Tell Governor Brown: Ban Fracking Now
Sacramento – January 6, Sierra Room, California Environmental Protection Agency Building, 10th and I streets, 3–7 p.m.
Public hearings on the draft environmental impact report:
Oakland – December 10, Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th St., 4-8 p.m.
Learn more about California fracking and our "Fracking Pollutes California" billboard in Los Angeles. If you can't make it to any of the hearings but live in California, take action online now.
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• Dec. 11: Frack for Shale Oil or Fight Climate Change — You Can’t Do Both (CA)
California is on the precipice of ramping up fracking for dirty, carbon intensive shale oil. At the same time, we purport to be leading the fight against climate change. So Californians are rising up to say no to fracking, and nationwide, environmentalists and social justice advocates are rising up in record numbers to stop coal. At the same time, the 21st century clean-energy revolution — embracing improved energy efficiency, solar and wind power, and electric vehicles — is gathering speed. What lies between? Can replacing coal with natural gas “bridge” the nation to clean energy? Can California frack for shale oil and fight climate change at the same time?
New data says “no fracking way.” Join renowned Dr. Anthony Ingraffea to discuss the threats posed by oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing to our water, our air, and the global climate.
This event is free, but RSVP here.
When: Wednesday, December 11. Doors open at 7, talk begins at 8.
Where: David Brower Center
Sponsored By: Earthworks, 350.org, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environmental Health, Clean Water Action, David Brower Center, Friends of the Earth, Physicians, Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy, Californians Against Fracking
Learn more about fracking in California.
Anthony Ingraffea, P.h. D., P.E., is the Dwight C. Baum Professor and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow in the College of Engineering at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1977. He is also director of the Cornell Fracture Group and co-editor-in-chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics. Dr. Ingraffea performed R&D for the oil and gas industry from 1984 through 2001 and is one of the most prominent national experts on the risks to water supplies from hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas. He has been outspoken about the need for sound independent science on the impacts of oil and gas development, and for stronger protections for people and the environment. In 2011, Dr. Ingraffea, along with research partner Dr. Robert Howarth and actor Mark Ruffalo, was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people of the year for his work exposing shale oil and gas impacts and shaping the debate on fracking.
Join us this Thursday for the final Climate Reality Check Coalition conference call of 2013. We're so pleased to have Ralph Nader and Kevin Kamps join our call to discuss why nuclear power is a false solution to the climate crisis.
The climate crisis is already upon us. The world's leading climate scientists agree that time is rapidly running out and that urgent steps are needed to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions. In recent months a small number of prominent climate activists have been urging the movement to accept nuclear power as a necessary part of the mix needed to get us off fossil fuels. Ralph Nader is a prominent spokesperson for the view that uranium fuel, as an alternative to fossil fuels, is a false choice and to address climate change and the consequences of dirty energy we must move toward a safe, efficient, sustainable and democratic energy economy, rather than promote dangerous solutions like nuclear power and fracking.
Ralph Nader and Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear will discuss why going nuclear is not the answer. Our discussion will include:
When: 3 p.m. Eastern/2 p.m. Ccentral/1 p.m. Mountain/noon Pacific
Call-in number: 209-647-1600, code 615986
To RSVP: Click here.
If you have any questions, please e-mail Climate Campaign CorrRose Braz.
Learn about the Center's Climate Law Institute.
The California Coastal Commission is meeting in San Francisco, giving us a golden opportunity to directly urge them to halt dangerous offshore fracking. Hazmat suit clad activists bearing surfboards will deliver a letter signed by more than 75 organizations across the state calling on the Commission to halt offshore fracking. Bring your surf or boogie board and we’ll bring you a hazmat suit.
When: Thursday, December 12 at noon
Where: Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf, 250 Beach St., San Francisco, CA 94133
Learn more about fracking in California.
President Barack Obama will be vacationing in Oahu for the holidays — and the Center needs your help to welcome him in a big way.
Our own Frostpaw the Polar Bear, who loves to accompany us (or represent us) in all kinds of actions, has been all across the continental United States this year, following the president with a critical message: Reject the Keystone XL pipeline and phase out all the other deadly fossil fuel projects driving polar bears and other species — including humans — into hot water through climate change.
Now Frostpaw is making a special trip outside the lower 48 — to Oahu, Hawaii — to urge President Obama to give us the best holiday gift of all: a livable future. From December 23 to January 5, Frostpaw and the Center will be hosting rallies and other actions on the island in order to be seen and heard by President Obama.
This is our chance to show Obama that Oahu (which has plenty to lose in the Keystone controversy, considering global warming-driven sea-level rise) won't stand for Keystone XL and the climate catastrophe it would hasten.
The exact location and timing of our Oahu events are yet to be determined as we get more information on the president's schedule.
But if you'll be in Oahu and want to get involved, please email our Keystone XL Campaigner Valerie Love to get more information and RSVP. You can also keep checking this page to stay updated.
Visit our No Keystone XL Web page for activism tools to help you publicly reject the proposed pipeline, and check out our In Harm's Way page for background on the pipeline and the sensitive species it will hurt.
Bats in North America are in grave jeopardy. Foremost among the threats they face is white-nose syndrome, a new fungal disease that first showed up near Albany, New York, in 2006. It has since spread to nearly all of the eastern, southern and midwestern states, and it's moving rapidly across Canada as well. White-nose syndrome is pushing several bat species to the brink of extinction, which could have ripple effects on farms, forests and human health.
Want to know more — and learn how to help? Wildlife biologist Mollie Matteson, a conservation advocate at the Center, will talk about why bats are important and the multiple threats to these amazing animals' survival — including not only disease, but pesticides, climate change and large-scale wind energy. Mollie's presentation is part of the North Branch Nature Center's Naturalist Journeys Slide Show and Lecture Series.
When: 7 p.m.
Host an Action to Stop Keystone
Learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline.
Amphibians around the world are disappearing, and nearly a third are threatened with extinction. To better understand and conserve these animals, scientists need more information on their locations. And what better way to get the right info from around the globe than through people like you?
Fimmaker Josh Fox galvanized the world against fracking with his film Gasland. Now, he's doing it again with the sequel Gasland II — but this time, he's targeting another level ofcontamination due to fracking: "The contamination of our democracy through the intense influence of oil and gas corporations on our political system.
"The result," says the film's website, "is every bit as shocking as the first film."
Learn more about the Center's campaign against fracking.
Penguin photo by Michael Van Woert
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