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. http://www.phys.uri.edu/nigh/ @Peter_Night https://www.facebook.com/nighster
Providence City Council to consider resolution opposing power plant and expressing concern over use of city water
By Peter Nightingale on January 17, 2017
In addition to expressing opposition to the siting of the power plant in Burrillville, the the Providence resolution asks the city solicitor an opinion on the legality of Johnston’s intended resale of water to Invenergy, and for other information that would allow the city to prevent use of its water for the power plant.
Posted in Burrillville, Cities and Towns, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, News, Providence | Tagged burrillville, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, Johnston, PCWB, Providence, Providence City Council, Providence City Water Board, seth yurdin | 3 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on January 12, 2017
Professor Peter Nightingale poses some tough questions and raises some serious concerns about Invenergy’s new water plan with the Town of Johnston.
By Peter Nightingale on January 4, 2017
Woonsocket may sell water to Invenergy to cool its gigawatt power plant in Burrillville. For citizens’ input, the Woonsocket City Council will hold public hearing this Friday, January 6, at the Woonsocket High School. Of course, water is not the only issue. Woonsocket has five fracked gas power plants within five miles from its center. […]
By Peter Nightingale on December 22, 2016
Last Monday, Judge Hollis Hill of the Washington Superior Court in Seattle issued another powerful climate justice decision in the Washington State climate lawsuit filed by Zoe and Stella Foster, and their fellow plaintiffs against the state’s Department of Ecology. As the team at Our Children’s Trust writes: Amplifying the urgency of the youths’ claims, […]
By Peter Nightingale on December 16, 2016
This Monday, December 19, at 7 pm the Woonsocket City Council will hold a public meeting. Not on the agenda is the Invenergy’s proposal to pipe water to the fossil fuel power plant it proposes to build in Burrillville. What is happening in Woonsocket is a text-book example of how environmental justice is incompatible with […]
Posted in Burrillville, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Economics, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, Poverty, Rhode Island, Woonsocket | Tagged burrillville, Clear River Energy Center, Environmental Justice, fracked gas, Invenergy, Woonsocket | 6 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on December 14, 2016
Apart from the optics, Rex Tilllerson would have been a perfect fit in the Obama administration: both are deeply invested in fracking. Tillerson loves it, as long as it’s not in his backyard. Here, for historical perspective, is Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address: We have a supply of natural gas that can last […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 Energy, Featured, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Clear River Energy Center, 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.
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, Corporate Greed, Economics, Energy, 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, Class Warfare, Climate, Economics, 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 […]