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Historic Legislation Would Reduce Rhode Island Petroleum Use 50 Percent by 2050

On the evening of March 15, the Rhode Island House of Representatives Environment & Natural Resources Committee conducted a hearing for a proposed bill (H7261) to set up a Petroleum Savings & Independence Advisory Commission to study and reduce Rhode Island’s reliance on petroleum, with petroleum use reduction targets set at 30 percent less by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050.

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Major floods could hit state again

It has been almost two years since the historic floods of 2010 hit the state. Many have believe massive floods like these are a once in a century occurrence, but one local group says more extreme weather is likely.

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Environmentalist warns RI 'in path of storm'

According to Federal Emergency Management Agency data, every county in Rhode Island has experienced a weather-related federally declared disaster between 2006 and 2011. Kent County has experienced two in the last two years: the floods of 2010, and the wrath of Irene in 2011. “The entire state of Rhode Island has seen the effects of weather-related disasters and the great threat they pose to Rhode Island’s safety and economy,” said Channing Jones at a press conference.

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Major floods could hit state again

WARWICK, RI (WPRI) - It has been almost two years since the historic floods of 2010 hit the state. Many have believe massive floods like these are a once in a century occurrence, but one local group says more extreme weather is likely.

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Environmental group warns about extreme weather

"The entire state of Rhode Island has seen the effects of weather-related disasters and the grave threat they pose to (the state's) safety and economy," Channing Jones, a spokesman for Environment Rhode Island, said.

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