|Time to Mobilize
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Emergency Climate Conference Call
Let's say this right now: We need each other more than ever. And we will need to think bigger and do more than ever. The federal headwinds are stronger, but we are mobilizing and our goal is unchanged: Shift as quickly as possible to energy that protects all communities and all life on our planet. In Maryland, two things must happen to boost that goal:
1) Override Gov. Hogan's veto
of the clean-energy jobs act.
2) Ban fracking
Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Organized by CCAN
Legislative conference call
Learn about next steps in our region to resist President-elect Trump's anti-democratic, pro-pollution agenda. Get updates about protests, pipelines, fracking and more. Register for the call.
Bill McKibben will be on the call, too. CCAN will send you a recording if you can’t be on the call.
Jan 9, 7 p.m.
Organized by Sierra Club
Get the latest scoop on legislation to ban fracking in Maryland and other priority bills for the 2017 General Assembly session. Hear from Sierra Club's new ban-fracking organizer in Western Maryland. RSVP
to receive call-in number.
... and get answers at the legislative luncheon
Saturday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m.
Lunch and Q&A
with Howard County's Delegation
the League of Women Voters Howard County
First Lutheran Church, Ellicott City
Get your questions ready for members of Howard County's delegation to Annapolis. Bring a dish to serve eight people to get in free.
Questions: Betsy Singer 443-812-2525.
Help Override Gov. Hogan's Veto
of the Clean Energy Jobs Act
Governor Hogan vetoed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, legislation that would expand Maryland’s use of solar and wind power, create thousands of well-paying jobs, and help thousands of Maryland households get electricity from solar energy.
Sierra Club and CCAN have created links so you can easily email your state representatives and ask that they override the veto. Sierra Club's is here
, CCAN's is here
Using your address, find your state delegates and senator here
. Then let them know -- more than once -- why you want them to support a ban on fracking in Maryland. Ask them to sign this letter supporting a ban on fracking.
The Baltimore Sun editorial board also backs a ban on fracking
Without action in the General Assembly during the session that runs Jan. 11 to April 10, our 30-month fracking moratorium will expire in October and these sorry regulations
will go into effect. An article about the rally and joint legislative hearing on those regs is here
. The latest study, out of fracked West Virginia, finds that even the noise from fracking operations hurts nearby residents
This statewide poll
of Maryland voters shows broad public support for permanently banning fracking. This poll echos a Washington Post poll
that found a similar strong majority opposes
fracking in Maryland.
Keep in mind that industry needs many major new pipelines to move all this fracked gas around, including to export from the still-being-built factory at Cove Point
. (In fact, no surprise here, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) just ruled that the Atlantic Coast
and Atlantic Sunrise
pipelines are super fine for the environment.)
Pipelines everywhere are facing resistance
, because of the dangers they bring and because each one keeps us tied to fossil fuels for another 40 to 50 years. (One pipeline would go under the historic C&O Canal and the Potomac River C&O Canal and Potomac River west of Hancock, MD. Write the National Park Service
to stop the fracked gas pipeline. The Mountain Valley pipeline will cross the Appalachian Trail. Get details and say no to that one here