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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.
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 here
. Please urge Governor O'Malley to veto this bill.
Wind Power for Your Home
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
Washington Gas & Electric Service (WGES).
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 here
. The nine-part Showtime series continues on Sunday. Organizing for Action plans a showing Tuesday, May 6, 7- 9 p.m. Details here.
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
Maryland & DC Events
Wednesday, May 7
Rally against fast tracking of the corporate power grab, aka the Trans Pacific Partnership, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 8
Upper Senate Park, Washington, DC Details here.
Saturday, May 10
Maryland Sierra Club Natural Gas Committee
strategy meeting, noon - 4 p.m.,
Compton Hall, Frostburg State University.
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
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.