Environment

CLF denies financial ties to TDI

CLF denies financial ties to TDI

Slams N. Pass backer for spreading 'misinformation'

BRIAN MURPHY’S January 22 column (“Money is clouding CLF’s judgment”) is an utter fabrication and represents yet another attempt by Northern Pass advocates to spread misinformation that they hope will advantage an unpopular project. The bottom line is this: CLF has never had any financial relationship with TDI – the developers of the New England Clean Power Link transmission project – and(...)

Read More »

Union: Money is clouding CLF’s judgment

Union: Money is clouding CLF’s judgment

Cites partnership with Northern Pass rival TDI

THE RECENT PAID ADVERTISING by the Conservation Law Foundation (Sunday Boston Globe, page A12) against the Northern Pass transmission project should not be a surprise to citizens of Massachusetts or those making decisions regarding Massachusetts Clean Energy Initiative.  As my uncle always said, the answer to the question is usually money. While CLF’s continued assault(...)

Read More »

A question of access: Shifting the transportation conversation

A question of access: Shifting the transportation conversation

Equity, climate, and choice are keys to developing a workable plan for the future

TRANSPORTATION AND MOBILITY matters to everyone who commutes, travels, or runs errands on a daily basis, and these everyday trips create a sense that we are all experts on transportation. For creative problem solvers, every traffic jam, transit delay, confusing intersection, or missing bike lane connection provides an opportunity to brainstorm possible solutions. But what(...)

Read More »

Energy study draws divergent reactions

Energy study draws divergent reactions

Baker still backs ‘additional natural gas capacity’

THE TWO SIDES fighting over whether the region needs additional natural gas pipeline capacity both took comfort on Thursday from a fuel security study by the operator of the region’s power grid. The Baker administration, meanwhile, issued a statement that appeared to fall somewhere in the middle while supporting “additional natural gas capacity.” The study(...)

Read More »

Mass. needs to think bigger on offshore wind

Mass. needs to think bigger on offshore wind

Need bigger procurement to attract supply chain

MASSACHUSETTS HAS A ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION opportunity to build a world-class offshore wind industry. The Commonwealth has embarked on a series of procurements to develop at least 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind, enough to power 600,000 homes over the next 10 years, and will likely build much more than that. Millions of Bay State consumers will depend on(...)

Read More »

ISO study warns of precarious energy future

ISO study warns of precarious energy future

Most scenarios envision emergency actions, including rolling blackouts

A NEW STUDY by the operator of the region’s power grid warns that without additional natural gas pipeline capacity New England will face a precarious energy future, where emergency actions such as rolling blackouts are likely to become a reality on several days a year. The fuel security study by ISO-New England examined 23 different(...)

Read More »

Generators burned 2m barrels of oil over 15 days

Generators burned 2m barrels of oil over 15 days

Region’s power grid operator concerned about emissions limitations

FROM DECEMBER 25 UNTIL JANUARY 9, New England power generators burned close to 2 million barrels of oil, which is more than they burned during the rest of 2017 and all of 2016 combined. Oil is generally not a preferred fuel for producing electricity because it is relatively inefficient at generating power and it produces(...)

Read More »

14-mile dike could protect Greater Boston from sea level rise

14-mile dike could protect Greater Boston from sea level rise

Barrier would run from Cohasset to Swampscott

A RECENT story in the Boston Globe, with the headline “Floods seen as warning of Boston’s future,” described how sea level rise and storm surge effects predicted for later in the century made their appearance during last week’s bomb cyclone. The article also mentioned various studies on what to do about sea level rise planned or(...)

Read More »

Luck is not a strategy for climate change

Luck is not a strategy for climate change

Barr Foundation committing $5m to resilience effort

BOSTON AND MASSACHUSETTS have climate goals that are among the most ambitious in the United States, yet climate change is a global challenge, with some impacts already evident and likely to worsen. These include sea level rise and far more severe weather than usual – such as our extreme drought in 2016, the record snowfall(...)

Read More »

More natural gas not answer to climate change

More natural gas not answer to climate change

Short-term answer is energy efficiency, insulation

AS MOTHERS AND CAREGIVERS, we are appalled that the executive director of the New England Petroleum Council, Stephen Dodge, characterizes concerned citizens as “environmental extremists” in his Commonwealth magazine opinion piece entitled “The Terrible Price of Inaction.” This narrative continues the petroleum industry’s long-term refusal to acknowledge the facts of climate disruption, the same disruption(...)

Read More »