Advocacy Action History
6/7/18 Oppose Coastal Resources Management Council Act changes (S.2955) Summary: The term community is replaced with municipality, the number of council members is reduced from 16 to 10, the number of members selected from the public is reduced from 3 to 2, and the governor will have complete control over appointing new members. View Testimony
6/6/18 Oppose Coastal Resources Management Council Reappointments Summary: The reappointments extend the terms of governor-appointed council members Donald Gomez, Michael Hudner, and Patricia Reynolds through January 31, 2020. View Testimony
5/3/2018 Testified in support of Energy Facility Siting Act (H.8120) at the House Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources meeting. Summary: The EFSA is the Act that defines the process of siting energy facilities such as the proposed power plant and the responsibilities of the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB). The bill includes several positive changes such as increasing the size and representation of the committee, increase fines, and more.
4/4/2018 Joined People’s Power & Light and Acadia Center in a sign-on letter opposing any proposals that undermine Rhode Island’s cost-effective energy efficiency programs, including S2499 and H7808. Summary: Senate Bill 2499 and House Bill 7808 would cap the system benefit charge and artificially limit the amount of cost-effective efficiency ratepayers could benefit from. The sign-on letter highlights the many significant environmental and economic benefits of energy efficiency. View Letter
3/28/2018 Testified in support of the Energize RI Act (S2188) at the Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture meeting. Summary: The Energize RI Act is a bill that creates a Clean Energy and Jobs Fund, paid for by a fee on fossil fuel polluters. The Fund will invest in clean energy while protecting consumers from rising energy costs. Carbon pricing is a market-based solution to carbon pollution that will lower emissions while energizing the economy. View Testimony
12/11/2017 Joined NoLNGinPVD, 8 elected officials, 30 organizations and coalitions, and 380 community members in a petition Calling for the Resignation of Coastal Resources Management Council Chair, Jennifer Cervenka Summary: Ms. Cervenka has clear and serious conflicts of interest that were not disclosed. The appearance of environmental and climate justice bias abounds. View Letter
11/14/2017 Letter to Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council Summary: RI IPL opposes the LNG and fracking facility proposed in the already heavily impacted, low-income community of South Providence. View Letter
7/11/2017 Letter to Governor Raimondo Summary: To reinforce the message of the Rally for Action on Climate Change outside the Nationwide Governors’ Conference in Providence on Saturday 7/15/2017. View Letter
5/15/2017 Support Energize Rhode Island: Clean Energy Investment And Carbon Pricing Act Of 2017 (H5369 and S365) Summary: The Energize RI Act is a bill that creates a Clean Energy and Jobs Fund, paid for by a fee on fossil fuel polluters. The Fund will invest in clean energy while protecting consumers from rising energy costs. Carbon pricing is a market-based solution to carbon pollution that will lower emissions while energizing the economy. View Testimony
5/15/2017 Support Renewable Energy Growth Program (H5274 and S112) Summary: Expands the renewable energy growth program for an additional ten years, adding 40 MW of local renewables each year.
5/15/2017 Support Energy Facility Siting Act (H5897 and Senate TBA) Summary: Would require the Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) to reject any proposed energy facility if the company fails to provide the “advisory” agencies with adequate information. View Testimony
5/15/17 Support Net-metering (H5618 and Senate TBA) Summary: Would remove the cap on remote net metering, a program that allows people to invest in, and benefit from, renewable energy projects not located on their property. Makes educational institutions and nonprofit corporations eligible for net-metering financing arrangements.
5/15/17 Support Energy Siting (H5197 and S0441) Summary: Would require the EFSB to reject any proposed facility that would compromise our ability to meet the emissions reduction targets in the Resilient Rhode Island Act. View Testimony
6/11/18 Sent letters to Congressmen Cicilline and Langevin requesting their opposition of the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R. 5895) Summary: This letter requests maintained funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Interior. View Cicilline Letter View Langevin Letter
4/5/18 Joined the Sierra Club and over 35 other environmental, social justice, labor and allied organizations in a sign-on letter requesting the removal of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the EPA. Summary: This sign-on letter is addressed to President Trump and lists the reasons why Scott Pruitt should be removed. View Letter
3/23/18 Joined Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion and over 100 other environmental groups in a sign-on letter Opposing Fracked Gas Infrastructure. Summary: This sign-on letter is addressed to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC is in the pre-proposal phase of modifying its regulations affecting emissions from the oil and gas sector and is currently seeking public stakeholder input. This letter incorporates expert recommendations that, if adopted, would greatly strengthen today’s rules, thereby reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases. View Letter
3/8/18 Joined many environmental organizations in a sign-on letter Opposing New Offshore Oil and Gas Leases [BOEM-2017-0074]. Summary: This sign-on letter is addressed to Secretary Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, and Kelly Hammerle, Chief, National Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The letter opposes the expansion of oil and gas activities in each of the program regions—the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific, and all waters off Alaska. It urges them to offer no new oil and gas leases in federal waters.
2/5/18 Joined over 750 environmental organizations in a sign-on letter to asking Governor Jerry Brown of California to take the historic step of becoming the first elected leader of a major producing region to announce an end to fossil fuel industry expansion, and a production decline consistent with the Paris Agreement climate goals.
1/8/18 Joined Food & Water Action and many other environmental organizations in a sign-on letter to Endorse the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (HR3671) Summary: The sign on letter supports the OFF Act to place a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects and move our electricity and most transportation systems to 100% renewable energy by 2035. It would also provide for a truly just transition for environmental justice communities and those working in the fossil fuel industry. View Letter
12/4/17 Joined Creation Justice Ministries and many other environmental organizations in a sign-on letter to Support the RECLAIM Act of 2017 (HR1731) Summary: The sign-on letter supports the bipartisan Reclaim Act to ensure coal communities can access the Abandoned Mine Land Fund (currently at ~$1 billion) for the next five years. These funds will be used to promote economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining. View Letter
10/11/17 Joined Environment America and many other environmental organizations in a sign-on letter to Support 100% by 2050 Act (HR3314 and S987) Summary: The sign-on letter supports Senate and House companion bills that mandate a rapid transition to renewable energy. The companion bills establish a goal of moving the nation off fossil fuels by no later than 2050 by 1) Greening the grid, 2) electrifying heat and transportation, and 3) expanding access to clean energy to low income, minority, and disadvantaged communities.
9/23/17 Joined more than 300 environmental organizations in a sign-on letter to Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Summary: The letter advocates retaining the prohibition on exploration and extraction of fossil fuels from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. View Letter Update: The amendment failed with a vote of 48 to 52. Senators Whitehouse and Reed voted in support of the amendment.
9/14/2017 Joined over 250 environmental organizations in a sign-on letter to Oppose repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule Summary: The Clean Water Act is a popular, much-needed, and carefully-developed action taken to protect the nation’s waters from pollution and destruction. Repeal of the Act will remove regulatory oversight and protections for headwaters and some ephemeral waters, making source waters for the drinking water supplies for as many as 1/3 of Americans unregulated.
7/24/2017 Joined National IPL in a sign-on letter to Oppose Blunt Clean Cars Rollback Bill (Senate 1273) Summary: This bill weakens the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and threatens the greenhouse gas emissions standards, endangering the health, consumer savings and environment of Americans across the country.
6/12/2017 Oppose Fuel Economy Harmonization Act (Senate 1273) Summary: A bill that reduces fuel efficiency standards for the automotive industry. This is an attempt by the automakers to roll back clean car and fuel economy standards that are reducing pollution and saving drivers money at the pump. This bill would actually give automakers the green light to sell less fuel-efficient vehicles. Ask your Senators to oppose S. 1273
5/31/2017 Pledge to Oppose President Trump’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Appointments
4/10/2017 Support National Environmental Education Act Funding
5/16/2017 Oppose Offshore Drilling
4/13/2017 Support Miners Protection Act