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  • Cove Point: Feds give flawed approval. We keep fighting. | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    roar and a mass so big I m sure satellites picked it up in outer space The People s Climate March with babies wearing windmill crowns and senior citizens wearing Stop Fracking buttons signaled that a new day is dawning in America We re the movement we ve always been waiting for We re here We re big And we re going to win Which means we have no time for a worse than coal export facility for fracked gas in Maryland The FERC approval is a momentary setback It s just a prelude to the legal battle just ahead CCAN and our partners will likely sue soon demanding a proper and thorough environmental impact statement as our right by law What can you do right away to keep fighting Here s what 1 Join the rapid response demonstration that CCAN and our allies are planning outside the FERC headquarters in Washington DC this Friday Or if you re a Southern Marylander join a solidarity demonstration Friday outside the Dominion Cove Point site in Lusby And if you live in Maryland 2 Mark your calendar and join a statewide conference call on Wednesday October 8th at 7 p m We ll plot next steps on Cove Point including how to stop all gas exports by flooding our state and soon the planet with solar panels and wind turbines Join the call October 8th and learn more Meanwhile at a moment like this it s important to thank your friends and hold your opponents accountable The FERC decision on Monday is a setback There s no hiding that It s a massive failure of federal regulatory responsibility And it s a failure of political leadership That failure starts with President Obama who despite a world hurdling past 400 parts per million

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  • Letter from the Director: Why I’m an optimist | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    said Climate is destiny Change your climate and you change everything Each time I read or hear of some new natural world weirdness I look for the fingerprints of climate change and they are almost always there The massive algae bloom in Lake Erie that recently contaminated the drinking water of more than 400 000 people in the Toledo Ohio region It wasn t the heat this time It was according to a state official the incredible increase in extreme rain events that have recently plagued Ohio Scientists confirm that measurable and growing extreme precipitation events are being triggered by global warming in much of the country A warmer atmosphere holds more moisture But what goes up eventually must come down And we re learning that it tends to come down in bursts Those bursting rain events this summer have swept record amounts of livestock waste and agricultural fertilizer into Lake Erie during concentrated periods of time that have in turn triggered unprecedented algae blooms that knocked out the drinking water to nearly half a million Ohioans Of course similar disruptive events related to climate change are happening worldwide A draft report from the UN s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just released this week states that climate change is now severe and pervasive and some characteristics of it are irreversible The report is the scientific community s starkest and most strongly worded warning yet of the dangers that lie ahead unless we act And so we must act CCAN has never been busier in the fight to reduce carbon pollution in our region We continue to battle the ridiculous and destructive proposal to build a fracked gas export facility at Cove Point in Maryland We re fighting drilling and new gas pipelines across the region And we push just

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  • Rite of Passage | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    the world and then said not to worry It was a schizophrenic time those early days of parenting and climate activism I tried to manage Sasha s relationship with nature discouraging him from watching in depth nature programs on TV not wanting him to fall too much in love with all that But we also hiked and camped and fished a lot I took him to the woods whenever I could It s my passion And all his life Sasha heard me talk about Big Bend country About this desert ideal in faraway Texas and how I was going to take him there one day And then that day came Sophomore year of high school Spring break Better go now before girls and college and career intervene So we loaded up the backpacks bought carbon offsets for the long trip and boarded a flight at Reagan National New sunglasses dangled from straps around our necks High above the plains of central Texas however with nary a cloud below our plane I realize something I don t have a plan for unspooling the big messages I had assumed and hoped would come from this trip Thankfully they began unspooling themselves Look at that Sasha says pointing to hundreds of pumpjack oil wells spread thousands of feet below us Nineteenth century energy I tell him And what s that he asks pointing to an apparent matrix of rocket launchers Fracking for gas I say Twentieth century energy And then further west I spot the series of awesome white lines full of spinning giant blades Your century Sasha I say as the wind farms pass below our plane working with haughty gracefulness in the Texas breeze Yours We finally land in El Paso along the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert and head southeast by car Tiny ranch towns soon give way to nothing but creosote bush and towering yucca dust devils and lost burros When the two lane state roads finally run out five hours later we enter Big Bend National Park And it s everything I remember Did I exaggerate Did I exaggerate I ask my son He s too busy shooting photos to talk much The camera spoke softly click after click as giant agave plants float into view in golden brittle poses Then come the arroyos violently beautiful in the distance carved by a million flash floods Then the Chisos Mountains phantomlike forested painted in shadows Click Click Click And then swaths of red blooming Indian paintbrush punctuated with javelina tracks and the den doors of a strange desert rat that miraculously never ever drinks water You did not exaggerate Sasha says The camera s clicking is a memory cue for me reminding me of a speech Bill McKibben gave in 2005 addressing a group of climate activists gathered at Middlebury College Fight like hell Bill told us But be a witness too Go see the whales the rainforests There s no guarantee we ll save them all Memorize this great world the one we were born into Tell others in the future Their mistakes might be fewer if they know the greatness we once saw This had always been a central if unspoken part of this trip to Texas of course And it explained most of the trips to the woods during Sasha s childhood Be a witness my child Don t forget these things And so on our first full day at Big Bend National Park we race to the top of the highest mountain Emory Peak and toss off our backpacks There from nearly eight thousand feet we look down on an absolute kingdom It tumbles and flows below us down from a crown of pinyon pines to a robe of scrub oaks and desert flowers to a labyrinthine floor of cactuses stretching to the Rio Grande and off into Mexico We are at the summit Sasha and I at last where mountain lions roam amid rare Carmen Mountain white tailed deer And if only it had ended right there if only the story had been exclusively about life that day and not also death But the path back down the mountain does not lie It meanders past bright orange metal signs put there by rangers FIRE DANGER EXTREME and HIGH RISK OF WILDFIRE Sasha photographs these too Click Click The first decade of the twenty first century was one of the driest in Texas since record keeping began And 2011 was the driest single year of all for many parts of west Texas Like a vise the trend of severe drought intensifying over the last half century is clamping down here Scientists say rising temperatures are to blame The hotter it gets the greater the evaporation sucking moisture and life right out of the land I hear the sound of cracking twigs and crumbling pine bark under our boots as we walk through our first long stretch of dead woodlands that day It is worse than a graveyard The bodies are unburied bleached pinyon torsos countless and eerie all around us They fill narrow valleys and cover the tops of foothills in vast patches amid the still green survivors The dieback of these pines is happening all across the American West affecting everything from black chinned hummingbirds to black bears At the edge of one maze of dead trees we break for water I had worked up a little speech for years Remember when you were little I say to Sasha and how I always told you we were going to solve global warming Yeah he says I pause and then tell him for the first time about McKibben s speech Sasha is ready I figure Fifteen years old The wind farms just aren t coming fast enough I say We re going to lose a lot on this earth But like Santa Claus and sex we both know he s understood the truth long before It s good to have it out of the

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  • All About Unity: THANK YOU and Onward from the Stop Gas Exports Rally | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Louisiana and beyond We marched as people living upstream downstream and everywhere in between along the chain of impacts that would come from exporting fracked gas Together we made local and national news headlines 1 and we made history the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has hands down NEVER seen over 1 000 people protesting at their doorstep We sent a loud and clear message to President Obama and FERC that climate leaders don t frack and that we ll be back Then early the next morning 25 brave activists added their own punctuation mark After peacefully blockading the entrances to FERC headquarters for two hours they were arrested demanding that FERC reject the liquefied natural gas LNG export facility proposed at Cove Point After such an inspiring few days of action what s the next step First off you can join the families of Calvert County Maryland and demand an independent quantitative risk assessment of the worst case explosion dangers of Dominion s proposed Cove Point facility FERC has refused to do this type of standard human risk study Add your name to the petition calling on Governor Martin O Malley to step in immediately and order one himself Beyond today the immediate Cove Point campaign is likely to get tougher We know it will take more than one or two powerful protests or the record affordability of wind and solar power to change the status quo at FERC or convince President Obama to reverse course on gas exports This fight will almost certainly land in the courts and involve more direct action in the streets Stay tuned Ultimately as we keep fighting together and rocketing more stones of justice in Goliath s direction we do believe that we are winning Ruth Tyson the youngest speaker from the stage on

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  • Fracked Gas Exports: A Climate Disaster | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    the first ever DC picket line protesting Cove Point Pick a day or two from 6 23 6 27 noon 1 30pm outside of FERC headquarters in downtown DC And the timing couldn t be more crucial Earlier this year President Obama made it clear that climate change is here now and its impacts are already being felt across the nation and around the world Then on June 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency released some of the most significant climate regulations we ve seen yet laying out requirements for each state to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants The new regulations are an important step forward that could help promote the transition to cleaner energy across our region To achieve that switch however we need to address the 800 pound gorilla in the room fracked natural gas The studies are clear a global shift to reliance on natural gas fracked from deep below the earth could be equally as bad if not worse for the climate than continued reliance on coal The natural gas industry has been selling the public a bill of goods For years they ve tried to sell their product as a bridge fuel a clean alternative to coal and oil But now data from the DOE itself shows this is not true especially when the gas exported to Asia And FERC has yet to change course Enough is enough Join thousands of climate and anti fracking activists on July 13th in an historic march on Washington on to say NO to FERC s tradition of giving the gas industry what it wants at the expense of our climate economy and safety It s abundantly clear that solving the climate crisis will require keeping gas in the ground along with the tar sands the coal and the oil The gas industry spends billions on ads touting natural gas as 50 percent cleaner than coal Gas is cleaner only at the point of combustion If you calculate the greenhouse gas pollution emitted at every stage of the production process drilling piping compression shipment to Asia it s just coal by another name Earlier this week Karen Feridun of Berks Gas Truth wrote a great piece about the attendant risks that come with the increased fracking we know will result if any of the more than 20 proposed natural gas export facilities are built Fracking poses safety risks to local communities as harmful chemicals are released into the air and water It also triggers the start of a chain of climate pollution In the process of fracking piping and liquefying natural gas the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 1 4 of natural gas escapes as methane into the atmosphere Methane is 84 times more powerful at trapping heat in the atmosphere than CO2 over a 20 year time frame Gas exports will increase the demand for fracking and transporting natural gas meaning more and more climate polluting methane will be leaking into the atmosphere When you add

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  • Mike Tidwell, Director | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    s always exciting when we can report some good news Earlier this Continued June 2014 Maryland June 19 2014 By Mike Tidwell Director Share Dear Marylanders As we fight back against big polluters and a government that too often caters to them it s always exciting when we can report some good news Earlier this Continued Wrapping Up the Maryland General Assembly 2014 April 15 2014 By Mike Tidwell Director Share In the final days of the 2014 legislative session the Maryland General Assembly despite passing many strong bills on climate change in recent years voted to effectively stop Continued We Need a Surgeon General s Report for Fracked Gas Exports at Cove Point February 21 2014 By Mike Tidwell Director Share This piece by CCAN Director Mike Tidwell Katie Huffling Program Director for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and Joelle Novey Director of Interfaith Power and Light was originially published Continued A Big Fracking Lie January 22 2014 By Mike Tidwell Director Share Politico Magazine By Bill Mckibben and Mike Tidwell If you want to know just how bad an idea it is for America to ship fracked natural gas to overseas markets Continued Chesapeake Climate Action Network s Response Letter Refuting Dominion Claims on Cove Point December 11 2013 By Mike Tidwell Director Share December 11 2013 Mr Daniel A WeekleyVice President Government AffairsDominion Resources120 Tredegar St Richmond VA 23219 Dear Mr Weekley I am in receipt of you letter dated November 25 2013 Continued Camp David to the White House The first three days of extreme heat and high spirits July 22 2013 By Mike Tidwell Director Share I ve walked thirty miles across Maryland the past three days in the middle of the worst heat wave of the year The heat index has soared

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  • Feds Must Weigh Climate Harm of Mountain Valley Pipeline, Along with Clean Energy Alternatives | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    energy alternatives Drew Gallagher Virginia Organizer for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network had the following statement Virginia is facing an unprecedented expansion of fracked gas infrastructure with potentially disastrous consequences for our climate health homes and unique natural resources Along with Dominion s Atlantic Coast Pipeline the Mountain Valley Pipeline would lock us into decades more reliance on a dirty fossil fuel that s as bad as coal for the climate In conducting its review FERC must stop turning a blind eye to the climate harm of fracked gas and start prioritizing truly clean alternatives Studies show methane traps heat 86 times more effectively than carbon dioxide No review will be adequate unless FERC considers the full cycle of greenhouse gas pollution that the project will trigger from fracking wells to compressor stations to all 301 miles of pipeline to the burning of the gas A Chesapeake Climate Action Network analysis shows that investing 3 2 billion into clean energy alternatives instead of another fossil fuel pipeline would be a far better deal for Virginia For instance if Mountain Valley LLC invested 3 2 billion in solar energy it could conservatively fund the installation of enough solar panels to power more than 273 000 Virginia homes and reduce carbon emissions at a rate equal to taking more than 407 000 cars off the road 1 Investing this 3 2 billion in wind energy would bring similar benefits while creating 4 770 jobs during construction and 1 180 permanent jobs annually 1 By contrast a widely criticized study funded by Mountain Valley LLC estimated that the pipeline would support 4 300 construction jobs and 34 permanent jobs which doesn t factor in the significant economic costs or job losses that could result from leaks explosions declining property values and harm to

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  • New Study Deepens Case that Gas Exports at Cove Point Will Be Worse for the Climate than Coal | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    greenhouse gas emissions resulting from liquefied natural gas LNG exports Over a 20 year timeframe DOE found that the lifecycle leakage rate would need to stay below 1 4 when exporting U S LNG to Asia Dominion Resources intends to invest 3 8 billion to export up to 5 75 million metric tons of LNG to India and Japan each year out of Cove Point Maryland These latest findings provide more evidence that domestic methane leakage rates are high enough to negate any climate benefits of exported natural gas when compared to regional coal fired electricity in those countries Furthermore as the Chesapeake Climate Action Network explained in a white paper on the subject if domestic leakage rates are higher than EPA estimates or if the natural gas pipeline infrastructure in India or Japan leak methane at higher rates than U S pipelines then the immediate climate impacts of LNG from Cove Point would be much worse for the climate than coal if exports began today This new EDF study comes on the heels of the Obama Administration s first ever proposed methane pollution standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities a landmark announcement on August 18th that will blunt the projected growth of methane and smog forming pollution produced by the industry While the standards proposed by the administration would cover new and modified facilities existing oil and gas equipment would be exempt from the rule thereby allowing operators to continue to pollute our air with methane and toxic chemicals Mike Tidwell director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network had the following statement This new study on gas industry pollution emissions proves yet again that the Cove Point gas export facility in Maryland will be worse for global warming than burning coal We now know the lifecycle

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/new-study-deepens-case-that-gas-exports-at-cove-point-will-be-worse-for-the-climate-than-coal/ (2016-05-02)
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