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  • MD Lawmakers Approve One of the Nation’s Strongest Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    This bold and strikingly bipartisan commitment to stronger climate action will help protect Maryland s economy health and increasingly flooded shoreline said Mike Tidwell director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network As the pace of climate disruption takes off from record shattering heat to record rates of sea level rise we must pick up the pace of action Our climate vulnerable state is now leading the way showing that reducing carbon pollution is not a partisan question but an urgent necessity The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2016 HB 610 SB 323 renews and extends a landmark law first passed in 2009 That law requires Maryland to reduce emissions by 25 percent below 2006 levels by the year 2020 It also spurred the creation of Maryland s comprehensive Climate Action Plan which contains more than 150 programs designed to reduce emissions According to a state study Maryland s existing climate programs are on pace to generate between 2 5 billion and 3 5 billion in net economic benefits and to create and maintain between 26 000 and 33 000 new jobs The Senate approved the bolder 2016 bill by a 38 8 margin in late February The new forty percent emission reduction goal was unanimously recommended by Maryland s bipartisan Commission on Climate Change last fall including union leaders business and environmental advocates and six Republican cabinet secretaries from the Hogan administration Maryland s Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce testified in support of the stronger target during bill hearings in Annapolis By leading in carbon reduction Maryland can simultaneously lead in creating new jobs and economic opportunities through clean energy added Tidwell who also serves on the state s climate commission The overwhelming support we see for more aggressive climate action in Maryland

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/md-lawmakers-approve-one-of-the-nations-strongest-greenhouse-gas-reduction-goals/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Press Releases | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    DEQ to enforce health protective standards Virginians deserve better In response to reports of a closed door media briefing held by Dominion Power today Mike Continued DC Decision to Pave Way for Exelon Pepco Merger is a Win for Pay to Play Politics February 26 2016 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share Mayor Bowser betrayed DC citizens while the Public Service Commission has now failed to protect ratepayers and the environment WASHINGTON D C In a decision marred by pay to play politics the Continued MD Senate advances major climate bill by huge bipartisan margin February 23 2016 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share CCAN Applauds MD Senators for Resounding Bipartisan Vote to Require Deeper Cuts in Greenhouse Gas Pollution ANNAPOLIS Today the Maryland Senate voted overwhelmingly by a 38 8 bipartisan margin to approve one of Continued CCAN Joins Challenge to WB XPress Fracked Gas Pipeline Project February 4 2016 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share Groups in Two States Challenge WB XPress On behalf of conservation groups in Virginia and West Virginia Appalachian Mountain Advocates today filed a formal protest and motion to intervene in Continued Baltimore City Council President Introduces Bill to Study the Health and Safety Risks of Oil Trains January 27 2016 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share Baltimore Md Last night the Baltimore City Council took its first step toward addressing the dangers of potentially explosive crude oil trains running through the city Council President Jack Young introduced Continued Virginia Leaders Urge Gov McAuliffe Reject Dominion Efforts to Increase Climate Change Pollution January 26 2016 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share Dominion s Approach to Federal Clean Power Plan Would Harm Virginia s Future RICHMOND A wide array of Virginia civic health faith and environmental leaders today released a letter asking Governor Terry Continued

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/category/press-releases/page/2/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Katie Malzbender, Communications Fellow | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Activists gather at Sens offices to demand accountability on Cove Point May 22 2014 By Katie Malzbender Communications Fellow Share Today Marylanders are turning up the volume on Cove Point Dozens of activists are visiting each of Senator Mikulski and Senator Cardin s district offices across the state to call on them to Continued Climate Insider Climate Report Dominion Derailed Coal and Oil Trains May 7 2014 By Katie Malzbender Communications Fellow Share The White House released its 2014 National Climate Assessment yesterday and the diagnosis is serious It points out that many Americans are already feeling the impacts of climate change and Continued Train carrying crude oil derails explodes in Lynchburg April 30 2014 By Katie Malzbender Communications Fellow Share A dozen or more cars of a CSX Corp train carrying crude oil through central Virginia derailed in Lynchburg earlier this afternoon causing a large explosion and fire So far Continued Climate Insider KXL Delay Fracking Transparency Dear Dominion April 23 2014 By Katie Malzbender Communications Fellow Share President Obama announced on Friday that he plans to delay his final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the Nebraska state Supreme Court decides on a case that Continued Reject and Protect Tell President Obama to Reject Keystone XL April 21 2014 By Katie Malzbender Communications Fellow Share Tomorrow the Cowboy Indian Alliance rides into Washington DC This powerful coalition of farmers ranchers and tribal communities on the frontlines of the Keystone XL fight is coming to President Continued Climate Insider IPCC Report Virginia Climate Commission Anti Wind Bill April 15 2014 By Katie Malzbender Communications Fellow Share The biggest climate news of the past few weeks came when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its first comprehensive report since 2007 Although the information wasn t surprising the

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/author/kmalzbender/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Maryland’s two-year FRACKING MORATORIUM: A GRASSROOTS VICTORY, A GRASSROOTS OPPORTUNITY | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Marylanders from the mountains to the shore have fought for years to protect our air water economy and climate from the gas industry and this year was no different the grassroots movement behind this two and half year moratorium was unrelenting Nearly 200 groups signed on in support of the campaign launching a brand new website in January and together flooding legislator s offices with phone calls and emails and organizing huge rallies in Annapolis month after month after month Nearly 50 students descended on Annapolis in February meeting with dozens of legislators to show them that future generations of Marylanders don t want to live with the toxic legacy of fracking More than 120 small businesses signed on in support of the campaign in less than two weeks in March begging the question is fracking really the right move for Western Maryland s growing tourism and agriculture economy Over 50 farmers and food artisans joined together to bring their message against fracking to lawmakers hosting a first ever Farmers Against Fracking reception in Annapolis And finally when we passed the bill through both Maryland s House and Senate with bipartisan veto proof majorities in April sending it to Governor Hogan s desk his office received thousands of emails and hundreds of calls urging him to let it become law This victory belongs to the Marylanders who pushed every step of the way And we won t let up now The grassroots movement that flooded the General Assembly and Governor Hogan s office with calls and emails this spring will only grow and get louder over the next two and a half years building the movement it will take to make sure fracking never comes to Maryland We hope you ll join us Because we know that the gas industry

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/marylands-two-year-fracking-moratorium-a-grassroots-victory-a-grassroots-opportunity/ (2016-05-02)
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  • From CCAN’s General Counsel: Update on Cove Point Legal Fight | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    associated with driving demand for upstream fracking and fracked gas infrastructure its impact on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and risk to the critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale and potentially catastrophic explosion and fire threat to hundreds of nearby residents Our legal fight to stop the 3 8 billion export facility began within FERC itself CCAN members joined thousands of others in submitting comments to FERC on Dominion s application and the agency s environmental review of the project After conducting the minimum review allowed under the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA FERC approved the proposal on September 29th 2014 Concerned that the agency had not fully considered the many ways that Dominion s LNG export project will impact the environment and threaten community health and safety CCAN and its partners with the help of Earthjustice asked FERC to review its decision FERC sat on our request for months a process known as tolling even as it approved order after order allowing Dominion to begin construction After seven months FERC finally denied our request Once we completed FERC s internal review process or exhausted our administrative remedies in legal jargon we were finally able to challenge the agency s decision in federal court Tragically FERC s foot dragging allowed Dominion s bulldozers to start construction before residents were able to appeal to the federal court Citing the fact that Dominion s construction activities have already begun to irrevocably damage the landscape and quality of life in Calvert County Maryland CCAN Patuxent Riverkeeper and Sierra Club asked the D C Circuit in June to halt all construction while our case was pending Injunctions are difficult to obtain and the court ultimately denied our request but that decision has no bearing on the merits of our case Environmental groups are

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/from-ccans-general-counsel-update-on-cove-point-legal-fight/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Coal Ash Stories Across Virginia | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    necessary permits from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to dewater two of its four coal ash impoundments at Possum Point along Quantico Creek and at the Bremo Station along the James River But Dominion still needs two more wastewater dumping permits and four permits to deal long term with the leftover coal ash waste We have lots of work ahead to protect our water supplies from this reckless corporation Over the next few weeks we re partnering with friends and organizations across Virginia to spread awareness of the dangers of coal ash and root ourselves in community action moving forward We re helping host a series of screenings of Coal Ash Stories an incredible documentary series by filmmaker Rhiannon Fionn and Working Films Coal Ash Stories paints a picture of what life looks like in communities threatened by coal ash contamination People are unable to drink their own water take a bath fish or farm without worrying about long term health effects These fears are already being felt by communities located near coal fired power plants in Virginia We ll watch discuss and plan and we need you to be there Look for an event near you March 31st

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/coal-ash-stories-across-virginia/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Groups Appeal Federal Approval of Cove Point Fracked Gas Export Facility | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Dominion to begin construction FERC finally rejected the groups rehearing motion on Monday clearing the way for today s legal challenge Dominion s construction activities have already begun to irrevocably damage the landscape and quality of life in Calvert County Maryland Some local residents have put their homes up for sale and moved away rather than deal with mounting pollution noise and large trucks and construction vehicles inundating roadways as well as the potential for catastrophic explosions and fires if the facility becomes fully operational With this order FERC yet again has failed to fulfill its duty under federal environmental law said Jocelyn D Ambrosio senior associate attorney at Earthjustice Exporting nearly 1 billion cubic feet of LNG per day means more gas drilling which wreaks havoc on both the climate and the communities scarred by wells and pipelines We are asking the federal court to ensure that FERC evaluates the many ways that the Cove Point project will degrade the environment FERC has faced escalating protests and mounting legal challenges over the past year for facilitating a massive expansion of gas export infrastructure and pipelines at the expense of the public interest Legal challenges are also pending over the agency s approval of LNG export facilities in Sabine Pass and Cameron Louisiana and in Freeport Texas Exporting LNG will lead to more drilling and more drilling means more fracking more air and water pollution and more climate fueled weather disasters like record fires droughts and superstorms said Nathan Matthews Sierra Club staff attorney FERC consistently fails to take the full impact of fracking into account when it considers whether to green light LNG exports and it did so again in the case of Cove Point For the sake of public health and our fragile climate we have no alternative

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/groups-appeal-federal-approval-of-cove-point-fracked-gas-export-facility/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Past Events | Events | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    environmentally sustainable future Find out more Democracy Awakening April 16 8 00 am April 18 5 00 pm The labor environmental student racial justice civil rights and money in politics reform movements are bonding together to demand a democracy in which voting rights are protected and the integrity of the vote is not undermined by big money Join us in Washington D C April 16 18 and together we will spur a Democracy Awakening Lean more at DemocracyAwakening org Find out more Shore Stories film screening Virginia Beach April 19 7 00 pm 9 00 pm On Tuesday April 19th join CCAN and our allies for a special screening of Shore Stories and learn how you can help protect ALL our oceans from drilling The fight isn t over While we succeeded in showing President Obama that offshore drilling would be a bad idea in the Atlantic his five year plan still proposes new drilling in the Gulf and the Arctic Shore Stories are six short films that expose the impacts of offshore drilling on coastal communities Find out more Coal Ash Stories Charlottesville April 20 7 00 pm 8 30 pm Over the past few months we ve seen fierce resistance across Virginia to Dominion s coal ash disposal plans Thousands of you called on the Department of Environmental Quality to revoke lax permits that allow Dominion to dump toxic wastewater into the James River with dozens of citizens risking arrest to protect our waters But this fight is only beginning In the coming weeks Dominion will apply for additional permits to leave its remaining coal ash waste in unlined pits that will Find out more No Offshore Drilling Victory Party April 21 6 00 pm 8 00 pm In March we celebrated a victory for our coast and our climate when President Obama and his Bureau of Ocean Energy Management BOEM removed Virginia and the rest of the Atlantic from their five year offshore drilling plan Mark your calendars to help us celebrate and to learn how we can keep the momentum going Join CCAN the Sierra Club and no drilling activists at the victory party Thursday April 21st at Croc s right at the oceanfront WHEN Thursday April Find out more SHORE STORIES FILM SCREENING Hampton April 21 7 00 pm 9 00 pm On Thursday April 21st join CCAN and our allies for a special screening of Shore Stories and learn how you can help protect ALL our oceans from drilling The fight isn t over While we succeeded in showing President Obama that offshore drilling would be a bad idea in the Atlantic his five year plan still proposes new drilling in the Gulf and the Arctic Shore Stories are six short films that expose the impacts of offshore drilling on coastal communities Find out more Celebration at Aberdeen Festival Park April 23 11 00 am 4 00 pm Join us for the Aberdeen festival park Earth day celebration WHEN Saturday April 23 2016 11

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/events/list/?tribe_event_display=past (2016-05-02)
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