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NH Protectors Stand with Bears Ears National Monument

HOOKSETT, NH – During a visit to New Hampshire, the Secretary of Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke heard volunteer protectors of Bears Ears National Monument.

On April 26, President Trump issued an executive order requiring the Department of the Interior to review national monuments designated since 1996 to determine which could be repealed or reduced. Yesterday, DOI Secretary Zinke, announced he recommends shrinking the borders of Bear’s Ears National Monument in Utah. This Monument is home to tens of thousands of important cultural sites, and the result of years of work by Tribal Nations — including the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and the Ute Indian Tribe. This Executive order is part of a larger effort by the Trump administration to drill, dismantle and degrade our public lands and waters.

In New Hampshire, members of the native community and the New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club attended the Zinke event to show their disapproval by holding signs and using social media.

Catherine Corkery from NH Sierra Club:

“Secretary Zinke’s recommendation shows the Trump Administration is willing to ignore tribal sovereignty, the law, science, and the will of the American people to sell out our public lands. With all national monuments designated since 1996 still under “review” – and the very authority underlying national monuments at stake – this recommendation confirms the Trump Administration is on a disturbing path with national parks, public lands and waters.

In New England, ignoring the hard work of local people who negotiated the existing and recently approved monuments, not only disrespects the time and effort invested to develop the public land, it creates distrust in our government process and threatens our democracy. We will defend against this injustice to the native community and all protectors of our planet.”

 

Activists To March Against Monsanto May 20th

Protester against Monsanto. Image by Die Grünen Kärnten FLIKR

NH March Against Monsanto Rally and March at the NH State House

WHAT: A Peaceful March through downtown Concord and a rally with speakers to provide information about a Global Call to Action at informing the public about genetically engineered food and calling it into question. There will be information about saving our Bees, Monarchs and much more. Tyler Road, a local band, will kick off the rally for the third year in a row with their organic themed song, “You Can’t Bio-Engineer Love” by Dave Carroll. Experts and speakers will be followed by the march through Downtown Concord. An organic seed swap table will feature generously donated High Mowing Seeds, as well as, a collection of organic, non-GMO food for the McKenna House. Free. Family Friendly.

DATE: Saturday: May 20, 2017

TIME: 11:00AM-2:00PM

LOCATION: Concord City Plaza, in front of the NH State House, 107 N Main St. Concord NH 03301

March Against Monsanto Concord, NH Rally and March! May 20, 2017 11:00 a.m.
Rain or Shine! ~ City Plaza, Next to the Famer’s Market ~ Concord, NH

Join a world-wide event with millions of people marching in solidarity. The peaceful rally intends to educate with speakers and information tables to call into question the long term health risks of genetically engineered food for the protection of our food supply and pollinators. Tyler Road, a local band, will kick off the rally with their organic themed song, “You Can’t Bio-Engineer Love” by Dave Carroll. Speakers include bee keeper Ann Antonucci, NH State Rep Jim McConnell, Marty Michener, PH D Ecologist, Laura Wolfner, M.A. Molecular Biologist & M.A. Archealogist, and Bonnie Wright, from Non-Toxic NH, NH Right to Know GMO. The march will follow through Downtown Concord.

The goal of the day is to identify the risks to pollinators, promote organic solutions, supporting local farms and will share information about Monsanto’s herbicide Round-up, which has been declared a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. We support food and seed sovereignty. You, your family and friends are invited. People are encouraged to bring posters, costumes and noise makers. There will be excellent opportunities for photos and interviews. This is for our present and future seven generations to come. Our time is now to stand united and create positive change. We would like to thank NH Sierra Club and NH Peace Action for co-sponsoring this event.

We will collect donations of GMO-Free or organic foods for the McKenna House Homeless Shelter in Concord, NH.

Event Organizers: Fawn Gaudet~NH March Against Monsanto Community, MAM NH, Catherine Corkery~NH Sierra Club, Doreen Desmarais~NH Peace Action, NH Rebellion, Carline Carpenter~NH March Against Monsanto Community, MAM NH

List of speakers: 

Amy Antonucci, Local Bee Keeper
State Representative, James McConnell
Marty Michener, PH D Ecologist
Laura Wolfner,  M.A. Molecular Biologist & M.A. Archealogist
Bonnie Wright, Activist~ Non-Toxic NH, NH Right to Know GMO

Tables and Supporters:

NH March Against Monsanto Community
March Against Monsanto NH
Bees and Pollinators Against Monsanto
NH Right to Know GMO
NH Sierra Club
NH Peace Action
Non-Toxic NH
NH Rebellion
Rights and Democracy
League of Conservation Voters
“Half Hour to Health” Crossroads Chiropractic radio show on WTPL “The Pulse 107.7 FM”
“Queen City Chronicles” hosted by Jon Hopwood on Manchester Public Access Television WMNH
NH Organic Farmers Association
Peppercorn Natural Foods Plymouth, NH
Kearsarge Gore Farm Certified Organic Produce in Warner
Others

Hanover Becomes First New Hampshire Town To Commit To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

HANOVER, N.H.. – The Town of Hanover, New Hampshire last night voted to establish a goal of transitioning to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050. The article approved at Tuesday’s town meeting sets a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and a 2050 goal of transitioning heating and transportation to run on clean, renewable sources of energy.

Tuesday’s vote makes Hanover the 29th city in the country to commit to 100 percent renewable energy and the first in New Hampshire to establish this goal. The vote comes after the Sustainable Hanover Town Committee in December endorsed a transition to 100 percent renewable energy in Hanover for electricity, heat and transportation by 2050. Earlier on Tuesday, the Town of Southampton, New York similarly established a goal to transition to 100 percent renewable energy.

“As Town Manager for the Town of Hanover, I am overjoyed that the Town Meeting voted unanimously to support a goal of 100 percent renewable energy. We look forward to working with Sierra Club and Sustainable Hanover to achieve this goal,” said Hanover Town Manager Julia Griffin.

Town meetings like Tuesday’s Hanover town vote have long been a form of direct democracy across New England. Unlike the other 28 cities and towns that have committed to 100 percent clean energy, Hanover represents the first municipality in the United States to have a goal of 100 percent renewable energy voted on and approved by the residents of that community.

Tuesday’s vote builds on Hanover’s growing investment in renewable energy.In 2014, Hanover was named the EPA’s first Green Power Community in New Hampshire. The town is currently at 22 percent renewable electricity through partnerships with Dartmouth College and other businesses and institutions and town residents.

​”​This is a great day for Hanover. I am so proud to be a resident of Hanover​ — the first town in New Hampshire to make a commitment to 100% renewable energy and the first municipality in the country to have done it by a vote of its citizenry,” said Judith Colla, a member of the Sierra Club Upper Valley’s Executive Committee. “I look forward to supporting next steps here in Hanover and helping to spread this campaign to our neighbors throughout the Upper Valley​.”

Other cities to commit to 100 percent clean and renewable energy include major metropolises like San Diego and Atlanta, along with small towns including Abita Springs, Louisiana and Moab, Utah. Burlington, Vermont is the first city in the United States to run entirely on clean, renewable energy.

People’s Climate Rally Planned For Concord April 29th

Donald Trump (Jamelle Bouie FLIKR)

Donald Trump (Jamelle Bouie FLIKR)

April 29th marks 100 days of the Trump administration

Remarks to be given by Senators Shaheen and Hassan

CONCORD, NH – Saturday, April 29, marks the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, and climate activists will challenge reversals to climate protections on federal and state levels. Volunteers from across New Hampshire and neighboring states will gather on Saturday morning in front of the State House in Concord on April 29 at 9 a.m. until 12p.m.

Demonstrating the importance of climate protections, the rally will highlight health impacts, local and national climate trends, Native American stories, and, student leader voices, as well as policy experts. Activities include hand drumming, creating kid-friendly posters, contacting decision makers, creating local teams, and waving signs. Vendors from non-profits will have free information and other items. Family friendly. Dogs on leashes, please. Open and free to the public. Please register here: http://sc.org/pcm

The People’s Climate March is a global movement to give opportunities for people to demonstrate their concerns for the future of our planet. A large rally is scheduled for Washington, DC on the same day. Other NH sister rally locations: Keene, and Portsmouth. Details and information about the global movement and local marches can be found at www.peoplesclimate.org. 

Sponsors for the People’s Climate Rally in Concord include NH Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists; Conservation Law Foundation; League of Conservation Voters; Mom’s Clean Air Force; ECO Action; NH Plastic Pollution Alliance; United Church of Christ, NH Conference, Environmental Stewardship Mission Group; Indivisible NH – Citizens in Action for Democracy; Sutton Conservation Commission, Kearsarge Changing Climate Change, 350NH and more are expected. 

WHAT:  People’s Climate Rally

WHO:   Speakers Confirmed:

  • Andru Volinski, NH Executive Councilor, District 2
  • Sterling Chase, Native American Advocate
  • Jorgie Ingram, Kearsarge Changing Climate Change
  • Jerry Curran, NH Sierra Club
  • Rebecca Whitley, Moms Clean Air Force
  • Others to be Announced
  • Speakers Invited: NH Congressional Delegation

WHEN:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017                                                                            

WHERE:  In front of the New Hampshire State House, Main Street, Concord     

OTHER:   Photo and interview opportunities with volunteers and staff.


 The Sierra Club’s members and supporters are over 2 million of your friends and neighbors across the country, with 12,000 in New Hampshire. Inspired by nature, we work to protect our communities and the planet. The Sierra Club is America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

NH Congressional Leaders And Environmental Groups Speak Out Against Trump’s ‘Anti-Climate’ Order

Yesterday, President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt are issued an executive order to destroy public health protections, in various arenas, aimed at reducing climate harming emissions and impacts from fossil fueled energy and industry. The Trump Administration’s ‘dirty energy’ executive order will target the Clean Air Act and roll back essential public health protections.

President Trump directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to “rewrite” the lifesaving Clean Power Plan, moved to stop the government from litigating on climate related cases, repealed four Obama-era policies that combat climate change, and manufactured an interagency working group to “reconsider” the social cost of carbon, an estimate of the damage caused by climate change.

After signing the order Trump received harsh criticism from legislators and environmental groups.

“President Trump is ignoring the mountain of evidence on climate change and plowing ahead with a dangerous agenda that threatens the health and well-being of New Hampshire,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “Rolling back carbon emissions rules and clean energy initiatives is a shortsighted political move that prioritizes the interests of big oil and coal companies over every day Americans. In New Hampshire, we see the effects of climate change every day and it is a direct threat to our environment, economy and way of life. We owe it to future generations to build on the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Agreement in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. I will fight President Trump’s actions in the Senate and have joined several of my colleagues in introducing legislation to rescind the President’s Executive Order.”

As one of nine Northeastern states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), New Hampshire has reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the power sector by nearly 50 percent since 2008. New Hampshire is on track to meet the Clean Power Plan’s carbon reduction goals 10 years ahead of schedule. RGGI was the first market-based regulatory program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

recently released report by the Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission, estimates that the Seacoast will experience sea-level rise due to climate change of between a half-foot and two feet by 2050. By 2100, the report estimates sea-level rise of one-and-a-half feet to over 6 feet.

“From our White Mountains to our beautiful Seacoast, New Hampshire’s beautiful natural resources define us as a state and I am extremely concerned by President Trump’s efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan’s common-sense environmental protections,” said Senator Maggie Hassan. “Granite Staters know that protecting our environment while building a stronger, more affordable energy future is critical for our families and our businesses. New Hampshire has been a leader in efforts to cut carbon emissions, conserve our natural resources, and combat climate change and we need to see similar efforts at the federal level. That’s why I have been a strong supporter of the Clean Power Plan, and I will continue fighting for a cleaner environment and stronger renewable energy future that reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and helps our citizens, businesses, and economy thrive.”

“The decision by President Trump to dismantle the Clean Power Plan is disappointing but not surprising,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster.  “It’s a move that not only undermines our ability to fight climate change but also puts the United States at an economic disadvantage as we cede the technologies of the future to other nations. This executive order will endanger the Paris Climate Agreement which was instrumental in getting some of the world’s largest polluters to take important steps to reduce their carbon emissions. New Hampshire has been a leader in addressing greenhouse gas emissions through our participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. It’s long past time the rest of the nation followed the lead of New England. If we fail to act on climate change we’re only kicking the can down the road. We should be acting now to end climate change, not leaving future generations to clean up our mess.”

“The threat of catastrophic climate change is very real, and today’s short-sighted actions from the Trump administration leave us less prepared than ever to confront it. I will fight to restore these protections,” stated Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. 

President Trump’s executive order represents a serious attack on our environment and public health, aimed at nothing less than gutting the Clean Air Act and letting polluters off the hook.

“Today’s executive orders to protect polluters, signed by President Trump at EPA headquarters, are an unprecedented attack on clean air safeguards,” said Rebecca Whitley of Moms Clean Air Force. Our children will bear the costs. Our families will bear the costs. Our communities will bear the costs. Never has a president, or an EPA head, acted with such reckless disregard for our health—or our safety in the face of the clear and present danger of climate change. Trump and EPA head Pruitt are doing the bidding of the biggest polluters.”

“The executive order includes a laundry list of climate rollbacks but one thing is certain there will be wide ranging devastating impacts because delaying implementation of clean energy alternatives will expose the most vulnerable to dangerous pollution: our children, elders, and wildlife,” stated Catherine Corkery of the NH Sierra Club.

“Climate protections are based on scientific analysis and included a rigorous democratic public process – of which many in New Hampshire participated. The Trump/Pruitt orders are not aimed at helping the American Public; rather, it is a handout to the billionaire fossil fuel executives, companies, and lobbyists. People in New Hampshire want solutions, not more unsafe, expensive, dangerous waste dumps, polluted water, or air pollution,” Corkery added.

“Calling climate change a ‘hoax’ won’t stop temperatures or sea level from rising. We can tackle the climate crisis by investing in science and clean, renewable energy, but only if we move boldly and quickly. Defunding science, undercutting clean energy, and doubling down on fossil fuels is sheer reckless folly,” said Madeline Page, outreach director for Environment New Hampshire in a statement posted earlier on the NH Labor News.

Sounding the Alarm for the Harbinger of Spring: Maple Syrup

Senator Hassan Sierra Club Breakfast 2-21-17

Nearly 150 Attend Breakfast to Hear
US Senator Hassan and Experts on Local Climate Impacts  
 

DURHAM, NH – Maple syrup is a New Hampshire institution, but climate change could have tragic impacts on the future harvest.

Nearly150 concerned Granite Staters attended Local Climate Impacts Pancake Breakfast: Maple Syrup and Forests Impacts on Tuesday, February 21st at UNH in Durham.

While everyone loves to pour maple syrup on pancakes, experts discussed the changes and interruptions to the traditions, landscapes, industries and even the science behind the sweetest harbinger of spring. The potential impact could have devastating ripple effects on the Granite State tourism economy, the cottage industry on farms and sugar bushes throughout the state, and the forests overall. 

US Senator Maggie Hassan spoke in recognition of the climate trends and in support of climate action: 

“Our natural resources define us as a state and are critical to our economy, our environment, and our way of life in New Hampshire,” Senator Hassan said. “We are already seeing the real impacts of climate change on our environment – including on our maple syrup and ski industries. The Climate Change Impact Breakfast is an important opportunity to raise awareness about how a changing climate is negatively impacting the Granite State, and I commend everyone in attendance for your commitment to protecting our environment and our state. In the Senate, I’m committed to building on your efforts by working across the aisle to achieve a cleaner environment and a stronger energy future that will help our citizens, businesses, and economy thrive.” 

Local maple syrup producers also spoke in recognition of the unpredictability of a once predictable season.

Ray LaRoche, the owner and operator of Maple Meadow/LaRoche Farm in Durham, has observed highly variable weather trends over time that present challenges to maple sugar production.   

“The cycle of cold temperatures at night and warmer temperatures during the day that are best for maple sugar production are less predictable than in years past. Warming temperatures have lowered the sugar content of maple syrup, and that means more sap is needed to make the product,” stated Mr. LaRoche. “It used to take 25 gallons of sap to make a gallon of pure maple syrup, and now it takes 50 gallons. Producers need to adapt to these changes with new farming techniques, particularly in the southern regions of our state.” 

Jeff Moore, owner of Windswept Farms in Loudon serves on the board of the NH Maple Producers Association, spoke about the strong economic engine that maple production provides to the rural areas of the state; as well as, the regional bottling and packaging operations located in the state.

“The maple sugaring industry in New Hampshire is an important part of our identity, culture, and economy, employing nearly 1,000 people in our state and accounting for more than $150 million in economic activity each year,” Mr. Moore added. “We need to take care of our environment to make sure that the maple sugaring industry continues to flourish.” 

Cameron Wake, Ph.D., Research Professor, Climatology and Glaciology, the Josephine A. Lamprey Professor in Climate and Sustainability, UNH Sustainability Institute, spoke about the climate trends as recorded by the institution.

“The warming trend we are witnessing is much more apparent in the winter,” stated Dr. Wake. “While warmer winters seem appealing to some, there are a number of consequences in the environment and in day-to-day life, some of which can already be seen in New Hampshire. Consequently, there is an amount of climate change we are going to have to adapt to.” 

Saving Sap, the award winning film by director Ian MacLellen and written by Elodie Reed, was shown at the start of the breakfast. Locally sourced maple syrup was served with pancakes. Maple Syrup Weekend sponsored by the NH Maple Producers Association is scheduled for March 25-26 this year. 

Attendees were asked to take action to reduce the source of the climate changing pollution by taking several types of actions. The actions included writing letters in support of the national health-based protections called Clean Power Plan and a petition asking Governor Sununu to maintain the power plant pollution reducing regional program, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

The Climate Impacts Maple Breakfast is sponsored by Moms Clean Air Force, Environment New Hampshire, Union of Concerned Scientists, League of Conservation Voters, and New Hampshire Sierra Club, in partnership with the UNH Sustainability Institute. 

Breakfast Panel: Local Climate Impacts on Maple Trees and Syrup

Special Guest US  Senator Maggie Hassan

 DURHAM, NH – Maple syrup is a New Hampshire institution, but climate change could have tragic impacts on the future harvest in NH unless we act now. Concerned Granite Staters are invited to celebrate and learn how to protect this home-grown delight at the annual pancake breakfast on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:30am. Register for the breakfast here: http://tinyurl.com/hjyy9pf.

DATE: Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

LOCATION: UNH Huddleston Hall Ballroom, 73 Main Street, Durham, NH

Doors open at 7:30 AM     

Program starts at 8:00 AM

Join local environmental groups and the UNH Sustainability Institute for a Local Climate Impacts Pancake Breakfast at the UNH Huddleston Hall Ballroom in Durham at 7:30am. Hear from local maple syrup producers, scientists, and elected officials about the impacts of a changing climate on the NH maple syrup industry. Then, supporters can take action with local organizations and enjoy pancakes with real New Hampshire maple syrup.

This year, our special guest is US Senator Maggie Hassan and other panelists include Jeff Moore of Windswept Farms of Loudon and NH Maple Producers Association, Ray LaRoche of Maple Meadow/LaRoche Farm in Durham, and UNH Professor Cameron Wake. 

Doors Open at 7:30am and the program will begin at 8:00am. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The Climate Impacts Maple Breakfast is sponsored by Moms Clean Air Force, Environment New Hampshire, Union of Concerned Scientists, League of Conservation Voters, and New Hampshire Sierra Club, in partnership with the UNH Sustainability Institute.

New Hampshire Environmental Groups Oppose Scott Pruitt for EPA

Concord, New Hampshire – As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on whether to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Moms Clean Air Force, The New Hampshire Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Environment New Hampshire released the following statement:

“The nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency is an unprecedented threat to New Hampshire’s public health, economy, and wildlife. It is difficult to imagine a nominee more hostile to the central mission of the EPA or cozier with polluter interests than Scott Pruitt.

In his role as Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt has repeatedly championed polluter interests over the well being of his constituents and other Americans. He’s denied climate science, fought the EPA, opposed policies like the Clean Power Plan, and disputed the Clean Air Act’s authority. Sadly, it’s no surprise: Pruitt has received hundreds of thousands of dollars of dirty donations from fossil fuel companies.

We need a leader at the EPA who recognizes, not ignores the impact climate change has on the health of New Hampshire families. Asthma is a troubling example of how climate change is already harming – and will continue to harm – New Hampshire children. Despite our largely rural character, New Hampshire has high asthma rates. Nationally, 8.6% of children suffer from asthma, but in New Hampshire, 10.6% of our children have asthma. Climate change stands to worsen this epidemic-scale health problem, because it will make smog, pollen season, and heat waves worse. All of those things trigger asthma attacks.

While New Hampshire has relatively low levels of power sector emissions, our state is greatly affected by pollution from out-of-state sources. This is an important reminder that a weaker standard in an adjacent state can compromise New Hampshire’s efforts to mitigate harmful emissions. In 2011, the EPA finalized a rule under the Clean Air Act that requires states to reduce upwind emissions. This rule could be rolled back should Scott Pruitt become the next EPA administrator. This could have a troubling impact on New Hampshire’s air quality.

Loosening clean air regulations not only endangers public health but favors dirty fossil fuels over clean energy innovations right here at home. New Hampshire spends nearly $6 billion annually on energy, and most of the money goes out of state and over our borders to foreign suppliers. If we could supply 1/3 to half of our energy from clean, renewable local sources, that money would stimulate 3 to 6 times more economic activity, right here in New Hampshire.   

Wildlife protections are a major concern in New Hampshire and our tourism based economy. The iconic moose is under threat of climate impacts. The winter tick is thriving in the warming winter temperatures and are attributed to the death of over 70% of the moose calves in 2016. Other species are not excluded. The closed northern shrimp season due to warming waters in the Gulf of Maine means an economic opportunity for the struggling N.H. fishermen is eliminated.  New Hampshire needs a strong reduction in climate change causing pollution to protect our wildlife. Without it the iconic moose will be nothing but a campfire ghost story.

New Hampshire and all Americans need an EPA Administrator who protects environmental laws.  Much as he did in Oklahoma, we fear that Scott Pruitt will use his position at EPA to undo the progress made and do irreparable damage to our health and environment for generations to come.

Dozens Gather To “Stand In Solidarity With Standing Rock” In Concord

Image from NH Chapter of the Sierra Club

Image from NH Chapter of the Sierra Club

Yesterday, more than 30 people braved the bitter cold and blowing snow to show their support for the water protectors in Standing Rock, North Dakota.

The rally, held at City Hall Plaza in Concord was organized by NH Peace Action and the New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club to “Stand in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux” against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Image from NH Chapter of the Sierra Club

Image from NH Chapter of the Sierra Club

Concerned residents gathered peacefully to show support for and educate people about Standing Rock~Oceti Sakowin campsite on the Standing Rock Reservation and the controversial pipeline proposal. The groups oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline and encourage protecting the river, drinking water, and people, including Water Protectors, Indigenous and all people concerned about pipeline risks. Despite being asked to stop drilling, Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline developers, has decided to keep drilling.

For months now, members of the Standing Rock Sioux, and thousands of concerned citizens from across the country, have been fighting against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. The proposed pipeline would cut through Native American tribal lands including ancient burial grounds.  The worst part of the proposed project is that the pipeline would have to cross the great Missouri River.  A minor leak in the pipeline would poison all of the people, the animals, and the crops that rely on the Missouri River for water.

Last month, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers halted the pipeline and are demanding a full environmental impact study to evaluate possible alternative routes.

Many rejoiced and the news spread quickly that the Army Corp of Engineers had halted the pipeline, but this is not the end for the Sioux.  There are likely to be many changes and challenges for these water protectors after a new Presidential administration takes office in January.

“We hope that Kelcey Warren, Governor Dalrymple, and the incoming Trump administration respect this decision and understand the complex process that led us to this point” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II. “When it comes to infrastructure development in Indian Country and with respect to treaty lands, we must strive to work together to reach decisions that reflect the multifaceted considerations of tribes.”

Protecting our environment cannot be done by a few thousand people, scattered across the country.  The protests in Standing Rock have shown, what many who lived through the civil rights movement of the 1960s, that people standing together in peaceful opposition can become a massively powerful force.  We need to stand up and support those who were able to go to Standing Rock to hold the line against the greedy corporations willing to poison our land and destroy our drinking water.

Image from NH Chapter of the Sierra Club

Image from NH Chapter of the Sierra Club

After The Voting: What’s Next For Energy And Climate Issues In New Hampshire?

Environmental groups host 2016 Post Election Round Table 

CONCORD, NH – How will the current environmental protections continue to safeguard our public health with the dramatic shift in the administration in the White House and the State House? Energy saving and pollution reduction programs, once a unifying non-partisan issue, are now a cause for great division and political strife.  Over 100 people attended a roundtable discussion with a number of local experts provided a greater understanding of how the programs work and their wide ranging benefits.  Speakers included Representative Bill Baber of Dover, Taylor Caswell of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, Jack Ruderman of Revision Energy and Rebecca Whitley of Mom’s Clean Air Force. Sam Evans-Brown of New Hampshire Public Radio acted as the moderator.  

The dramatic two-year presidential campaign’s final conclusion has many people questioning the future of the country’s policies concerning many issues from foreign relations, the economy, healthcare, marriage equality, abortion, job growth, taxes and the environment. Over the course of the election, voters polled consistently in the Granite State and across the country said that they support action on climate change and renewable energy. New Hampshire participates in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – a nine state market driven carbon pollution reduction program that promotes investments in energy efficiency, weatherization, building retrofits and renewable energy. RGGI is the model for the recently introduced national carbon reduction program called the Clean Power Plan. Both President-Elect Trump and Governor-Elect Sununu have stated differences with the current administrations’ support for the market based energy saving programs aimed to create climate solutions. Candidate Trump went so far as calling climate change a “hoax by the Chinese” in a tweet.

The post-election roundtable discussion was held at the Concord Public Library in Concord, NH and hosted by the League of Conservation Voters, Union of Concerned Scientists, Environment America, Mom’s Clean Air Force, National Wildlife Federation and New Hampshire Sierra Club. The host organizations highlighted opportunities to reach out to the new administrations in the State House to demonstrate support for energy saving programs, offering to arrange meetings, monitor legislation and creating meaningful actions.

The roundtable was broadcasted live on Facebook (include below) and comments posted on Twitter that can be seen @NHSierraClub. 

Quotes and Brief Biographies of Speakers

NH State Representative Bill Baber:

 “We are about to experience a governmental change with greater unknowns following any previous election.  This is especially true for the environment, energy, and our economy.”

Bill Baber is an outgoing member of the House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee where he acted as the Democratic ranking member.  He is a Vietnam era veteran with a rich academic and employment background ranging from film making to computer science.

Taylor Caswell:

“The economics of climate change will continue, regardless of what a government may or may not do.  Every time a business or a municipality finances a project through our Clean Energy Fund, they cut their energy costs, and that reduces carbon emissions.  It’s a basic operational and financial decision that increasingly makes the most sense for New Hampshire organizations.”

Taylor Caswell is the executive director of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, whose mission is to facilitate community economic development across the state with financial and technical resources.  CDFA’s total assets under management each year exceed $30 million, and include the New Hampshire Clean Energy Fund which provides resources for energy efficiency retrofits and renewable energy integration for organizations statewide.

Rebecca Whitley:

“We cannot allow President-Elect Trump, or our New Hampshire elected officials, to wage a war on public health.  The progress on climate action over the last 8 years is important for our children’s health and for future generations. We need to organize and become the checks and balances to protect our children against any attack on their health and well-being.”   

Becky Whitley is the field organizer for Moms Clean Air Force in New Hampshire. She received a B.B.A. from George Washington University and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. Becky has always been committed to social justice and children’s health. She comes to Moms Clean Air Force after many years of practicing public interest law, representing adults and children on important disability rights issues and participating in policy advocacy. Becky works to mobilize parents in New Hampshire and advocates for children’s right to clean air and a healthy climate. 

Jack Ruderman

Jack Ruderman is the Director of Community Solar Initiatives for Revision Energy, an ambitious effort to solarize municipalities, nonprofits, and schools throughout the Granite State, as well as organize the development of community solar farms. Jack previously served as Director of the Sustainable Energy Division of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, where he was responsible for administering the state’s Renewable Energy Fund. He also served 12 years at the New Hampshire Governor’s Office of Energy and Planning.  He holds a B.A. in political science from Tufts University and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Moderator Sam Evans-Brown

Sam Evans-Brown is a reporter and host on New Hampshire Public Radio. Covering the environmental beat for NHPR, Sam’s reporting won him several awards, including two Edward R. Murrow awards, and he was also a 2013 Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Media Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. Last year, Sam helped launch a new show called Outside/In to further explore his environmental interests. Find the show http://outsideinradio.org/  on Twitter and Face Book @OutsideInRadio.

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