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Josh Block, Press Secretary
Conservation Law Foundation
Office: 617.850.1709
jblock@clf.org
@joshmblock

CLF has experts available throughout New England on a variety of local, regional and national issues, including climate change, clean water, environmental justice, ocean conversation and renewable energy. For more information, see our list of experts and contact Josh Block.

CLF Press Releases and News Clips

Press Releases
NH Net Metering Ruling Keeps State on Path to More Clean Energy

“This decision includes cuts to an important program for clean energy in the Granite State and is far from perfect. However, it provides a framework to ensure New Hampshire doesn’t fall behind in the clean energy economy,” said CLF attorney Melissa Birchard. “Thanks to a clean energy roadmap proposed by CLF and others, the PUC will launch an effort to document the many benefits that rooftop solar and other local, clean energy offers New Hampshire families and businesses. At the same time, the PUC will initiate pilot programs to demonstrate the untapped ways that innovative technologies can save us all money and strengthen the electric grid. We are optimistic that this new policy will put our state on a path to cleaner, healthier and safer communities for years to come.”

Press Releases
CLF Thwarts Invenergy’s Attempt to Derail Lawsuit

“When a fossil fuel company tries to take Providence’s water in order to power a plant we overwhelmingly oppose, we have a right to stand up and fight,” said CLF senior attorney Jerry Elmer. “Today, the courts affirmed that right. Rhode Island is poised to be a leader in clean, renewable energy, and we cannot turn back the clocks by doubling down on dirty fuels that are already on their way out.”

Press Releases
Maine Legal Food Hub Hits 100-Case Milestone

“From local innovators to the small farms that blanket our state, our food economy is at the heart of Maine’s cultural identity,” said CLF advocate Phelps Turner. “CLF’s Legal Food Hub helps these food businesses move beyond costly legal needs so they can focus on growing, thriving and providing for the community. Today this program hits a major milestone, but the work of creating local and sustainable food systems across Maine is far from over.”

Press Releases
Thanks to Broad Support, Exit 4 Farmland Preserved in Entirety

“The iconic fields off Exit 4 are a central tenant of our state’s cultural identity, and thanks to the power of grassroots activism and strong advocacy, these fields will be a source of local, healthy food for generations to come,” said CLF senior attorney Sandra Levine.

Press Releases
CLF Joins City of Lawrence in Fight to Restore Historic Lawrence Canals

“The Lawrence canals are a core element of the city’s urban landscape, and the people of Lawrence deserve better than to see them neglected and allowed to decay,” said Rafael Mares, Director of CLF’s Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice Program. “When you walk around the streets of Lawrence, you see a thriving community held back by this major blight in the heart of their city. Essex Company, LLC needs to take immediate action to restore the vibrancy and integrity of these canals, and if they refuse, we’ll be standing with the community, ready for the fight.”

News Clips MARTHA C. WHITE, NBC News
Even With Trump as Cheerleader, the Coal Industry Can Only Decline

As President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate pact, the last coal-fired power plant in New England quietly closed its doors for good. … The pro-environmental Conservation Law Foundation called the closure “a win,” saying the “outdated” plant had subjected the region to “roughly 50 years of spewing air, water, and…

News Clips Avory Brookins, Rhode Island Public Radio
RI Judge Hears Arguments On Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Invenergy, Johnston

… The Conservation Law Foundation, an environmental advocacy organization, filed a lawsuit in March claiming a water contract between the Town of Johnston and Invenergy, the power plant’s developer, is illegal. The contract says Johnston will buy water from Providence and resell it to Invenergy to cool the power plant. CLF is arguing that according to a…

News Clips A.J. Higgins, Susan Sharon & Mal Leary, Maine Public
‘Tragic Mistake’: Maine Leaders React to Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

… Sean Mahoney, executive vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation said Trump’s decision effectively isolates the U.S. “What can’t be mitigated is that there will be a loss of jobs because of this decision today and lost opportunity as Trump makes the U.S. a pariah in the world community. It will be very hard…

Press Releases
Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Agreement Would Be Reckless, Inexcusable

“President Trump’s reported decision to withdraw from the historic Paris Climate Agreement puts the U.S. on the wrong side of history and at odds with nearly 200 other countries that understand the threat climate change poses to the global economy and our survival as a species,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “CLF will be fighting to ensure this stroke of the president’s pen does not alter New England’s effort to protect our communities from climate risk and does not deter the innovators leading the expanding world market for the clean energy technologies that will shape our future.”

News Clips Thomas Farragher, Boston Globe
It’s a cleaner harbor, with fewer spots to enjoy it

We are at the dawn of another summertime in the city, and along Boston’s sparkling waterfront, ferries dodge porpoises and sleek boats glide through sparkling water and head for moorings in a harbor that once was — quite literally — an open sewer. If he closes his eyes, Peter Shelley can easily conjure up those…

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