• Local Power Plant Gets Carbon Tax:  The Montgomery County Council passed a carbon tax bill May 19, which will impose a $5 tax for each ton of carbon dioxide produced by companies that produce more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide each year. Mirant is the only such firm in the county; its Dickerson power plant produces 3 million tons of CO2 a year.


  • Tuesday, May 25, 7-8:30 pm – Filmmaker Chris Palmer will talk about his new book, “Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom,” published by Sierra Club Books. He’ll also show clips from his wildlife films. Palmer is director of American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking. Event takes place at Bethesda Green, 4825 Cordell Ave., 2nd Floor, Bethesda, Md.
  • Wednesday, May 26, 6:30 pm – Journalist Heather Rogers will be at Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Street, NW, discussing and signing her new book, ‘Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution.’
  • Thursday, May 27, 7:30 pm – ReThink Montgomery — A. Michael Schaal, Director of Energy Information Administration’s Oil and Gas Division, will discuss energy and sustainability at Park and Planning Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring.