Environment

Cautionary offshore wind tale out of Va.

Cautionary offshore wind tale out of Va.

State may be getting hoodwinked by Dominion Energy

MASSACHUSETTS EARNED PLAUDITS earlier this year for its handling of an offshore wind procurement, but not every state’s pursuit of renewable energy is getting rave reviews. Reports out of Virginia suggest the state may be getting hoodwinked by one of its leading utilities. The cautionary Virginia tale began innocently enough earlier this year. Angry about(...)

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For our environmental future, Gonzalez is clear choice

For our environmental future, Gonzalez is clear choice

Baker record: protecting the status quo and fossil fuel interests

WHAT WOULD IT take to really tackle climate change and move the Commonwealth to a clean energy future? What would real leadership look like? Leadership that recognizes the immense cost of delay and the enormous economic opportunities of breaking our fossil fuel addiction? We know we must act now. In the last two years, five(...)

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On climate change, more than RGGI is needed

On climate change, more than RGGI is needed

Cheap natural gas played biggest role in reducing emissions so far

YOU MAY HAVE CAUGHT wind of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s disturbing new report on climate change. The message is clear––keep man-made global warming impacts to 1.5 degrees Celsius or suffer dire consequences. We are currently at about 1-degree Celsius, and if we are to remain below 1.5 degrees of warming, fossil fuel use(...)

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Utility to run line under Kennebec Gorge

Utility to run line under Kennebec Gorge

MA project will bring hydro-electricity into New England

THE UTILITY UNDER CONTRACT with Massachusetts to import Quebec hydro-electricity into New England said on Thursday that it now plans to run the transmission lines under rather than over the Kennebec Gorge in Maine. The transmission line has stirred opposition in Maine for a variety of reasons, but the prospect of high-voltage transmission wires running(...)

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Walsh seeks climate change barricade of beaches, parks

Walsh seeks climate change barricade of beaches, parks

Plan affects 6 areas of Boston, $4b is one cost estimate

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH on Wednesday laid out an expansive plan for public projects to combat the impacts of climate change in Boston, a city whose vulnerability has been exposed in recent storms and tidal surges. “It’s a system not of barricades but of beaches – and parks and trails and(...)

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Climate change politics is heating up

Climate change politics is heating up

Environmentalists call for civil disobedience, decry half-hearted responses

The tenor of the debate about climate change, like the problem itself, is changing. As the planet warms at what appears to be a faster and faster rate, environmental advocates are becoming more vocal and more pointed. The changing dynamic was on full display at a gubernatorial forum last week hosted by many of the state’s environmental(...)

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Climate change politics is heating up

The tenor of the debate about climate change, like the problem itself, is changing. As the planet warms at what appears to be a faster and faster rate, environmental advocates are becoming more vocal and more pointed. The changing dynamic was on full display at a gubernatorial forum last week hosted by many of the state’s environmental(...)

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Baker, DeLeo need to step up on climate change

Baker, DeLeo need to step up on climate change

Trump-lite policies don’t cut it in midst of crisis

TWO WEEKS AGO, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration predicted a 7 degree Fahrenheit (almost 4 degrees Celsius) rise in global temperatures within the century, suggesting that there is no point trying to stop it. Whether it is calling climate change a hoax or concluding climate change is inevitable, the Trump administration is(...)

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Sizing up Baker, Gonzalez on T, energy, environment

Sizing up Baker, Gonzalez on T, energy, environment

Forum highlighted sharp differences in approach, philosophy

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and his Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez have a lot in common. Baker grew up in Needham and Gonzalez lives there now. Both ran health insurance companies and also took turns heading up the state’s Executive Office for Administration and Finance – Gonzalez under former governor Deval Patrick and Baker under former governor(...)

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We need more, not less, competition for offshore wind

We need more, not less, competition for offshore wind

With ranks of competitors shrinking, government must intervene

THE OFFSHORE WIND ERA in the United States is here. With no need to burn fossil fuel, to enrich uranium, to dam rivers, or to build thousands of acres of solar panels, offshore wind is the most benign form of bulk power available to mankind. Plans to seize the potential of offshore wind already have(...)

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