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Massachusetts Can’t Rely on the Northern Pass Proposal as a Short-Term Climate Solution
by Christophe Courchesne

The 5 million ton elephant in Massachusetts’s nation-leading climate action plan – the oversold and overstated greenhouse gas emissions reductions from new imports of Canadian hydropower comprising more than 20% of the state’s goal – is too big to ignore. That’s why it’s encouraging that the plan’s misplaced reliance on the Northern Pass transmission project…

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Northern Pass Developers Refuse to Face Facts about Hydropower Emissions
by Christophe Courchesne

The American developers of the Northern Pass project are misleading the public about the project’s most touted environmental benefit (without which they “wouldn’t be doing this”): reducing New England’s greenhouse gas emissions. Presented with clear, unambiguous evidence that the current proposal would not meaningfully reduce emissions and that their public relations campaign is trading in…

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ACTION ALERT: Tell the Department of Energy – Consider the Impacts of Northern Pass Hydropower!
by Christophe Courchesne

This month, “Seeking the Current” wowed audiences across New Hampshire with the sublime beauty of Québec’s Romaine River – a wild, natural wonder that will essentially be destroyed by a new complex of hydropower projects, now under construction. This complex is only one part of Hydro-Québec’s ongoing building boom – the keystone of the Canadian…

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to See Seeking the Current and Catch a Replay of Our Webinar on Importing Canadian Hydropower
by Christophe Courchesne

The New Hampshire tour of Seeking the Current is off to an amazing start. So far, the documentary about Hydro-Québec’s Romaine River hydropower project has played to blockbuster audiences in Colebrook, Wolfeboro, Wilton, and Concord (including a sell-out last night), and we’ve had a great time participating in lively post-film discussions with filmgoers and the film’s…

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Join CLF Next Friday March 9 for a Special Webinar on Importing Canadian Hydropower
by Christophe Courchesne

With Northern Pass and other new transmission projects on the horizon, CLF and other leading New Hampshire environmental organizations are presenting a special free webinar on what it really means for New England to import more hydroelectric power from Canada. The webinar will be next Friday, March 9, 2012, 2:30 to 4pm EST. Click here to register. All you’ll need is a computer and an…

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Northern Pass Response to Hydropower Emissions Research Rings Hollow
by Christophe Courchesne

We appreciate Northern Pass spokesman Martin Murray’s comment on my prior post regarding recent research on the greenhouse gas emissions of hydropower and the implications for the Northern Pass project. We are also grateful for Hydro-Québec environment advisor Dr. Alain Tremblay’s comment, to which I responded here. Although we welcome the feedback and dialogue, we…

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Latest Research: Northern Pass Worse for the Climate than Advertised
by Christophe Courchesne

Reducing the region’s emissions of greenhouse gases is supposedly the Northern Pass project’s marquee public benefit, its raison d’être as they say in Québec. But would the Northern Pass project do the job? The answer appears to be: probably not any time soon. Today, CLF is releasing a ground-breaking new technical report regarding the greenhouse…

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Northern Pass Attacks Land Conservation in New Hampshire, Loses in the First Round
by Christophe Courchesne

Last week brought a fitting capstone to the botched year-long rollout of the Northern Pass project. In a disturbing turn of events, the project developers sought to scuttle a historic plan to preserve a storied wilderness in New Hampshire’s North Country. Their attempt failed, but what the episode says about their future tactics is anything but encouraging for New Hampshire and the region.

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Northern Pass: The 5 million ton elephant in Massachusetts’s climate plan
by Christophe Courchesne

The Northern Pass transmission project is being pitched by its developers as a clean energy proposal for New Hampshire. As I’ve pointed out before, Northern Pass is a regional proposal with dubious benefits in the Granite State. Unfortunately, the developers’ hollow promises have found an audience further south, in Massachusetts. From the public discussion as…