By Peter Nightingale on April 17, 2018
On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon set October 29, 2018, as the first day of trial in the landmark constitutional climate lawsuit brought by 21 American youth against the U.S. government. This development follows multiple rulings issued in favor of the youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United […]
By John McDaid on April 3, 2018
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse chose the flood-prone Island Park section of Portsmouth as the backdrop to introduce the National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund. With local business, government leaders, and NGOs looking on, Whitehouse announced that the fund received its first $30 million appropriation in last month’s omnibus spending bill. Whitehouse began by showing the two dozen […]
By Peter Nightingale on March 8, 2018
Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas, writing for a unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, rejected the Trump administration’s “drastic and extraordinary” petition for a court order to drop the landmark climate lawsuit brought by 21 youth supported by Our Children’s Trust. The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon lifted the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2017
Chief Resiliency Officer Shawn O’Roarke held the first of a series of ten Resiliency Roundtables at the Save the Bay Campus, drawing a crowd of just over 50 people interested in finding solutions to the effects of climate change.
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2017
Rhode Island Speaker Nicholas Mattiello supports DACA.
Here he is on Roe v Wade, guns, PawSox, taxes, minimum wage, climate change and more.
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By Peter Nightingale on April 25, 2017
Our Children’s Trust has been litigating in federal and state court to secure the right to a stable climate and a healthy atmosphere for present and future generations. The approach, based on the public trust doctrine, has had remarkable successes at the state, federal, and global level. At last Saturday’s March for Science in Providence, […]
By Peter Nightingale on March 28, 2017
At least three times so far this winter, the Arctic has witnessed the Polar equivalent of a heatwave, with powerful Atlantic storms driving an influx of warm, moist air. This meant that at the height of the Arctic winter and the sea ice refreezing period, there were days which were actually close to melting point. Antarctic sea ice has also been at a record low, in contrast to the trend in recent years.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 26, 2017
Incoherent, racist and stupid: John DePetro’s MAGA Rally, a racist, nativist love letter to President Trump, was a spectacular failure.
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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 […]
‘We have no fossil fuel industry here in Rhode Island,’ said Governor Raimondo this morning, but actually…
By Steve Ahlquist on October 25, 2016
The governor’s press secretary, David Ortiz, later clarified what Governor Raimondo meant by this statement, saying that, “her point was that the state has no fossil fuel deposits and does not extract natural gas, crude oil or coal.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on October 6, 2016
“At breakfast this morning my nine year old, out of the blue, said, ‘Mom, what are you doing about climate change?’” said Governor Gina Raimondo at a press event in the offices of Newport Solar on Monday…
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By Bob Plain on May 2, 2016
Lost in last week’s primary election were some other promising poll numbers for progressives. A Public Policy Polling survey found 3 of 4 Rhode Islanders would be more likely to support a candidate who would drastically decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and a Brown University Taubman Center poll found 55 percent of Rhode Islanders […]
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 Bob Plain on January 26, 2016
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed is introducing a suite of bills today designed to attract more green jobs to the state, educate more Rhode Islanders to work in green industries, lower consumer costs to switching to solar power and invests heavily in local agriculture, seafood and aquaculture.
By Andrew Stewart on December 13, 2015
News broke that a “historic” deal had been stuck in Paris by the largest gathering of states in human history at the COP21 United Nations conference meant to address climate change. Yet despite the self-congratulation, adulation from the lame-stream press, and over-glorified silliness, activists and scientists were adamant that the whole affair was simply a […]
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 […]
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.’ […]
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 Andrew Stewart on August 9, 2015
Over 30 years ago, activist Larry Kramer, disgusted by the apathy of public officials and the timidity of gay men who refused to come out, wrote a blistering article called 1,112 AND COUNTING. Kramer was furious at Ronald Reagan, who refused to say the word AIDS, New York Mayor Ed Koch, a closet-case who wouldn’t be […]