Tell the EPA – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ARE part of the Climate Solution

Citizens from across the southeast are rallying in Atlanta today, July 29th, for Sold-Out Hearings for EPA Climate Plan as the Chamber of Commerce and Big Polluters Cry Wolf Over EPA Plan to Fight Climate Change and Protect Human Health.

Won’t you join them in solidarity and submit comments that Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ARE part of the Climate Solution (see sample talking points below).

Email A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov: Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 in the subject line of the message.

Thanks so much!

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President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Fact Sheet & link to full plan:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/25/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-climate-action-plan

 

News articles on anticipated EPA proposed carbon rules:

http://grist.org/climate-energy/heres-what-to-expect-from-obamas-big-new-climate-rules/

http://www.nrdc.org/air/pollution-standards/files/pollution-standards-report.pdf

http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/nation-world-news/epa-readying-climate-rule-existing-power-plants-deadline-approaches

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/20/epa-power-plant_n_5356784.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-22/obama-divides-power-players-with-rule-utilities-accept.html

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/30/3442251/carbon-pollution-rule-attacks/

P.S. Want to submit a quick comment? Click on Tell President Obama and the EPA you support strong climate action!

Tell the EPA – Fracking is NOT part of the Climate Solution

Citizens from across the southeast are rallying in Atlanta today, July 29th, for Sold-Out Hearings for EPA Climate Plan as the Chamber of Commerce and Big Polluters Cry Wolf Over EPA Plan to Fight Climate Change and Protect Human Health.

Won’t you join them in solidarity and submit comments that Fracking is NOT part of the Climate Solution (see sample talking points below).

Email A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov: Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 in the subject line of the message.

Thanks so much!

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Stop new offshore drilling in America’s oceans!

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Dear friends,

Tell the Obama administration to stop all new oil and gas leasing in America’s oceans!
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Send Your Letter

Four years ago, America’s worst oil disaster, the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, killed eleven people and gushed 210 million gallons of oil into the ocean.1 Today at least 14 species — including birds, fish and dolphins — are struggling to survive, and the once lucrative fishing, tourism and recreation economies of the Gulf have still not recovered.2

Not only does offshore drilling threaten our oceans, marine life and people, but increasing offshore oil drilling will also accelerate climate change. If we are serious about avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, we have to keep dirty fuels like oil and gas in the ground.

Despite this fact, the Obama administration is setting the stage for oil drilling in our oceans from the Arctic to the Atlantic over the next several years.

The administration is taking public comments now. We only have until July 31 to tell them to say no to new leasing for gas and oil in America’s oceans. Send your comment now! 

Offshore drilling will put people, marine animals and other wildlife at risk.

Last week, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved seismic testing in the Eastern Atlantic3 — testing that will deafen nearly 140,000 marine mammalsjust to determine if there is oil on the ocean floor! And as Shell Oil has already demonstrated with mishap after mishap, drilling in America’s Arctic Ocean is far too risky.5

The Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska’s Prince William Sound decimated orca, otter and fish populations, and 25 years later they have yet to fully recover.6

Our marine ecosystems cannot withstand any more oil spills. Our fishing and recreation economies may not survive any more oil spills. 

Tell the administration to say no to new gas and oil leases and protect our oceans, people and wildlife from destructive oil drilling!

When it comes to stopping offshore drilling, our past efforts to protect the Arctic Ocean have been successful due to strong support from people like you. We can protect all of America’s oceans if you take action now!

For the sake of our planet, the climate and future generations, we must stop offshore drilling, end our reliance on dirty fossil fuels and transition to a clean energy economy.

The administration can take a stand by starting with our oceans. Please, tell them to say no to future oil and gas leases today!

Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,

David Scott
Sierra Club President

P.S. After you take action, be sure to forward this alert to your friends and colleagues!

Health Spotlight: Fracking in North Carolina Webinar on July 17

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Health Spotlight: Fracking in North Carolina Webinar hosted by Medical Advocates for Healthy Air and Clean Air Carolina. July 17th online. This webinar, geared towards medical professionals, will be an opportunity to learn more about potential health impacts of fracking, lessons learned from Pennsylvania, and how medical professionals can address the issue.

Webinar date and time: Jul 17 from 2:00 until 3:30 PM

Goal: To provide medical and public health professionals a context regarding the scope of potential health impacts of fracking, lessons learned from Pennsylvania and offer ways to address the issue.

Who and What:

David Brown, ScD, Public Health Toxicologist and Director of Public Health Toxicology for Environment and Human Health, Inc.

In this webinar Dr. Brown will identify the acute and chronic health impacts associated with the practice of hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as “fracking”) and actions available to address them. Dr. Brown will provide a method to evaluate the appearance of health effects from fracking and amelioration of the harmful impacts.

Grady McCallie, Policy Director, NC Conservation Network

Grady will briefly present the context in which fracking is likely to happen in North Carolina – how we got here; the resource; recent legislation; and ongoing rulemaking, as it connects to the environmental health issues raised in Dr. Brown’s presentation. Grady will also mention upcoming opportunities for medical professionals to influence these issues in North Carolina.

Organization Hosting Event: Medical Advocates for Healthy Air , Clean Air Carolina

Website: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1084034162079875329

Stop Fracking in the North Carolina Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests

I got this message from the Forest Service about plans for fracking in our North Carolina national forests. When I get this sort of message it makes me even more concerned and calls out to tell the Forest Service why fracking our national forests is a really, really bad idea.

Please join me and send a comment about the “Revision of Land Management Plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests’ and tell them why you believe that fracking our national forests is a really, really bad idea.Click below to take action.

Thanks!

Comments may be sent via email to: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=43545 or via facsimile to 828-257-4263. Send or deliver written comments to: National Forests in North Carolina, Attention: Nantahala and Pisgah Plan Revision Team, 160A Zillicoa Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

National Forests in North Carolina
160A Zillicoa St.

Asheville, N.C. 28801 

News Alert

Media Contact: Stevin Westcott, 828-257-4215

Hydraulic Fracturing and Plan Revision

 

Some stakeholders have raised concerns about hydraulic fracturing and how it fits into revision of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests management plan.

It’s important for concerned citizens to know that revision of the management plan focuses on management practices, not on specific budgets or allocations of budgets.

The potential for oil and gas exploration will be identified in the plan revision process in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management.

As described in the Notice of Intent To Revise The Land And Resource Management Plan (NOI)…

“No decision regarding oil and gas leasing availability will be made in the revised Forest Plan, though standards will be brought forward or developed that would serve as mitigations should an availability decision be necessary in the future.”

Click here to read more.

June 24 – “Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power”

Have you been considering solar energy for your home? Find out why now is the time to join the solar revolution going on in the greater Charlotte area! Solarize Charlotte offers group volume discounts; free financial analysis and site evaluation and expert installation by the Renewable Energy Design Group, L3c (RED Group); and, an easy financing option by Admirals Bank through their expedited solar loan process. Act now to take advantage of the special Solarize Charlotte program which ends July 31st. Make plans to join us for this informative and energizing program!

Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power
Making Residential Solar Easy and Affordable
June 24th Free Program and Tour

Tuesday, June 24th
Tours from 6:30 – 7:00 PM (Please RSVP to cleanerischeaper@gmail.com)
Program from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Myers Park Baptist Church
The Cornwell Center – Learning Center Room
2001 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28207

For more information on Solarize Charlotte go to CleanerIsCheaper.com or call (919) 324-6508

 Click below to download and share the event flyer.Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power June 24

Energizing Charlotte with Solar Power June 24

 

“I don’t believe in climate change”

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The GOP lead climate change denial of “I don’t believe in Climate Change” has turned into “I’m no scientist”. Great video to watch and get pissed off. It’s time to hold climate change deniers accountable at the polls. Draw a line in the sand and speak out today!

New Video Turns Up the Heat on GOP Climate Change Deniers

In support of President Obama’s plan to cut carbon emissions, Americans United for Change released a video today calling out climate deniers in the GOP.

Not A Scientist features members of Congress, potential presidential candidates and Republican leaders—from Marco Rubio to John Boehner—all preaching from the same climate skeptic handbook and refusing to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific evidence that supports man-made climate change.

“The GOP’s new talking point when challenged on climate change is ‘I’m no scientist’, and yet they remain 100 percent certain as that 97 percent of the scientific community is pulling a fast one on us all for no explicable reason,” said Jeremy Funk of Americans United for Change. “Could it be because Big Oil and the pollution-profiting Koch brothers have given Republicans tens of millions of reasons to feign or maintain ignorance to the detriment of our environment, health and national security?”

While the Republican party maintains their ignorance, a new poll commissioned by Americans United for Change shows that crucial Independent voters are not sympathetic to this anti-science position, with only 29 percent open to supporting a climate skeptic in the 2016 presidential elections.

Source: http://ecowatch.com/2014/06/04/video-gop-climate-change-deniers/

Taxpayer subsidies for NC frackers?

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Thanks to Sue Sturgis of the Institute for Southern Studies for this very informative analysis, even though it’s pretty hard to swallow…

This week North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill that opens up the state to fracking for natural gas. The Energy Modernization Act will allow drilling permits to be issued 61 days after the state Mining and Energy Commission approves final rules for the industry, which is expected to happen by next summer.

The new law breaks a pledge from legislators that they would review and approve the rules before the state’s drilling moratorium could be lifted. Environmental advocates also criticize the law for failing to adequately address the risks associated with fracking and for weakening safeguards. Supporters claim it will boost North Carolina’s economy.

But it turns out that North Carolina’s Republican leaders are now seeking taxpayer-financed “corporate welfare” for the oil and gas industry — even though the five biggest drilling companies alone hauled in $93 billion in profits last year. As The News & Observer of Raleigh reports:

* The state Senate’s proposed budget includes nearly $1.2 million to help the energy sector with drilling, analysis and marketing.

* McCrory’s proposed budget includes $500,000 for drilling up to three test wells in Lee County, part of the state targeted for fracking.

* A separate $550,000 initiative was approved last year to help the energy industry assess fracking prospects.

The new fracking law also calls on the state to conduct taxpayer-financed studies on locating a liquid natural gas export terminal on the North Carolina coast, establishing a curriculum to train drilling industry workers at Central Carolina Community College, and developing infrastructure to facilitate oil and gas development such as pipelines, compressor stations, and gas processing systems. In addition, it prohibits local governments from imposing taxes on gas produced in their jurisdictions.

This appears to be the direction in which North Carolina’s current political leadership is headed: spending public dollars on a highly profitable industry that imposes significant social costs, including health-damaging water and air pollution. Fracking also releases significant amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate disruption — a serious concern for a coastal state like North Carolina that’s vulnerable to sea-level rise and intensifying tropical storms.

“The state has already spent significant resources in pursuit of fracking, with no new jobs to show for it (beyond the state government staff hired to write the new rules),” NC Conservation Network Policy Director Grady McCallie wrote in his analysis of the new law. “If the legislature had spent a fraction of these resources on renewable energy and efficiency, we would already be seeing the payoff in jobs and income for North Carolinians.”

Read the full article at: NC passes fracking law, seeks taxpayer subsidies for industry

Rein in the fracking industry

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Dear Friends,

Tell EPA to protect our communities and special places from oil and gas drilling.Take action

Take action!

Good news! EPA is considering how to regulate the oil and gas industry.

From beginning to end, fracking only fuels climate disaster. As EPA decides how to regulate this out-of-control industry, let’s remind them we have one chance to get it right and protect our communities and public lands from dirty and dangerous fracking.

Send your letter today, and tell EPA to protect our communities and special places from oil and gas drilling.

Right now, EPA is using outdated information and drastically underestimates how much methane escapes during the drilling process. Pound for pound, methane’s impact on global warming is 86 times greater than carbon dioxide. 1 Will you tell EPA to go back and use the most up-to-date information as they consider how to rein in the oil and gas industry?

The natural gas industry has their eye on a profitable prize — exporting liquefied natural gas to other countries. We already know how fracking pollutes our air and water, how close these drilling rigs are to the places we love, and have seen the extreme weather events fueled by climate-changing gases like methane.

Send your message to EPA. Tell them to take stand against climate change and put the health of our communities before the profits of the oil and gas industry.

Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,

Deb Nardone
Director, Dirty Fuels Campaign
Sierra Club

P.S. Six letter are even better than one! Please share this with five of your friends and family.

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Reference:
1. “Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change”, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

URGENT – Stop the Rush to Frack NC

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North Carolina’s legislators are going back on their word. The fracking moratorium could be lifted as soon as tomorrow afternoon.
We need you to call and email your representative and tell him/her to keep the promise the House made in 2012 to have a vote on whether or not fracking is right for North Carolina and not act before the rules are finalized.
 
You can email his/her office with this link – http://goo.gl/5KGU2D
Two years ago, North Carolina’s lawmakers said that they would only consider lifting our fracking moratorium if rules were put in place to regulate this dangerous drilling practice. Now, these lawmakers are going back on their word and trying to lift the moratorium before any rules have even been created to protect public safety.
Thank you,
Zachary Keith
Lead Organizer
P.S.
Please tell your state legislators: fracking threatens our health, our communities, and the environment:  http://goo.gl/5KGU2D

Fracking is a controversial method of drilling for natural gas (learn more here). The bill recommended by the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy does nothing to directly address some of the top threats fracking would bring to our state, such as:

  • Compulsory pooling: This is when a fracking company can force an unwilling landowner to let the natural gas underneath their property be extracted against their will (if enough of their neighbors sign leases). The bill only asks for further study of this practice, but it instead should ban it.
  • Wastewater disposal: Fracking for natural gas creates huge volumes of polluted wastewater. State law already prohibits deep well injection of wastewater, but our state lacks standards for surface discharge of fracking wastewater (the other alternative), and the bill does nothing to address that looming problem.
  • Toxic air emissions: In other states, toxic air emissions from fracking operations have sickened families, destroyed property values, and appear to have caused higher birth defects among newborns nearby. The bill does nothing to address this toxic threat.1
  • Long-term well and property contamination: Contamination of neighbors’ wells and land can show up years after fracking operations have begun – sometimes even after a driller has closed up shop and left. Nothing in the proposed bill provides a solution for people whose health or properties are destroyed by long-term contamination.

Please tell your state Representative that fracking is the wrong choice for North Carolina: http://goo.gl/5KGU2D