There are many things about Governor LePage regulatory “reform” proposals that could impact the quality of my family’s life here in Maine, from developing the North Woods to loosening restrictions on dirty air emissions.
When the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan came out on December 29, laying out roughly 40 policies to get the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, the proposal to test a fledgling concept called Pay-As-You-Drive (PAYD) (See page 61) auto insurance emerged as the plan’s poster child.
Let’s say you are a state agency tasked with making a tough choice on how to spend your money. Your options are:
a. Spend $150 million on widening 9 miles of highway despite the fact that volume has waned;
b. Spend $56 million on building another toll booth;
c. Spend $3.8 million on expanding an existing, highly successful bus service that will benefit thousands of commuters.
Stateline, the excellent online news service of the Pew Center on the States reports on the continuing interest and efforts to develop renewable energy across the nation, even where Republican governors face pressure to change course because of misconceptions that renewable energy efforts are based solely on an environmental agenda.
There has been a significant development in the long running saga of the Salem Harbor power plant, one of the major targets of CLF’s Coal Free New England campaign. On October 5, Dominion Energy, the plant’s owner, quietly filed what is known as a Permanent Delist Bid with ISO New England (ISO-NE), the operator of…
Global Warming is real . . . and I don’t just say that because it is really hot outside. Yet again the core science presented by such reliable sources as the National Research Council has been vindicated. As the New York Times reports a fifth official commission report (know as the “Muir Report”) has come…
The authors of the book The Rising Sea summarizes their conclusion that prudent planning for waterfront communities assumes a sea level rise of seven feet in a post on the Yale environment 360 website. Chilling stuff, especially for those of us who remember when early iterations of this work nearly ten years ago labeled New…
In a web video interview (transcript) Rob Bradley, Director of International Climate Policy at the World Resources Institute, makes the following observation about the difficulties and challenges around the international climate negotiation process: Well, some of the problems that occur are down to the sheer complexity of climate change as an issue. It’s too politically…
CLF’s Seth Kaplan in an Op-Ed article from the October 26, 2009 Boston Globe: THE BLUR of details and fog of ideological attacks can obscure the truly essential in the current congressional debate about legislation to confront global warming while building a green economy: the stark need for immediate action. The bill recently unveiled by…