Rhode Island has plenty of wasted space for energy-project siting. A former East Providence landfill, for example, is now covered by 13,000 solar panels. (ecoRI News)

Rhode Island has plenty of wasted space for energy-project siting. A former East Providence landfill, for example, is now covered by 13,000 solar panels. (ecoRI News)

HOPKINTON, R.I. — Rhode Island just doesn’t get it, even when it tries to be 21st century. Cutting down 30,000 trees to make room for a solar farm is only slightly less 1980's than destroying 200 acres of forest to build a fossil-fuel power plant.

Planned East Coast Military Exercises Raise Local Environmental Concerns

New Jersey resident Jolie Diane, left, and Jene Nissen, acoustics program manager for the Navy's Fleet Forces Command, discuss the military exercises planned for next year. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

New Jersey resident Jolie Diane, left, and Jene Nissen, acoustics program manager for the Navy's Fleet Forces Command, discuss the military exercises planned for next year. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — Many visitors anticipated an open forum, where audience members ask questions and voice opinions on the planned military drills. Instead of a town hall-like gathering, the meeting was akin to an art exhibit or open house, where visitors had one-on-one conversations with experts in sonar, undersea warfare and explosives.


New Energy Alert Can Do More Than Save You Money

PROVIDENCE — Three Brown University students have created a simple way to cut energy consumption, reduce carbon emissions, save money, and perhaps even stop construction of new natural-gas power plants.


Protesters Demand Climate-Change Action From Governors

PROVIDENCE — For three days inside the Rhode Island Convention Center, governors steered clear of saying “climate change.” The public literature outlining the meetings and activities for the July 13-15 National Governors Association summer gathering didn’t mention the term.

Providence City Council member Seth Yurdin reads his latest resolution to oppose the proposed Burrillville power plant. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Providence City Council member Seth Yurdin reads his latest resolution to oppose the proposed Burrillville power plant. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Eelgrass grows beneath the surface of coastal waters and salt ponds, providing nursery habitat for shellfish and finfish. (NOAA)

Eelgrass grows beneath the surface of coastal waters and salt ponds, providing nursery habitat for shellfish and finfish. (NOAA)

Opponents of a proposed natural-gas project on Allens Avenue objected to the location and format of a recent public meeting. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Opponents of a proposed natural-gas project on Allens Avenue objected to the location and format of a recent public meeting. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)


Whitehouse Lends Support to Investigation of EPA Chief

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., recently submitted a letter to the Oklahoma Bar Association with a lengthy list of Scott Pruitt’s violations of conduct.


Delays Push Proposed Power Plant Toward Irrelevance

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — A final round of public hearings for the proposed fossil-fuel power plant is scheduled to start in October.