Melissa Birchard of the Conservation Law Foundation says the Senate’s defeat of the bill goes against Gov. Chris Sununu’s new energy policy, which says efficiency should be a priority to help lower people’s bills.
Waterkeeper Melissa Paly said it’s “high time” that the three cities, which comprise the municipal advocacy group known as the Great Bay Coalition, stop concocting “false narratives” in order to avoid new, stricter regulations on wastewater nitrogen.
Under an agreement with the Conservation Law Foundation, Massport is obligated to increase the number of Logan passengers who arrive in some form of high-occupancy vehicle to 40 percent by 2027. The people-mover proposal is unrelated to that agreement, but CLF vice president Rafael Mares said if enacted, it could help Logan meet or even exceed that goal.
“Vermonters deserve a safe Lake Champlain, and the state must drastically improve its clean-up efforts,” said CLF Lake Champlain Lakekeeper Rebekah Weber. “Toxic blue-green algae threatens both the health of the lake and the people who enjoy it. Our elected officials must pass legislation that invests in this iconic resource.”
The Conservation Law Foundation has given the state of Vermont a D+ for poor progress toward a cleanup of Lake Champlain. Issuing its annual Lake Champlain Report Card on Monday, the environmental watchdog said, “The near-failing grade is the result of a consistent pattern of missed deadlines, weak treatment standards and a lack of investment in clean-up programs.”
Vermont’s rivers and lakes are not healthy. Toxic cyanobacteria plague our waters year after year threatening the health of people, wildlife, and our economy. Too often throughout the summer, signs are posted at public beaches warning families to stay out of the water. This is an annoyance for the parents who heed the warnings, scary…
Offshore wind can help reduce carbon emissions, but it’s critical to ensure they don’t harm underwater ecosystems, especially the endangered North Atlantic right whale, said Sean Mahoney, executive vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation.
Greg Cunningham, director of the clean energy program at the Conservation Law Foundation, said he wants proof. He noted that Hydro-Québec also exports power to New Brunswick, Ontario, and New York, and has refused requests to disclose how much power its reservoirs and dams can produce, making it difficult to assess the company’s claims.
“Jen Duggan is a tireless defender of the right of all communities to have access to a clean and healthy environment,” said Bradley Campbell, President of Conservation Law Foundation. “Jen has a lengthy track record of holding polluters accountable, including successfully limiting toxic discharges from coal plants and oil refineries. Her experience developing and executing campaigns to clean up illegal pollution from industrial facilities, combined with her leadership in government to protect Vermont’s natural resources and safeguard communities, make her uniquely qualified to advance the work of CLF.”
Last year, 17 North Atlantic right whales died, leaving the remaining population of less than 450 precariously close to extinction. Twelve of the deaths last year occurred in Canadian waters. Certain folks in the U.S. pointed their fingers at our northern neighbors saying that efforts here are pointless unless Canada makes necessary changes, but Canada is taking action – and they’re doing it much faster than we are.