Jan 12, 2023

Report Details Future of Clean Hydrogen in Connecticut

“Most hydrogen is currently produced from fossil fuels, so it cannot be considered clean energy,” said Shannon Laun, Vice President of CLF Connecticut and an appointed member of the task force. “As the report makes clear, the way hydrogen is produced is a critical piece of the puzzle. Investing in dirty hydrogen could actually increase emissions and make it harder to meet our climate goals, but clean hydrogen certainly has promise for uses that are hard to electrify.”

The hydrogen chemical symbol is shown
Sep 19, 2022

Climate Lawsuit Against Shell in New Haven Moves Forward

“We will see Shell in court for putting the New Haven community in danger of life-threatening toxic spills,” said Brad Campbell, President of Conservation Law Foundation. “These fossil fuel companies have been deceiving regulators and the public about the risk of the climate crisis for years. It’s past time for them to be held accountable for putting communities and the environment in harm’s way.”

New Haven harbor
May 16, 2022

Shannon Laun Named Vice President and Director of CLF Connecticut

“How we act in the next few years will have an enormous impact on the future of Connecticut’s communities,” said Shannon Laun, Vice President of CLF Connecticut. “Now is the time to slash polluting emissions, prepare our communities to be resilient to the climate crisis, and ensure our natural resources are protected. I’m excited to continue my work at CLF in this new role shaping our advocacy in Connecticut.”

Apr 28, 2022

Connecticut Legislators Pass Critical Climate Bills

“The climate crisis will not spare Connecticut, and our legislators are clearly taking this threat seriously,” said CLF attorney Shannon Laun. “Expanding clean, renewable energy will help us cut emissions and protect the air our families breathe. It’s time for Governor Lamont to sign these bills into law so we can get to work.”

Apr 27, 2022

Connecticut Officially Ends Incentives for Gas Expansion

“This is a huge step towards getting polluting, dirty fossil fuels out of our homes,” said Shannon Laun, CLF staff attorney. “Unfortunately, PURA is giving gas companies a grace period to sign up more customers for the incentive program. Gas poisons our air and is a major driver of the climate crisis, and the incentives should have been ended immediately.”

gas meters
Mar 28, 2022

CLF Sues First Transit for Clean Air Act Violations

“Dangerous tailpipe pollution worsens the climate crisis and threatens public health,” said CLF staff attorney Shannon Laun. “First Transit is ignoring important laws designed to curb these emissions, and it’s time they are held responsible. This company must stop poisoning the air in the communities in which they operate.”

Jan 24, 2022

First Transit Buses Polluting Connecticut Communities

“First Transit repeatedly violates important anti-idling laws designed to reduce dangerous tailpipe pollution,” said Heather Govern, Vice President of Clean Air and Water at CLF. “In order to prevent further harm to public health and our environment, the company must put an end to this unlawful behavior.”

Dec 16, 2021

Connecticut Takes Action on Climate

“The actions announced today give Connecticut’s communities vital new tools to combat climate impacts,” said CLF attorney Shannon Laun. “We know this crisis won’t affect everyone equally, so the Governor’s focus on environmental justice and equity is absolutely critical. We’ll be pushing our leaders to go further by strengthening climate targets, adopting stronger vehicle emissions standards, accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, and rapidly phasing out fossil fuels.”

Dec 09, 2021

Stormwater Runoff Polluting Rivers in Northwest Connecticut

“Stormwater runoff does more damage to waters in Connecticut than any other source of pollution,” said CLF attorney Shannon Laun. “It’s time for state officials to step up and impose limits on major sources of harmful runoff. Wildlife deserve the opportunity to thrive, and communities should be able to enjoy safe and clean water.”