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

Sierra Club - Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

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

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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

Tonight, May 19, Pat McCrory and the Koch Brothers

This evening, May 19, Brave New Films is taking to the hill to host a press event and premiere of scenes from the film Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition with Senator Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Following the event they will be making the entire documentary available online here.

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Thanks to your amazing support we’ll be offering a full version of the new documentary on our website for no cost at all TONIGHT at 8PM EST/5PM PST.

But before you tune in to discover the latest truths about the Koch Brothers, head to bravenewfilms.org/koch2014 to watch a live stream of the event with Sen. Reid, Leader Pelosi, and myself TODAY at 6PM EST/3PM PST.

After watching, we want you to do the most important thing you can do to help us, share this documentary with a friend. We don’t have the billions that the Koch have to spend, but what we do have is each and every one of you! And, by passing forward this important film you’re helping drive awareness to an important issue and helping us to reach new audiences only the way film can.

Thank you so much, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Robert Greenwald
Brave New Films

Check it out!

Take Action: Keep dirty fuels in the ground

Dear Friends,

Tell President Obama to protect our climate and keep dirty fuels in the ground.Take action!Take action!

There’s no way around it. The race to curb climate change is race we cannot lose. Even with President Obama’s efforts to cut carbon pollution, there is more to do. If we’re going to keep climate disruption at bay, we need to keep dirty fuels in the ground.

We can raise fuel economy standards. We can transition from dirty power plants to clean, renewable energy sources. But we need a strong commitment to stop allowing dirty energy companies to mine, drill and frack our public lands and seas to even stand a chance at beating climate change. Will you tell President Obama to keep dirty fuels in the ground?

Send your letter today. Tell President Obama allowing mining, drilling and fracking on our public lands takes us farther from the goal — protecting our communities from climate disruption.

What’s at stake? The Beaufort and Chukchi Seas just north of Alaska are home to the entire U.S population of polar bears, but the oil and gas industry wants to explore and drill here at the expense of our environment, local communities, and a dwindling polar bear population. Frackers have their eyes on the Delaware River Basin — an area that provides drinking water to millions of people on the East Coast. Coal companies want to mine the Powder River Basin in the west for pennies an acre and ship dirty coal to other countries. The oil industry only sees oil shale and tar sands in the Green River Formation — an area covering three states that includes Canyonlands National Park, provides limitless recreational opportunities to people, and is home to eagles, owls, elk, mule deer, bear and pronghorn antelope.1

President Obama must take administrative steps to ensure that dirty fuels remain in the ground. He should embrace clean energy and climate action rather than further our dependence on dirty energy. Join other activists who have sent their message to President Obama. Together, we can flood his office with 40,000 letters by the end of the week.

Thanks for all that you do to protect the environment.

Dan Chu
Director, Our Wild America Campaign
Sierra Club

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[1] “Dirty Fuels Clean Futures Report” Sierra Club. April

To Live Dangerously or Not to Live Dangerously? It’s Our Choice

To Live Dangerously or Not to Live Dangerously? It’s Our Choice

National Climate AssessmentWhat’s next? What can I do? Those are questions you might be pondering if you tuned into Years of Living Dangerously on Showtime this weekend, or if you’ve been watching online clips from the “Preacher’s Daughter” story that was featured on Sunday night. In the episode, actor Ian Somerhalder follows Anna Jane Joyner, a young woman trying to persuade her evangelical pastor father that climate disruption is real, while she is also a full-time climate activist and one of the real-life heroes working with me and thousands more to move beyond coal.

I watched the episode with my family, and the next evening we sat around the dining room table talking about how to translate the urgency of the climate crisis to evangelicals skeptical of science. My mother-in-law is a retired minister and my husband is a scientist, so it was a great discussion, and I imagine Anna Jane’s story sparked many conversations just like it at kitchen tables around the country.

For everyone out there who has been having those conversations, let me bring you up to speed on what’s happened since the episode was filmed, and how you can help me, Ian, Anna Jane, and thousands more move America beyond coal. Around the nation, we keep on winning. Just last week, we announced coal plant retirement #165, when we won our campaign to retire the Reid Gardner plant in Nevada. Even better, the utility announced it will replace much of the power from the plant with a massive solar project.

In Asheville, the campaign featured in the Years episode, Duke Energy has announced for the first time that they’re considering retiring the Asheville coal plant. The announcement comes in the wake of a horrific spill of toxic coal ash from a retired power plant that devastated over 70 miles of the Dan River flowing through North Carolina and Virginia. The public outcry that followed has sent shockwaves all the way to the governor’s mansion. I helped lead a protest outside Duke headquarters a few weeks ago, and last week activists rallied at Duke’s annual shareholder meeting, calling for the retirement of the Asheville plant and the cleanup of not only the Dan River spill, but all of Duke’s coal ash sites in the state.

Meanwhile, Ian Somerhalder and his Ian Somerhalder Foundation have rallied people around the world through their #coalsucks social media campaign. The intentionally edgy and provocative hashtag is opening the eyes of millions to the threat of coal pollution and the urgency of moving to clean energy.

All this momentum comes just as more climate alarm bells are ringing. Today, a national committee of experts in agriculture, climate science, commerce, and disaster relief released the National Climate Assessment. The report is the nation’s foremost comprehensive, peer-reviewed analysis of the impacts of climate disruption, showing us the effects of climate disruption across the country.

The headline – the U.S. is already being seriously affected by climate change. As you might guess, the assessment shows the significant toll on our health and wallets that extreme weather is already exacting across the U.S. Here are just a few findings from the report that stood out to me:

  • The most recent decade was the nation’s and the world’s hottest on record, and 2012 was the hottest year on record in the continental United States.
  • U.S. average temperature has increased by 1.3°F to 1.9°F since 1895, and most of this increase has occurred since 1970. Temperatures are projected to rise another 2°F to 4°F in most areas of the United States over the next few decades.
  • Evidence indicates that the human influence on climate has already roughly doubled the probability of extreme heat events such as the record-breaking summer heat experienced in 2011 in Texas and Oklahoma. The incidence of record-breaking high temperatures is projected to rise.
  • The stakes are high, as nearly five million Americans and hundreds of billions of dollars of property are located in areas that are less than four feet above the local high-tide level.
  • Climate change affects human health in many ways. For example, increasingly frequent and intense heat events lead to more heat-related illnesses and deaths and, over time, worsen drought and wildfire risks, and intensify air pollution.
  • Certain groups of people are more vulnerable to the range of climate change related health impacts, including the elderly, children, the poor, and the sick.

More than 240 authors from across the country with diverse expertise helped create the National Climate Assessment, and this is especially disturbing – the findings are considered conservative estimates of the effects of climate disruption.

The report is also very clear about this – the effects will only grow worse if we fail to curb carbon pollution, the main culprit behind climate disruption. The assessment lets us know that it’s not too late to act, but we must do it now if we want to stop the worst of the expected climate disruption. You can weigh in right now and support EPA’s efforts to tackle our biggest source of climate pollution – coal-fired power plants. Just click here to take action.

We can choose to stop living dangerously by moving beyond coal, doubling down on clean energy, and holding our leaders accountable. We need your help. Join us.

– Mary Anne Hitt, Beyond Coal Campaign Director