Northeast Energy News

Climate protests continue with street blockades in D.C.

CLIMATE: Protesters are blocking streets to disrupt the morning commute in Washington D.C. today, hoping to “bring the city to a standstill” to draw attention to climate change. (Washington Post) 

ALSO:
• More than 60,000 people (organizers estimated 250,000) took to the streets in New York City in a youth-led protest of inaction on climate change Friday; Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other cities also saw large turnouts. (New York Times, WCVB, Philadelphia Inquirer, WESA)
• Maine Gov. Janet Mills will address the United Nations General Assembly today on the state’s efforts to fight the challenge, the first sitting governor from the state to speak at the body. (Portland Press Herald)

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NUCLEAR:
• Former workers were among those who gathered outside the Three Mile Island plant at noon on Friday to observe its shutdown. (Press & Journal)
• With Three Mile Island now closed, supporters of nuclear power worry about the future of Pennsylvania’s remaining nuclear plants. (WITF)
• Hundreds of supporters of the Shippingport plant rally in western Pennsylvania, where the plant is slated to close in about two years. (Record Herald)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Activists who persuaded New York to drop natural gas as the fuel source to power an Albany microgrid say the new plans don’t go far enough and should rely on 100% renewable energy. (Albany Times Union)

EMISSIONS: More than 30 Pennsylvania legislators write to Gov. Tom Wolf urging action to enact methane emissions regulations that came out of state strategy discussions that began in 2016. (KDKA)

SOLAR: Environmentalists worry that cutting of forests to build solar projects will cause the loss of carbon sequestration benefits the woodlands provide. (Gazettenet.com)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle enthusiasts and the merely curious gather for a Maine car show to promote clean energy cars. (WGME)

COMMENTARY:
• A town official where Three Mile Island is located says it’s “a shame” the community has lost good-paying jobs, clean energy and a generous corporate neighbor as the plant closes due to inaction by political leaders. (PennLive)
• An editorialist says Connecticut should hold more hearings before it gives exclusive rights to a state pier to offshore wind developers who want to use it as a staging area for future projects. (CT Examiner)
• Patience is urged for New Jersey’s emerging Energy Master Plan as an editorial board says flexibility is needed as the state will face as yet unknown challenges. (Press of Atlantic City)
• Sinkholes and other mishaps are undermining confidence in the safe construction and operation of the Mariner East pipeline in Pennsylvania, an editorial says. (Reading Eagle) 

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