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CLF Announces Plans for National Expansion of Legal Food Hub

“Small-scale farms and food businesses are indispensable to a just, healthy and economically vibrant region,” said Jenny Rushlow, Director of CLF’s Farm and Food Initiative. “Unfortunately, like every small business, they have legal needs that too often go unaddressed because of the cost. We started the Legal Food Hub to relieve that cost burden and help grow local, sustainable food systems, and we’re proud of the inroads we’ve made over the past two years. Still, we know that farmers and food entrepreneurs all around the country face many of the same challenges as those here in New England, and we look forward to replicating the success of this program.”

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The Comment Period is Over . . . So, What’s Next for the Northeast Ocean Plan?
by Aimee Bushman

On Monday, July 25, the public comment period closed for the draft Northeast Ocean Plan. The summer saw an expansive public outreach effort by the plan creators, the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB), with public meetings held in each coastal New England state. It’s a safe assumption that many are wondering, “What’s next for the…

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Cleaning Up New England’s Energy Market
by David Ismay

New England’s regional electric grid operator, ISO-New England (ISO-NE), recently revealed that it is exploring a potential shift in how our region’s energy markets work. Although made with little fanfare, the announcement of what ISO-NE is calling its “Integrating Markets and Public Policy” (IMAPP) initiative (which begins today with a members-only “solution ideas day” in…

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CLF Applauds Proposed Censure of Fossil Fuel Companies’ Deceit

“Corporations like ExxonMobil have spent decades using the same playbook as Big Tobacco to cover up the enormous societal harm brought on by the products they’re peddling,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell. “It’s time for our leaders to hold them accountable and to stand up for communities across the country already facing significant public safety and economic hazards from the impacts of climate change. We applaud Representative Lieu and Senator Whitehouse for bringing this issue to the forefront, and we’re confident that, even in the face of these companies’ multi-million dollar lobbyists, the truth on our side will ultimately win the day.”

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – May 2-6
by Allison Lorenc

May 2 – Dock Talk: Ocean Planning – According to John Williamson, “Our priority as fishermen should be no further loss of [environment’s capability to produce fish for commercial and recreational fisheries.]…Regional Ocean Plans both attempt to improve consultation among agencies and with the fishing public, i.e., with fishermen, trade associations and the fishery management councils.” Solutions…

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Not Harm Renewable Energy
by Jerry Elmer

On April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Hughes v. PPL, No. 14-614. The case addressed the kinds of incentives that states are allowed (or not allowed) to provide for certain kinds of energy production. For this reason, some environmentalists were concerned that the decision could affect the legality of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)…

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Celebrating 40 Years of the Magnuson-Stevens Act
by Allison Lorenc

Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, our nation’s primary law governing fishing and fishery resources in the United States. Although New England fisheries have seen better days, the Magnuson-Stevens Act is also the primary reason why the United States can say that it has the most sustainable fisheries in the world.…

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U.S. & Canada Announce Aggressive Action to Combat Climate Change

“As the powerful oil and gas industry continues its ill-fated attempts to tie our economy to the fuels of the past, today’s announcement is a timely reaffirmation that these efforts are out-of-step with the course our nations are charting,” said Greg Cunningham, Director of CLF’s Clean Energy and Climate Change program.