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The wrong people are being arrested

photo by Erik McGregor
More than 80 people were arrested this month during five days of peaceful protests at Cove Point and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. On the first day (photo above), protesters blocked the main FERC entrance with a miniature town and giant portraits of families harmed by FERC's rubberstamping of compressor stations, export facilities and pipelines for fracked gas. Read about these Beyond Extreme Energy actions here, herehereherehere and here. In addition, nearly 50 people have been arrested at Seneca Lake in New York for blocking the entrance to a FERC-approved fracked-gas storage facility being built in abandoned salt caverns. Biologist Sandra Steingraber and two others refused to pay the fine and were sentenced to 15 days in jail this week. Protesters show up almost daily to block the gates of the site and eventually are arrested. Meanwhile, these extreme energy companies continue to damage our air, water, land and climate. 
More BXE actions are planned Dec. 1 to 3, with training Nov. 30. No experience needed. For updates, sign the pledge to resist Dominion's fracked-gas export plant here and follow on Facebook here. Worth noting: FERC Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur recently said that it's not her agency's job to consider proposed projects' effect on climate change. Also, mere weeks after starting operations at its Myersville compressor station, Dominion says it will ask FERC to add a second compressor at the site. 
photo by Wendy Lynne Lee

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Foward with 40%: Double Maryland's Clean Power by 2025

More than half of Maryland’s electricity still comes from carbon-spewing fossil fuels: coal, oil and fracked gas. These dirty fuels are bad for our health, our economy, our climate, and our energy security. Our state is the nation's third most vulnerable to sea-level rise driven by climate change and has the worst air quality on the East Coast, so we need to act swiftly to curb our dependence on fossil fuels. 
More clean electricity for Maryland will improve our health, create jobs, protect the climate, and make the electricity grid more reliable, even during huge storms.
Tell the Maryland Legislature: Let's Double our Renewable Energy!
More info here.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015  
Rally on first day of legislature to support 40 percent RPS, tentatively at 11 a.m. in Annapolis
location & time TBD 

Still More To Do

Fight the proposed Exelon-Pepco merger: We joined other organizations around the state to oppose this proposed merger, which would give Exelon a near monopoly and hamper our transition to clean energy. Info here and letter of opposition here. This merger must get approval from the DC and Maryland Public Service Commissions. Stay tuned. 
ClimateHoward blog
by Elisabeth Hoffman 
the fracking rebellion
Help us Start a circle

Check out all the topics here

Advocacy Team
Monday, Dec. 8
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Steering Committee
Tuesday, Dec. 16
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
at Charlie's house.
Email Charlie
if you plan to attend


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Maryland & DC Events
Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission meetings
 Tuesday, Nov. 25,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Continuing Education Building Rooms CE 12-14, Allegany College of Maryland, 12401 Willowbrook Road SE, Cumberland
Third Annual Symposium On Environmental Justice And
Environmental Health Disparities In Maryland And DC
Dec. 6 and Dec. 7
  8:30 a.m. -   3 p.m.
UMD Stamp Student Union, College Park
FREE. Sign up for one or both days; note space is limited so sign up soon.. 
Draft agenda here includes  environmental impacts of coal and fracking, organizing for climate justice and more.

Stop Crude-by-Rail in Baltimore
East Baltimore: Thursday, Dec. 11, 7 - 8:30 p.m.   
Texas-based Targa Resources has filed a permit to construct a crude oil shipping facility at Fairfield Peninsula, putting thousands from Baltimore at risk of spill or explosion. The people of South Baltimore are fighting back against this dirty energy plan. Learn how you can help keep North Dakota crude oil and Canadian tar sands out of Baltimore. Sign up here. See article on earlier town hall here.
 Find more events on our website.
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Home Energy Audit

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Get a Home Performance energy audit with greeNEWit, a local Howard County company, for $100 (a $400 value) and HoCo Climate Change can receive a $40 referral fee. (Please be sure to list us as the referring group.)
For more information, please visit greeNEWit and schedule a FREE consultation

Climate Change News

  • By one vote, the U.S. Senate fails to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • The United States and China, the world’s two biggest contributors to climate change, have struck a deal to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The U.S. Forest Service approves fracking in a portion of the George Washington National Forest, the largest national forest on the East Coast.
  • Denton, Texas, becomes the first city in the state to ban fracking, when 59 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of the initiative. Now, the town is being sued
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