Peter Nightingale is a theoretical physicist and teaches at the University of Rhode Island. He strives to leave behind a more just and peaceful, sustainable post-capitalist world for future generations, and his children and grandchildren in particular.
By Peter Nightingale on September 20, 2016
This Wednesday, September 21 at 6pm, the Energy Facility Siting Board will conduct its next public hearing about Invenergy’s proposed fossil-fuel-fired power plant in Burrillville. The hearing will be held in the Toll Gate High School Auditorium, 575 Centerville Road, Warwick. The last couple of weeks produced a flurry of advisory opinions on Invenergy’s power […]
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure | Tagged EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Act, Mary Christina Wood, Nature's Trust, RIPUC | Leave a response
By Peter Nightingale on September 18, 2016
This marks the fifth year since Andrew Winters was disappeared from URI. Yiddish scores much higher on the scale of colorful curses than American English and, growing up, I occasionally heard the curse “yemach shemoy—may his name be erased!” That is exactly what happened to Andrew Winters at URI: his name and memory have been […]
By Peter Nightingale on August 9, 2016
On Tuesday August 9, the Rhode Island Department of health (RIDOH) will hold a hearing on Invenergy’s proposed gigawatt fossil fuel power plant in Burrillville, aka the Clear River Energy Center (CREC). The meeting will start at 5:30 pm at Burrillville HighSchool, 425 East Avenue, Harrisville, Rhode Island 02830. As part of the process, RIDOH […]
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged burrillville, fossil fuel, fracked gas, Invenergy, Office of Energy Resources | 1 Response
By Peter Nightingale on August 9, 2016
On August 9, the Harrisville Fire District in its monthly meeting will discuss how to respond to Invenergy’s request for the supply of water for its proposed power plant in Burrillville, the Clear River Energy Center (CREC). For time and place follow this link. Future water shortages caused by CREC have been a topic of […]
By Peter Nightingale on May 9, 2016
Invenergy’s Clear River Energy Center (CREC), the new fossil fuel power plant proposed in Burrillville, is likely to cause future water shortages, according to state documents obtained by Fossil Free Rhode Island. The power plant may cause such shortages unless the communities relying for their water supply on the Clear River basin forfeit future growth. […]
By Peter Nightingale on March 11, 2016
By under-taxing fugitive methane by roughly a factor ten, this bill unintentionally favors natural gas infrastructure development relative to fossil fuels with a smaller greenhouse gas potential. That is precisely the disaster that the Raimondo administration is planning in Burrillville.
Posted in Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Featured, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Clear River Energy Center, Energize Rhode Island Ac, Energize RI, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, national grid, Office of Energy Resources, remi | Leave a response
By Peter Nightingale on March 8, 2016
The EPA has a long history of underestimating fugitive methane. The upshot of these errors is that the Energize RI Act might set a trend of under-taxing fugitive methane by roughly a factor ten. Exxon Mobil —#ExxonKnew, our nation’s biggest fracker— undoubtedly loves this trend!
By Peter Nightingale on March 7, 2016
As part of the “FANG needs YOU: To protest Governor Raimondo to confront Governor Raimondo” campaign, I went to the NORAD event to confront our governor about her support for fossil fuels.
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Featured, Narragansett Bay, Transportation | Tagged David Cicilline, fang, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, James Langevin | Leave a response
By Peter Nightingale on March 2, 2016
Audry McClendon, ousted CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp, was indicted on Tuesday for conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in Oklahoma. The indictment is the result of a four-year antitrust investigation by the US Department of Justice.
Let’s revisit some of the prehistory.
By Peter Nightingale on January 26, 2016
“The real problem with Politifact’s rating is that it is ethically challenged. It is blind to the precautionary principle, which says that the burden of proof that a public policy is not harmful falls on those who want implement it.”
By Peter Nightingale on January 22, 2016
We are building a 30 megawatt wind farm off Block Island and we are talking about frack-gas facility with 30 times that capacity in Burrillville… Accounting gimmicks devoid of physics may fool the people, the editor of the the ProJo and our hapless leaders, but none of that will change the laws of nature.
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACEEE, clean power plan, Clear River Energy Center, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environmental Protection Agency, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, janet coit, john arnold, Marion Gold, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources | 1 Response
By Peter Nightingale on January 7, 2016
“During the last two days activists filed rebuttals with the Energy Facility Siting Board as they contest Invenergy’s attempt to suppress public input on its proposal to build a fracked-gas power plant proposal.”
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, Occupy, Religion | Tagged Clean Air Act, Clear River Energy Center, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Mary Pendergast, Occupy Providence, pope francis | Leave a response
By Peter Nightingale on December 13, 2015
The “final draft” for the COP21 climate deal in Paris is in and the Twitter spin machine is working overtime: The strong Paris agreement on climate means a safer, more secure world for our kids. A perfect example of what American leadership can do. — President Obama (@POTUS) December 12, 2015 Another gushing tweet: Today's […]
By Peter Nightingale on September 25, 2015
Fasters from Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE), together with their supporters from several faiths, will break bread in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in D.C. today to end a dramatic 18-day hunger strike undertaken to demand that FERC stop issuing permits for the pipelines, storage facilities and LNG export terminals that use fracked […]
By Peter Nightingale on September 21, 2015
Steve Norris, a 72-year-old retired professor from North Carolina, told me on Saturday about his fast at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, DC. He was doing surprisingly well, he said, 12 days into his fast and having lost over 10 pounds. One of the first things Steve asked me was if I […]
By Peter Nightingale on September 17, 2015
“You can’t negotiate with a beetle. You are now dealing with natural law. And if you don’t understand natural law, you will soon.” Oren Lyons, a member of the Onandaga Council of Chiefs, quoted by Mary Christina Wood in her book Nature’s Trust, sums up what’s wrong with our self-absorbed political system and its failure […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Environment, Featured | Tagged climate change, fracked gas, fracking, methane gas, natural gas, raimondo, spectra pipeline | 1 Response
By Peter Nightingale on September 11, 2015
I accuse! As my friends have dared, so shall I dare. Dare to tell the truth, as I have pledged to tell it, in full, since the normal channels of justice have failed to do so. My duty is to speak out; I do not wish to be an accomplice in this travesty, the President’s Business Climate […]
By Peter Nightingale on September 9, 2015
After a persistent campaign by a broad coalition of environmental groups and a string of escalating acts of civil disobedience, Rhode Island mainstream media have slowly begun to question the claim that “burning natural gas is about one-half as carbon-intensive as coal, which can make it a critical bridge fuel for many countries as the […]
By Peter Nightingale on June 23, 2015
Dear Senator Whitehouse, In response to your latest email A Moral Urgency To Act On Climate, I would like to let you know that I have a hard time reconciling your writing with your support of natural gas as a bridge fuel. The problem with your email is not with what you write, but with […]
By Peter Nightingale on June 2, 2015
A grassroots coalition, No Pipeline Expansion (NOPE), stated in a press release issued last Friday that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) approval of Pieridae’s Goldboro liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Nova Scotia, Canada confirms their position that natural gas from Spectra Energy’s northeast pipeline expansions will be shipped overseas. According to the […]