The Salem News (2/12/14) reports that Conservation Law Foundation and Footprint Power are close to announcing a settlement in CLF's lawsuit challenging Footprint's effort to site a new gas plant in Salem. In a joint motion filed yesterday with a state board, the New Jersey power plant developer and the Massachusetts environmental organization said they … Continue reading CLF and Footprint Close to Agreement
Salem Alliance for the Environment (SAFE) released the following statement in response to the February 8 demonstration in Salem by 350-MA. SAFE fully agrees with 350MA that the United States must take immediate steps to address global climate change. However, SAFE believes that the proposed quick-start, high efficiency natural-gas power plant for our city is … Continue reading SALEM GAS PLANT AND THE LOW-CARBON FUTURE
A Boston Globe editorial asserts the same position as SAFE on the proposed gas plant for Salem--the technology provides a bridge to a renewable energy future. THE REPLACEMENT of a heavily polluting coal power plant with a much cleaner natural gas facility would once have been welcomed by almost anyone concerned about climate change. The fact … Continue reading Salem Plant Must Be a Bridge to Renewable Future
SAFE co-chairs Patricia Gozemba and Jeff Barz-Snell respond to a recent article in the Boston Globe: RE “NEW Salem plant a test case for state climate law: Utilities call power vital; environmentalists alarmed” (Page A1, Jan. 19): The implication in Erin Ailworth’s article is that all environmentalists oppose the Footprint Power project in Salem. Salem Alliance for … Continue reading Proposed Gas Plant Could Help Reduce Emissions Regionally
SAFE members recently published two letters in the Salem News. From Karen Kahn: David Pelletier, in his Dec. 31 column (”They got their wish, and now they don’t want it”), unfortunately undermines his credibility by implying that climate change concerns may be overblown. Over the last 15 years, the risks from fossil fuels have increased, … Continue reading Plant can be part of renewable energy future
The Conservation Law Foundation has taken Footprint Power to court, arguing that the proposed quick-start combined cycle gas plant cannot meet the high standards set by the state's Global Warming Solutions Act. The controversy over the plant is laid out in a January 19 Boston Globe article by Erin Ailworth. SAFE continues to support the … Continue reading CLF challenges climate impact of new gas plant
The Salem News reports that in the first six months of mandatory recycling Salem has diverted 300 tons of trash to recycling, saving the City $20,000. SALEM — The new mandatory recycling program has enjoyed a relatively smooth rollout, with the city having already diverted about 300 tons of waste for a savings of $20,000, … Continue reading Salem Recycling Program Saves $20,000
According to the New York Times, Governor Hickenlooper is proposing to crack down on methane leaking from gas wells. The pollution has become so pervasive that Rocky Mountain National Park is experiencing elevated ozone readings. Gov. John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado proposed on Monday tough new limits on leaks of methane and other gases from well … Continue reading Colorado Governor proposes stricter fracking regs
The Boston Globe reports on the loss of prairie lands to new corn production--not for food but to run our cars. ROSCOE, S.D. — Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he’s not about to apologize for … Continue reading Is Ethanol Green?
Salem State University’s recently opened Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons has provided the university with additional opportunities to develop and maintain a sustainable manner of operation. The installation of geothermal heat pumps to regulate the library’s heating and cooling is just one of numerous ‘green’ features of the new facility. Read more.