The Good News…The Bad News…Week of April 7, 2017 - Years Of Living Dangerously

The Good News…The Bad News…Week of April 7, 2017

By Margaret Badore

This week, we see good solar news from one state and bad solar news from another. Outside the U.S., climate disaster strikes on Colombia.

The Bad News

FLOODING AND MUDSLIDES TURN DEADLY IN COLOMBIA

Over the weekend, storms overwhelmed communities in Colombia with flooding and mudslides, resulting in over 250 deaths according to local officials. President Juan Manuel Santos said the unusually heavy storms were a result of climate change. Read More 

INDIANA CONSIDERS BILL THAT WOULD CRIPPLE SOLAR

On Tuesday, the Indiana House passed a bill that would dramatically reduce the amount homeowners with solar panels are compensated for the energy they generate for their neighbors. This would decrease the incentives for homeowners to get solar installed. The state Senate has passed a similar bill, and now a reconciliation of the two is expected soon. Read More

CANADIAN TAR SANDS ARE EVEN WORSE THAN WE THOUGHT

New projections show that the carbon footprint of oil extracted from Canada’s tar sands contributes more to climate change than previously thought. The report comes as activists are gearing up for a renewed fight over the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil into the U.S. Read More and Act

The Good News

MARYLAND BANS FRACKING

The state of Maryland has officially banned fracking, after Governor Larry Hogan signed the law on Tuesday. The law means that gas and oil in the Marcellus Shale formation that extends into the state will likely stay in the ground. Read More

STATES AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS DEFEND THE CLEAN POWER PLAN IN COURT

A group of environmental organizations and 17 states teamed up to defend the Clean Power Plan. They argue the Environmental Protection Agency must reduce emissions from power plants by law, and that the Trump administration’s effort to “review” the Clean Power Plan would indefinitely delay necessary regulations. Read More

SUNSHINE STATE TAKES STEP TOWARDS MORE SOLAR POWER

Although the utility fought hard to suppress rooftop solar in a ballot measure this past November and is still seeking to further regulate rooftop solar companies, Florida Light & Power has announced it will build its own network of solar centers in Miami-Dade County. The project aims to power about 15,000 homes and is scheduled to be completed by 2023. Read More