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  • UMW Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuels in Huge Win for Student Power | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    weeks resulting in three arrests The University of Mary Washington has now become the first university in Virginia and the first public university in the South to move forward on fossil fuel divestment VA BOV s Whose Side Are You On Virginia Fossil Fuels The student activists of DivestUMW worked tirelessly to secure the direct support of over 25 of the student body the President s Council on Sustainability and dozens of faculty members Last year the Board of Visitors voted down divestment after a recommendation from the President s Council on Sustainability Today s vote to divest falls on the one year anniversary of the arrest of two students and one community member as the university chose to forcibly end the students three week sit in The divestment movement has sprung up on college campuses and municipalities around the globe as a vehicle to move investment strategy in line with the moral case for combating climate change The students from the University of Mary Washington have worked tirelessly to make this case attending conferences trainings and workshops to enhance their knowledge and efficacy of their campaign They networked with universities and activists around the globe to build their strongest possible case Following the vote to divest UMW first year student Drew Shannon said The decision to divest from fossil fuels represents a rejection of the immoral activities of the industry Companies such as Dominion Power have an unethical hold over our politics in Virginia exploit our natural resources and damage our environment The University of Mary Washington s rejection of these practices is a crucial first step in the fight towards a just transition away from this irresponsible and damaging industry Sophomore Sarah Kinzer remarked This decision is the result of the collective work of hundreds of students over

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/umw-votes-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels-in-huge-win-for-student-power/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Exelon and Pepco never saw this coming | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    of Pepco This decision defied the indisputable facts that Exelon s business model relies on raising our rates and suppressing the growth of affordable clean energy This decision defied popular will In fact thanks in part to your action Exelon s deal had lost the support of every other major party from the Mayor to the People s Counsel But this is also true Together the Power DC coalition including two dozen citizens organizations hundreds of ordinary citizens like you and dozens of ANC allies spanning every ward of the District put the largest utility merger ever proposed on the ropes for two years Practically everyone thought this merger was a slam dunk from the outset But our grassroots movement made it anything but Squaring off against a volunteer powered coalition on a shoestring budget Exelon and Pepco were forced to spend millions to secure a final result including conditions they would have never offered otherwise You can bet that legal challenges to the Public Service Commission s decision in D C are coming just as CCAN continues to partner with the Sierra Club and Earthjustice to appeal Maryland s merger approval Whatever the final outcome in the courts we

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/exelon-and-pepco-never-saw-this-coming/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Blog | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    behind closed doors Continued Tell Sen Kaine and Warner Say No to offshore drilling now February 25 2016 By Harrison Wallace Hampton Roads Lead Organizer Share In less than three weeks President Obama s Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management BOEM is expected to release the final draft of its five year plan for oil and gas development Continued It s true Dominion dumped toxic coal ash waste into our rivers February 22 2016 By Drew Gallagher Virginia Field Organizer Share It s bad enough that Dominion wants to crisscross Virginia with a massive new gas pipeline and undermine federal clean power rules But flagrantly contaminate our rivers with millions of gallons of Continued Quebec Oil Train Activist Marilaine Savard Inspires Baltimore February 19 2016 By Jon Kenney Maryland Community Organizer Share Last week CCAN invited oil train activist Marilaine Savard down to our region to attend a series of events Marilaine is from Lac Megantic Quebec and unintentionally became an activist and spokesperson Continued One step closer to keeping fracking out of Prince George s County February 17 2016 By Monique Sullivan Field Director Share This morning the Prince George s County Council s Planning Zoning and Economic Development PZED Committee voted UNANIMOUSLY to pass bill 3 2016 a defacto ban on fracking in the county We are Continued Maryland legislators move forward major climate bill February 4 2016 By James McGarry Maryland and DC Policy Director Share The seas are rising and we are rising to the challenge That is the simple message that lies at the heart of what we do here at CCAN That was Continued Shedding Light on the Shady Industry of Crude Oil Trains in Baltimore February 4 2016 By Jon Kenney Maryland Community Organizer Share Over the last year and a half our

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/category/blog/page/2/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Maryland Senate Approves Significant Clean Energy Expansion | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Vermont California Hawaii New York and Connecticut The House of Delegates passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act HB 1106 by a bipartisan 92 43 margin last month The House and Senate must take final votes to approve the same version of the bill before it heads to Governor Larry Hogan s desk Maryland is on the cusp of cementing its national leadership role among states in solving climate change said Mike Tidwell director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network After approving deeper climate pollution cuts the General Assembly is now poised to accelerate clean energy solutions Expanding Maryland s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 25 percent means roughly 1 300 new megawatts of clean energy will be generated Maryland s solar industry already includes more than 170 companies and over 4 300 jobs today This increase will create over 1 000 new Maryland jobs during construction per year and new solar companies in Maryland too In addition it will create approximately 4 600 direct jobs in our region from wind Today s vote is a major step toward growing Maryland s clean energy economy said Senator Catherine Pugh lead sponsor of SB 921 This bill will create good paying jobs and healthier air for communities in Baltimore and across Maryland that urgently need both 2016 is proving to be a landmark year for clean energy progress in Maryland said Delegate Bill Frick lead sponsor of HB 1106 Maryland has a real opportunity to harness clean energy as a new economic engine for our state The Senate version of the Clean Energy Jobs Act will also advance Maryland s efforts to build a diverse clean energy workforce SB 921 was amended to create a working group process among government agencies and clean energy stakeholders to examine the best funding opportunities through new

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/maryland-senate-approves-significant-clean-energy-expansion/ (2016-05-02)
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  • CCAN Applauds Attorneys General of Maryland, Virginia and DC For Joining First-of-its-Kind Climate Coalition | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Mark Herring joined a press conference this morning At the event the attorneys general of Massachusetts and the U S Virgin Islands indicated they are joining New York and California in investigating whether Exxon deliberately defrauded investors and the public by concealing climate science for decades Frosh indicated he is considering joining by stating that ExxonMobil and other companies need to tell the truth about climate change Herring said he will look at whether there are legal cases his office needs to be involved in Mike Tidwell director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network had the following statement in response We applaud Attorneys General Frosh Herring and Racine for joining this unprecedented coalition and committing to put their legal muscle into aggressive climate action Fossil fuel corporations top among them ExxonMobil have lied about climate change for years and communities across our region are already seeing the consequences After flooding our democracy with millions of dollars aimed at suppressing the truth ExxonMobil s pollution is now flooding our shorelines from Norfolk to Annapolis These actions were clearly immoral and as was found with Big Tobacco likely illegal too We are especially encouraged by Attorney General Frosh s comments indicating that

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/ccan-applauds-attorneys-general-of-maryland-virginia-and-dc-for-joining-first-of-its-kind-climate-coalition/ (2016-05-02)
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  • DC Decision to Approve Exelon-Pepco Merger Will Harm the Environment and Ratepayers For Years to Come | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    fundamental conflict between Exelon s failing business model and D C s commitment to clean affordable energy Mike Tidwell director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network released the following statement in response This decision will go down in history as one of the worst ever by the D C PSC and as a big setback for ratepayers and the environment across the District and Maryland Commissioners Fort and Phillips have turned D C ratepayers over to a Chicago based corporation interested only in propping up its own bottom line The Commissioners approval of the Exelon Pepco deal after it had lost the support of every other major party from the mayor to the People s Counsel defies logic and shows a stunning lack of judgment It also defies the overwhelming will of D C citizens neighborhood faith small business social justice and environmental leaders While Exelon lobbyists are cheering DC residents must now brace for big rate hikes and new roadblocks to clean energy Today s ruling sharpens the need for a regionwide grassroots push for structural change in our energy policy and our politics Exelon has a vested interest in protecting its aging nuclear fleet at all costs including

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/dc-decision-to-approve-exelon-pepco-merger-will-harm-the-environment-and-ratepayers-for-years-to-come/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Activists Launch ‘Golf Cart Shuttle’ Between DEQ and Dominion Headquarters to Highlight Cloud Over Coal Ash Decisions | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    of 9 30 a m this morning Department of Environmental Quality employees and passersby will have a chance to play mini golf on a large putting green or hop on board one of two golf cart shuttles offering courtesy trips to Dominion s downtown offices A large green banner themed after the Master s logo and slogan reads Dominion DEQ A tradition unlike any other Virginia s top environmental regulator should never have considered accepting gifts let alone a golf vacation from Virginia s top polluter said Drew Gallagher field organizer at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network This is a glaring conflict of interest and it raises troubling questions about who is truly looking out for the health and safety of Virginians From coal ash pollution to pipelines to climate policy we see Dominion s interests being put before those of the public time and again DEQ ignited a firestorm of criticism in January when the agency and the State Water Control Board signed off on permits that allow Dominion to dump millions of gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Potomac and James Rivers Those permits allowed Dominion to discharge toxins like arsenic at levels far exceeding limits set by neighboring North Carolina DEQ will decide this spring on additional water discharge permits as well as solid waste permits that would allow Dominion to cap leaky unlined coal ash ponds in place where toxins could continue to leach into Virginia waterways for decades to come Advocates and concerned citizens say that Director Paylor s actions have raised alarm bells beyond the issuing of these controversial permits Paylor repeatedly said that no water was discharged into state waters in response to questions about Dominion s secretive and potentially illegal dumping of nearly 30 million gallons of untreated coal ash

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/activists-launch-golf-shuttle-deq-dominion-highlight-cloud-over-coal-ash/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Maryland House Advances Major Bill to Expand Renewable Energy | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    bill raises Maryland s Renewable Portfolio Standard requirement to 25 percent by 2020 up from the current goal of 20 percent by 2022 By creating incentives for roughly 1 300 megawatts of new clean energy the bill is expected to create more than 1 000 new Maryland solar jobs and to reduce climate pollution by the equivalent of taking 563 000 passenger vehicles off the road every year The bill now moves to the Senate for approval Provisions in the original bill coupled this renewable energy expansion with a record large investment into job training and minority and women owned business development in the clean energy industry Leaders in the General Assembly now plan to combine those provisions into a separate comprehensive workforce development bill Advocates remain committed to passing both James McGarry Maryland policy director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network had the following statement in response We applaud the House of Delegates for another resounding vote for climate solutions By ensuring that more of our homes are powered by wind and solar the Clean Energy Jobs Act will create thousands of good paying jobs prevent hundreds of asthma attacks and reduce the carbon pollution causing record weather extremes

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/maryland-house-advances-major-bill-to-expand-renewable-energy/ (2016-05-02)
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