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  • Maryland Climate Organizing Internship: Summer 2016 | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    governments and our own have begun to make commitments that match the scale of the problem we face we need to make sure we do our part right here in Maryland Join us For twelve years we ve been dedicated exclusively to achieving bold climate solutions in the Chesapeake region of Maryland Virginia and Washington D C We re making the case to our region s leaders that we can and must act now to build a clean energy future that benefits everyone We re building a diverse movement powerful enough to take on our region s fossil fuel industry And we re helping communities already experiencing the terrifying impacts of climate change adapt to this warmer future Apply today Follow the link or copy and paste this link into your browser http bit ly 1ObLorE Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis Maryland is poised to be a leader in solutions to climate change We have one of the strongest state level caps on carbon in the country a clean electricity standard to spur wind and solar power and landmark offshore wind power But we still get a majority of our electricity from burning dirty fossil fuels coal oil and gas And new dirty extreme energy threats like explosive crude oil and fracked gas would set us back even farther This summer we re building the movement it ll take to get there We re going to lay the groundwork for putting a permanent ban on fracking in Maryland put the brakes on Big Oil s plans to use Baltimore City as a gateway for explosive crude oil and expand clean energy to low income communities across the state What you ll do Learn to organize campaign events and creative actions Help conduct outreach including tabling at events

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/jobs/maryland-climate-organizing-internship/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Susan Yin | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    There was a time when Stop the Keystone XL seemed like an unlikely rallying cry for the U S environmental movement After all plenty of Continued Environmental Groups Call For Rejection Of Cove Point Expansion February 21 2014 By Susan Yin Share WAMU 88 5 By Jonathan Wilson The Maryland Public Service commission is in the midst of deciding whether Dominion can move forward with a 3 8 billion expansion of its Cove Point Continued Hundreds rally to oppose Cove Point project February 21 2014 By Susan Yin Share The Baltimore Sun By Jamie Smith Hopkins An estimated 500 people rallied Thursday in Baltimore against plans to export liquefied natural gas from a Southern Maryland facility chanting and carrying Continued Export opponents tie plant explosion to Md LNG project January 29 2014 By Susan Yin Share E E Publishing By Jenny Mandel A coalition of environmental and other groups is stepping up a campaign against exporting natural gas from a facility near Lusby Md raising questions about Continued Cove Point project opponents raise safety concerns January 26 2014 By Susan Yin Share The Baltimore Sun By Jamie Smith Hopkins The way energy company Dominion sees it exporting liquefied natural gas from its Southern Maryland complex wouldn t be that big of a shift Continued Energy Company Eying Gas Basin that Runs Under Southern Maryland January 16 2014 By Susan Yin Share Capital News Service By Lyle Kendrick While most eyes in the statewide fracking debate are on the Marcellus Shale region in Western Maryland a smaller gas basin underneath Southern Maryland Continued Groups residents rally in Annapolis against Dominion s LNG exportation January 10 2014 By Susan Yin Share Southern Maryland News By AMANDA SCOTT About 100 residents from across the state including Calvert County and members and leaders of

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/author/susan-yin/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Achieve and Strengthen Maryland’s Climate Action Plan | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    gas emissions by 55 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually Raising the state s renewable energy goals requiring that 25 percent of Maryland s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020 Reducing waste by reusing recycling composting and saving our way to Zero Waste including an 85 percent reduction in generation of solid waste by 2030 Boosting Maryland s economy by creating 1 6 billion in economic benefits and 37 000 new jobs through smart sustainable investments Improving Marylanders health by reducing emissions of toxic air pollution and other harmful chemicals Accelerate Solutions Maryland s climate action plan is strong but we need to make sure we achieve it Here s what our elected officials need to do 1 Expand Maryland s Clean Electricity Standard to 25 by 2020 Maryland still gets a majority of our electricity from burning dirty fossil fuels coal oil and gas that are responsible for causing the climate crisis This electricity generation is the single biggest source of global warming pollution in Maryland Maryland s climate action plan calls for increasing our state s mandatory renewable electricity goal from 20 by 2022 to 25 by 2020 We have the technologies at hand to meet that goal and we know we can actually go beyond that to 40 clean electricity by 2025 That s why CCAN and our growing coalition of allies are campaigning for legislation to increase Maryland s clean electricity standard to 25 by 2020 which would in fact put us on track to achieving a 40 standard by 2025 2 Bringing Offshore Wind Power to Maryland The wind blowing off Maryland s Atlantic coast is a vast untapped energy source Offshore wind has the power to provide clean energy create local jobs establish long term electric price stability and produce the equivalent of two thirds of Maryland s current electricity needs With passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 the result of a three year campaign led by CCAN and health faith and business allies Maryland is finally on the way to tapping our vast wind energy resource The legislation incentivizes construction of more than 200 megawatts of wind power ten miles off the coast of Ocean City This is just the first step toward a goal of over 1 000 megawatts of ocean based wind development in coastal Maryland Now we re working to make sure offshore wind becomes a reality for our state as the federal leasing process begins 3 Expand Community Access to Renewable Energy Community Renewable Energy CRE is electric energy generated from renewable sources such as solar wind and moving water CRE generating systems are flexible and locally scaled They can be designed to suit a variety of environments and may take many forms such as a solar panel installation on the roof of an apartment building or church an installation of small scale wind turbines or a micro hydro facility in a small stream or creek Expanding Community Renewables will make it

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/maryland/climate-action/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Stop Cove Point: No Fracked Gas Exports | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    yet occurs In other states the expansion of fracking has caused drinking water contamination air pollution illnesses and even earthquakes Risking the Chesapeake Bay Economy and Ecology The Chesapeake Bay supports more than a trillion dollars in economic activity through seafood and tourism Exporting gas from Cove Point would increase traffic of massive 1 000 foot long tankers carrying volatile potentially explosive liquid fuel Harmful emissions from those tankers would worsen local air quality They would also dump billions of gallons of dirty ballast wastewater into the Bay each year Construction of the gas liquefaction facility would require the clearing of forests and barging in of heavy construction materials along the Patuxent River further threatening the network of rivers wetlands and forests that attract tourists and support rare species of plants animals and migratory birds A Web of Destructive Fossil Fuel Infrastructure To support the export of LNG on the East Coast new pipelines will be needed throughout the Marcellus shale states to get gas from new drilling wells to the export terminal Pipelines which inevitably leak and rupture causing dangerous explosions and fires would snake through our waterways backyards and farms Noisy polluting compressor stations could be required from Fairfax Virginia to Frederick Maryland and everywhere in between to keep gas moving through pipelines Residents of the small rural town of Myersville Maryland are already fighting a 16 000 horsepower compressor station that Dominion wants to construct which would be located just a mile from their elementary school Making Natural Gas More Expensive at Home If all the proposed LNG export projects in the U S are approved the result would be the export of more than 40 percent of our current production of natural gas This means more competition at home and thus higher prices for domestic consumers and industries According to the NERA Economic Consulting Analysis commissioned by the U S Department of Energy exporting natural gas harms every major sector of the U S economy except the gas industry In the graphic above negative numbers represent economic loss positive numbers equal economic gain The Consequences for our Climate Cove Point is our region s line in the sand on climate change Looking at the big picture impacts of fracking the International Energy Agency concludes that a worldwide reliance on fracked gas would lead to six degrees Fahrenheit of atmospheric warming in other words cooking the planet LNG exports are even more energy intensive than gas drilled and burned at home After the gas is transported liquefied for export and then re gasified to burn the lifecycle emissions of exported LNG are 15 percent higher than gas consumed domestically To power liquefying and cooling operations Cove Point would require construction of a new gas plant on site that would be Maryland s fourth largest climate polluter From start to finish of the LNG export process Cove Point would trigger more planet heating pollution than Maryland s entire fleet of seven coal fired power plants combined If we

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/maryland/covepoint/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Fighting Dirty Coal and Incineration | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Director Share CCAN is fighting to move Maryland beyond all dirty sources of energy that pollute our climate and communities This includes the dirtiest fossil fuel coal and trash burning incinerators which can emit just as much or more toxic air and carbon pollution as coal burning plants To get involved contact Jon Kenney Maryland Community Organizer at Jon chesapeakeclimate org or 240 396 1985 Moving Maryland Past Dirty Coal Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel From mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia to its transport and burning at power plants across Maryland to the toxic waste left behind coal destroys the health of our air water and climate CCAN is working to shut down the state s dirtiest coal plants to push for stronger pollution controls in permits for coal mining transport processing and export facilities and to win the strongest standards to clean up coal ash dumps Learn more Fighting Toxic Waste to Energy Incinerators Burning trash for energy is a dirty business Waste to energy incinerators emit high levels of mercury pollution and ultra fine particulate matter one of the most dangerous known pollutants to human health They also worsen climate change Trash burning emits more carbon dioxide

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/maryland/coal-incineration/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Unlock Virginia’s Solar Power Potential | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Paths to Solar Power Customer Owned versus Utility Owned Solar power is growing nationally in two ways 1 As individuals or groups of homeowners install solar panels on their own roofs to supply their homes with energy known as customer owned solar power 2 As utility companies build large solar farms or solar installations that they own whether it s in partnership with large businesses or on their own property This is utility owned solar power Dominion Virginia Power and Appalachian Power Company APCo have gone to great lengths in Virginia to limit customer owned solar while also blocking legislation that would hold them accountable to installing solar energy themselves Stop the Attacks on Customer Owned Solar in Virginia Dirty polluters feel threatened by the growth of solar and have used every trick to stunt its growth in Virginia standing in the way of customers who seek to power their lives with pollution free energy By pushing Virginia s General Assembly and utility regulators to pass a series of caps taxes and other limits on customer owned rooftop solar in Virginia Dominion and APCo keep tight control over our power supply to the detriment of clean energy development and to the overall reliability of our electric grid Caps on Net Metering Net metering allows homeowners and businesses with solar energy installed on site often on their rooftops to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid Customers are only billed for their net electricity use and the energy they export to the grid helps serve nearby customers Net metering is a huge incentive to installing solar and improves grid reliability for everyone Yet Virginia law restricts residential customers from net metering with solar systems greater than 20 kilowatts while placing a cap on non residential customers In the 2015 General Assembly CCAN passed HB 1950 SB 1395 raising the non residential net metering project cap from 500 kw to 1MW a concrete step to grow Virginia s clean energy economy We will continue to push to raise barriers on solar and make it more accessible to Virginians across the state both in next year s legislative session and at the grassroots level Excessive Standby Charges Dominion has successfully petitioned the General Assembly and the State Corporation Commission for the ability to tax residential net metering customers who have solar systems between 10kw and 20kw anywhere between 40 and 80 per month Appalachian Power Company is currently seeking to levy a similar tax on its net metering customers Standby charges are a flagrant attempt to suppress the solar market and discourage homeowners from taking advantage of renewable energy resources Outlawing Solar Gardens In some states solar gardens can be established when a group of homeowners install one solar energy system and use its energy to power multiple nearby homes This is illegal in the state of Virginia as utilities have actively lobbied to prevent this practice in the state Set Mandatory Goals for Utility Owned Solar Virginia s Renewable

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/virginia/solar/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Climate Solutions, Not More Pollution: Stand Up to Dominion’s Dirty Power | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    supply from renewable energy by 2025 While well intended the law has not generated results In fact no utility scale wind or solar facilities have been built in Virginia for the purpose of meeting the RPS goal Instead loopholes are allowing utilities to rely on the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates RECs from old out of state facilities such as WWII era hydro electric dams These loopholes must be closed and the goals strengthened to meet the law s original purpose creating new jobs making Virginia s air and water cleaner and reducing emissions of planet heating pollution Bring Offshore Wind Power to Virginia Off Virginia s coastline sits a tremendous renewable energy resource wind power Studies show that developing Virginia s offshore wind resources could alone power 700 000 homes and create 10 000 Virginia jobs In 2013 Dominion won a federal lease auction for the rights to develop wind farms off Virginia s coast Unfortunately Dominion omitted any plans to develop large scale offshore wind power in its most recent 15 year energy plan and we are concerned that the company will once again drag its feet in developing this key resource CCAN is working with other Virginia environmental groups to push Dominion Virginia Power Virginia s U S Senators and Governor McAuliffe to work together to get offshore wind turbines up and running off our coasts as soon as possible 3 Protect the Virginians most impacted by climate change and rising seas Coastal Virginians are already seeing climate change at their doorsteps as seas rise and storms grow more severe Through our Safe Coast Virginia campaign we re working with our friends and neighbors on the front lines of climate impacts in Hampton Roads to secure measures to build resilient communities See our Safe Coast page for more resources and to take action 4 Encourage small scale clean energy development Virginians are already taking meaningful steps to power their homes and businesses with clean energy but right now Dominion uses its power as a regulated monopoly to slow progress at every turn We re working to empower individuals and businesses to invest in solar wind and efficiency solutions by making sure policies reward them not punish or hinder them In the 2014 General Assembly session we won significant victories to move in the right direction Legislators repealed an unfair and punitive annual tax on owners of fuel efficient hybrid cars which was passed the year earlier The General Assembly also passed legislation to remove punishing tax barriers on solar power installations in the commonwealth helping to incentivize the spread of solar rooftops and clean energy jobs across the commonwealth 5 Take the power over Virginia s energy policies back from corporate polluters We must ensure that legislators and regulators are held accountable to people not corporations like Dominion But it isn t just legislators who need to act We re building the grassroots climate movement in Virginia to ensure our legislators and regulators act in the interests

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/virginia/dominion/ (2016-05-02)
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  • No Offshore Oil Drilling for Virginia | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    coastline The Risks of Drilling vs the Rewards of Wind The 2010 BP oil disaster gave us a stark reminder of the dangers of offshore oil drilling America watched helplessly as millions of barrels of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for months costing millions of dollars in environmental and health damages and taking the lives of 11 workers who died in the oil rig explosion Yet even as advocates and clean energy business leaders in Virginia position our state to capture the benefits of offshore wind power development influential decision makers in Congress and in the Virginia state legislature are still pushing to bring us the risks of offshore drilling We can t allow this to happen in Virginia Opening our coastal areas to oil exploration would put our communities and coastal economies at risk of catastrophic spills It would also enable more of the fossil fuel pollution driving climate change which is already raising sea levels and causing rampant flooding in Virginia s coastal communities Instead we must harness Virginia s impressive offshore wind energy resources and there is forward momentum in this direction The Interior Department recently announced a plan to open up federal waters off our coast for wind development and we re working to make sure this process moves forward as quickly as possible Building an offshore wind power industry in Virginia would help combat climate change and provide our state with thousands of local clean energy jobs On March 15 2016 the Obama Administration announced the Interior Department s newest five year plan for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will close much of the Atlantic to offshore drilling through 2022 This is in no small part a result of the hard work that climate activists like you from put in up and

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/virginia/no-offshore-drilling/ (2016-05-02)
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