Denise Robbins, Communications Director

Baltimore City Council Overwhelmingly Passes Landmark Bill to Protect City from Dangerous Crude Oil Shipments

The Baltimore City Council passed the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition 14-1 to protect Baltimoreans from dangerous crude oil shipments and climate change. Advocates call on Mayor Catherine Pugh to sign the bill into law. BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City Council made history tonight by passing a bill 14-1 to ban new or expanded crude oil …

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Amid hearings, Maryland leaders urge legislators to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act

  Bill was deliberated in House Economic Matters Committee March 5; goes to Senate Finance Committee March 6 Annapolis, MD — Maryland leaders affirmed widespread support for the Clean Energy Jobs Act (HB 1453 / SB 732) following a telephone press conference (audio available here). This policy would expand and strengthen Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard …

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Maryland Leaders Promote Strategy to Counteract Trump’s Decision to Impose Solar Tariffs

Advocates call for passage of the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act to help save solar jobs in the state ANNAPOLIS, MD—Clean energy advocates and Maryland legislators called for passage of the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act as a response to President Trump’s recent decision to impose tariffs on solar panels. On Monday, the Trump Administration …

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Sen. Van Hollen, Rep. Beyer Introduce Cap and Dividend Legislation

Bill Caps Carbon While Helping Middle Class   WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Don Beyer introduced the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act. This ‘cap and dividend’ approach is a simple, fair, and effective plan to address the dangers of climate change. It would put more money in the pockets of hardworking …

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CCAN Action Fund Lauds Acquittal of Scapegoated Oil Train Workers

Baltimore Should Take Note of Risks and Protect Residents From Crude Oil Trains Today, jurors acquitted the three rail workers who were scapegoated for the 2013 crude oil train disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. That derailment, which killed 47 people and decimated the small town, was the worst crude oil train wreck in history. Taylor Smith-Hams, …

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Maryland Leaders Push for Clean Energy Expansion and Jobs Bill on First Day of General Assembly

2018 legislation would boost wind and solar while building a diverse workforce ANNAPOLIS— On the first day of the 2018 Maryland General Assembly session, dozens of Maryland faith, community, business, and labor leaders rallied on Lawyer’s Mall to support a campaign to require that 50 percent of Maryland’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. The …

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Virginia Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Historic Legislation to Formally Join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Use the Proceeds for Public Benefit

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network and CCAN Action Fund Have Championed a Bipartisan Push for This Bill for Four Years and Now Welcome Northam’s Game-Changing Support. Terry McAuliffe joins Northam in Announcement Statement from Mike Tidwell, Executive Director of the CCAN Action Fund:  “The word ‘historic’ is often overused as an adjective in policy discussions. …

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On Eve of New Legislative Session, New Poll Shows MD Voters Overwhelmingly Support Expanded Renewable Energy Legislation

ANNAPOLIS, MD — A new poll just released today shows overwhelming support among Maryland voters for legislation that would dramatically expand the state’s commitment to clean renewable energy, including voters in politically critical senate districts. The poll, carried out by OpinionWorks, found that 74% of voters in District 38 on the Eastern Shore support expanding …

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No More Lac-Megantics! We Need Safe Rails and Sustainable Communities

Last week, a small but mighty group braved the bomb cyclone in DC to rally for rail safety outside the Canadian Embassy. We were there to stand in solidarity with the scapegoated rail workers currently on trial for the deadly 2013 crude oil train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. On July 6, 2013, a freight train …

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Nineteen Virginians Arrested In Richmond to Protest Gov. McAuliffe’s Fracked-Gas Pipelines during Final Day of “People’s Pipeline Protest” Statewide

After devastating hurricanes, two days of prayer vigils and protests in Richmond, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Woodbridge, Virginia Beach, Glen Allen and Abingdon culminated on Thursday September 14 with a peaceful sit-in in Richmond. The first-of-its-kind statewide protest connected extreme weather with fossil fuel policies. Protesters showed compassion for storm victims and growing opposition to the Atlantic …

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