Archive for March, 2017

Water and sanitation structures are often demolished by Israel on the pretext that they are lacking the necessary permits. The lack of water and other basic services resulting from Israeli policies has created a coercive environment that often leaves Palestinians with no choice but to leave their communities. This facilitates an Israeli takeover and even the expansion of illegal settlements.
Environmental Justice / Research & Reports

Watergrabbing: A story of water

DOHA, QATAR — “Historically the source of many conflicts, water grabbing is the control and theft of water resources by the powerful, often at the expense of local populations and ecosystems. It can result in dispossession, displacement and ecological destruction. In an age of dwindling resources and climate change, water […]

Homes on Norco Street in Norco, La., that sit a few hundred feet from the fence line of Norco Manufacturing Complex photographed on February 1, 2017.  (Credit: Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette)
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Preparing for Chemical Valley: Life between two Shell plants

NORCO, LA — “It was around 4 a.m., a few days before Barbara and Randy Dixon were supposed to move into their new home on Goodhope Street in Norco, La., when an explosion knocked out every window in the house, spreading broken glass like a carpet over the porch. Ceiling […]

FirstEnergy had a rough first three quarters in 2015, but finished the year, overall strong. (Courtesy of FirstEnergy)
FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy to offer discount it says will undercut NOPEC’s rates

AKRON — “A little more than four months after their highly publicized split, Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions and the Solon-based Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council are in full competition mode. With a new discount for customers, FirstEnergy may have just fired the initial shot of their first major battle — one […]

Don’t let knuckle-draggers on Ohio’s energy future win, leaving the people with zero: editorial
Freeze on Clean Energy

Don’t let knuckle-draggers on Ohio’s energy future win, leaving the people with zero: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Five strikes and you’re more than out, you’re living in denial. And that’s where backers of House Bill 114 now reside — in denial of the jobs, investment, growth and future economic stability that come from a broad energy portfolio in Ohio. HB 114 not only would gut a bipartisan and virtually […]

Great Lakes watershed (Public Domain)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

How eliminating two EPA programs could affect large parts of America

WASHINGTON, DC — “Although the requested cuts are not likely to pass, the proposal would return the responsibility of both these efforts back to state-level and local entities. However, without a federal agency tasked with holding states accountable, many goals may not be met. In the Chesapeake Bay, states have proved […]

Credit: Earth Justice
Coal / Environmental Justice / Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action offers tribute to mountain justice warrior on his birthday

Let us now praise a coal miner: Chuck Nelson is an American Hero CINCINNATI — “Among the hundreds of coal miners I have interviewed over the years, retired coal miner Chuck Nelson has always been among the most fearless truth-tellers in the coal country of West Virginia. An indefatigable presence […]

City of Cincinnati chooses 100% renewable energy- again!
Energy / Renewable Energy

City of Cincinnati chooses 100% renewable energy- again!

CINCINNATI-  On March 14, the City of Cincinnati announced it had chosen Dynegy to provide electric service for all city residents, as part of its electric aggregation program. Dynegy provided the lowest-cost choice in both “brown” and “green” options. Cincinnati opted for the “green” option, utilizing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) […]

The green scum shown in this 2011 image was the worst algae bloom Lake Erie had experienced in decades mage captured by the Landsat-5 satellite. Data provided courtesy of the United States Geological Survey.
Environmental Justice / Lake Erie

Local officials, urban and environmental groups pledge united effort against algae

TOLEDO — “Representatives from several groups announced today they are united in efforts to combat another season of toxic western Lake Erie algae. Standing along the river banks on the south end of Sidecut Metropark, leaders with Toledo City Council, the Lucas County Board of Commissioners, the Ohio Environmental Council, and […]

Credit: AP Photo/Gerry Broome
Environmental Justice

Race is the biggest indicator in the US of whether you live near toxic waste

NEW YORK, NY — “Go looking for the local landfill or toxic waste treatment facility in any US county with a mostly white population, and you’ll likely find it in the black or Latino neighborhoods. That’s because in the US, your race is the single biggest factor that determines whether […]

Ohio Citizen Action joins opposition to HB 114
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio Citizen Action joins opposition to HB 114

COLUMBUS — The House is likely to pass a bill weakening Ohio’s clean-energy standards next week, but opponents are lining up for a battle in the Senate. Here is a partial list of those who testified both for and against the bill: You can read all of the individual testimony […]