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Regional Greenhouse Gas program is a win for the economy and environment – so let’s do more!
by Seth Kaplan

A study released today documents the powerful benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – the nation-leading effort by Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants while building up energy efficiency and clean energy efforts in the states. The study found that RGGI created $1.6 Billion in net economic…

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What are Friends For?
by Sue Reid

When three leading environmental organizations seek to get involved in a federal court case about a proposed development project, it’s not usually on the side of the developer. But, this week, CLF, NRDC and Mass Audubon filed a motion to participate as “Friends of the Court” in support of the defendants in five pending federal…

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New Report Details Scope of MA’s Transportation Funding Woes
by Karen Wood

A new report released last week by Transportation for Massachusetts, a broad coalition of which CLF is a founding member, details the origins and scope of the transportation financing crisis in Massachusetts. Written as a primer to achieve better understanding among decision-makers,  taxpayers and transportation users, “Maxed Out” provides illuminating background amidst an increasingly urgent…

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Beacon Power bankruptcy: NOT “another Solyndra”
by Seth Kaplan

The unfortunate news that Beacon Power, an innovative technology company based in Massachusetts,  declared bankruptcy has inspired a bit of a media feeding frenzy centered around analogies to the failed California solar company Solyndra,  because Beacon (like Solyndra) received  a federal loan guarantee. This analogy simply doesn’t hold up for the following reasons: Beacon Power…

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Rally for the Green Line Extension on October 20 at 6PM
by Karen Wood

Are you tired of waiting (and waiting and waiting) for the Green Line Extension to be built? Join CLF, the mayor of Somerville,  Joseph A. Curtatone, and other supporters of the Green Line Extension for a mock groundbreaking on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 6pm in front of Somerville High School. We are gathering to…

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More Sour Grapes from the Senator from Alaska
by Tricia Jedele

Last year, Senator Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced inconspicuous amendments to various appropriations bills designed to delay federal regulation of carbon dioxide.  Word on the D.C. street is that tomorrow Senator Murkowski will take aim at the oceans when she introduces an amendment on the Senate floor for debate.   The language we anticipate is something along the lines of “No funds shall be…