Monthly Archives: January 2011

MA Budget, Bills for 2012

These are excerpts from the most recent newsletter from Environmental League of Massachusetts: Governor Releases FY 2012 Budget The Governor released his FY 12 budget yesterday and as expected we saw additional cuts to the environmental agencies’ budgets, although perhaps … Continue reading

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Evergreen Solar Inc.: What Went Wrong?

Governor Patrick is finding out that trying to support and promote development of the “Green Economy” in Massachusetts is so much easier said than done.  Even $58 million in State aid to the photovoltaic manufacturer headquartered in Marlborough isn’t enough … Continue reading

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Director of White House Office of Energy & Climate Change Policy to Leave

January 24, 2011 (ENS) – Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, intends to leave the White House shortly, administration officials said tonight. Browner, who is Assistant to the President for Energy and … Continue reading

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GOP Efforts to Defund Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is Foolhardy

Union of Concerned Scientist Press Release, issued today (January 24, 2011) The Republican Study Committee last week released a list of proposed budget cuts totaling $2.5 trillion, including a recommendation to withdraw U.S. funding from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate … Continue reading

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Pay as You Drive a Smart, “Front-Door” Way to Reduce GHGs

Here’s a letter to the editor we sent regarding the Boston Globe’s Pay As You Drive insurance editorial today (http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2011/01/13/driving_no_pay_as_you_go_premiums/) To: letter@globe.com The Globe’s editorial on Pay As You Drive Insurance (“Driving: No ‘pay as you go’ premiums”, January 13, … Continue reading

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EPA Revokes Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine’s Permit

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday that it is revoking a crucial water permit for West Virginia’s largest mountaintop removal mine, formalizing an action it first threatened nine months ago. Peter S. Silva, the assistant administrator for … Continue reading

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Greening Greenfield reaches its 10% Challenge Goal

Greening Greenfield has announced their Green Heroes for the month of January – the more than 900 households who have signed onto the 10% Challenge Campaign! Greening Greenfield Energy Committee is a citizen group working with the town government to … Continue reading

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Our new Secretary of EOEEA has big shoes to fill.

New EOEEA Secretary Richard K. Sullivan, Jr. has very large shoes to fill in replacing the dynamic Ian Bowles. Sec. Sullivan inherits the responsibility of carrying out the nation’s most ambitious EE program – $2 billion of investment over three … Continue reading

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Tragedy in Arizona

As I’m sure you’ve read by now, a sick individual wounded thirteen people, killing at least six, at an event being held by Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.  Giffords herself was shot in the head, and a judge and a 9-year … Continue reading

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Construction of Coal-fired Power Plants at Standstill in U.S.

The Washington Post reported this week that no construction of any new coal-fired power plants occurred in the US for the second straight year.  This is in a nation where a fleet of coal-fired plants generates nearly half of all … Continue reading

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