In a move that will harm Americans’ health, economy, and climate, the Trump administration rolled out its proposed replacement to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan in June. The landmark Clean Power Plan was set to cut emissions from dirty coal plants—slashing pollution and combatting the looming climate crisis. CLF is fighting back against this shameless gift to the dying fossil fuel industry.
This past July was the hottest month in recorded history. And it followed the hottest June humans have ever seen. In fact, if you include 2019, the past five years have been the hottest five years on record. From New England to New Delhi, temperatures are rising fast, fueling deadly heat waves, severe droughts, and dangerous conflicts. We’re experiencing a climate crisis.
This session, the Rhode Island General Assembly missed opportunities to make progress on a wide range of environmental issues. CLF and other environmental organizations pushed for action on the climate crisis, toxic chemicals, and plastics pollution, but no substantial new laws were enacted. It was not a total loss, however, as we were successful in preventing passage of some harmful measures.
Today, Invenergy was denied a permit to pave over a pristine forest in Burrillville to build a fracked gas and diesel oil power plant that would emit carbon pollution for decades. This is a victory for CLF, for the people of Burrillville, and for a world facing a climate emergency.
We have previously written about CLF friend Leslie Harroun trying to blog her way to the North Pole so she can tell the climate story.