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House of Delegates says YES to fracking ban
The week after our HUGE march and rally in Annapolis, the House of Delegates passed its BAN FRACKING bill on a 97-40 bipartisan vote. Abundant thanks to our delegates in Howard County: Terry Hill, Eric Ebersole and Clarence Lam of District 12; Vanessa Atterbeary, Shane Pendergrass and Frank Turner of District 13;  and Robert Flanagan of District 9B. News coverage of the vote herehere, here and here -- and of a Western Maryland delegate's conflict of interest here

Now all eyes are on the Senate, where Senate Bill 740 languishes in committee. 
Be sure to call your state senator (Look up your senator)
District 9: Gail Bates at 410-841-3671
District 12:  Edward Kasemeyer at 410-841-3653.  
District 13: Guy Guzzone is a sponsor of the ban bill. Thank him at 410-841-3572

And, everyone, please call 
Senate President Mike Miller at 888-997-5380
He determines whether the ban bill gets a vote.  

Thursday, March 16, 9:30 a.m.
To make sure Senate leaders know we are serious about a BAN, faith leaders and western Maryland residents are planning peaceful civil disobedience on the steps of the State House on Thursday morning, March 16. The Facebook event page is hereAll are welcome to support this action
Every day, do one thing to help keep Maryland frack-free. If you haven't already, please sign and share the petition to ban fracking. Unless the General Assembly acts by April 10, our 30-month fracking moratorium will expire in October and these sorry regulations would go into effect. Read about life in one fracked PA township

Offshore Wind  
Public Hearings

 Annapolis , Thursday, March 30, 6 p.m.
  Berlin, Saturday, March 25, noon
The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has scheduled public hearings this month on two proposals for offshore wind projects off the Maryland coast. The PSC must approve any offshore wind proposal, but some commissioners are vocal opponents.
Get-the-details webinar
Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m.

Register for the webinar; Facebook event here.
Sign a petition to PSC members
FERC doesn't work
With only two members remaining, FERC (the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) is without a quorum and can't approve more fracked-gas pipelines and other infrastructure. And that's a good thing.
So we were very mystified to read the Congressman John Sarbanes signed a letter with others in Congress urging Trump to speedily appoint new members to FERC. Say, what? Please call Congressman Sarbanes at (202) 225-4016. Our allies at Beyond Extreme Energy are calling on U.S. senators to examine FERC's cozy ties to the fracked-gas industry before approving any appointments to this rubber-stamping agency. Please sign a petition to stop FERC appointments here. If you belong to an organization that wants to work on this, a sign-on letter is here.  Activists, aka protectors, will oppose any nominations to the commission in order to keep it paralyzed.
In one of its final actions before losing its a quorum on Feb. 3, FERC rushed through approvals for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Pennsylvania. Since then, Lancaster-area residents and their supporters have set up a Camp of Resistance at The Stand near Conestoga. Be sure to watch this great video and read Mark Clatterbuck's powerful op-ed about the #resistance to this pipeline. Note that this project includes an expanded compressor station in Howard County, so we are joined literally to our friends at Lancaster Against Pipelines, who are determined to fight this pipeline. Read this article about a report on the true costs of this pipeline and another about the community's fight
Tending Our Gardens: 
Gardens, Gardening,
Enough for All!
Time to Learn / Space to Grow

Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m.
First Presbyterian, Howard County

Learn about bee-keeping, raising chickens, developing a backyard habitat, attracting monarch butterflies, growing vegetables, creating beautiful flowerbeds and rain gardens, building bluebird boxes, and much more. Also included are door prizes and excellent munchies. Details here.

HoCo Climate Change appreciates your support.

Advocacy Team
Tuesday, April 18
7 p.m. 

at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 
Steering Committee
Wednesday, April 26
7 p.m.

at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
Merchants of Doubt 
Free film screening

 Thursday, March 16,
7 - 9 p.m.

  First Presbyterian Church
of Howard County
9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia  

Citizens Climate Lobby is sponsoring a free screening of Merchants of Doubt, a film based on the book of the same title by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. Their research reveals how special interests have undermined public confidence in science for more than five decades.These merchants of doubt manipulate debate on a range of health threats from tobacco to climate change. Email: here
Save the Date
March for Science
Earth Day, April 22
9 a.m., Washington, DC

These science organizations have endorsed the march. 
Save the Date

Visit our booth at Greenfest
Saturday, April 22 
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Burrill Galleria, Howard Community College

  GreenFest coincides with the March for Science, so we need volunteers to help us at our booth. To sign up for an hour or two, email us.

Save the Date
People's Climate Movement First 100 Days Fight for Climate, Jobs
and Justice.
Saturday, April 29  
Sign up for updates at 
Parks, Not Pipelines 
 Send a letter to National Park Service about your opposition to the proposed fracked-gas pipeline that will threaten the Potomac River and the National Park Service’s C&O Canal.
BAN polystyrene foam
Call on your legislators to back SB186 and HB229 that would ban polystyrene foam in food packaging and loose fill packaging.  Styrene is a llikely human carcinogen and is made from byproducts of fracked gas and oil. Read about the hazards of polystyrene in this op-ed by Dr. Richard Bruno 

Maryland Summit on Energy Democracy
and Affordability
Friday, March 24,  9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
John’s College, Annapolis
This builds on last year's Grid of the Future conference. Sign up for a day of local and out-of-state perspectives, expert panels, and roundtable discussions focused on how Maryland’s Grid of the Future can bring energy affordability, efficiency, responsiveness and resilience; climate and environmental protection; and public health and welfare. Location: John’s College, Francis Scott Key Auditorium and Lobby,  60 College Ave., Annapolis. Info here.  Register here.

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