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  • September 30, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    State Senator Josh Miller is rasing concerns about the wind farm project announced by Governor Carcieri last week.

    “While the General Assembly has fully supported developing renewable energy projects in Rhode Island, I am concerned that Governor Carcieri has unilaterally moved Deepwater Wind to the front of the line when major questions remain about their experience and background.

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  • September 26, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Saul Kaplan of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and Andrew Dzykewicz, the governor's energy czar, join Tim White, Arlene Violet and myself to talk about the planned off-shore wind farm and related topics. The show will be broadcast Sunday, at 5:30 am on Channel 12, and at 10 am on Fox 64.

    Also joining us is Christine Lopes, the departing head of Common Cause of Rhode Island.

  • September 25, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    With all the bleak economic news, the promise of green jobs in RI may offer a glimmer of hope.

    Local enviros plan a community discussion on the topic this Saturday, and I write about it in this week's Phoenix:

    With global warming looming and the US economy in a mess, environmentalists have a simple answer — green jobs — for simultaneously promoting environmental protection and economic development.

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  • September 24, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    It's due to happen this afternoon at the Port of Davisville.

    From the gov's office:

    The successful developer will be chosen to construct a wind energy project off the shores of Rhode Island that will provide 1.3 million megawatt hours per year of renewable energy - 15 percent of all electricity used in the state.

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  • September 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    With RIPTA users bracing for cuts, and Rhode Island falling far short of its potential as a place with cool public transit, a broad selection of interested parties are getting together tomorrow to discuss the issue.

    From Chris Wilhite at the Sierra Club:

    Providence, RI] Tomorrow the New Public Transit Alliance will host a special summit on financing public transit in Rhode Island.

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  • September 18, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Local enviros have been hard at work in planning an event later this month on fostering economic development through green jobs. Here's the agenda:

    What: Community discussion regarding "Greening the Rhode Island Economy"

    “I'm Ready” petition signing and photo opportunities as part of a national day of action that brings together diverse groups and individuals calling on the government to make a greater investment in green jobs and clean energy.

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  • September 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Tuesday is primary day, and Clean Water Action has some picks:

    “Rhode Island voters have a real opportunity to support environmental candidates on Tuesday,” said Sheila Dormody, Rhode Island director of Clean Water Action. “In addition to bringing back two great incumbents, the primaries give us the opportunity to move three more environmental leaders closer to the State House.

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  • September 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Matt Auten, one of the more visible enviros in RI, sends this word:

    After five wonderful years of running Environment Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Public Interest Research Group and serving on the Environment Council of Rhode Island I have decided to move on to a new opportunity and will be leaving Environment Rhode Island and the Environment Council in the next few days.

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  • August 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Steven Stycos has the details in the Phoenix:

    With a daily home delivery circulation of 105,000, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the ProJo adds more than 38 million plastic bags a year to Rhode Island’s waste stream. Other newspapers, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, have similar practices, but at least one, the twice-weekly Warwick Beacon, uses bags only when it rains, according to publisher John Howell Jr.

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  • August 21, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    As we hear today about the departure of a critic from RIPTA's board, it remains clear that Rhode Island has a long way to go when it comes to offering a better statewide approach to transportation. Amy Littlefield writes about this topic in this week's Phoenix:

    Our traditional reliance on the car is also taking a toll on the environment.

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  • July 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    I'm late in getting to this news about Progreso Latino, but I haven't seen it reported elsewhere -- and it seems like a novel response to concerns about global warming and growing utility costs.

    Central Falls, R.I. - Due to rising fuel costs and an increase in energy prices Progreso Latino announced it will switch to a four-day work week for the summer beginning Monday, June 23.

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  • July 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    "André the Giant has a Posse" sticker on a stop sign.

    I'm late in getting to this, but it's still reason for some local pride:

    On the basis of RISD’s innovative approach to the challenges of climate change through design, the City of Denver and the Host Committee of the Democratic National Convention have selected the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to showcase new ideas and designs during the August nominating Convention.

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  • July 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    If you needed proof positive, just consider how RIPTA is poised to take some hits -- just as more people want to use it -- since it's funded through the gas tax:

    The service cuts, which would go into effect in December, would eliminate or reduce service on more than 160 bus lines or sections of lines to save $9.

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  • July 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The gov's office released this optimistic statement earlier this week:

    Governor’s Renewable Energy Plan Gains Momentum

    Funding Approved for SAMP

    Governor Donald L. Carcieri today announced that the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund Board of Trustees approved funding for the development of a Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) covering Rhode Island’s offshore waters, executed by a joint partnership between the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) and the University of Rhode Island (URI).

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  • June 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The Phoenix and other publications have helped to highlight the problems caused by our rising sea of discarded computers, cell phones, and other electronic detritus. Yet plans for dealing with this stuff in RI require action, says Clean Water Action.

    Computers and televisions will be banned from the landfill starting July 1, but the state won’t have a plan for what to do with them unless the General Assembly takes action before the legislative session ends this week.

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