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Massachusetts Stands with CLF Against Climate-Damaging Pollution
by David Ismay

Last week, the highest court in Massachusetts unanimously ruled that power generators must drastically cut their carbon pollution year after year through 2050. In doing so, the high court recognized the incontrovertible fact that carbon pollution damages our climate, threatens our health, and hurts our economy. It was the second time the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial…

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Is New England Ready for a Hurricane Harvey?
by Deanna Moran

Just over a year ago, Hurricane Harvey crashed into the Texas coastline, pummeling Houston and dropping a record 60 inches of rain on the Lone Star State. When all was said and done, 103 people lost their lives, and damage estimates topped $125 billion. Harvey kicked off a series of catastrophic hurricanes in 2017, and…

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Invenergy Heads for Final Approval Hearings
by Jerry Elmer

The Final Hearing to decide if Invenergy will be allowed to build its fracked gas and diesel oil power plant in Rhode Island is underway. By law, the most important questions to be answered by the state’s Energy Facility Siting Board: Is this plant really needed (it’s not) and would the plant cause unacceptable environmental harms (it would).

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Massachusetts Court Upholds and Reinforces Major Climate Law

“Today’s decision is an unqualified win for climate leadership in Massachusetts,” said Bradley Campbell, President of CLF. “Carbon pollution poses a major threat to our environment, our health, and our economy, and the Court’s opinion is a resounding call for the electricity sector to offer climate solutions rather than resistance and roadblocks.”

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Sandra Levine: A surprising failure on clean energy

You know that sinking feeling? The one where you think you’ve done a good job, but it turns out you didn’t. That’s the boat Vermont finds itself in right now when it comes to tackling climate change. We thought we were leading. But in fact we are falling behind.

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Court Upholds Ban on Loading Crude Oil on South Portland Waterfront

“Today’s decision is a huge win for the city of South Portland, and it proves that local action can make a difference,” said Sean Mahoney, Executive Vice President and Director of CLF Maine. “Big oil tried every legal trick in the book to try and invalidate this ordinance and they lost on every count.”

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New EPA Emissions Rules Threaten Public Health and the Environment

“By rolling back the Clean Power Plan, the Trump administration is once again ignoring science and turning its back on the American people,” said Greg Cunningham, Vice President and Director of CLF’s Clean Energy and Climate Change program. “Increased carbon emissions threaten our lives, our economy, and our environment. It is our government’s legal responsibility to reduce the public health menace that is carbon pollution. It is imperative for states to step up and stop this administration’s attempt to turn back time on clean energy progress.”

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New England Can’t Fall Behind on Climate
by Sandy Levine

You know that sinking feeling? The one where you think you’ve done a good job, but it turns out you didn’t? That’s the boat Vermont finds itself in when it comes to tackling climate change. We thought we were leading. But in fact, we are falling behind on our climate goals. Vermont’s climate-damaging emissions are…

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Dangerous Heat Waves Demand Immediate Climate Action
by Elena Mihaly

If someone had told me last spring that the August forecast for Vermont showed seven days above 90 degrees, I wouldn’t have believed them. Yet in Burlington last month my thermometer read, day after day: 91, 94, 99, 97, 95, 97, and 96. Since then, we’ve seen the temperatures soar past 90 degrees again and…