Since Energy Answer's entrance into Baltimore in 2008, we have been organizing with numerous groups like Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), Sierra Club, Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR), Community Research, Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) and others in order to fight the proposed Energy Answers Incinerator. Especially instrumental was Free Your Voice a group of local students assisted by United Workers.
The campaign has focused on encouraging groups contracted to receive energy from the monstrosity known as Energy Answers to divest from dirty Waste-To-Energy (WTE) that pollutes our communities and invest into truly green energy.
With a stroke of Friday the 13th luck, we had some success!
Bills would classify burning hazardous waste as renewable energy
MICHIGAN – Today, Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) introduced an eight-bill package that would undermine Michigan’s renewable energy standard by classifying incinerating hazardous waste as renewable energy.
Rep. Nesbitt’s announcement comes after House and Senate Democrats introduced a bill that would double the amount of electricity that utilities are required to produce from legitimate renewable energy sources, like wind and solar.
The following statement is attributed to Clean Water Action’s Michigan Director Nic Clark regarding the Democratic renewable energy plan:
“Yesterday the Democrats in the Michigan legislature announced their intention to pursue an energy policy agenda. It is clear that the Democrats in Lansing understand that investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency will create jobs and protect our Great Lakes. While the concepts in yesterday's announced proposal are a step in the right direction, and if the legislature were to pass them tomorrow I and the more than 250,000 members of Michigan Clean Water Action would be thrilled, I wish that their proposal was bolder and more in line with what is truly needed to embrace a move towards clean renewable energy.
Philadelphia, PA - Today, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, and Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watership Partnership, stood shoulder to shoulder at the Seaport Museum in Penn's Landing, to demand that City Council introduce and pass single use bag legislation that would impose a small fee for any person(s) who uses a single use bag when making a purchase from a retail establishment. Everyone agreed that reducing bags is an easy way to tackle the City's ongoing problem with single use bags that end up in rivers and streams, clogs storm drains, and negatively impact neighborhoods, and threaten wildlife.
“We cannot continue to jeopardize the quality of one of our most precious natural resources. My priority with this bill is the safety of Californians.