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  • Annapolis wrap-up: What happened in the 2015 Maryland Legislative Session? | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    electricity standard HB 377 SB 373 fell short In a vote last Thursday the Senate Finance committee failed to pass the Clean Energy Advancement Act But there s a silver lining The committee chair and vice chair both voted with us giving us a strong foundation to build on next year We ve also built significant momentum behind the bill in numerous other ways thanks to the persistent action of CCAN volunteers like you as well as the faith business health and labor leaders who joined the call for cleaner energy Click here for a round up of the momentum you helped build in 2015 and get ready to keep pushing Here s an update on the other bills we ve worked on in 2015 including a significant clean energy bright spot VICTORY on local solar solutions The General Assembly passed a bill to establish a 3 year community solar pilot program in Maryland Starting in 2016 the bill HB 1087 SB 398 will set up a process for groups of Marylanders i e not just individual homeowners to split the credits for electricity generated by a shared solar installation This will introduce a new model to Maryland that gives renters and low and moderate income residents access to the benefits of solar energy Shedding light on the risks of crude oil trains We got halfway there in advancing legislation HB 1073 to require a state study of the risks of crude oil train accidents in Maryland The House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly 123 to 14 to pass the legislation but the bill then stalled in the Senate Finance Committee As more and more tankers carrying explosive oil from North Dakota move through Maryland CCAN will continue to work at multiple levels to protect our communities Stay tuned Paid sick

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/annapolis-wrap-up-what-happened-in-the-maryland-2015-legislative-session/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Marylanders come to Annapolis to say NO to fracking! | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    legislators as parents to move forward on fracking We then heard from health experts Dr Gina Angiola and Dr Annie Bristow on the dangers to our communities from the fracking chemicals that could travel into our land air and water JT Stanley a student at University of Maryland College Park and Wenonah Hauter Executive Director of Food and Water Watch fired up the crowd with stories of the anti fracking movement across the country and how students are building power on campus to fight climate change and fossil fuels The rally ended with a powerful message from the citizens of Western Maryland Tiffany Blackden owner of The Alley Bowling Lanes and Nadine Grabania of Deep Creek Cellars reflected on how their businesses would be impacted if fracking came to their region Tiffany and her family would have to relocate due to their son s chemical sensitivity and fracking would put the water source of Nadine s winery at risk of contamination potentially destroying the business The rally was just the first act in the anti fracking day of action In the afternoon the Protect Our Health and Communities Act was up for its first Senate hearing in the 2015 General Assembly With our cheers of Don t Frack Maryland ringing in the ears of the 12 senators on the Education Health and Environmental Affairs committee we reconvened at for the Senate hearing nearly six hours later to testify on why we need a long term moratorium on fracking Over 20 citizens testified in favor of the bill including experts on health from the Maryland Nurses Association as well as environmental advocates from Clean Water Action and the Sierra Club Marylanders already living with the effects of natural gas infrastructure testified on its harmful impacts on their community including Ann Nau

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/marylanders-come-to-annapolis-to-say-no-to-fracking/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Meet the newest members of our CCAN Virginia team | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    to sea level rise This presents an opportunity for a Southern state to take bold steps forward on climate change and hopefully lead others in its direction I m excited to be working on our Safe Coast Campaign to make this a reality Harrison I grew up in the commonwealth I went to college here and my family has long standing roots here I love Virginia because it has the best of both worlds a beautiful coastline and breathtaking mountains So I joined CCAN to do my part to make sure that our wonderful natural resources will be here for my future children and grandchildren We are at a crossroads in history and I will work tirelessly to make sure that Virginia ends up going in the right direction Lauren I m a CCAN employee because I care about conservation of fragile ecosystems and I love solar energy Also I lived in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and my house flooded in Hurricane Sandy in Greenpoint Brooklyn so I am concerned about extreme weather What has inspired you most working for CCAN so far Charlie The incredible activists that I get to work with every day Day in and day out they are committed to fighting for climate solutions Harrison Listening to Reverend Yearwood s speech and joining over 100 activists in running into freezing water for our annual polar plunge Lauren I ve been inspired by the willingness of volunteers to engage with their elected officials through lobbying and call ins during this 2015 legislative session I think engaging with elected officials on a regular basis and holding them accountable for their decisions on key issues is something we all need to do more of What have you contributed to bringing about a clean energy revolution that you are

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/meet-the-newest-members-of-our-ccan-virginia-team/ (2016-05-02)
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  • How you can get involved with Global Divestment Day | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    turn up the heat on divestment opponents There is a lot happening in DC Maryland and Virginia for Global Divestment Day and we want you to know about it all Click here to find an action near you On Friday February 13th join DC Divest 350 MoCo and divestment campaigns from around the DC metro area for the biggest public mobilization yet we re going to show this city that we are ready to make fossil fuels history Getting our cities and universities to stop investing in fossil fuel companies doesn t just protect our money against risk from the carbon bubble it sends a clear message bankrolling climate destruction is immoral It s time to invest in clean energy Click here to RSVP for the DC area Global Divestment Day action this Friday at 5 30 p m in Dupont Circle 350MoCo is also planning their own event something a little different in which each of us will tell the world why we care about divestment The more voices the greater the impact Here s what to do Download and print this 8 ½ x 11 sign that asks Why invest fossil free There s a large empty space under the question for you to write your own answer Keep it short clear and legible and if it feels right make it personal Get someone to take a photo of you holding up your sign with your answer There s an example photo attached Email the photo to GDD350moco gmail com the sooner the better but any time up until Feb 13 th is okay We want lots of photos so if you can forward this email to friends family co workers students religious communities and anyone else you can think of to make one as well and ask

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/heres-how-you-can-get-involved-with-global-divestment-day-in-dc-md-and-va/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Here’s why the Virginia Coastal Protection Act is gaining more and more support | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    local adaptation plans and acknowledge that coordination throughout all levels of government is required to provide adequate solutions to the region s growing flooding risks Union of Concerned Scientists Virginia is already experiencing coastal impacts including an increase in the frequency and severity of tidal flooding Scientists in Virginia and around the nation have documented how the problem of rising sea level which is largely the result of our changing climate will continue to get worse Only one of the bills the committee is taking up offers a common sense solution to cut the carbon pollution that fuels climate change and decrease its devastating impacts on the state Unfortunately the remaining three bills would leave Virginia on a trajectory that exacerbates their existing dilemma Efforts to block the carbon pollution rules that promise greater coastal protections cleaner air and a safer climate seem shortsighted and ill advised Virginia Housing Coalition This bill would directly aid our main constituency low and moderate income renters and homeowners At least half of the 30 that would go towards energy efficiency and clean energy programs under this bill would go towards energy efficiency improvements for the low and moderate residential sectors This arrangement would have the dual benefit of aiding Virginia in reaching its energy use and carbon reduction goals while helping Virginians that struggle with the cost of their housing save money and live more comfortably Virginia Student Environmental Coalition The stakes of inaction are not limited to fluctuations in electricity prices Failure to address carbon emissions within our state is a gamble with the future of the youth generation today and with the viability of this planet to house your grandchildren I implore you to stand up for future generations by supporting this common sense legislation I ask you to be responsible

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/virginia-coastal-protection-act-is-common-sense-solution-to-fight-climate-change-in-hampton-roads/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Watch: Maryland comes together to support DOUBLING wind and solar | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    choice for Maryland We know that climate change affects all of us but in many different ways Here in Maryland our coastal cities are already feeling the impacts of climate change as flooding intensifies and marshland disappears More than 85 percent of Marylanders live in areas that fail to meet the nation s clean air standards and the state has the notorious distinction of being the worst in the eastern U S for ground level ozone pollution These health burdens harm low income people and people of color disproportionately More clean energy can reverse this trend Our new coalition reflects that and mirrors what thousands of groups are doing throughout the nation partnering with new allies and supporting a greater movement for justice There s a new understanding growing that climate justice is part of a broader social movement that we won t be able to achieve a sustainable future without economic equality That s why for this campaign we ve partnered with dozens of new groups across the economic justice labor health and faith communities Click here to watch and share our new video Featured in the video are some of our strongest and newest partnerships Maryland Working Families is championing a Paid Sick Days campaign in Annapolis so workers won t need to choose between staying home and losing a day s pay and coming in and infecting their co workers They ve joined our campaign because they support renewable energy and more job opportunities in safer and cleaner technologies and infrastructure We ve joined up with Maryland and DC 1199 SEIU because healthcare workers see the effects of climate change everyday in the form of asthma and air pollution Renewable energy means cleaner air and a healthier environment as well as billions saved in healthcare costs The

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/watch-maryland-comes-together-to-support-doubling-wind-and-solar/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Republican Delegate Unveils First-Ever State Legislation to Raise $200 Million Annually for Flooding Adaptation and Climate Mitigation | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    saying for years that we need significant revenues dedicated to addressing this risk My bill provides a good start and I hope it leads to more solutions to address this problem both public and private While mayors Navy officials and legislators from both parties acknowledge that immediate action and significant money is needed to prepare for the growing impacts of sea level rise on Virginia s coast the state currently has no dedicated source of funds to do so The Virginia Coastal Protection Act would solve this problem by joining Virginia into a market based system called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI Virginia s participation in RGGI would raise 200 million or more annually by the year 2020 The bill specifies that half of the RGGI revenues would be dedicated to fund sea level rise and recurrent flooding adaptation projects in Hampton Roads Living in Norfolk the second most vulnerable area in the country to sea level rise fueled by climate change my home and the homes of my friends and family are already at risk added Norfolk resident Chris Scanton We are living on the front lines and I appreciate Del Villanueva s leadership in introducing this legislation The rate of sea level rise on Virginia s coast is close to the fastest in the nation Coastal residents regularly change their routes to work or school to avoid flooded roads A recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists paints a grim picture for the future According to the UCS minor tidal flooding driven by sea level rise will be so common by 2045 that it could happen about every other day Dawone Robinson Virginia Policy Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network said Those who live and visit Hampton Roads know that flooding has become one of

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/republican-delegate-unveils-first-ever-state-legislation-to-raise-200-million-annually-for-flooding-adaptation-and-climate-mitigation/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Rachel Mandelbaum, Online Organizer | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    banning the controversial Continued Top 10 reasons to take the Polar Bear Plunge December 16 2014 By Rachel Mandelbaum Online Organizer Share On Saturday January 24th for the 10th year in a row CCAN supporters will run into freezing waters to raise funds for the most important cause of all a stable Continued Maryland Gov Martin O Malley Releases Long Awaited Report on the Potential Risks of Fracking in Maryland November 25 2014 By Rachel Mandelbaum Online Organizer Share Statement from Mike Tidwell Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network Contact Mike Tidwell 240 460 5838 mtidwell chesapeakeclimate org The Chesapeake Climate Action Network commends Governor O Malley and his agency leaders for their Continued Over 4 000 Petitions Delivered to Gov O Malley NO Fracking in Maryland October 21 2014 By Rachel Mandelbaum Online Organizer Share On Thursday October 16 dozens of CCAN activists converged in Annapolis to deliver over 4 000 petitions to Governor O Malley urging him to keep our state s moratorium on fracking in place Continued Why We Oppose the Proposed Exelon Pepco Merger October 2 2014 By Rachel Mandelbaum Online Organizer Share In April the giant utility company Exelon announced plans to buy Pepco the electricity utility that serves customers in Maryland and Washington D C Exelon would become the biggest power distributor in Maryland Continued New Report How Will Climate Driven Flooding Impact the Mid Atlantic September 19 2014 By Rachel Mandelbaum Online Organizer Share On September 16th Climate Central released an updated version of its Surging Seas report which maps out the impacts our coasts could face from storm driven flooding as sea levels continue to rise The report shows that in Continued Everything you need to know People s Climate March this Sunday September 18 2014 By Rachel Mandelbaum Online Organizer

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/author/rmandelbaum/page/3/ (2016-05-02)
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