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  • THE video to watch: McAuliffe, Dominion, and 90 seconds of truth | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    on climate change Which is why right now I want to ask you to watch this amazing new video and take action If you love our fragile planet watch the video If you love your neighbors in Virginia watch the video The truth is despite rising seas and extreme weather mega polluter Dominion Virginia Power is asking Governor McAuliffe to double down on harmful emissions and let the company INCREASE total climate pollution in Virginia for decades to come It s outrageous So what can you do You can do three things right now Watch the video sign the petition to Governor McAuliffe and share it with your friends I think the good folks in this video a student from the Shenandoah Valley a teacher from Northern Virginia a retiree from Hampton Roads and others explain what s at stake better than anything I can write And their call is one I hope you ll add your voice to Please do the right thing Governor Stop Dominion from making climate change worse By this spring Governor McAuliffe has to decide Will he let Dominion increase total carbon pollution from power plants despite the intent of new federal regulations to reduce

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/the-video-to-watch-mcauliffe-dominion-and-90-seconds-of-truth/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Match alert: Give now and double your impact! | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    final 48 hours of 2015 a group of generous CCAN donors has offered to match dollar for dollar every gift to CCAN up to 7 000 That means your year end gift can have double the impact for CCAN and the campaigns you care about Click here to make a tax deductible donation right now and help us meet this challenge We have every intention of making 2016 a year for groundbreaking results For every effort we undertake we build as big a coalition as possible and never ever ever give up Here s why giving to CCAN is critical for the planet We win Your donation will ensure that we keep Maryland in the lead for envelope pushing state clean energy policies We have broader support than we ve ever had heading into the 2016 General Assembly for our priorities to renew our landmark carbon cap bill and expand our clean electricity standard to 25 by 2020 We set the bar high In the District we re launching a first of its kind campaign to put a price on carbon in our nation s capital This will be a heavy lift but we can do it with your support We don t let up In Virginia we will doggedly push to pass our bipartisan Virginia Coastal Protection Act in 2016 supported by cities across the commonwealth faith and civic leaders and clean energy businesses We will also continue to work with statewide and local groups to fight Dominion s aggressive push for hundreds of miles of fracked gas pipeline crisscrossing our land We are so thankful for your support because none of these campaigns will be successful without funds and activism from people like you We are also thankful for this matching gift opportunity made possible by CCAN board

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/match-alert-give-now-and-double-your-impact/ (2016-05-02)
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  • What happened in Paris? Here’s what | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    carbon emissions in a way that can keep temperatures well below two degrees Celsius Scientists say this gives not only the Maldives a chance at survival but also our equally vulnerable U S communities closer to home like the low lying Eastern Shore of Maryland and coastal Virginia cities like Norfolk Now you can help implement the Paris Accord with a year end gift to CCAN During this holiday season donate to CCAN with the knowledge that global accords require local action to succeed People across the globe are counting on the United States to do its part to dramatically cut global warming pollution But with Congress in gridlock the whole world is literally counting on American states not just California and New York but all states like clean energy leaders Maryland and DC and climate vulnerable Virginia to do much much more in the next five years Imagine that Our Mid Atlantic region is key to a global solution That s no exaggeration Which means we need to pass legislation in Maryland in 2016 to increase our clean electricity standard to 25 We need pass a best in the nation carbon tax in the District of Columbia We need to fight like hell to pass the bipartisan Virginia Coastal Protection Act in Richmond in 2016 And we need to go on overdrive to stop new fossil fuel projects that will undermine global progress like Dominion s monstrous Atlantic Coast Pipeline for fracked gas Make a year end tax deductible gift to CCAN to support the local organizing it will take to make the Paris Accord a success We cannot win globally without wins here at home And CCAN is a truly people powered group volunteers and donors like you have been the force behind 13 years of victories from

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/what-happened-in-paris-heres-what/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Letter from the Director: Thank you, Ted | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    XL or picketed outside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission you ve likely met Ted and been inspired by him This month after nearly ten years of service to CCAN Ted is retiring Well retiring is not the right word He s stepping back to do more writing and spend more time with his lovely wife Jane and get more involved in local climate fights up in New Jersey where they live I don t think Ted will ever slow down He just won t be in the official employ of CCAN anymore We will miss Ted tremendously He brought to CCAN a streak of 1960s idealism and a passion for creative street protests He got peacefully arrested multiple times while advancing CCAN causes He fasted almost as many times his last being an 18 day water only fast outside of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last month in DC He also illegally occupied a ledge in protest at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration And he wrote and shared a lot of poems Ted can stand up to tough cops and deaf politicians one moment then recite a poem the next about the glorious mockingbird he heard during his morning

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/letter-from-the-director-thank-you-ted/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Letter from the Director: The Pope leads on climate justice | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    change to outright paralyzing despair when the denial finally ends without pausing in between on action on actually doing something about the crisis And now the most recognized moral leader in the world Pope Francis has called on all the people of the world not just Catholics to see and repair the scourge of climate change Most moving to me as I read through the encyclical titled Laudato Si or Praise Be to You was the emphasis throughout on the appalling and unfair impacts global warming will bring to the world s poor who are least to blame for the problem As a Christian myself Presbyterian and as a former Peace Corps Volunteer in the Congo this issue hits home for me In the tiny African village where I lived in the 1980s it wasn t a question of dirty coal fired electricity versus clean wind power These villagers had NO electricity whatsoever And still don t And no cars And virtually no carbon intensive meat consumption Yet the poorest villages worldwide are being walloped as we speak by the floods and droughts and extreme weather they cannot adapt to It s totally unfair Thankfully there are lots of actions we can take right now here in Maryland Virginia and DC to right this wrong The Pope will be bringing his message directly to DC in September with an address to Congress and a Mass at Catholic University As an act of solidarity with the Pope won t you join me and thousands of others for a Moral March on Sunday September 20th It s being organized by our friends at the group Moral Action On Climate It s going to be big and it s going to be spirited And especially if you are Catholic or religious please make

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/letter-from-the-director-the-pope-leads-on-climate-justice/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Letter from the Director: States Matter | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    part in the Chesapeake region recently We worked to pass a solar incentive bill in Virginia in February a pro wind power bill in the District of Columbia in January and we continue to lead ongoing efforts to expand a statewide greenhouse gas reduction plan in Maryland Still ultimately our lawmakers in Washington will have to participate if we re going to permanently transition off of fossil fuels Which is why CCAN was thrilled to work with Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen in February as he reintroduced the carbon cutting economy boosting Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2015 This bill would cap carbon emissions nationwide forcing polluters to pay for their emissions and rebating 100 of the collected funds with a quarterly dividend check to every American resident It s the best climate solution bill ever introduced in Congress and eventually it will pass I m sure of it Click here to urge your members of Congress to co sponsor it But in the meantime it s been gratifying to see other states draw inspiration from the Van Hollen cap and dividend bill to launch their own state based campaigns to put a price on carbon Rhode Island Vermont Massachusetts Oregon and Washington state now all have bills introduced in their general assemblies that would put a fee on carbon emissions and rebate some or all of the money to citizens Oregon really stands out A new group there called Oregon Climate is running a full throated campaign to pass a bill very similar to Van Hollen s If you want to be inspired by West Coast activists who are kindred spirits of CCAN activists like you watch this quick video Hats off to Oregon Climate and all the great heroes in dozens of states nationwide who have

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/letter-from-the-director-states-matter/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Video and thanks: Our 10th plunge was the biggest ever! | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    even diving into the Potomac River Plungers were as young as nine and as old as 85 including students community activists and Franciscan priests Together we raised over 85 000 to support CCAN s work to move our region off of dirty fossil fuels and to clean energy We re truly fortunate to be working side by side with so many dedicated activists to fight climate change Thanks to everyone who plunged with us or sponsored a plunger You can find great photos from the day here Watch this video recap of our 10th annual plunge Having now taken part in all ten Keep Winter Cold plunges I had some particularly special highlights from Saturday A high tide can t stop us We ve never had a plunge at high tide at National Harbor let alone following significant rainfall The obstacles we overcame Saturday like a submerged beach reminded me of why we plunge the seas are rising and so must we Rev Yearwood has never fired me up more With the words One day this generation will say we are fossil free at last echoing across the plaza who wouldn t be ready to jump into freezing water Our teams raised more money than ever before SIXTEEN teams each raised over 1 000 with 350 Montgomery County and Franciscan Action Network leading the pack Big thanks go to our team captains and everyone who pitched in Our prize winners really took it to a new level April Moore our top fundraiser won the Green Commuter bike by raising a stunning 4 287 Our second top fundraiser Lori Hill won dinner with Mike Tidwell and Rev Yearwood by recruiting 54 individual donors Together we all made this year s 10th annual plunge a big success Once again many thanks and

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/video-and-thanks-our-10th-plunge-was-the-biggest-ever/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Mike Tidwell, Director | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    heart The most impressive vote this fall was not on November 4th It was on September 21st That s when Continued Virginia will flood Or not November 12 2014 By Mike Tidwell Director Share What if Virginia s great coastal communities basically disappeared No naval base in Norfolk No tourism in Virginia Beach No shipyards in Portsmouth and Newport News Why imagine this Because scientists Continued After Maryland s election we re going on offense November 7 2014 By Mike Tidwell Director Share There s no sugarcoating it Tuesday s election created new obstacles in our fight for climate solutions in Maryland Governor elect Larry Hogan questions the basic science of global warming He also supports Continued Dominion Admits the Truth Cove Point Plant Could Explode Trapping Neighbors October 16 2014 By Mike Tidwell Director Share Finally Dominion Resources is admitting the truth Its massive gas export facility in southern Maryland could indeed blow up and threaten innocent nearby neighbors In fact Dominion is now planning Continued Cove Point Feds give flawed approval We keep fighting October 1 2014 By Mike Tidwell Director Share On Monday at 7 40 p m the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC announced its final order approving this radical fracked gas export facility proposed along the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland Despite Continued Letter from the Director Why I m an optimist August 28 2014 By Mike Tidwell Director Share Dear CCAN supporters They say you have to be an optimist to be an activist So I guess I m an optimist Despite the admittedly dark days and setbacks that come Continued Rite of Passage July 22 2014 By Mike Tidwell Director Share This is a feature story in the summer issue of Orion magazine Sometimes travel is mandated sometimes it is endured but often

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/author/mike-tidwell/page/2/ (2016-05-02)
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