Hundreds march on state capitol to demand commitment to renewable energy

- FILE - Connecticut State Capitol (WTNH)

(WTNH)–About 360 people gathered at the State Capitol in Hartford on Saturday for a march and rally to oppose natural gas pipelines like the Access Northeast Pipeline, and to demand a renewed commitment to renewable energy.

350 Connecticut, the Connecticut Sierra Club and a broad coalition of environmental, labor, faith and social justice groups in Connecticut organized the march and rally to celebrate the recent decision by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection to take the massive natural gas expansion project “Access Northeast” off the table and demand an immediate transition to 100% clean renewable energy to benefit the residents of Connecticut.

The groups say the Access Northeast RFP cancellation will prevent a significant amount of greenhouse gas pollution from the Eversource/Enbridge project that would have undermined efforts to meet emission reduction targets. The project also would have passed ratepayers’ funds to private corporations through a mandatory subsidy or “pipeline tax”, according to the Connecticut Sierra Club.

“We are at a crossroads in Connecticut – either we are going to invest in clean energy and join the fight against global warming or we are going to make consumers pay billions of dollars for fracked gas pipelines we don’t need, we can’t afford and that emit harmful greenhouse gases,” said Ben Martin of 350 CT.

“We are here today to stand united against harmful fossil fuels and pipelines. We stand together to call on the State of Connecticut to lead the nation in renewable energy.”

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