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  • Upcoming Events | SHORE STORIES FILM SCREENING – Norfolk | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    County GreenFest Baltimore Celebration of Climate Bill Victories On Tuesday May 3rd 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 and the climate After the screening we ll discuss what we can do to help our friends in the Gulf and the Arctic because we know that drilling anywhere hurts us everywhere Join us on for a special screening of Shore Stories on Tuesday May 3rd at 7pm at the Old Dominion University Theatre As we celebrate our hard work this is a great opportunity to learn more about what we avoided and the dangers that our friends in other areas of the country are facing The event will be an opportunity to learn network and take action to protect ALL of our oceans WHEN Tuesday May 3rd 7pm WHERE Old

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/event/shore-stories-film-screening-norfolk/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Upcoming Events | Baltimore Celebration of Climate Bill Victories | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    a celebration The 2016 session was huge for climate action within Maryland and Baltimore played a crucial role in that success Join us as we celebrate the passage of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act and the Clean Energy Jobs Act This could not have been done without the help of all the volunteers Town Councils and County delegations who came together to help move this legislation forward Join us for

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/event/baltimore-celebration-of-climate-bill-victories/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Keep Maryland Frack-Free | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Texas based company has already leased land to frack for gas in the Virginia portion of this same basin In 2011 Governor O Malley issued a temporary three year executive order that put a hold on drilling permits in Maryland and created a commission to assess whether or not fracking poses unacceptable risks to Marylanders The resulting studies warned of many significant risks especially to our health if fracking is allowed to proceed Marylanders Oppose Fracking A long term hold on drilling in Maryland is not only the right choice it s what the Maryland public wants The latest Washington Post poll found 56 percent of Maryland voters oppose fracking A February 2015 OpinionWorks poll found that 68 percent of voters want the General Assembly to put either an outright ban or a long term moratorium on fracking A recent Goucher poll found that 59 percent agree natural gas drilling in Maryland poses a major risk to the state s water resources and 60 percent agree the gas industry benefits from natural gas extraction at the expense of local communities and citizens The Facts on Fracking Fracking is a dangerous drilling method used to extract natural gas from shale rock It involves drilling L shaped pipelines deep underground and pumping a mixture of water sand and toxic chemicals through them at high pressures to crack apart the rock and release gas packed within The chemicals used in fracking include benzene xylene and toluene all of which are known carcinogens Significant volumes of fracking fluid come back up to the surface loaded with heavy metals toxic chemicals and radioactive materials This hazardous wastewater poses an enormous disposal challenge and the toxic chemicals in fracking fluid threaten to leach into our drinking water The industrial well pads machinery and truck traffic that come along with the drilling process disrupt rural towns straining infrastructure clogging roads and adding to noise and air pollution The evidence is mounting showing fracking is dangerous to our health Especially concerning researchers are finding associations between proximity to oil and gas development and increases in birth defects and other adverse birth outcomes Because some effects may take years to show up the nature and the severity of the long term cumulative health impacts of fracking and drilling are still unknown Fracking is a statewide threat in Maryland The Marcellus Shale is probably the best known gas basin in the nation It s an enormous underground rock formation that spans areas from New York to Virginia including Maryland s Garrett and Allegany counties But that s not all Maryland sits atop not one but five gas basins that the natural gas industry could frack Join the Movement to ban fracking in Maryland Over 70 groups and counting in Maryland have added their names to a position statement calling for a ban on fracking from climate groups like CCAN to river keepers outfitters service unions public interest organizations health groups farmers and faith groups And local opposition to fracking is

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/maryland/fracking/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Fighting Dangerous Oil Trains in Baltimore | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Explosive Trains This photo shows the aftermath of a DOT 111 train derailment and subsequent explosion that brought crude oil into Lac Mégantic Québec The explosion killed 47 The Bakken crude oil that the oil industry is moving on trains is more toxic and explosive than conventional oil It contains a higher concentration of flammable methane and toxic fracking chemicals Not only are the contents extremely hazardous but the trains themselves are outdated and dangerous A study by the National Transportation Safety Board found that crude oil trains have a high incidence of failure The oldest model trains labeled DOT 111 have derailed dozens of times in the past year But newer CPC 1232 train car models have also exploded in recent derailments When accidents happen the human and environmental impacts are costly The deadliest oil train explosion occurred in July 2013 in Lac Me gantic Que bec Twenty crude oil trains derailed and exploded killing 47 people and flattening 30 buildings In April 2014 10 newer tank cars carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Lynchburg VA spilling about 30 000 gallons of Bakken crude oil and setting the James River on fire for two hours Since January 2015 five trains have derailed and exploded across North America In May 2015 the U S Department of Transportation issued new rules intended to improve the safety of oil trains However the rules include loopholes and weak standards that would allow hazardous trains on the rails for years to come Air Pollution Disproportionate Impacts to South Baltimore The South Baltimore area that oil companies want to use as a gateway for processing and shipping crude oil already bears a disproportionate burden of toxic industrial pollution compared to the rest of Maryland In particular the Curtis Bay neighborhood of South Baltimore is the most polluted neighborhood in the state of Maryland hosting 37 percent of all toxic stationary source air pollution in Maryland and more than 87 percent of all toxic stationary source air pollution in Baltimore City Climate Change Deepening Dependence on Harmful Fossil Fuels The tremendous growth of Bakken shale oil production in North Dakota has also led to a rapid rise in the production of associated natural gas which is often flared off on site so much so that it can be seen from space Flaring at the Bakken shale emits roughly 6 7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year which is the greenhouse gas pollution equivalent of adding about 1 4 million cars onto the road each year Fracking wells leak gases into groundwater and into the air One of the gases methane is approximately 86 times as potent a greenhouse gas pollutant as carbon dioxide over a 20 year timeframe The combination of flaring and methane leakage during Bakken oil extraction contributes to cumulative heat trapping emissions that are potentially much higher than other sources of oil Community Organizing Beating Back Big Oil s Plans Mayors first responders neighborhood associations and citizens are coming

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/maryland/fighting-crude-oil-by-rail-in-baltimore/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Safe Coast Virginia | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    their route to work or school to avoid flooded roads or vacuum out water logged basements they are confronting the local impacts of global climate change driven by the burning of fossil fuels like coal oil and gas What s at risk The stakes for our communities and economy are high Hampton Roads is home to about 1 7 million people yet the region has no strong plan for evacuation and shelter in case of a weather disaster The Tidewater region is critical to our national security possessing the world s largest naval base and extensive military and federal infrastructure Climate change poses a threat to these installations and our military readiness Prominent historical sites like Jamestown Island and Colonial Williamsburg are at risk of disappearing due to sea level rise and stronger storms A thriving beach industry which generated 1 28 billion in 2012 alone Extensive import and export infrastructure which supports the local economy and provides jobs Port activity impacts the Hampton Roads economy substantially generating 12 3 billion in local output In the U S the Hampton Roads region is second only to New Orleans as home to the most people at greatest risk from flooding caused by rising sea levels Residents are already seeing the consequences living on the front lines of climate impacts driven by fossil fuel industry pollution Chronic flooding is forcing the raising of homes roadways and naval infrastructure and it s only getting worse Scientists predict that sea levels could rise by as much as seven feet within this century In the event of a major storm there is no effective plan to evacuate and shelter residents even as warming ocean temperatures and longer hurricane seasons increase the risk of superstorms like Sandy To highlight the stories of Virginia s coastal families living on the front lines of climate change we along with our partners at Virginia Organizing and the Virginia Sierra Club created Flood of Voices a website dedicated to the stories of those being affected by rising tides and flooding especially those whose voices are not normally heard Click here to hear stories from Flood of Voices It s Time to Make Hampton Roads a Ground Zero for Solutions While adapting to the sea level rise we re locked into we must invest in Virginia clean energy to reduce the pollution at the root of the problem If we want to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming we need to keep at least two thirds of the world s known fossil fuel reserves in the ground In Virginia that means we need to phase out dirty energy and transition to clean energy sources like offshore wind and solar power Yet our largest utility company Dominion Virginia Power plans to increase carbon emissions by 37 over the next 15 years Instead of accepting Dominion s regressive plan we need to pass state legislation that incentivizes Virginia based clean energy solutions including a mandatory Renewable Portfolio Standard while removing existing barriers to

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/virginia/safe-coast/ (2016-05-02)
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  • No New Pipelines in Virginia | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    project calling it part of Virginia s world class energy infrastructure A growing coalition of grassroots groups are working to oppose the Mountain Valley Pipeline including groups like Preserve the New River Valley and Preserve Franklin CCAN has been supporting opponents of the pipeline in organizing music festivals and rallies to bring attention to the issue and raise the funds to keep fighting this dirty and dangerous project and worked with groups to bring landowners farmers and others living along the route of this pipeline to open houses and scoping meetings The Mountain Valley Pipeline formally filed its application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with FERC in October 2015 While applying after the Atlantic Coast Pipeline due to FERC requests of ACP the Mountain Valley Pipeline is seen to be farther along in its application process FERC is currently developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the MVP that we expect to see in either May or June of 2016 CCAN is continuing to build grassroots opposition and a robust legal case The Appalachian Connector Williams Company is expected to propose the Appalachian Connector a pipeline through the Roanoke Valley and Southside Virginia that would connect West Virginia shale basins with the company s existing Transco system the highest volume fracked gas pipeline system in the U S The WB Xpress Project Columbia Pipeline Group is proposing the WB Express Project a 1 3 billion cubic feet per day capacity enhancement project that would include a new compressor station in Fairfax County In January 2016 Columbia Pipeline Group became the 3rd company in 4 months to submit an application for a major new pipeline project in Virginia the WB Xpress expansion project CCAN quickly organized a community meeting in Oakton to help spread the word and begin developing a burgeoning resistance in Northern Virginia Virginia Needs Wind and Solar Solutions Not Dirty and Dangerous Pipelines Contrary to industry claims Virginia doesn t need these new pipelines In fact much of the gas is likely to flow through Virginia rather than power Virginia We can build a new Virginia economy by investing in solar and wind power creating more permanent jobs clean energy for Virginia and a more stable climate without jeopardizing our homes health and heritage For the over 5 billion that Dominion is proposing to spend on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline a Chesapeake Climate Action Network Analysis found that we could Install enough solar panels to power nearly 400 000 Virginia homes 1 Reduce carbon emissions at a rate equal to taking 600 000 2 cars off the road Installing and maintaining this solar industry would create 2 500 temporary construction jobs and support 216 permanent jobs annually 3 plus additional jobs due to lower energy prices over time and improved health outcomes of workers across the state By comparison the Dominion commissioned Chmura analytical economy report predicted that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would support 1462 short term jobs and 118 jobs annually 4 The Stakes

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/virginia/no-new-pipelines-in-virginia/ (2016-05-02)
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  • A DC Carbon Tax: For Clean Energy and a Fair Economy | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    to fight climate change and spur more clean energy Here s how it could work in DC 1 Make polluters pay Companies that buy and sell fossil fuels in the District would pay a tax on each ton of heat trapping pollution they cause The price rising steadily over time would reflect the damage these emissions inflict on our health air and water and climate 2 Rebate 100 of the revenue to DC residents Starting on day one all of the money raised would be returned in equal amounts through a quarterly dividend to every D C resident This would put more money into the pockets of DC families ensuring that low income and middle class residents are better off in the transition to clean energy The dividend would more than offset any rise in consumer prices for the vast majority of residents In fact an analysis of similar federal legislation found that the median family of four would receive a net benefit of about 260 per year increasing steadily over time 3 Ensure cleaner air and a healthier economy A carbon tax will mean less carbon pollution wrecking our lungs and our atmosphere more investment into energy efficiency solutions and a faster transition to clean renewable energy sources DC families would benefit both economically and environmentally from cleaner air and water new jobs created in energy efficiency and renewable energy and more money in family bank accounts DC Can Lead the Way to a Just and Sustainable Economy By pledging to slash greenhouse gas emissions 50 by 2032 DC has already committed to one of the boldest climate action goals in the county By putting a price on carbon pollution and rebating 100 percent of the proceeds back to District residents the city could turn that goal into a

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/dc-federal/a-dc-carbon-tax-for-clean-energy-and-a-fair-economy/ (2016-05-02)
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  • A Climate Solution: Cap and Dividend | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    PAY Any company that extracts new fossil fuels from the ground or imports them into the U S must buy a permit at a government organized auction for every ton of CO2 those fossil fuels will emit into the atmosphere In this way companies that bring new fossil fuels into the economy are held responsible for the pollution they trigger REBATE 100 OF THE MONEY RAISED TO U S RESIDENTS All of the money raised will be returned in equal amounts through a quarterly dividend to every U S resident with a valid Social Security number WE ACHIEVE A HEALTHY CLIMATE AND GREATER ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR FAMILIES By putting a price on the fossil fuels responsible for harming the planet we will help unleash the clean energy solutions needed to save it Our families benefit from a healthier environment and the quarterly rebate ensures the great majority of American families are better off in the process For more information on this newly introduced bill check out http climateandprosperity org Why cap and dividend will work Cap and dividend is a simple and fair means of reducing carbon emissions The Cap Big polluters bid on a limited number of permits to purchase fuel that will cause CO2 emissions For example the amount of coal a coal company could sell to utilities would be purchased annually and that amount would decrease as earth s atmosphere approached science based carbon cap targets The Dividend 100 of the money raised from these auctions is returned directly to taxpayers Each citizen would receive an equal quarterly refund a dividend to cover likely price increases in utility and gas expenses With an initial auction price of 10 ton of CO2 a median family of four would receive a net benefit of about 260 per year All

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/dc-federal/cap-dividend/ (2016-05-02)
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