Just three North Atlantic right whales were born this winter, a precipitous decline in the species birth rate that has scientists concerned for the future of one of the rarest whales on Earth.
NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. — A plan to build 18 condominiums on a 6.7-acre lot about a quarter-mile from the Scituate Reservoir in a town that relies on wells for drinking water provides a glimpse into the pressures being put on water resources by population growth, development of open space and a changing climate.
It appears to be a calculated attempt to diminish the ecological significance of northwestern Rhode Island to a level in which the impacts of the proposed power plant would be considered “acceptable.”
WARWICK, R.I. — The state Energy Facilities Siting Board recently turned down two requests to dismiss or delay the fossil-fuel power plant proposed for Burrillville. The decisions, however, didn't put the $1 billion project any closer to approval.
The latest electricity auction for New England paints an interesting picture of the proposed Burrillville fossil-fuel power plant and its role in the regional energy mix.
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island spends $3.1 billion annually on carbon-intensive gasoline, oil and natural gas extracted from outside the state. A fee on fossil fuels would keep that money local.