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Bill introduced to ban plastic bags in Rhode Island

A bill to ban plastic checkout bags statewide was introduced in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. The bill prohibits the distribution of disposable plastic shopping bags at the point of sale by Rhode Island retailers, effective January 2014 for large retailers and January 2015 for small businesses.

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Rhode Island Joins Northeast States' Plan for Deeper Cuts in Power Plant Pollution

Rhode Island officials joined the announcement of improvements to a regional cap on carbon emissions, following a year-long review of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s first cap on carbon from power plants, which took effect in 2009.

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On Sandy 100-day anniversary, stakeholders call on Gov. Chafee for global warming action

One hundred days after Superstorm Sandy, clean energy businesses and organizations in Rhode Island submitted a letter to Governor Chafee urging improvements to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the Northeast region’s region’s landmark program to reduce global warming emissions from power plants. The letter called for a strengthened emissions cap, strict clean energy standards, and loophole prevention.

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Sen. Whitehouse launches climate change task force

Following President Obama's pledge to address global warming during his inaugural address, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Henry Waxman launched a Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change that will provide a Congressional forum for discussions of solutions to global warming.

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