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This Earth Month: Take these 4 local steps while you “think globally”

By Mike Tidwell I used to be a globe-hopping environmental activist. I went to climate change conferences in Montreal and Copenhagen. I travelled regionally, too, to Richmond and Annapolis, to harangue legislators. The travel made me part of the pollution problem, of course. But I bought “carbon offsets” to compensate, saving Amazon rainforests.  Now, like […]

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Maryland General Assembly ended three weeks early — what does that mean for climate action?

Coronavirus is climate change on warp speed These are trying times.  Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the Maryland General Assembly ended their 2020 legislative session last night — three weeks earlier than planned.  We are thankful that our lawmakers are taking the necessary steps to “flatten the curve,” and that they were able

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Virginia Clean Economy Act Grassroots Call Transcript

On February 20th, 2020, the CCAN Action Fund and the Virginia Sierra Club hosted a grassroots conference call with special guest Delegate Rip Sullivan. Below is an overview and edited transcript of the recording, and the audio of the call can be found here: Featured speakers:Delegate Rip Sullivan, 48th District, House Caucus Chair, Vice Chair

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On the Virginia Clean Economy Act and the Green New Deal Act

By Harrison Wallace It is with utmost respect and appreciation for everyone in the Virginia Green New Deal movement that I am writing this today. We have seen a lot of confusion among supporters who are wondering why there were two big climate bills introduced in the Virginia legislative session this year, and wondering why

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Virginia Clean Economy Act: A Big Step Forward on Climate Policy

House and Senate Pass “Virginia Clean Economy Act” on Tuesday, Feb 11 By Mike Tidwell When it comes to clean energy policy, environmental activists nationwide commonly think of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network as true “climate hawks.” We sue polluters. We picket against companies like Dominion Energy. And we push HARD for transformative clean energy

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Don’t VETO the Clean Energy Jobs Act! Maryland Jobs are on the line.

SUMMARY: On Sine Die of the 2019 Maryland legislative session the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) was passed with veto-proof majorities of 95-40 in favor in the House and 31-15 in the Senate. Now, the bill sits on the Governor’s desk. Here’s what’s at stake: What the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act does: CEJA requires

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Taking the Trash out of Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

10 million dollars. That’s how much money the BRESCO trash incinerator has received in “renewable energy” subsidies over six years. That’s right — trash incineration is currently included in our state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. This means that harmful, polluting incinerators receive subsidies  — paid for by ratepayers like you and me — meant for truly

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Take Action Online to Reduce Air Pollution in MD! Join the #NoCashforTrash Social Media Campaign

by Lauryn Countess, CCAN Action Fund intern   Hey Marylanders! We need your help to protect the health of our communities! If you live in the Baltimore area, you may know of the BRESCO trash incinerator. This incinerator has long been a threat to the health of Baltimoreans and the Chesapeake Bay. Incinerators like BRESCO

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Baltimore Residents Rally to Demand Cleaner Air and a Just Transition to Zero Waste

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) held a hearing on a proposed regulation to reduce the BRESCO trash-burning incinerator’s nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution. Residents rallied in Carroll Park before the hearing to demand clean air and a just transition to zero waste. BALTIMORE, MD — On September 21st, a group of Baltimore residents, local

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