Climate Change and Clean Energy

Climate change is impacting us. And it’s not good. Pollution from power plants and other sources is affecting our food…our air…our water. It’s super-sizing things like hurricanes and droughts. If we don’t take action, it’s only going to get worse. 

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Empowering Clean Energy Communities

Connecticut has a great way to connect skilled volunteers and residents to local energy planning and policy efforts: the Clean Energy Task Force. There are more than 60 task forces across the state.

Recent Actions

Don't Let Michigan Move Backward on Clean Energy

HB 4297 and the Nesbitt energy plan is a step in the wrong direction, instead of a step toward making us a leader in clean energy policy. This proposed legislation would classify the burning of hazardous waste, including tires, as renewable energy and is nothing more than a cynical attempt to hijack Michigan’s renewable energy definition for the benefit of corporate polluters.

Press Releases

October 9, 2017

"This proposal makes clear that Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt believe government's duty is to serve special interests. Repealing the Clean Power Plan will create huge uncertainty for the states and private companies who are already building plans to meet its ambitious goals." 

October 5, 2017

"Not only do the budget resolutions from both the House and Senate set the framework for drastic cuts that will make it difficult to protect our water and promote healthy communities, they begin to open the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling. It's buy one set of bad policies, get one free for the fossil fuel industry and other special interests."

 

September 27, 2017

“Instead of raiding the funds that support clean energy and energy-efficiency in our state, we should be leading by example to aggressively scale up energy savings on the state’s own buildings, which spend an estimated $200 million per year on energy.  These cuts are short- sighted and will do lasting economic damage.” — Melissa Everett, Ph.D., CT Energy and Sustainability Program Manager, Clean Water Action.

Climate Change and Clean Energy Blog Posts

Tunnel entrance - Baltimore. Photo Credit Jennifer Kunze / Clean Water Action
May 13, 2016

In February, Baltimore oil trains activists gathered to learn about a deadly accident in Lac-Mégantic three years ago. Railroad Workers United representative Fritz Edler joined a resident of Lac-Mégantic to explain how policy decisions, like staffing that train with only one crew member, led to the train derailment and explosion in the middle of that small town.

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Illustartion - Green valley. credit: Tetiana Dziubanovska / Shutterstocl
April 22, 2016

The first Earth Day helped drag us kicking and screaming into realizing that we were destroying this planet that sustains us.  Still, too many people think of “the Earth” as an esoteric concern.

Tunnel entrance - Baltimore. Photo Credit Jennifer Kunze / Clean Water Action
April 8, 2016

This 100+-year-old tunnel runs 1.4 miles from Howard Street to Mt Royal Ave, surfacing between the campuses of the University of Baltimore and MICA. And for the past five years, trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota have been passing through the tunnel on their way to refineries and export terminals in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. This puts hundreds of thousands of Baltimore residents in danger on their way.