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ClimateHoward blog by Elisabeth Hoffman 

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The Cove Point battle goes nationwide, with an article by Mike Tidwell and Bill McKibben in Politico.  
Helen Slottje, former corporate lawyer, wins world's largest environmental prize for her work against fracking in New York.   
HoCo Climate Change 
member Dan Helfrich 
created an online resource with information about climate change, how to reduce one's carbon footprint, and how to take action. 
If you are interested in showcasing your home or business to show others that it is possible to both live green and live well, please click here.


Steering Committee
Monday, May 5, 
7 p.m
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
Friday, May 16
1 p.m.

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

Advocacy Team
Monday, May 20, 
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 


Spring of Sustainability
Started Earth Day
April 22
On Earth Day and the following nine weeks: free on-line programs, including on climate change, community resilience, vanishing species and much more.  

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 New Discussion Circle 
Thursdays - 7 to 9 p.m.
 starting June 5 for eight sessions, 
 Kittamaqundi Community Church,
(Oliver's Carriage House)
Come to the introductory session on June 5 to learn more about this dynamic discussion circle. More info & sign up.
This circle connects the dots between three of society’s most pressing challenges and helps participants find pathways for powerful change.

We Need YOU to Stop Cove Point
The approval of the Cove Point LNG export facility would mean more fracking, pipelines, compressor stations, health hazards and community disruption throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It would also be a climate disaster. Here's a great fact sheet on liquefied fracked gas. 
May 15: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will release its environmental review for Cove Point, triggering a 30-day public comment period. We'll need your help to collect comments. 
May 31: FERC has agreed to hold only one public meeting about its environmental review for Cove Point -- probably Saturday, May 31, in Calvert County. We urge you to be there. Also, please write Sens. Cardin and Mikulski TODAY to urge them to keep fighting for statewide public hearings about this threat.
July 13: Rally and March to Stop Fracked Gas Exports - Stop Cove Point! Thousands of activists from around the region will march to FERC's headquarters in Washington, DC.
Visit our website for more dates.
 Wind Power at Risk
Ask Governor O'Malley to veto HB 1168 
In the last hours of the session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 1168, which imposes an arbitrary 15-month moratorium on land-based utility-scale wind power near Patuxent River Naval Air Station in southern Maryland. The Navy and the Great Bay Wind Energy Center are negotiating about this project, and there's no reason to believe an agreement can't be worked out. Article herePlease urge Governor O'Malley to veto this bill.
Wind Power for Your Home
or Apartment
Anyone who pays an electricity bill in Maryland or DC  can switch their home or apartment to 100% wind sourced energy and save money on their utility bill through Groundswell's special, negotiated offer with 
Washington Gas & Electric Service (WGES).
Sign-up for the most affordable price for 100% wind energy available on the market. Groundswell will make a $10 donation to HoCo Climate Change for everyone from our community who signs up for this program. More info at Groundswell’s FAQs or contact 240-342-6193 or
Deadline is May 23 
'Years of Living Dangerously'
Watch the first episode on YouTube. 
Journalists, scientists and Hollywood stars (Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon and others) illustrate and document climate change around the globe. Democracy Now discusses the film hereThe nine-part Showtime series continues on SundayOrganizing for Action plans a showing Tuesday, May 6, 7- 9 p.m. Details here.

Local Events
Primary Candidate Forums
 League of Women Voters of Howard County
 2014 Primary Election Forum
 State Legislative Races
May 12, 5 - 9:30 p.m.
Howard Community College, Smith Theatre 
More Info
Maryland & DC Events
Wednesday, May 7
Rally against fast tracking of the corporate power grab, aka the Trans Pacific Partnership, 1:30 p.m.
Upper Senate Park, Washington, DC Details here.
Thursday, May 8
Call-in day to get the EPA to reopen fracking water pollution investigations in Dimock, Pa., and elsewhere. On that day, call  888-661-3342  for a prompt on what to say; then you will be connected to the EPA. 
Saturday, May 10
Maryland Sierra Club Natural Gas Committee
strategy meeting, noon - 4 p.m., 
Compton Hall, Frostburg State University.
Register here.
Saturday, May 17
 Hands Across the Sand & Land: Stop KXL & Offshore Drilling. Rallies for a clean energy future
Sunday, May 18
Groundswell Rising film and discussion, 1 p.m., 
All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard Street NW, Washington, DC. Details here.
Sunday, May 18
 Climate Refugees film and discussion
6:45 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St NW, Washington, DC.  Details here.
 Find more events on our website.
HoCo Climate Change members save energy by carpooling. Email us to start or join a carpool.

Climate Change News

  • Supreme Court upholds EPA's authority to control air pollution that drifts across state lines. 
  • An assistant fire chief resigns over safety concerns at the proposed Cove Point fracked-gas export facility. 
  • Texas family awarded $3 million in nation's first fracking trial.
  • Huge methane leaks add doubt on gas as "bridge fuel."
  • Coal company unlawfully polluted West Virginia water, federal judge rules.
  • Thousands rally with the Cowboy Indian Alliance to urge Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
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