Travel websites abound with tips on how to get around these new fees.  At the risk of taking an unpopular stand, anyone who cares about reducing global warming pollution needs to think twice before decrying this industry practice.  If you’ve…

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Boston is drowning, and I, I live by the river . . .
by Seth Kaplan

The authors of the book The Rising Sea summarizes their conclusion that prudent planning for waterfront communities assumes a sea level rise of seven feet in a post on the Yale environment 360 website. Chilling stuff, especially for those of us who remember when early iterations of this work nearly ten years ago labeled New…

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Unholy alliances in the climate debate
by Seth Kaplan

In a web video interview (transcript) Rob Bradley, Director of International Climate Policy at the World Resources Institute, makes the following observation about the difficulties and challenges around the international climate negotiation process: Well, some of the problems that occur are down to the sheer complexity of climate change as an issue. It’s too politically…

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History of Cap and Trade Podcast
by Seth Kaplan

Determined journalist from Renewable Energy World takes the time in a long form NPR/radio style podcast to dig into this important topic.   If you are deeply ideologically committed to either “cap and trade” or to a carbon tax you should not listen to the last 5 or 10 minutes – or maybe you should .…

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The media ignoring global warming – a crisis ignored is a crisis unaddressed
by Seth Kaplan

Former NY Times Reporter Andrew Revkin – now Senior Fellow at the Pace University Center for Applied Environmental Studies while still writing and moderating the NY Times Dot Earth blog – provides a good overview of how the media has fundamentally under reported the climate story drawing upon this cool diagram. This is the challenge…