Energy

A new state law mandates that New Jersey will get 50 percent of its power from clean energy by 2030. Such an ambitious target surpasses even some current leaders, including Massachusetts (nudge, nudge) and Hawaii. We surveyed how several states stack up against New Jersey clean energy goals. A little competition never hurt anyone, right? …

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They could’ve joined the Peace Corps, launched a nonprofit, or run for office. Instead, they founded outdoor brands in which social and ecological stewardship permeates every product line and business decision, and where serious profits convert to social progress. Consider them next-generation enviropreneurs, taking up the charge led by their godfather, Yvon Chouinard. In mingling…

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On Thursday, October 18th Central Maine Power (CMP) notified Maine regulators that they now intend to bury the proposed transmission line under Kennebec Gorge.  This announcement came after a lengthy public hearing the previous night before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, during which the vast majority of more than 70 speakers expressed opposition to the…

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Update: On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Central Maine Power announced they will bury the proposed transmission line under Kennebec Gorge. While this satisfies one of AMC’s concerns regarding the project, it fails to address others and AMC remains opposed to the project. Read the updated statement here. The Appalachian Mountain Club has officially been designated…

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week a rollback and replacement plan for the Clean Power Plan, with the ill-fitting name of the Affordable Clean Energy rule. The Clean Power Plan was adopted under the Obama administration as a substantial step forward in managing our largest source of pollution and greenhouse gases, our power…

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Northeastern Pennsylvania is on its way to officially becoming a fracking-free zone. In November 2017, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) released draft regulations that included a basin-wide ban on the high-pressure injection of water and sediment into the ground to release natural gas for harvesting. A public comment period ended March 30, and DRBC…

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The rustic simplicity of AMC’s White Mountain huts belies the decades of construction and technology upgrades that have gone into making these full-service lodgings—eight total, spaced along the Appalachian Trail—the low-impact backpacker havens they are today. The low-use, low-waste structures tread lightly on their fragile mountain environments: An AMC hut, which may house dozens of…

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Update: A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service on May 24, 2018, challenging a December 2017 memo that reinterpreted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This year marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). One of the nation’s oldest and most impactful…

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Among the 20 million acres of forestland protected in the United States since Congress passed the Weeks Act, in 1911, those known collectively as the White Mountain National Forest stand alone. There’s no other alpine zone on the continent as accessible as this one. What you find on the West Coast at 12,000 feet can…

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Update: The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee unanimously voted on May 24, 2018, to uphold its February decision, choosing not to reconsider the Northern Pass proposal. Northern Pass’s parent company, Eversource, is deliberating whether to appeal to the state supreme court. After more than eight years of research, public hearings, expert testimony, and debate, one…

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