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Crunch Time
March on Annapolis
to Ban Fracking Now

Thursday, March 2, 1- 3 p.m.
Asbury United Methodist Church
87 West St., Annapolis

Head for Annapolis for the March to Ban Fracking Now. Make a sign and help make this the BIGGEST, LOUDEST rally to ban fracking that our state legislators have ever seen. Please plan now. Take a few hours off from work, reschedule appointments, bring babies and toddlers, and arrange after-school care. Buses are coming from across the state. To carpool from Howard County, email (For updates, you can also text DONTFRACKMD to 69866)  
For inspiration:
Read Nadine Grabania's impassioned remarks at the Environmental Summit
Check out the #DontFrackMD mini-rally held before the State-of-the-State address.
Read about the 9,442 fracking complaints coming to light in Pennsylvania.

In the meantime, keep up the pressure on your legislators (here) at these events: 
  • Thursday, Feb. 9,  9:15 - 10:30 a.m., news conference and delivery of the thousands of fracking-ban petitions from residents across the state, Lawyers Mall, Annapolis.
  • Monday, Feb. 13, 5 - 8 p.m.: DontFrackMD coalition lobby night, in Annapolis. Sign up here.
  • Monday, Feb. 20, 5 - 8 p.m.: Lobby night organized by Sierra Club, in Annapolis.  Sign up here.   
  • Monday, Feb. 20, 6 - 8 p.m: District 9 Open House, President’s Conference Center, West II, Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St. Annapolis; RSVP to Sen. Bates' office, 410-841-3671. (District 9 legislators are: Sen. Gail Bates and Delegates Robert Flanagan, Trent Kittleman and Warren Miller.)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. Howard County Delegation public hearing on statewide issues, Banneker Room, George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City. Testify for fracking ban and support those testifying. Details here.
Use your address to find your state senator and delegates here. Then let them know why you want them to support a ban on fracking in Maryland. Ask them to sign this letter supporting a ban on fracking.  This week, Sen. Bobby Zirkin introduced his ban bill with 22 co-sponsors, including Sen. Guy Guzzone from District 13 in Howard County. The House of Delegates bill should be filed next week. District 12 Delegates Eric Ebersole, Terri Hill and Clarence Lam have already signed the letter indicating support. Please thank these legislators and urge others to join the ban campaign. Contact information for all legislators is here. (In addition, thank you to Howard County Councilman Jon Weinstein for signing the letter calling on legislators to back the ban.)
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. The Baltimore Sun editorial board also backs a ban on fracking.  
The Maryland Legislature has voted to override the governor's veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. Under this law, 25 percent of our electricity must come from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2020. Thanks to Sen. Guy Guzzone and Delegates Vanessa Atterbeary, Shane Pendergrass and Frank Turner (District 13); and Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, and Delegates Terri Hill, Clarence Lam and Eric Ebersole (District 12).
Please send an email or thank them (or send a note of disappointment to the NAYS) with this form. (Amazingly, some will get blowback for this vote.) Contact information for all legislators is here

HoCo Climate Change appreciates your support.

Advocacy Team
Tuesday, Feb. 28
7 p.m. 

at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 
Steering Committee
Wednesday, March 8
7 p.m.

at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
Write to the National Park Service to Stop Fracked Gas Pipeline
 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.
Food Insecurity,
Climate Change,
Racial Bias

Wesley Nexus Forum: Are Our Children At Risk?
Sunday, Feb. 12,
3 - 5 p.m.
   Baltimore-Washington Conference Mission Center
11711 East Market Place, Fulton 
The event will also
be live-streamed. 
 Instructions at 
 Details here.
Save the Date
March for Science
Earth Day, April 22
9 a.m., Washington DC
Save the Date
People's Climate Movement First 100 Days Fight for Climate, Jobs
and Justice.
Saturday, April 29  
Sign up for updates at 

  Change in program
Developing Personal Resilience
in Unsettling Times

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church 
 of Howard County 

The originally scheduled speaker, NOAA climate scientist Dr. Wayne Higgins, has been advised to "postpone his Earth Forum presentation until the climate policies of the new administration are established." Details about the new program will be coming soon here and here.

FERC doesn't work
In one of its final actions before losing a quorum, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Friday rammed through/approved the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Pennsylvania. Of course. This project includes an expanded compressor station in Howard County, so we are joined literally to our friends at Lancaster Against Pipelines, who will still fight this pipeline. Until Trump nominates at least one more commissioner, and he will be able to appoint three commissioners to the five-person panel, FERC will be unable to issue more approvals. Our allies at Beyond Extreme Energy are calling on U.S. senators to examine FERC's role in rubber-stamping the expansion of the fracked-gas industry. If you belong to an organization that wants to work on this, a sign-on letter is here.

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