Baker: State preparing for ‘worst-case scenario’ drought / Task force to survey damage as 16 percent of state suffers from extreme conditions

[Comment from SAFE Co-Chair Jeffrey Barz-Snell: "...here is today's front page article about the Governor's visit to North Andover to tour the effects and damage from the drought."] From Salem News staff writer, Zoe Mathews: NORTH ANDOVER — Just hours before Gov. Charlie Baker set foot on Smolak Farms, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced an … Continue reading Baker: State preparing for ‘worst-case scenario’ drought / Task force to survey damage as 16 percent of state suffers from extreme conditions

As drought grows, towns need to cut water usage

[Comment from SAFE Co-Chair Jeffrey Barz-Snell: "The Ipswich River Watershed Assoc. is stepping up their efforts to engage communities in our area about water conservation. Salem and Beverly share a well designed water system but we do draw from the Ipswich River."] From a Boston Globe Editorial: After five months of dry weather, the drought has … Continue reading As drought grows, towns need to cut water usage

One step closer: First American offshore wind turbines installed

Installation is now complete at the new Block Island wind power facility. On August 8, one member of the team tweeted, "I think it now qualifies as a 'farm' -2nd turbine completed last night #BlockIslandWindFarm@DeepwaterWind " From the blog of Greg Alvarez, on the American Wind Energy Association's website (awea.org) -- American offshore wind power … Continue reading One step closer: First American offshore wind turbines installed

SJC nixes ‘pipeline tax’/Says Baker administration order violated intent of earlier laws

Ratepayers will not have not pay a special tax so that new natural gas pipelines can be built in Massachusetts. From Bruce Mohl (Editor, CommonWealth Magazine) -- THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT ruled on Wednesday that the Baker administration can not authorize the state’s electric utilities to tap their ratepayers for the money to finance a … Continue reading SJC nixes ‘pipeline tax’/Says Baker administration order violated intent of earlier laws

Utilities under pressure to fix small gas leaks

Gas leaks that are a distance from buildings didn't used to have to be repaired. That's all hopefully changing. From Christian Wade, who covers the Massachusetts Statehouse for The Salem News: A recent Boston University study of 100 gas leaks in Greater Boston found that about 15 percent of those categorized as nonhazardous, “Grade 3” … Continue reading Utilities under pressure to fix small gas leaks

Message to SAFE from Greenpeace: “We need solutions that are fast and affordable and that rules out new nuclear power.”

This is from Jim Riccio, Greenpeace's Nuclear Policy Analyst since 2001. He starts by commenting on the 2013 movie about "new nuclear power," Pandora's Promise: ...I do have this article from FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting), which calls the film pure propaganda. and this from Eco watch: http://www.ecowatch.com/3-myths-from-pro-nuclear-film-pandoras-promise-1881814544.html I also mentioned the articles by … Continue reading Message to SAFE from Greenpeace: “We need solutions that are fast and affordable and that rules out new nuclear power.”

Movie Review by Edwin Lyman of UCS: Put “Pandora’s Promise” Back in the Box

[tomorrow: commentary on "new" nuclear power by Jim Riccio from Greenpeace] Salem Alliance for the Environment has been getting a lot of questions from people about the safety and cost of new designs for nuclear reactors. We got in touch with Edwin Lyman at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a senior scientist in the UCS Global … Continue reading Movie Review by Edwin Lyman of UCS: Put “Pandora’s Promise” Back in the Box

Tomorrow, July 20: ENERGY, EFFICIENCY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Energy, Efficiency and The Environment 5:00 PM, Wednesday, 7/20/16 Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St, Salem, MA Created by: Endless Energy From Endless Energy: Come find out how you can make your home more energy efficient through the use of green technologies and renewable energy. Make your home more efficient, valuable and better for … Continue reading Tomorrow, July 20: ENERGY, EFFICIENCY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

SAFE’s video of “Gas Pipelines and Salem’s Water Supply” now on YouTube and SATV

The June 28th presentations by Wayne Castonguay, Erin Bennett, PhD, and Cathy Kristofferson can now be seen on YouTube here. In Salem, the video will air on channel 3 on these dates and times: Friday, July 15, 2016: 9:30 PM Monday, July 18, 2016: 6:00 AM (go to SATV's online schedule for future airings) "Avoiding … Continue reading SAFE’s video of “Gas Pipelines and Salem’s Water Supply” now on YouTube and SATV

“Gas Pipelines and Salem’s Water Supply,” Parts I and II, are now on YouTube

Go to SAFE's YouTube channel to watch the recording of the June 28th event. Video published on Jul 9, 2016 Avoiding Flint - Protecting the Climate Sponsored by SAFE Part I (0 to 32 minute marker) Introductions by Jeff Barz-Snell, Co-Chair of SAFE "The Voice of the River," by Wayne Castonguay (Executive Director of the … Continue reading “Gas Pipelines and Salem’s Water Supply,” Parts I and II, are now on YouTube