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Maine PUC Chooses Polluting Pipeline Over Consumers
by Ben Tettlebaum

The Maine Public Utilities Commission recently approved pursuing a contract that would force electricity consumers to subsidize Spectra Energy’s massive new polluting natural gas pipeline, Access Northeast (ANE). The PUC’s decision cuts deep into your pocketbook and sets Maine and New England on a course to upend our climate goals. One Billion Dollars Down the…

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Federal Carbon Tax Bill Introduced Into Senate
by Jerry Elmer

Earlier this month, Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who has made climate change his signature issue, introduced into the Senate the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act (S-2940). The bill imposes a direct, simply-applied, economy-wide tax on carbon emissions. While the bill is not perfect, it is quite excellent (and has a number of very…

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Climate Problems of Expanding Natural Gas
by Sandy Levine

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Take natural gas. Its oft-touted low cost and climate benefits are overrated – reminiscent of the nuclear industry’s promise a few decades ago to provide power that would be “too cheap to meter.” True, current low gas prices have helped the region close its…

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Reading Your Street: What You Can Learn About Natural Gas Infrastructure
by Shanna Cleveland

You’ve heard of the writing on the wall, but what is all that writing on the sidewalk and the street? You’ve seen it—yellow, orange, blue, red and white. Some of it is pretty easy to decipher like “DS” for “Dig Safe” or “STM” for “steam” but some of the drawings look more like ancient hieroglyphics.…

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Help CLF clear the air at Rhode Island’s Central Landfill
by Max Greene

Two weeks ago, we took the first step toward filing suit against the companies that are supposed to be – but aren’t – collecting harmful landfill gas from the Central Landfill in Johnston, Rhode Island. Because these companies are not collecting this gas, the Landfill is releasing pollutants into Rhode Island’s air.  I’ll write more…

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As Plain as the Nose on Your Face: Major Clean Air Act Violations at Rhode Island’s Central Landfill
by Max Greene

For miles around Rhode Island’s Central Landfill, the air often smells like rotten eggs.  In the Landfill, garbage degrades and gives off a gas that is part hydrogen sulfide (which produces the rotten-egg smell), part volatile organic compounds (which can cause cancer), and part methane (a potent greenhouse gas).  At well-run landfills, collection systems capture…

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Natural Gas — A Bridge or a Minefield?
by Sandy Levine

A version of this article first appeared in the Sunday June 23 edition of the Rutland Herald /Times Argus. Conflicting and confusing information is nothing new when it comes to climate change or big energy projects. The role of natural gas in meeting our energy needs is but the latest guest to this party. Like most…

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Vermont Gas Expansion Increases Greenhouse Gases
by Sandy Levine

Expanding natural gas in Vermont moves us in the wrong direction to address climate change. The expansion increases greenhouse gas emissions, compounding Vermont’s contribution to climate change. In detailed testimony filed with the Vermont Public Service Board, Conservation Law Foundation explained that the simplistic evaluation by Vermont Gas that the expansion will reduce emissions is…