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HoCo Climate Change is among more than 100 organizations calling for a long-term fracking moratorium. Click here to view the position statement and list of organizations. Try to attend one or both committee hearings for the moratorium bills: 
Tuesday, March 3, 1 p.m., Senate bill 409
Wednesday, March 11, 1 p.m., House bill 449   
All of District 13's delegation have signed on as bill co-sponsors for the moratorium - Sen. Guy Guzzone and Delegates Shane Pendergrass, Frank Turner and Vanessa Atterbeary as well as District 12 Delegates Clarence Lam, Terri Hill and Eric Ebersole. Please thank them.
Please urge Delegate Flanagan (District 9B), Delegates Trent Kittleman and Warren Miller (9A), Sen. Gail Bates (District 9) and Sen. Edward Kasemeyer (District 12) to support the long-term fracking moratorium.
Fracking harms health, property values, tourism, farms, pets, air, water and climate. Fracking has something for people of all political persuasions to oppose. Please note that a bill first must be voted out of its originating committee. Delegate Flanagan is on the key House Environment and Transportation Committee, and Sen. Bates is on the key Senate Education, Health and Environmental Afrairs Committee. Please contact them.   
2015 Priority Issues
Check out HoCo Climate Change’s priorities and figure out what you can do to make change happen.  
Maryland & DC Events
Move Maryland Forward with Clean Energy 
Rally and Lobby Night 

Monday, Feb. 23, 5 - 8 p.m.  Annapolis

Lobby Day Training and Registration: 5 to 6 p.m.
Lobby Visits: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Rally: 7 - 8 p.m.

Join us for the biggest climate rally and lobby night of the year. Tell Maryland lawmakers: DOUBLE wind and solar by passing the Clean Energy Advancement Act! 
Details and sign up!
Committee Hearings:
Friday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. HB 377
Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. SB 373
Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis
Tuesday, Feb. 17,  7 - 9 p.m.
Annapolis Friends Meeting 
Meeting with Betsy and Ruth Alice from HoCo Climate Change. Others from HoCo Climate Change are encouraged to attend and share in the dialogue.  

Free KXL Protest Training in DC
Saturday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
This training will prepare participants for a peaceful direct action (with possible civil disobedience) if the State Department recommends approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Participants will be prepared to take an immediate local action. Preregistration is required for this free training. Space is limited. Contact Ted at, or (301)589-7598.

Rising Seas Forum 
Saturday, Feb. 21, 10:15 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Chesapeake College in Wye Mills

Forum includes expert panelists and keynote speaker Dr. Donald Boesch, professor of Marine Science and president of the University of Maryland Center for Environment Science. Sponsored by Chesapeake College and LWVMD. $35, $15 students - includes breakfast and lunch.  Flier 

Assessing Progress under California's AB 32 Cap-and-Trade Program: Carbon Pollution Reductions and Economic Growth.
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12:45 - 2 p.m. in DC or Webinar    Register required to attend in person in DC or view Webcast live 

Sierra Club Lobby Night
Monday,  March 2, 5 - 8 p.m. Annapolis
Meet with delegates and senators to discuss environmental issues you care about. You'll get assistance with information about issues, effective lobbying, and how to find the offices. Your voice makes a difference.
Details and Sign Up.
ClimateHoward blog
by Elisabeth Hoffman 
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the fracking rebellion

Don't Frack MD

Tell Congress - Don't Fast Track

Call or Email your legislator  
See which organizations
oppose the TPP & Fast Track

Tell the MD PSC
Reject the Merger

Advocacy Team
 Wednesday, Feb.25
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Steering Committee
Monday, March 30
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
Wednesday, Feb. 25
2 p.m.

at Florence's house.
Email Florence
if you plan to attend

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