As Star Island Corporation celebrated its centennial year this past weekend, board and staff members alike said they are proud to be taking part today in an environmental legacy that will set the stage for the next 100 years.
The concept of cap and trade was invented during the Reagan administration to reduce ozone chemical compounds, which were destroying the ozone layer. The idea was to place a cap on the pollutants and charge manufacturers whose products exceed the cap. It worked!
On Tuesday, oil from a waste storage container on the NOAA research vessel Hassler accidentally leaked into in Harts Cove, New Castle where the vessel is docked.
The whole response to the spill was exemplary. The quick response and coordination between the Hassler, The Coast Guard, the NH Department of Environmental Services and NH Port Authority were exceptional.
Maine lawmakers seek solution to acidification of ocean
March 29, 2015
A group of state legislators in New England want to form a multi-state pact to counter increasing ocean acidity along the East Coast, a problem they believe will endanger multi-million dollar fishing industries if left unchecked.
Penny wise and pound foolish — followed by penny foolish
February 20, 2015
Energy efficiency and energy independence both took a beating this week in the NH House of Representatives.
First, the House voted to defund RGGI, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI is a cap and trade program (a concept introduced by the Reagan administration) in which all New England states and New York participate. A small amount of your energy bill (21 cents a month for the average ratepayer) goes into a fund, which pays for energy efficiency projects. Most of the funds pay for municipal and school projects and low-income weatherization.