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Maryland is FRACK-FREE 
Maryland got on the right side of climate history April 4, when Gov. Larry Hogan signed the fracking ban bill. Maryland is the first state sitting on shale deposits to pass a ban through the legislature. (New York's governor passed a ban through executive order. Vermont's legislature passed a ban in 2012 but doesn't have shale reserves.) This huge win shows the power of people speaking up and speaking often. But we are not tired of winning yet.  Now we can shift our focus to energy efficiency (the real “bridge fuel”), renewable energy, and environmental and climate justice. See coverage of the ban signing here, here,  here and here
Our allies in Pennsylvania, the canaries whose warning we heeded, are already pointing to Maryland's successful campaign in hopes of getting their governor to put residents' and environmental health before industry profits. 
Since our last eblast a month ago, residents across the state continued to push for the ban. On March 16, 13 fractivists, including faith leaders, Western Marylanders and a member of HoCo Climate Action, were arrested for civil disobedience at the State House while calling on the Senate to pass the ban.

The next day, the governor surprised everyone by indicating his support for the ban, clearing the way for the Senate, on March 27, to vote 36-10 for the ban. Thanks to Howard County Sens. Guy Guzzone of District 13 and Ed Kasemeyer of District 12 for voting for the ban. Sen. Gail Bates, District 9, opposed the ban despite many discussions with her constituents. Thanks to all who emailed and called legislators, marched and attended meetings, posted on FB and Twitter, and sent in comments. Read Food & Water Watch's short history, with lessons learned, of our fracking BAN movement. Be sure to view Dr. Gina Angiola's MPT interview about fracking's harms and the need to shift quickly from fossil fuels.
HoCo Climate Action Fundraiser
Tino's Italian Bistro & Wine Bar 
8775 Centre Park Dr., Columbia 

   Wednesday, April 26, All Day 
Eat great Italian food and support HoCo Climate Action at the same time by dining on Wednesday, April 26, at Tino's Italian Bistro.
Tino's will donate 10 percent of the proceeds on this day to HoCo Climate Action. This includes dine in, carry-out and delivery. Get your family and friends together for good food and a good cause!
People's Climate Movement
First 100 Days
Fight for Climate, Jobs and Justice 

Saturday, April 29  

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To avoid standing in line: Get a Metro card in advance from Metro or Sierra Club.
Email us to carpool or
Carpool through Sierra Club of Howard County

HoCo Climate Action 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
6:30 p.m.

at Tino's Italian Bistro 
Email HoCoCA
if you plan to attend so we can reserve enough seats.
Circle Committee
March for Science
Earth Day, April 22
9 a.m., Washington, DC

These science organizations have endorsed the march. 

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. Click HERE to sign up for an hour or two.

 Offshore Wind

 Comments due TODAY, April 7
Let the Public Service Commission know you want offshore wind in Maryland. Let's be a leader in this clean energy. Sign this petition or this one to PSC members. Unfortunately, the PSC doesn't accept comments via email, so signing a petition TODAY is the only way to go. You can personalize the petition comments. 

Thanks to your support, the energy efficiency bill became law Thursday. Governor Hogan let it take effect without his signature. 

Sunday, April 23

 2 - 4:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia

Dr. Patricia Tull of Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light will discuss "More than Politics: Ecological Action as our Moral Imperative."



"Before the Flood" screening 
Thursday, April 13, 7 - 9 p.m.
Miller Library
9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City

Sierra Club will lead a discussion about the People''s Climate March after showing Leonardo DiCaprio's film.
Details here (scroll down to event).  
Fired Up and Ready To Go
April 19, 6-8 p.m.
2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore

 Join our allies at Maryland Environmental Health Network and 2640docs for a discussion moderated by Marc Steiner, a film preview, and a photo project.
Facebook event page.

Wind Power through Group Power 

Through a group-negotiated offer by Groundswell with WGL Energyyou can switch to 100 percent wind power -- for your home, apartment or business -- at the lowest price available. Groundswell is a nonprofit that has empowered more than 4,000 families and organizations to support wind-generated energy. Enrollment is easy: There’s no equipment to install and you’ll still receive one electric bill each month. It is the easiest way to fight climate change and lower your carbon footprint. For more information about switching to clean renewable wind power, please visit our Cut Carbon page.
Please indicate HoCo Climate Action as referral.
Important Renewal Information
If you signed up with Groundswell previously and your WGL contract is up for renewal, please visit this Renewal Information document.
FERC doesn't work
Any day now, President Trump will nominate commissioners to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). With only two members on the commission since Feb. 3, it is without a quorum and can't approve more fracked-gas pipelines and other infrastructure. And that's a good thing. One of the nominees being considered, Robert Powelson of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, called those who fight pipelines part of the "jihad."  Here are four things you can do: 
  • Call your senators: Urge Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen to vote NO on Trump's FERC nominations and to investigate FERC's cozy ties to industry. Click here for more information.
  • April 10 - 21:  Recess Lobby Week: Visit your senators' district offices to call on them to vote NO on Trump's FERC nominations and to investigate FERC's ties to industry. Click here for tips on messaging and organizing district office visits.
  • All of April: Write letters to the editor about the FERC nominations. Click here for tips and a template letter.
  • All of April, Direct Action Interest Form: Prepare to take action in Washington, DC., when Trump announces his nominees. Use this interest form to sign up for updates.
More than 100 organizations, including our allies at Beyond Extreme Energy and Delaware Riverkeeper, are joining the campaign to block FERC appointments and investigate 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.   

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HoCo Climate Action has partnered with Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) to achieve non-profit status. Donations are tax-deductible.

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