Gov. Dan Malloy takes his mantra of “cheaper, cleaner, more reliable” energy to the voters, while his Republican challenger, Tom Foley, emphasizes relying on market forces and evolving technology to bring down energy costs.
NEW HAVEN – Nearly two years after storm Sandy sacked the Connecticut coast, federal funds for recovery are still being parceled out. But issues surrounding a couple of Connecticut shoreline grants raise questions about how the money is being allocated and whether it ever will be used.
A food waste recycling pilot program in Bridgewater is the latest effort to help Connecticut wrench itself off the 25 percent recycling rate it has been stuck on for years. But it’s been slow going for such efforts, with many factors working against the initiative.
Alex Felson, a landscape architect and urban ecologist at Yale, has found an opportunity to address climate and community issues on the battered, flooded and otherwise jeopardized Connecticut shoreline.
The cold, snowy winter followed by a wet, chilly spring have had consequences for Connecticut’s wildlife, plants and insects. Some consequences are predictable, but more often those consequences are unexpected, counter-intuitive — and even good.
Legislation that would have helped residents benefit from solar electricity systems even if their homes couldn’t support a solar system is dead for this legislative session.
Connecticut shoreline homeowners who were victims of storm Sandy and had applied for federal funding to elevate their homes or have them purchased by the government will now have a shot at getting some money.
Despite having no gas or oil deposits, Connecticut has the potential to set the national standard in dealing with fracking waste. But doing so may put the state on a collision course with federal law, ultimately also making Connecticut the national legal test case.
After a massive outcry from shoreline communities, the state emergency management office is being ordered to reconsider its decision to deny certain federal funds for all home elevations and buyouts related to storm Sandy.
Robert Klee, 39, is the mild-mannered protégé of the hard-charging mentor he will succeed, Daniel C. Esty. He is set to take over one of state government’s highest-profile agencies and brings to the commissioner’s office a varied background in environment law, science and public policy. Klee is a man who can wax rhapsodic about “transformative efforts on waste.”