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  • It’s about to get easier to get solar energy in DC | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    near you very soon This bill allows renters homeowners with shaded roofs tenants of apartment buildings and others to receive the benefits of solar energy by giving utility ratepayers access to virtual net metering This allows anyone to purchase solar power from a solar installation which can then be credited to one s monthly electric bill As of right now the only way one can buy solar energy is to put solar panels on their roof or to purchase RECs directly from a company This bill will allow non homeowners to buy solar energy direct from the source Specifically the Community Renewable Energy Act of 2012 CREA Enables community renewable energy arrangements in which at least two utility customers may share the benefits of a community energy generating facility Credits the benefits from a community energy generating facility directly to a customer s monthly utility bill to offset electricity demand Allows for profit non profit or third party entities to build own and operate community energy generating facilities Creates opportunities for participation by low income utility customers This bill builds upon D C s existing renewable energy policies and programs and would create explicit opportunities for those unable to install

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/its-about-to-get-easier-to-get-solar-energy-in-dc/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Virginians “Connect the Dots” Between Climate Change & Extreme Weather | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    that is designed to connect the dots between climate impacts such as extreme weather events and the broader climate change crisis At nearly 1 000 events in more than 100 countries people highlighted how climate change is affecting their lives here and now Dr Carol Spengler President of Athena Vineyards in Heathsville has experienced the effects of extreme weather on her business In 2003 and again in 2011 hurricanes struck Virginia and caused enormous damage to our grapes and to the crop of many of Virginia s vineyards she explained Climate variations even small ones have major impacts on grape and wine quality Several of the Virginia events for Climate Impacts Day highlighted Dominion Virginia Power s role as the state s largest emitter of global warming pollution less than a week in advance of the company s annual shareholder meeting The company has no plan to significantly shift its fossil fuel heavy portfolio to make new investments in renewable energy sources according to its 15 year plan Dominion has the opportunity to generate clean energy with wind and solar power while generating profits said Beth Kemler Virginia State Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network Instead the company keeps building more and more fossil fuel burning power plants Dominion continues to bury its head in the sand when it comes to climate change On its April 26th quarterly earnings call the company boasted about strong earnings despite the effects of the warmest first quarter weather in more than 100 years The March 2012 U S heat wave broke more than 15 000 temperature records and Americans are beginning to connect the dots between these warmer temperatures and extreme weather A recent poll by George Mason University and Yale University found that Americans concern about climate change was increasing with

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/virginians-connect-the-dots-between-climate-change-extreme-weather/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Marylanders “Connect the Dots” Between Climate Change & Extreme Weather | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    grower in Garrett County gave tours of his vineyard already highly threatened by the unusually warm weather in recent years Kayakers on the Eastern Shore demonstrated how sea level rise is erasing an acre of marsh every day in Dorchester County And citizens in Montgomery County gathered outside a coal fired power plant to illustrate how American reliance on dirty fossil fuels is the main source of accelerating climate change in our nation These events are part of the first ever Climate Impacts Day a global event sponsored by the group 350 org and its allies that is designed to connect the dots between climate impacts such as extreme weather events and the broader climate change crisis At nearly 1 000 events in more than 100 countries people highlighted how climate change is affecting their lives here and now Paul Roberts winemaker with Deep Creek Cellars in Friendsville has experienced the effects of extreme weather on his family s business Extreme weather events have devastating impacts on our grapes and to the crop of all of the state s vineyards he explained Climate variations even small ones have major impacts on grape and wine quality Said Mike Tidwell director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network Our growing use of extreme energy deep sea drilling for oil fracking for natural gas tar sands for oil in Canada and coal extracted from mountain top removal is driving more and more extreme weather It s time to connect the dots and make the switch to clean energy like offshore wind power in Maryland A recent poll by George Mason University and Yale University found that Americans concern about climate change was increasing with more extreme weather and warmer temperatures According to the research 82 percent of Americans report that they personally experienced one

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/marylanders-connect-the-dots-between-climate-change-extreme-weather/ (2016-05-02)
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  • POLL: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Move to Clean Energy | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    In releasing the research Mike Tidwell executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network said The verdict of this new survey is clear the majority of Americans agree that our country needs to make a rapid switch to clean energy sources like wind and solar We are not the fringe minority that fossil fuel companies make us out to be Average Americans understand that in the face of rapidly advancing global warming and the extreme weather that comes with it there s simply no reason why our leaders can t come together to hammer out an energy policy that will protect our children s future Pam Solo founder and president of the Civil Society Institute said Our new survey is a clarion call to action Americans think that it is time for decisive action toward a renewable energy future that will protect public health and provide reliable and cost effective energy Conducted March 22 25 2012 the new ORC International survey of 1 019 Americans shows that Two thirds of Americans 67 percent think that political leaders should help to steer the U S to greater use of cleaner energy sources such as increased efficiency wind and solar that result in fewer environmental and health damages Less than a third of Americans 30 percent think that political leaders should stay out of the energy markets and let private enterprise have a free hand in picking energy sources and setting prices About three out of four Americans 73 percent agree that federal spending on energy should focus on developing the energy sources of tomorrow such as wind and solar and not the energy sources of yesterday such as nuclear power About three out of four Americans 75 percent including 58 percent of Republicans 84 percent of Independents and 86 percent of

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/poll-americans-overwhelmingly-support-move-to-clean-energy/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Maryland’s Climate, Ratepayers and Minority Businesses Suffer Big Loss With Failure of Senate to Pass Offshore Wind Bill | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    construction of about 40 large ocean based turbines ten miles off the coast of Ocean City It would have reduced the state s reliance on dirty fossil fuels while keeping tens of millions of tons of global warming pollution out of the air all while saving our region over a billion dollars in health costs These merits are exactly why the bill held broader more diverse support than any piece of energy legislation in Maryland in recent memory Six members of the Senate Finance Committee three Republicans three Democrats killed this bill in the face of overwhelming public support More than sixty percent of Maryland voters support investments in offshore wind including majorities in Prince George s County and Baltimore City according to polls In addition to the backing of environmental organizations the legislation was supported by the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce the Prince George s Chamber of Commerce as well as the Office of People s Counsel As passed in the House the bill would have resulted in nearly 100 million dollars in investments in minority firms in Maryland This feature is one of the reasons the House vote included overwhelming support from the Legislative Black Caucus including current LBC chair Aisha Braveboy D Prince George s Now those investments will not be made because of the failure of the Senate Finance Committee despite hard fought efforts of its committee chair Senator Thomas Middleton D Calvert County Senator C Anthony Muse D Prince George s a swing vote told minority business leaders just last week that he would support the bill only to oppose it in the end citing concerns for senior citizen ratepayers This despite the fact that the Maryland AARP the largest interest group in the state for seniors

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/marylands-climate-ratepayers-and-minority-businesses-suffer-big-loss-with-failure-of-senate-to-pass-offshore-wind-bill/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Oil & Gas Industry Defeat Reasonable Fracking Study Bill, Senate Committee Defies Will of Maryland Voters | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Nolan jamie chesapeakeclimate org 240 396 2022 In my ten years of working with the Maryland General Assembly I have never witnessed such a blatant subversion of the will of Maryland voters in the face of Big Oil and Gas interests as occurred this legislative session on the issue of natural gas fracking in western Maryland Despite the heroic efforts of a broad coalition and leaders in the House of Delegates such as Delegate Heather Mizeur D 20 the American Petroleum Institute API single handedly bank rolled a coordinated campaign and leveraged personal relationships with members of key committees to kill more than ten fracking bills These bills were designed to protect Maryland citizens from a range of fracking impacts including protecting children from contaminated drinking water and landowners from being ripped off Worst of all Big Oil and Gas effectively killed HB1204 SB798 a reasonable study fee bill that would generate the necessary funding to ensure that Maryland thoroughly assesses the fracking process before considering moving forward A stunning 71 of Maryland voters support these studies and an extraordinary 81 of voters think that the industry should pay for them before Maryland approves fracking practices within our boarders It s a sad day in Maryland when wealthy fossil fuel companies can buy committee votes in the face of indisputable polling majorities Maryland voters overwhelmingly support reasonable fair bills to protect citizens from fracking impacts that have been documented in states already employing this extreme drilling technique These extraordinary majority polling numbers are rarely seen in public policy debates The outrageous actions of API and their proven close financial and personal ties to Annapolis lawmakers have only deepened the resolve of a strong coalition of landowners farmers environmentalists health officials and others to fight fracking in Maryland This coalition will

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/oil-gas-industry-defeat-reasonable-fracking-study-bill-senate-committee-defies-will-of-maryland-voters/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Maryland Students Risk Arrest for Offshore Wind on State House Steps | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    April 9 2012 By Jamie Nolan Communications Director Share FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 9 2012 CONTACT Megan Jenny megan chesapeakeclimate org 973 951 0733 ANNAPOLIS On April 9 2012 three students risked arrest on the steps of the Maryland Statehouse The students sat down on the steps and held up three Wind Works for Maryland lawn signs protesting the failure of the state senate to pass the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act The group s leader Johanna Galat stated I had some concerns about being arrested But then I asked myself if not now and if not this then when and what is worth it Nothing is more important than our future As a coastal state Maryland simply must be a leader in clean energy legislation Galat continued We ve seen climate disasters from snowpocalypse to Irene I find it deeply disappointing that the senate won t do their small part to abate such disasters The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act would help create a 200 megawatt wind farm ten nautical miles off the Eastern shore of Maryland and create over 1000 manufacturing and construction jobs Sam Rivers from UMD College Park and Ashok Chandwaney from St Mary s College

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/maryland-students-risk-arrest-for-offshore-wind-on-state-house-steps/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Activists Encircle State House in “Circle of Support” for Offshore Wind Power Bill | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act HB 441 SB 237 Equipped with eco friendly glow in the dark miniature wind turbines hand made banners and signs and wearing electric blue t shirts citizens gathered at the State House to call on lawmakers to move the bill out of the Senate this week after the House voted 88 47 for the measure on Friday Governor O Malley addressed the crowd and encouraged

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/activists-encircle-state-house-in-circle-of-support-for-offshore-wind-power-bill/ (2016-05-02)
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