Fossil Free Rhode Island
Fossil Free Rhode Island spurs real action on runaway climate change, which poses a mortal threat to the biosphere of which the human species is a part. We seek to redress inequitable distribution of environmental burdens of both local and global impact. We believe that all institutions that serve the public good should divest from fossil fuels. fossilfreeri.org @FossilFreeRI facebook.com/FossilFreeRI/
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on September 13, 2017
Three activists with Beyond Extreme Energy disrupted a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the nominations of the final two members to join Trump’s FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Committee). One of the arrestees was a 25-year veteran of the agency. FERC is the agency that approved the expansion of the fracked gas pipeline […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on July 13, 2017
Fossil Free RI and nine other groups sent Governor Gina Raimondo a letter outlining steps that she must champion to provide meaningful leadership at this year’s Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association currently taking place in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Energy, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged American Friends Service Committee – South East New England, Burrillville Land Trust, Climate Action RI, Fossil Free Rhode Island, fossil free ri, Gina Raimondo, National Governors Association, Nature's Trust Rhode Island, Our Revolution-RI, Rhode island Association of Conservation Commissions, Rhode Island Interfaith Power and Light, Sisters of Mercy Ecology, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County--Green Task Force, United Against Clear River Energy Center | 1 Response
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on June 11, 2017
On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken issued an order denying motions filed by the Trump Administration and the fossil fuel industry. The motions sought to appeal her November 10, 2016, decision in Juliana v. United States. The failed appeal of the administration and its fossil fuel allies is seen by many as a […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on May 26, 2017
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will soon be down to only one of four commissioners. Once accustomed to operating in the shadows, controversy around FERC and its role in the permitting of harmful and unnecessary fracked gas infrastructure was thrown into the limelight on Thursday morning when five people disrupted the Senate Energy and […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on May 12, 2017
After 650 arrests over two and a half years, We Are Seneca Lake activists are celebrating a successful campaign that forced Crestwood Equity Partners to retreat from plans to expand methane storage in New York’s Finger Lakes region. “It takes consistency and dedication, and we had that,” said Laura Salamendra, a member of We Are […]
Posted in Activism, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, New York | Tagged Cresstwood Equity Partners, ferc, Finger Lakes, Ithaca, methane, New York, salt cavern, We Are Seneca Lake | 2 Responses
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on March 9, 2017
Washington DC, March 8, 2017 —Over 130 organizations across the country announced today that they will oppose nominees made by the Trump Administration to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The move reflects the growing resistance nationwide from residents, farmers, business owners, physicians, and environmentalists to FERC’s practice of recklessly permitting pipelines that put hundreds of […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on February 14, 2017
Washington, D.C.—At the status hearing today in Superior Court of the District of Columbia, three of the FERC4, Peter Nightingale of Kingston RI, Claude Guillemard of Baltimore, MD, Ellen Taylor of Washington, D.C., and Donald Weightman of Philadelphia, PA, committed to representing themselves at their criminal trial, scheduled for June 21, 2017. The FERC4 were arrested with […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on January 6, 2017
As Rhode Island is battling the Invenergy-Raimondo fossil fuel power plant in Burrillville, many along the fuel supplying pipeline are fighting the same battle.
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on December 12, 2016
Four of seven activists who were arrested last May at a protest at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters had their trial date set for a status hearing at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, News | Tagged #RubberStampRebellion, Beyond Extreme Energy, BXE, Claude Guillemard, Donald Weightman, Ellen Taylor, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, FERC4, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Mark Goldstone, National Press Club, Peter Nightingale, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, We The People | 2 Responses
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on November 13, 2016
On Tursday the federal court in Eugene, Oregon decided in favor of 21 youth plaintiffs in their “groundbreaking” constitutional climate lawsuit against President Obama, numerous federal agencies, and the fossil fuel industry.
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on August 17, 2016
Four of the seven activists arrested for blocking the driveway at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters during Beyond Extreme Energy’s #RubberStampRebellion in May are taking their cases to trial. At the Superior Court of the District of Columbia yesterday, #Sidewalk7 members Claude Guillemard of Baltimore, MD, Ellen Taylor of Washington, D.C., and Donald Weightman of […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on June 9, 2016
The four women of the Sidewalk Seven who were arrested on May 16 in Washington, DC, for blocking the entrance to the underground garage of the building housing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be arraigned in Superior Court on Thursday, June 9. The four are Claude Guillemard, of Baltimore, MD, Ellen Taylor of Washington, […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on May 23, 2016
Last Wednesday, the #RubberStampRebellion participated in a #FlushTheTPP protest, exposing the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (USITC) report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as a cover-up of a transnational, corporate coup d’état. The USITC’s Economic Impact Report glorifies the TPP and fails to mention that it will significantly worsen the economic impact of the climate crisis. In response, TPP […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on May 19, 2016
Tuesday marked the second day of BXE’s Rubber Stamp Rebellion targeting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for its approvals of fossil fuel projects. Activists spent the morning on Capitol Hill seeking support from senators in states with pending projects before FERC;, the afternoon visiting offices of some of the companies seeking to build those projects, […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on May 16, 2016
Starting Monday, Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) will spend the week carrying out creative, non-violent actions throughout the Washington, D.C., area. We’ll be targeting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the fossil fuel industry whose projects the rogue agency approves. We’ll be at the headquarters of FERC, 888 First St. NE, Washington, D.C., where the agency rubber stamps approvals for interstate fracked gas pipelines, […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on May 1, 2016
Seattle, WA, April 29, 2016— In a surprise ruling from the bench in the critical climate case brought by youths against the state of Washington’s Department of Ecology (“Ecology”), King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered Ecology to promulgate an emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016 and make recommendations to the state […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on April 11, 2016
The court’s ruling is a major victory for the 21 youth plaintiffs, ages 8-19, from across the U.S. in what Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein call the “most important lawsuit on the planet right now.”
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on March 30, 2016
A coalition of environmental groups and individuals, including Fossil Free Rhode Island, filed a petition asking the court to review FERC’s approval of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin pipeline expansion project.
Award-wining documentarist Josh Fox and six others arrested in anti-pipeline protest at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on March 25, 2016
Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox, Megan Holleran and five others were arrested in the driveway of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) while waiting for commissioners to join them for pancakes topped with the last drops of maple syrup from the Holleran family farm in New Milford, PA.
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on March 24, 2016
At its open meeting on January 29, the siting board excluded numerous groups from formal participation in the review of the CERC proposal. Among those groups are the Burrillville Land Trust, the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats and an array of grassroots organizations including Fossil Free Rhode Island.