Clean Energy & Climate Change

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Proposed Invenergy Power Plant Dealt Major Setback

“Today’s filing is proof positive of what CLF has argued from day one: Invenergy’s plant is simply not needed,” said Jerry Elmer, Senior Attorney at CLF. “The fracked gas and diesel oil plant would create climate-damaging greenhouse gas pollution at a time when we should be putting all of our efforts into advancing clean energy. It’s time for Invenergy to admit defeat and withdraw its permit application.”

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CLF Continues Fight Against Unfair Maine Solar Rules

“The rules put forth by the LePage administration are a giant step backward for solar power,” said Sean Mahoney, Executive Vice President and Director of CLF Maine. “Mainers overwhelmingly support solar and other renewable energy sources. These policies disincentivize homeowners from making the necessary investments at a time when it is more important than ever for the state encourage development in Maine’s fast-growing clean energy sector.”

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Restoring Salt Marshes in Maine
by Sean Mahoney

Maine’s salt marshes are as iconic to our coast as our rocky beaches, yet years of development – from houses and roads to dikes and dams – is putting them at risk. As our marshes are increasingly cut off from the ocean that sustains them, they are slowly shrinking, and with them the vital benefits they provide…

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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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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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Rhode Island General Assembly Fails to Make Progress on Environmental Initiatives, But Some Bad Bills Defeated
by Amy Moses

When the Rhode Island General Assembly convened for its 2018 session, CLF and our partners focused on several key measures aimed at combating climate change, reforming how energy projects are sited, and protecting our waters from offshore drilling. With progress on these issues stalled (or moving in reverse) at the national level, state and local…