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  • Baltimore City Council President Introduces Bill to Study the Health and Safety Risks of Oil Trains | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    the potential impact zone of a derailment and disaster Recently a Maryland judge ruled against rail companies CSX and Norfolk Southern which were trying to block the state from releasing oil train routes to the public Released documents show that crude oil trains run along 26th street in Charles Village through the Howard Street Tunnel next to Camden Yards and Ravens Stadium and over Gwynn s Falls Trains then travel through Morrell Park Mt Winans Westport and Brooklyn on their way to a rail to barge terminal in the Fairfield Peninsula next to Curtis Bay where oil is then shipped out of the harbor to East Coast refineries Trains carrying North Dakota crude oil known to be highly explosive and volatile put neighborhoods like Westport in a vulnerable and dangerous situation said Keisha Allen president of the Westport Community Association which represents an area directly adjacent to routes used by crude oil trains As crude by rail traffic has increased so have accidents posing significant risks to the environment homes and our lives Baltimore communities deserve to know what s at risk when oil trains roll through their neighborhoods said Jon Kenney Healthy Communities Organizer with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network Passing this bill is the first step to raising awareness and taking action to protect Baltimore communities Ultimately much more is needed at all levels city state and federal to prevent a potential human and environmental disaster Five explosive oil train derailments have occurred in the U S and Canada over the past year The worst North American oil train disaster occurred in July of 2013 when a train carrying explosive Bakken crude oil from North Dakota derailed and exploded in Lac Mégantic Quebec causing the deaths of 47 people The closest oil train derailments to our area occurred

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/baltimore-city-council-president-introduces-bill-to-study-the-health-and-safety-risks-of-oil-trains/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Virginia Leaders Urge Gov. McAuliffe: Reject Dominion Efforts to Increase Climate Change Pollution | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    cannot remember such a diverse range of groups weighing in on a pollution issue in Virginia before said Tram Nguyen co executive director of the group New Virginia Majority This letter calls for action on what we hope will be the governor s greatest legacy The governor can adopt a plan that will strengthen our economy while protecting people s health now and for generations to come The letter states that Virginia should reduce its total carbon pollution from power plants at least 30 by the year 2030 by applying the same standards to both existing and new power plants and increasing our use of energy efficiency and renewable energy But Virginia utilities led by Dominion CEO Tom Farrell want a plan that would apply the federal rule only to old existing power plants not new fossil fuel power plants This would allow Dominion to increase carbon pollution for decades more This will be the governor s most significant environmental decision said Claire Wyatt with the Virginia Student Power Network Virginia needs to do its part to cut carbon pollution which is fueling climate change and threatening our health and infrastructure Across the Commonwealth we understand that dirty energy is harming our neighbors close to home and around the world and that we have a moral responsibility to do our part to cut carbon pollution said Rev Dr Faith B Harris of Virginia Interfaith Power Light through which hundreds of Virginia s faith communities are speaking out in support of the Clean Power Plan We re already hard at work shifting to cleaner energy in our congregations and we call on Governor McAuliffe to follow our lead The Clean Power Plan released by the EPA last August under the Clean Air Act aims to reduce carbon pollution from power plants

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/virginia-leaders-urge-mcauliffe-reject-dominion-effort-increase-climate-change-pollution/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Feds Kick In Millions to Help Virginia Fight Sea-Level Rise. Now it’s the General Assembly’s Turn to Act | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    needed down payment toward adaptation solutions in Hampton Roads But much more is needed to help localities across Virginia deal with the mounting costs of flooding driven by sea level rise and climate disruption So far local governments have largely shouldered these costs alone and they urgently need help To put the federal award in context Norfolk alone needs at least 1 billion to fully prepare for rising seas which is equal to the city s entire annual government operating budget Today s award does not cover Virginia Beach the state s largest city and one of the most vulnerable to storm surges We need shared solutions at all levels of government and a key missing piece is a dedicated state revenue stream to share the burden of adaptation costs with localities Our state lawmakers must step up now by passing the Virginia Coastal Protection Act This bipartisan bill will generate Virginia s first dedicated source of funds to help localities statewide fight sea level rise and flooding Virginia will receive more than 250 million per year in new revenue under a regional market based system that reduces carbon emissions the key driver of rising seas The legislation put forward by Senator McEachin D Henrico and Delegate Villanueva R Virginia Beach will dedicate a full half of those funds toward fighting sea level rise and flooding The federal government has acted and now it s the General Assembly s turn NOTE TO JOURNALISTS On Monday January 25th hundreds of Virginians including a bus full of 50 Hampton Roads residents will converge on Richmond to urge state lawmakers to pass the Virginia Coastal Protection Act as part of the annual Conservation Lobby Day in Richmond During an action outside the General Assembly building activists will highlight the irreversible damage that could

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/feds-kick-millions-help-virginia-fight-sea-level-rise-now-general-assemblys-turn-to-act/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Bipartisan Climate Bill Would Invest Record $75 Million Per Year Into Energy-Saving Solutions for Virginia Families | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    stream for adaptation projects while investing nearly one third into energy efficiency programs for renters and homeowners We have a common sense bipartisan approach that brings real resources to huge problems facing our state said Delegate Ron Villanueva R Virginia Beach and Chesapeake chief patron of HB 351 That s why the Virginia Municipal League and city councils representing more than one million people across the state are working to pass this bill Low income housing and consumer advocates joined today s press conference to underline their support Lawmakers in Virginia can help families save money by prioritizing solutions that save energy said Zack Miller Director of Policy at the Virginia Housing Alliance This bill will help low and moderate income renters and homeowners alike save more of their hard earned income and live in more comfortable and affordable housing A recent study by researchers at Virginia Tech found that proper energy efficiency improvements would save the average apartment renter 54 per month in heating and cooling costs or nearly 650 annually Meanwhile the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy ACEEE ranks Virginia in the bottom half of states nationally in policies designed to encourage efficiency When many low income Virginians spend as much as a quarter of their annual household budget just to heat and cool their homes it s high time for action added Susan Hill Executive Director of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has a track record of saving consumers money from Maine to Maryland A recent report by the Analysis Group found that the RGGI program has helped consumers in participating states save a total of 460 million on their utility bills in the last three years alone Citizens in the RGGI region pay lower average monthly electric bills and

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/bipartisan-climate-bill-invest-75-million-energy-saving-solutions-virginia/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Press Releases | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    flooding worsens McAuliffe can take immediate action by backing bipartisan climate legislation in the 2016 General Assembly RICHMOND On the heels of a landmark global agreement to Continued CCAN Statement Vote to Lift the Oil Export Ban Puts Baltimore at Greater Risk December 18 2015 By Jon Kenney Maryland Community Organizer Share For Immediate Release December 18 2015 Contact Jon Kenney 240 396 1985 jon chesapeakeclimate org Kelly Trout 240 396 2022 kelly chesapeakeclimate org CCAN Statement Vote to Lift the Oil Export Ban Puts Baltimore at Greater Risk In Continued CCAN Responds to Latest Scandal in Mayor Bowser s Exelon Pepco Deal December 17 2015 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share WAMU reports Exelon hired FreshPAC chairman to lobby Mayor s office days before settlement was reached See the article here http wamu org news 15 12 16 exelon paid freshpac chair to lobby DC government about merger Statement in response from Mike Tidwell director of the Chesapeake Continued Bipartisan Virginia Leaders Push for Major 2016 Bill to Combat Flooding Fund Climate Solutions December 9 2015 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share Innovative approach would help cities adapt and promote clean energy while reducing carbon pollution action builds on current climate talks in Paris NORFOLK A bipartisan group of Virginia leaders gathered in Continued In Spirit of Paris Top Maryland Lawmakers Propose Largest Clean Energy Jobs Plan in State History December 8 2015 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share 2016 bill will expand wind and solar while creating good paying jobs and a diverse clean energy workforce ANNAPOLIS As world leaders meet in Paris to marshal global climate action top Maryland lawmakers Continued More than 70 Groups Call for a Permanent Ban on Fracking in Maryland November 16 2015 By Kelly Trout Communications Director Share Baltimore MD Today 72

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/category/press-releases/page/3/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Cap and Dividend Policy Update #10 | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    meanwhile continues to grow In This Issue Meg Power Why the CLEAR Act is Fair to Low and Moderate Income Households A Comparison of Obama Waxman Markey Kerry Lieberman and the CLEAR Act Why FCNL Endorsed the CLEAR Act Fourth California Town Endorses CLEAR Act New Mexico Councilman Publishes Op Ed in Silver City Sun News 1 Meg Power Why the CLEAR Act is Fair to Low and Moderate Income Households In a just completed article Meg Power Senior Policy Advisor for the National Community Action Foundation explains why consumer groups are supporting the CLEAR Act Four national organizations that represent the concerns of low and moderate income energy consumers developed principles in 2008 by which climate change legislation should be measured Two of the four Public Citizen and the National Community Action Foundation have since endorsed the CLEAR Act A look at the key principle and the criteria that measure its achievement in relation to the CLEAR Act make it evident that the CLEAR Act offers America s most vulnerable households a fair deal For the full article go to http www chesapeakeclimate org blog p 3257 2 A Comparison of Obama Waxman Markey Kerry Lieberman and the CLEAR Act Devin Helfrich of the Friends Committee on National Legislation has put together a chart comparing the main elements of the primary proposals for federal climate legislation To access it go to http www chesapeakeclimate org doc Comparison 20 20FCNL 20 20Obama ACES KL CLEAR 5 24 10 short pdf 3 Why FCNL Endorsed the CLEAR Act The statement below is the full statement of FCNL as to why they endorsed the CLEAR Act http www fcnl org energy pdfs Cantwell Collins Introduce Worthy Climate bill FCNL pdf 4 Fourth California Town Endorses CLEAR Act Joining three other California towns

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/cap-and-dividend-policy-updates/cap-and-dividend-policy-update-10/ (2016-05-02)
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  • #StopGasExports: A Week of Online Action | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    the fossil fuel industry To date FERC has approved virtually all oil and gas infrastructure proposals brought before it That s why we re demanding change thousands of Americans from areas affected by gas exports will say no way to more rubber stamps that subject more and more communities to expanding pipelines compressor stations export terminals and other fossil fuel infrastructure But we re not just opposed to things and we re using our people power to push for the positive change we need On July 13th we ll proudly and loudly say yes to wind power and solar energy and efficiency investments Wind farms don t cause earthquakes Solar panels don t poison our drinking water And energy efficiency doesn t leak methane But they DO create jobs and a stable climate Why is exporting natural gas bad for the climate Natural gas is mostly comprised of methane a potent heat trapping gas that can leak into the atmosphere at every stage of the drilling and export process The gas industry has run an elaborate hoax touting itself for representing the clean fossil fuel But if you consider the full lifespan of exported gas from fracking piping and compressing it across America liquefying it shipping it 6 000 miles to Asia and then regasifying it piping it more and finally burning it this process has a climate impact that is is as bad as or worse than burning coal A recent study by the U S Department of Energy found that over a 20 year timeframe the critical window for tackling the climate crisis LNG exports to Asia would likely be worse for the climate than if Asian countries burned coal According to Climate Progress a close reading of the DOE report in the context of the recent literature indicates that exporting natural gas from the U S as LNG is a very poor idea Who is responsible for approving a natural gas export facility Before a natural gas export facility can be built it needs a number of local state and federal permits For Cove Point and other projects on FERC s existing docket the US Department of Energy DOE was responsible for first analyzing whether or not shipping LNG to countries where the US doesn t have an existing free trade agreement is in our national interest Then FERC looks more specifically at the safety and environmental impacts of the project based on standards laid out in the National Environmental Policy Act In the case of Cove Point FERC released an Environmental Assessment on May 15 and gave the public a mere 30 days to comment in return In late May DOE changed up the federal review process for future LNG export projects DOE will now release its final public interest determination only after environmental reviews for proposed plants are completed Ultimately President Obama s administration needs to reverse its approach to these destructive projects President Obama can t meet his promises to solve the climate crisis

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/stopgasexports-a-week-of-online-action/ (2016-05-02)
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  • A Big Month in the Cove Point Fight | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    for Cove Point DC Media Group reports that FERC Report on Cove Point Misses Big Picture with its Cove Point EA Even oilprice com asks if it s the Wrong Time For This Natgas Project The Nation wants you to take action Want to do something about Climate Change Stop Cove Point May 18th This ad runs in the Baltimore Sun calling on Maryland s legislators to demand accountability on the proposed Cove Point project May 21st Members of Congress and Cove Point opponents request public comment period extension from FERC A coalition of faith health and environmental groups came together to ask FERC for an additional 60 days to submit public comments on the Environmental Assessment bringing the end of the comment period to August 13th Senators Cardin and Mikulski also joined the call for an extension Learn more about the request for an extended comment period Reuters reported that U S groups seek more time to comment on Dominion LNG export project The Calvert Recorder published Group files for FERC comment period extension on LNG project May 22nd Activists around the state visit Senators Mikulski and Cardin s offices calling on them to stand with Maryland and demand a full Environmental Impact Statement At each of Senators Cardin and Mikulski s offices activists assembled to speak with staffers and deliver a letter to the Senators detailing why Cove Point needs a more detailed environmental study and a full safety review Learn more about the action at the Senators offices The Appalachian Independent covered the story of Frostburg State University students calling on the senators Read CCAN s press release about the day of action May 29th U S Department of Energy DOE Issues Report Showing that natural gas is worse for the climate than coal when exported to Asia According to DOE s own report the results show that US LNG is nearly as bad as coal when exported to Europe and worse than coal when exported to Asia when the climate impacts of methane leakage are measured over a 20 year timeframe Learn more about the DOE report Read CCAN s summary of the DOE report and its implications ClimateProgress broke the news that LNG has no climate benefits now if ever May 30th The Maryland Public Service Commission delivered its decision about key permits for Cove Point The PSC granted Dominion a Certificate of Public Necessity for Cove Point that is contingent on the final decision from federal regulators and other conditions In its report the PSC noted that Dominion s project would be a net negative for Maryland s economy and asked the to pay to mitigate those impacts The PSC asked Dominion to include more safety and environmental protections for the controversial project and to donate 48 million to promote clean energy in the state and to help low income Marylanders pay their power bills Baltimore Sun Learn more about the PSC s decision The Calvert Recorder quotes Mike Tidwell as saying The PSC

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/a-big-month-in-the-cove-point-fight/ (2016-05-02)
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