January 18, 2018
With strides in solar projects and a dropped oil drilling plan, this week has brought praiseworthy headlines from around the country.
Last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in coastal waters off the shores of many US states. As a result, the Trump administration received major pushback from many state leaders, including those in Florida. They cited concerns about the health of their citizens, the future of the environment, and the impact on state tourism. Florida prevailed this week as Secretary Zinke removed the state from offshore drilling consideration.
To support Floridians going solar, joining together, and fighting for their energy rights, visit Solar United Neighbors – Florida.
Hawaii is the only state in the US that has committed to move to 100% renewable energy. As part of that transition, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism has installed a major new solar array in Honolulu Harbor. With 1,070 panels, it’s the biggest in downtown Honolulu, and it will completely power the Department’s Foreign Trade Zone division.
Learn more about Asian and Pacific Islander communities working to make a clean and healthy environment at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network.
As the Washington state legislature opened this week, over 200 activists stormed the building and demonstrated on the state Capitol lawn, demanding the state reject a proposed pipeline expansion, act on climate change, and honor Native treaty rights. Seven indigenous women plan to camp out on the Capitol lawn for the two-month legislative session.