Retire the Bridgeport Coal Power Plant

This Saturday, August 4th rally with Climate Summer and the Healthy CT Alliance to CALL FOR THE RETIREMENT of one of the dirtiest and most unjust plants in the nation – Bridgeport Harbor Station. We are calling for a transition to SAFE, RENEWABLE, JUST, and HEALTHY energy for Bridgeport, and for the rest of Connecticut. 

11:45 AM @ Seaside Park, the Beach on the Corner of Barnum Dyke and Soundview Drive

Join us in participating in Hands Across the Sand, a worldwide gathering against offshore oil drilling.  Hold hands by the coast of Connecticut in support of clean energy, water, and air. There is an entrance fee for cars: we suggest that you park your vehicle outside of the entrance of Seaside Park and walk in.  Please try to arrive by 11:45 AM so that we are fully assembled by noon.

1 PM @ City Lights Gallery, 37 Markle Court

Hear stories from neighbors and community leaders on the personal, local, and global impacts of coal. Share your own thoughts and questions.  Light refreshments will be served.  We begin our march to the Coal Plant here.

Approx. 1:30-3 PM @ Downtown to Bridgeport Harbor Station

Take a stand against dirty, deadly, energy and march with us through downtown Bridgeport!  We will stop at City Hall and finish the march with a rally at the Bridgeport Harbor Coal Plant.

Monthly Social Event: Bike/Hike

Monthly Social Event: Bike/Hike

When      Sat, July 28, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Where     Beginning of the Canal Trail in New Haven at 9AM
                 Base of the Tower Trail at Sleeping Giant, Hamden CT at 10:30AM (map)
Description          Meet us at 9 AM at the beginning of the Canal Trail in New Haven, CT for a bike ride to Sleeping Giant. Meet us at 10:30 AM at the base of the Tower Trail at Sleeping Giant in Hamden, CT for a hike to the Tower, followed by a picnic (bring your own snacks!).
Map of the ride:

Tar Sands Free NE Action Announcement

On Wednesday, July 25 350 CT will be marking the anniversary of the tar sands oil spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River with 2 events in hopes of preventing a similar tragedy in New England and anywhere else.  Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. is proposing reversing the flow on the Line 9 and the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line to carry tar sands bitumen through New England for export around the world.  Doing so would corrode the pipeline to a point that a similar (or worse) spill is almost inevitable.

Event #1: We will be at the City Seed farmers market in New Haven from 11:00AM – 3:00 PM distributing information about Enbridge’s proposals, the damage tar sands does to land and water and enlisting support in convincing our legislators that exploiting tar sands are not in the national interest.

Event #2:  We will be joined by the Climate Summer Riders for a bike ride to show our opposition to the tar sands and that transportation is possible without oil.

    1. Leave New Haven Green at 5:00 (or so) for a ride around to city (route to be determined)
    2. Wear black.  I know it may be hot but we want to signify the near assurance that pipelines that carry bitumen from tar sands corrode and cause spills and water pollution
    3. Attach black streamers or signs to your bike to simulate the large damage that these spills would cause.

If you can join us at these events, help out or have questions please contact <[email protected]>.

For more info check out

350CT Leadership Elections

As many of you know, we are in the midst of an exciting transition.  At our last meeting on May 29 we discussed and approved the structure for the new leadership team, as well as a process to vote for said leadership team.

Kelly Forbush was voted to be our official election coordinator.

1. Collect Nominations (by June 16)
If you want to nominate yourself for a position on the leadership team, email Kelly a brief blurb about why you want to fill that position and what skills you will bring to the position.

If you want to nominate someone for a position, email Kelly the person’s name and contact information. (I’ll contact them to check that they are interested in the position and ask them to write a blurb)

2. Publish Nominations (on June 18)
Blurbs for all the candidates will be emailed to the 350CT listserv for viewing and absentee voting

3. Vote for our Leadership Team (June 26)

Please save the date for our really important 350CT leadership team elections meeting.

Tuesday, June 26
Start time: 6:30 PM
End time: by 9pm, hopefully earlier.
Location: TBD, in New Haven

If you want to vote on the leadership team, but end up not being able to come to the meeting, you will be able to cast your vote by emailing or calling Kelly at least 24hrs before the meeting. (I need time to compile absentee votes)
To vote you must have attended at least one other 350CT meeting.

Please write “350CT Elections” in the subject of you email.

350CT Summer Kickoff

350CT Summer Kickoff
Come to a happy hour to relax and celebrate the beginning of summer.  We’ll have very short check-ins about our various campaigns, but this night is mostly social. Comfy chairs, a collection of games, couches, and neat artwork on the walls. If you are interested in buying food or drink, they have sandwiches, deserts, tea, fairtrade coffee, and wine and beer. (no need to buy something though)

Wednesday, May 23
7:00 – 9:00pm
Koffee? on Audubon
104 Audubon St
New Haven, Connecticut

350 Connecticut Disappointed in Failure of Oil Efficiency Legislation

350 Connecticut Disappointed in Failure of Oil Efficiency Legislation
Without Quick Action, 48% of Homes in State to Lose Access to State’s Efficiency Programs
HARTFORD – In the yearly flurry of activity on the last day of the Connecticut legislative session, a major issue slipped through the cracks: allowing heating oil customers access to state efficiency programs. At a time when all Connecticut residents are trying to save money on energy, fuel oil customers (48% of homes) are at a severe disadvantage. They are about to lose access to efficiency assistance programs that are available to natural gas or electric heat customers, because of the way these programs are funded.

This inequity would have been corrected by proposed legislation including Senate Bill 415 and Senate Bill 450. Efforts to provide reliable access to efficiency programs and to improve the structure of efficiency funds were supported by 350 Connecticut, other statewide environmental advocacy groups, energy efficiency businesses and private citizens. Unfortunately, ongoing negotiations among legislators meant that no compromise energy bill was finalized before the clock ran out on the 2012 legislative session Wednesday night.

Teresa Eickel, member of 350 Connecticut and executive director of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, testified in support of the policy at a public hearing. “This legislation will not only save Connecticut residents hundreds of dollars per year, it will also secure jobs for economic growth,” she said at the time. Owners and employees of home performance businesses testified that expanding access to and funding for state efficiency programs would enable them to hire more workers, while restricting access might force them to lay off workers–especially in areas of the state where oil is the predominant heating fuel.

Although the legislature failed to deal with this issue in regular session, there is still time to give oil customers access to these programs before funding runs out. “Our senators, representatives and governor need to act quickly,” said Laura McMillan, a member of 350 Connecticut’s Global Warming Solutions Act working group. “Providing all state residents with access to programs like Home Energy Solutions will help their constituents to save money, protect skilled jobs in the home performance sector, and reduce Connecticut’s carbon footprint.”

Shut down the Bridgeport Coal Power Plant

Join 350CT in calling on PSEG’s CEO Ralph Izzo to give Bridgeport’s children and elderly clean air to breathe by retiring the plant and revitalizing the community.

WHEN:    Monday, May 14, 2012
6:30 P.M. (public comments to begin at 8:00 P.M. sharp)

WHERE:   Bridgeport City Hall Annex
999 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

WHY:       Harbor Station is an outdated 44-year old coal plant that lacks the proper pollution safeguards! It is a major source of soot, smog, and climate-disrupting pollution. In fact, it’s been cited as one of the top 10 environmental justice offenders in the U.S. The power plant releases pollutants that contribute to 4 of the 5 leading causes of death in the U.S.: stroke, heart disease, respiratory diseases, and cancer. 14.9% of school-aged kids in the Bridgeport school district have asthma, higher than the national average. While the health risks are greatest within a 3-mile radius of the plant, studies show that everyone within 30 miles of the plant is at risk.
CT would be the 1st state in the U.S. to rid itself of all its coal plants once PSEG retires it! Help us create a clean, safe, and renewable energy future for the state.

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NoKXL Victory Party Tue 7pm in New Haven

Hi All,

Many of you have heard by now of the huge victory we had in our fight against the Keystone XL pipeline: President Obama sent the project back to the drawing board and blocked it for a year with strong words about re-evaluating the route and the climate impacts of a pipeline like this.

This is a huge win for us!  It’s not perfect, it’s not final, and it’s got some politics embedded in it, but in our movement we’ve also got to take a moment every now and then and call it like it is: we worked HARD to fight this and won on some really important pieces.  A year from now TransCanada will have lost thousands or millions on the project, it may lose its backers, it may have to change its route, and the State Dept may have to admit that building a pipeline like this is a climate change disaster in the first place.  No matter what, we’ll be back and stronger than ever to continue to fight for justice for people and our planet.

So come celebrate with us!

NoKXL Victory Party, tomorrow night Tue 11/15 at 7pm at BAR @ 254 Crown St, New Haven, CT.  BAR has great pizza and brews some tasty beer.  We’ll be in the back room — ask at the front if you can’t find it.  Bring some money for pizza, and come ready to hang with some stellar, hard-working people.

A special thanks to Diane who booked us the space at BAR and did some great organizing on this Tar Sands project.


In endless appreciation,

Justin and the 350 CT Organizers



———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Bill McKibben, <[email protected]>

Date: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Subject: BIG NEWS: We won. You won.


Incredible news: the President just delayed the decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, effectively killing the project! This is an amazing victory for our movement, and a demonstration of people power in action. But we can’t back down now — we need to pledge to take this fight forward, and stand up to Keystone and other tar sands projects as we take this movement forward.


Dear Friends,

Um, we won. You won.

Not completely. The President didn’t outright reject the Keystone XL pipeline permit. My particular fantasy — that he would invite the 1253 people arrested on his doorstep in August inside the gates for a victory picnic by the vegetable garden — didn’t materialize.

But a few minutes ago the President sent the pipeline back to the State Department for a thorough re-review, which most analysts are saying will effectively kill the project. The president explicitly noted climate change, along with the pipeline route, as one of the factors that a new review would need to assess. There’s no way, with an honest review, that a pipeline that helps speed the tapping of the world’s second-largest pool of carbon can pass environmental muster.

And he has made clear that the environmental assessment won’t be carried out by cronies of the pipeline company — that it will be an expert and independent assessment. We will watch that process like hawks, making sure that it doesn’t succumb to more cronyism. Perhaps this effort will go some tiny way towards cleaning up the Washington culture of corporate dominance that came so dramatically to light here in emails and lobbyist disclosure forms.

It’s important to understand how unlikely this victory is. Six months ago, almost no one outside the pipeline route even knew about Keystone XL. One month ago, a secret poll of “energy insiders” by the National Journal found that “virtually all” expected easy approval of the pipeline by year’s end. As late as last week the CBC reported that Transcanada was moving huge quantities of pipe across the border and seizing land by eminent domain, certain that its permit would be granted. A done deal has come spectacularly undone.

Our movement spoke loudly about climate change and the President responded. There have been few even partial victories about global warming in recent years so that makes this an important day. We need to let the president and oil companies know that we’re ready to take action should they try to push this pipeline through in a couple of years. There’s a pledge to take bold action against the pipeline up on our site, and I’ll be keeping your names an emails safely stored away so that you’ll be the first to know about anything we need to do down the road.

Please sign the pledge here.

The President deserves thanks for making this call — it’s not easy in the face of the fossil fuel industry and its endless reserves of cash. The deepest thanks, however, go to you: to indigenous peoples who began the fight, to the folks in Nebraska who rallied so fiercely, to the scientists who explained the stakes, to the environmental groups who joined with passionate common purpose, to the campuses that lit up with activity, to the faith leaders that raised a moral cry, to the labor leaders who recognized where our economic future lies, to the Occupy movement that helped galvanize revulsion at insider dealing, and most of all to the people in every state and province who built the movement that made this decision inevitable.

Our fight, of course, is barely begun. Some in our movement will say that this decision is just politics as usual: that the President wants us off the streets — and off his front lawn — until after the election, at which point the administration can approve the pipeline, alienating its supporters without electoral consequence. The president should know that If this pipeline proposal somehow reemerges from the review process we will use every tool at our disposal to keep it from ever being built; if there’s a lesson of the last few months, both in our work and in the Occupy encampments around the world, it’s that sometimes we have to put our bodies on the line.

In the meantime, since federal action will be in abeyance for a long stretch, we need to figure out how best to support our Canadian brothers and sisters, who are effectively battling against proposed pipelines west from the tar sands to the Pacific. And we need to broaden our work to take on all the forms of ‘extreme energy’ now coming to the fore: mountaintop removal coal mining, deepsea oil drilling, fracking for gas and oil. We’ll keep sending you updates; you keep letting us know what we need to do next.

Last week, scientists announced that the planet had poured a record amount of CO2

into the atmosphere last year; that’s a sign of how desperate our battle is. But we take courage from today’s White House announcement; it gives us some clues about how to fight going forward.

And I simply can’t say thank you enough. I know, because of my own weariness, how hard so many of you have worked. It was good work, done in the right spirit, and it has secured an unlikely victory. You are the cause of that victory; you upended enormous odds.

I’m going to bed tired tonight. But I’ll get up in the morning ready for the next battle, more confident because I know you’re part of this fight too.


Bill McKibben for the Team

P.S. Victories need to be shared. Let’s make this one fly all over the web: share it on Twitter here and share it on Facebook here.




U.S. to Delay Decision on Pipeline Until After Election – The New York Times




Tar Sands: guide for the weekend

Hi All,

here’s some key info for the weekend, including stuff on social media, photos, etc.  Please read carefully and keep this handy.


11/6 Tar Sands CT Contingent Info

Don’t forget to set back your clocks on Saturday night. Don’t forget to set back your clocks on Saturday night. Don’t forget to set back your clocks on Saturday night.

We’ll all meet and rally together at 1:30pm at the Northeast corner of Lafayette Square Park in DC ( Look for our “CT against KXL” signs and Justin or Diane.  Spread the word to other CT folks.

A huge part of what we’re doing is about telling the story about the Tar Sands action and this dirty oil pipeline to the rest of the world, and social media is a BIG part of that.  If you’re the type that tweets/posts on the go, make sure you catch the info below. If you’re not, there are still some important things here.


When you tweet use the #350ct and #NoKXL hashtags (eg The tar sands action is amazing. 4000 people around the White House! #350ct #NoKXL)

follow @350ct

follow @justinhaaheim if you like

If you’d like to get our 350CT updates on your cell phone, text follow 350CT to 40404.



Like 350CT by going to

Post photos, updates, stories, media to 350 Connecticut’s wall or tag 350 Connecticut in the pictures.



Send to [email protected] during or after the event. Put the title of the photo in the subject line, and put “Photo: <your name>” and a description in the body.  Do not include personal messages as they get posted directly to Flickr.



Justin’s phone: —, txt is best

Diane’s phone: —, only calls

Please use discretion and only contact us if it’s necessary. If anything comes up, we’ll try to keep updated.



Check for pictures, updates, media

Write an op ed!

Share this with your friends.


11/6 Tar Sands Action – we’re taking a bus to DC


The project to build the Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline is poised to be a monumental human and environmental disaster, and we have the chance to stop it.  That’s why 63 of us from Connecticut (and counting) are traveling to Washington DC on Sunday 11/6 for the Tar Sands Action to surround the White House and make our voices heard, and I want you to join us.

You can sign up at, and you should do that even if you’re not planning on taking the bus so we can tally and organize the CT Contingent.  Read more below.  Help spread the word by liking and sharing this post on Facebook and passing this email on to friends and family.  Watch this amazing youtube video with David Strathairn to learn or remember why we’re doing this in the first place.  And write to us at [email protected] with any questions.

See you soon.

Justin, Diane and the 350 Connecticut Organizers


11/6 CT Contingent to the Tar Sands Action in Washington DC (

On November 6th, activists from all over the country will be gathering in Washington D.C. to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline as part of the Tar Sands Action (, and we want you to join the Connecticut contingent ( Holding signs reminding President Obama of his campaign pledges, demonstrators will encircle the White House, urging him to reject the Tar Sands pipeline.

The Keystone XL pipeline is a massive project that, if built, will carry oil from the Tar Sands of Alberta, Canada down to the Gulf Coast and will carry 700,000 barrels of highly toxic crude oil per day through some of the world’s greatest environmental treasures, including Yellowstone Park and the Ogallala aquifer. The Tar Sands in Alberta are one of the most dangerous, environmentally devastating ways of harvesting oil from the earth, and the pipeline will have the capacity to carry so much oil that Dr. James Hansen, one of the world’s most respected climate scientists, has said that going through with the project is essentially “game over” for the climate, as our our climate is already unstable and being pushed past dangerous tipping points. Think of the Keystone XL pipeline as the fuse to a giant carbon bomb.

A donor to has offered to subsidize a bus for CT demonstrators to go to the protest, traveling there and back will cost only $10. The bus will leave New Haven at 6:00am and return the same day by 11:00pm. The cost is $10 if you pay before October 28 and $20 if you pay after October 28. We recommend you RSVP and pay as soon as possible, so that we can give an accurate headcount to the bus company. If you would like to reserve a seat on the bus, please visit to sign up. Feel free to contact Diane Lentakis at [email protected] with questions.