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Free screening of documentary film ‘Time to Choose’

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Tue, Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm
First Church in Salem, UU
316 Essex St.
Salem, MA 01970

Join us for a FREE screening of “Time to Choose,” a documentary by Charles Ferguson about the urgent need to transition to renewable energy.

With footage from five continents, “Time to Choose” explores the scope of the climate change crisis and the power of solutions already available. Learn more about this inspiring film and watch the trailer here, http://www.timetochoose.com/
6:30 – 7:00 Social hour / light refreshments
7:00 – 7:15 Welcome
7:15 – 8:30 Film
8:30 – 9:00 Optional Q&A

Ironic Snow Date: Wed., March 1

SPONSORED BY:
* Salem Alliance for the Environment (SAFE)
* North Shore 350, the North Shore Environmental Coalition, & Citizens Climate Lobby North Shore

*Action Together North Shore

For more information, visit www.SalemSAFE.org

 
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State official: Power plant will be cleaned up

by Tom Dalton

Staff Writer, Salem News

September 28, 2012

SALEM — The state will make sure that past and current owners are held responsible for the cleanup of the Salem Harbor Station power plant, the state’s top energy official said yesterday.

“We are not going to let any responsible party off the hook,” said Richard Sullivan, secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. “We need to hold everybody responsible.”

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Record Ocean Temperatures Recorded Off New England Coast

 by Bob Berwyn
Climate Progress / News Report

Published: Sunday 23 September 2012

Scientists said this year’s sea surface temperatures along the northeast coast of the U.S. set all-time records, with as-yet unknown consequences for marine ecosystems.

Above-average temperatures were found in all parts of the ecosystem, from the ocean bottom to the sea surface and across the region, and the above average temperatures extended beyond the shelf break front to the Gulf Stream, according to an ecosystem advisory issued by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

The warm waters led to the earliest, most intense and longest-lasting plankton bloom on record, with  implications for marine life, from the smallest creatures to the largest marine mammals like whales. Atlantic cod continued to shift northeastward from its historic distribution center.

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Power plant public hearing attracts crowd in Salem

Salem News  September 20, 2012

Tom Dalton  STAFF WRITER

SALEM — The first large public hearing on Footprint Power’s plan to build a natural gas-fired power plant on the Salem waterfront generated a lot of questions and concerns, but little heat.

If there is strong, broad-based community opposition to the idea of replacing 61-year-old Salem Harbor Station, a coal and oil-fired facility, with another power plant, it didn’t emerge last night from the more than 100 people who attended a Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board hearing at Salem High.

The project got a warm reception, as expected, from elected officials, business leaders and a union representative from the plant, but it also was endorsed by a Salem-based environmental group and several neighbors.

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How Much Will Footprint Power Pay Salem in Taxes?

by Stewart Lytle,   Salem Patch

August 22,2012

Footprint Power presents its plan for a new, smaller natural gas plant that will leave 40 acres of waterfront for future development.

It isn’t often that a city gets a gift that promises to pay at least $4.75 million a year in local taxes, creates jobs, pollutes far less and gives the city about 40 acres of land it can use to open the harbor to more public access while developing other tax-paying, job-creating businesses.

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SAFE gets a chance to see what the harbor front looks like from inside the coal plant.

Footprint Power promises that soon everyone in Salem will be able to approach the harbor and enjoy these views: minus the coal, stacks, and ugly industrial buildings.

seldom seen view of Winter Island

view of the coal pile

Conservation Law Foundation’s Shanna Cleveland checking out the site and the management

An industrial age on the wane. The flagpole is planted at the memorial to the 3 workers who died at the plant in November 2007.

Footprint details plans at first public meeting. Vows to build much cleaner power

By Bethany Bray

Staff Writer   Salem News

August 22, 2012

SALEM — Footprint Power executives said yesterday the natural gas-fired plant they plan to build on Salem Harbor will be “dramatically cleaner” than the coal-burning one that has operated there since the 1950’s.

The public got a first glimpse at Footprint’s plans at a public meeting yesterday morning — the first of what many public sessions on the project.

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