By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
RIPTA Riders Alliance, an advocacy group for bus riders, held a press conference in Kennedy Plaza across from Providence City Hall on Thursday afternoon to protest “a sharp bus fare increase” of $1 per ride for low-income disabled people and seniors. Right now the increase is only a proposal and the current fare for senior and disabled riders is $0.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Environment, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation, Video | Tagged Don Rhodes, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | 7 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on August 28, 2015
Scott Wolf, the executive director of Grow Smart Rhode Island, said there were some big wins for sustainable and equitable development in the last legislative session. RhodeMapRI was not one of them, he acknowledged. “A lot of the economic development proposals that we thought were good for smart growth passed,” Wolf said. “Those are embodied […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged development, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Gina Raimondo, Grow Smart RI, GrowSmart, Rhode Works, RhodeMap, Scott Wolf, smart growth, urban, urban redevelopment | 1 Response
By RI Future on August 26, 2015
Associate Judge William C. Clifton of Rhode Island’s District Court handed down his verdict in the case Curt Nordgaard, and Peter Nightingale, who were arrested after locking themselves to the front gate at the site of Spectra Energy’s compressor station in Burrillville, Rhode Island in a direct action organized by Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG).
Charges of disorderly conduct were dismissed; charges of willful trespass resulted in a one-year “filing,” which means that these cases will be dismissed if the defendants come into no further conflict with the law.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Rhode Island | Tagged burrillville, Curtis Nordgaard, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free rhode island, fracking, Peter Nightingale, Spectra Energy Compressor Station, William C. Clifton | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 24, 2015
The Green Party of Rhode Island welcomed presidential candidate Jill Stein to their 2015 Green Gathering held at the Warwick campus of CCRI. Stein spoke for about 35 minutes about her campaign, her vision for the future of America, and the need for a new political party that represents ‘people, planet and peace over profit.’ […]
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Politics, Video | Tagged Bernie Sanders, climate change, Green New Deal, green party of rhode island, jill stein, people, planet and peace over profit | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 21, 2015
As Rhode Island considers moving forward with several large scale natural gas projects, including an expanded pipeline in Burrillville, a new energy plant in Burrillville, and a liquefaction facility in South Providence, it seemed appropriate to ask representatives from business, labor, government and environmental groups for their comments on this report.
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged Colorado State University, David Graves, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fossil free ri, fracked gas, fracking, Gina Raimondo, methane, Michael Sabitoni, national grid, natural gas, Peter Nightingale, RI Building & Construction Trades Council, Robert Howarth | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 15, 2015
“It was hard not to see the sudden explosion of police on the scene occurring precisely when people of color arrived as anything other than an expression of the kind of institutionalized environmental and economic racism that the groups were protesting.”
Posted in Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged Curtis Nordgaard, David Graves, EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, environmental racism, fang, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Fields Point LNG Plant, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free rhode island, Jesus Holguin, Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex, Julian Rodríguez-Drix, national grid, Noel Healy, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, psu, RI Sierra Club, Spectra Energy Compressor Station, Steven Roberts | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 15, 2015
National Grid asked for public comment on their plan to build a LNG liquefaction system at the Fields Point LNG Plant on Providence’s South Side, and boy, did they get it. Representatives from the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), the Providence Student Union (PSU) and the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island (EJLRI) took control […]
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Video, Youth | Tagged EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, environmental racism, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Fields Point LNG Plant, Jesus Holguin, Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex, Julian Rodríguez-Drix, national grid, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, psu, Steven Roberts | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 14, 2015
A video conversation with Peter Nightingale, a physics professor from the University of Rhode Island and Dr. Curtis Nordgaard, a pediatrician from Massachusetts about their civil disobedience at the Spectra Pipeline Expansion project in Burrillville.
By Bob Plain on August 13, 2015
Police arrested two environmental activists arrested this morning who were protesting a methane gas pipeline project in Burrillville, Rhode Island, by chaining themselves to a gate at the project site. Peter Nightingale, a University of Rhode Island physics professor and occasional RI Future contributor, and Curt Nordgaard, a pediatrician from Massachusetts, were both arrested according […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 11, 2015
The economic benefits from doing away with the burning of fossil fuels (including fracked gas) are tremendous in terms of what Boyce refers to as “Air Quality Co-Benefits.”
“Add up those benefits” says Boyce, and you’ll find that the “public health benefits are larger” than the costs of reducing and eliminating fossil fuel plants, often twice as large, according to studies.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economy, Energy, Environment, Video | Tagged Air Quality Co-Benefits, BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Center for Popular Economics, Clear River Energy Center, fracking, James K Boyce, Kathy Martley, sacrifice zone, Sheldon Whitehouse, Union of Concerned Scientists | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 6, 2015
The point of divestment isn’t to somehow starve the fossil fuel companies of the funds they need to survive, but to make a moral point about the immorality of participating in and profiting from a practice that is literally killing the world. Divestment stigmatizes the fossil fuel industry, said Healy, and changes the public discourse on collective energy.
Posted in Climate Change, corporate greed, Economy, Environment, Featured, Video | Tagged burrillville, Center for Popular Economics, divestment, fracking, Gina Raimondo, Jessica Debski, lear River Energy, Noel Healy | 3 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on August 5, 2015
The plant, called the Clear River Energy Center, would utilize fracking to generate energy with natural gas. Fracking is a process that involves drilling into the earth, and then shooting a high-pressure water mixture at the rock to release the natural gas inside… the process uses huge amounts of water that must be transported to the site. Second, many worry that dangerous chemicals used in the process may contaminate groundwater around the site. There are also concerns that fracking causes small earthquakes.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Burriville, clean energy, Clear River Energy Center, Environment, fang, fossil free rhode island, fracking, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Renewable Energy, Rhode Island Sierra Club, Robert Malin, sierra club, Stephen Dahl | 14 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 4, 2015
“Building this plant is like investing in land line phone companies in 2005. When Gina Raimondo announces this plant at the Providence Chamber of Commerce, 30 Exchange Terrace, Providence RI, on Tuesday at 10am, she will be announcing a failure of leadership, a failure of vision, and a wasted opportunity.”
Posted in Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Events, Featured | Tagged 'Next-Generation’ Clean Energy Facility, Barrack Obama, climate change, Climate Change Action Plan, fracking, Gina Raimondo | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 3, 2015
“Fracking is disastrous,” says Robert Pollin, professor of economics at UMass Amherst, “burning natural gas means we will never hit the goal” necessary to avert global climate catastrophe. On the other hand, “Building a Green Economy is good for jobs.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged burrillville, Center for Popular Economics' 2015 Summer Institute, green jobs, natural gas, Robert Pollin, Scott DePasquale | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 21, 2015
The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources has announced a plan to invest in clean energy, as well as reduce energy costs, by distributing $14 million in proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auctions. RGGI, which was launched in 2009, allowed participating states to establish a cap on carbon dioxide emissions from fossil […]
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island | Tagged clean energy, climate change, efficiency, Elisha Aldrich, Energy, energy efficiency, Environment, Gina Raimondo, janet coit, LED, Marion Gold, Office of Energy Resources, Peter Alviti, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, RGGI, solar, solar energy, solar panels, Solarize Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 10, 2015
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has taken a step towards a more environmentally friendly city with his new SustainPVD Environmental Program. The goal of the program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change within the city by increasing recycling, expanding composting, and making municipal buildings more energy efficient. Residents can participate as well, […]
Posted in Environment, Featured, Providence | Tagged American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Energy, energy efficient, Environment, green, jorge elorza, Providence, solar, SustainPVD, West Broadway Neighborhood Association | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2015
Cesspools. For 45 minutes. That’s more time than was spent on pretty much any item in the budget, for what it’s worth.
Here’s all the best (or worst) parts in under five minutes.
Posted in Environment, Featured, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Arthur Handy, cesspools, dennis canario, James McLaughlin, John DeSimone, Joseph Trillo, michael marcello, RI House of Representatives, Thomas Pelangio | 2 Responses
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 Steve Ahlquist on June 12, 2015
If there was one message that came through loud and clear from the 22 speakers at the Environment is Everyone’s Business rally held on the south lawn of the State House Wednesday evening, it was that the time to take serious action on climate change is running out, if the time hasn’t already passed. Over […]
By Greg Gerritt on June 9, 2015
You can not heal ecosystems without ending poverty, you can not end poverty without healing ecosystems, and if you do not shut down the war machine, you will not do any of it. I thought about what to say, and could easily give you a stump speech, but instead today I want to challenge you […]