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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 Steve Ahlquist on October 4, 2016
“But with regard to your second question,” said Michael Marcello, “you received a briefing in closed session, and that’s where that information must lay right now. In closed session.”
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Video | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, Adler Pollock & Sheehan, Alan Shoer, BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville Town Council, Daniel Gendron, Denise Potvin, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, fossil free ri, Harrisville Fire District and Water Board, Invenergy, janet coit, lisa baldelli hunt, michael marcello, Peter Nightingale, Richard Sinapi, Woonsocket | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 29, 2016
The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission today ruled against Conservation Law Foundation’s motion to dismiss National Grid’s proposed pipeline tariff and instead issued an indefinite stay.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ANE pipeline, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, fossil free ri, Herbert DeSimone Jr, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, meg curran, Megan Herzog, national grid, NOLNGinPVD, Priscilla De La Cruz, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, RI Sierra Club, RIPUC, The FANG Collective, Toxics Action Center | 1 Response
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 Steve Ahlquist on April 22, 2016
I think the biggest message here, though perhaps not the one Whitehouse intended to deliver, is that the residents of Burrillville can count on getting no help from their Senator on this issue.
They are on their own.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Energy, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged fang, fossil free ri, Gina Raimondo, Lisa Petrie, Lorraine Savard, Peter Nightingale, Sheldon Whitehouse, university of rhode island | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2016
In his interview with Nesi, Whitehouse cavalierly dismissed the concerns of local environmental groups, and could name no environmental groups that support his position.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville Land Trust, Clear River Energy Center, Conservation Law Foundation, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free ri, Green Party of RI, Invenergy, Jonathan Stone, Occupy Providence, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, Save The Bay, Sheldon Whitehouse, Ted Nesi, Topher Hamblett | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 18, 2016
Speaker Mattiello “…calls himself practical, [on energy and the environment] even as he ignores common sense economics and the laws of nature.”
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Conservation Law Foundation, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free ri, greg gerritt, Invenergy, Josh Block, Nicholas Mattiello, Nick Katkevich, Peter Nightingale, spectra | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 4, 2016
The Governor touts the health benefits of our natural resources even as she supports fossil fuel infrastructure expansion in Burrillville.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BASE, burrillville, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free ri, Gina Raimondo, Kathy Martley, Mary Pendergast, Nick Katkevich, Peter Nightingale, Rhode Island Department of Health, Sally Mendzela, Scott Avedisian | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 29, 2015
Hilariously, one of the Parties that Invenergy claims will represent the interests of Occupy Providence, Fossil Free RI and RIPDA is National Grid, a company with a history of disregarding the concerns of Rhode Islanders and the environment in its endless craving for corporate profits.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville Land Trust, Clear River Energy Center, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, CREC, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free ri, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Josh Block, Kathy Sherman, Mary Pendergast, Michael Wood, national grid, Occupy Providence, pope francis, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, RIPDA | 8 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 30, 2015
Ahead of the COPS21 Climate Change Summit convening in Paris today, one of the hundreds of world wide solidarity marches took place in the appropriately named Peace Dale, Rhode Island, “to demand an ambitious, binding, and just treaty to avert runaway, catastrophic global warming and save our children’s future.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Energy, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFSC-SENE, fossil free ri, Lisa Petrie, Robert Malin, Sisters of Mercy | 2 Responses
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 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 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, Economics, Energy, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged David Graves, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fossil free ri, fracked gas, fracking, Gina Raimondo, methane, Michael Sabitoni, national grid, natural gas, Peter Nightingale | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2015
Last year Providence City Councillor John Igliozzi proposed that future tax breaks for large corporations should include $15 minimum wage guarantees, but this year, as Chair of the Finance Committee, Igliozzi has failed to deliver on this proposal.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Labor, Providence, Taxes | Tagged activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Environmental Justice League of RI, fossil free ri, Fred Ordonez, Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers, greg gerritt, I-195 Commission, IUPAT Local 195 DC 11, jesse strecker, jorge elorza, Labor, Le Meridien, news, Occupy, Occupy Providence, Politics, Poverty, Prosperity for RI, Providence, Providence City Council, Rhode Island, Rhode Island State House, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, tax stabilization agreements, Taxes, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 217 | Leave a response
By Peter Nightingale on April 2, 2015
Individuals, grassroots groups and towns from the four states adversely impacted by Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) natural gas pipeline expansion project have formed a coalition to file a Request for Rehearing after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the project on March 3, 2015. The coalition engaged DC attorney, Carolyn Elefant, who […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2015
Peter Nightingale, the University of Rhode Island physics professor arrested during a civil disobedience sit-in at Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s Providence office last December, left court today after settling all charges by agreeing to pay a $300 fine. Shortly after the court decision, at a press conference held outside the Garrahy Court Complex, Nightingale reiterated the […]
By Peter Nightingale on December 18, 2014
I’m a 67 year-old physics professor at the University of Rhode Island. I have a wife, four kids, five grandchildren and sixth on the way. I would claim to be a respectable citizen, and yet, earlier this week Senator Sheldon Whitehouse had me arrested for caring about the global climate. About ten friends from the […]
By Bob Plain on December 16, 2014
Peter Nightingale, a URI physics professor, a Fossil Free Rhode Island activist and regular RI Future contributor, was intentionally arrested following a sit-in at Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s Providence office, according to Fossil Free RI in a press release. “If Senator Whitehouse is truly a climate champion, it’s time he lives up to that title,” Nightingale […]
By Peter Nightingale on December 12, 2014
Burrillville, Wakefield, RI; Danbury, CT; West Roxbury, MA — Grassroots groups from four states along the proposed route of Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline expansion, which cuts through New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, have joined together to host a coordinated “Week of Respect and Resistance” with actions from December 13 through December 19 in opposition […]
By Peter Nightingale on December 11, 2014
Scott Nystrom, a senior economic associate Regional Economic Models (REMI), gave a talk at Brown University about Fee-and-Dividend Carbon Tax, a plan proposed by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). The talk presented the effect on the economy and power generation of a steadily rising fee imposed on the CO2 content of fossil fuels. The presentation […]