Join us July 13 in DC!
CALL TO ACTION
This spring, even as the world’s leading scientists released new warnings that we must transition rapidly toward clean energy in the next 15 years to prevent runaway climate change, wealthy oil and gas corporations have been pushing a brand-new radical plan – on President Obama’s watch – to move us in exactly the wrong direction.
That's why, on Sunday, July 13th, as a decisive decision deadline nears in Washington, DC, we’re coming together for the first national rally to say “no!” to fracked gas exports at Cove Point and other proposed sites nationwide. Fracking fighters everywhere, movement leaders like Tim DeChristopher and Sandra Steingraber, mothers fending off compressor stations, fathers fighting pipelines – and everyday people demanding solutions to climate change – will march together by the thousands. Then, on the very next day, those of us who are ready and able will risk arrest together.
Here’s why we need you with us: The same fossil fuel companies that are forcing a toxic legacy of fracking on communities from Pennsylvania to Texas to California – and standing in the way of clean energy – now want fast-tracked approval from the Obama administration to up their polluting agenda. They want to frack more gas from deep under the Earth, but this time to pipe it and compress it through our farms, fields, and neighborhoods to our nation’s coastlines. From the Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of Mexico to the Oregon coast, they are proposing to build more than 20 gas export facilities. These terminals would super-cool gas to 260 degrees below zero via massive industrial “liquefaction” systems and then ship the gas overseas to be burned (almost entirely) in Asia – all at the overall carbon pollution equivalent of coal.
If the gas industry has its way, it will ship so much carbon overseas it will be like building 100 new coal plants. Fracking wells and their associated explosion-prone infrastructure will proliferate. And over time it could double or even triple the current domestic price of gas.
This July, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be nearing its decision on one such export facility – Cove Point – that would be just 50 miles from the White House on the Chesapeake Bay. This Cove Point terminal would drain huge pools of Marcellus Shale gas for export 6,000 miles to Asia. It would be the first such liquefied natural gas export facility – containing a processing “train” of highly hazardous and volatile materials – ever built right next to a residential neighborhood. Local residents are deeply concerned about an accident on the facility that could escalate into a major fire or other life-threatening event.
We know that President Obama and FERC would rather turn a convenient blind eye to the overwhelming harm of this new fossil fuel export push. While we don’t have the money and lobbyists and slick publicists of the gas industry at our disposal to force them to see it, we do have one powerful and awesome tool: the growing, creative and determined fossil fuel resistance made up of everyday people like you. Lots of you.
On July 13th, as we march in Washington, DC, our message to President Obama and FERC will be clear: Keep the gas in the ground. You can’t fight climate change by expanding fossil fuel use. You can’t lower greenhouse gas emissions by addicting the world to methane leakage that’s as bad as or worse for the atmosphere than coal. You can’t make America great by destroying her rural communities with drilling, pipelines, compressor stations, earthquakes, and flammable tap water.
When the Keystone XL pipeline was proposed, Americans came together to say no – and we keep saying no! When coal barons wanted to export their poison through Oregon and Washington, communities mobilized to say “no way.” And now comes the plan being pushed hard to export fracked gas overseas. The decisive wrench in big oil and gas’s plans continues to come from a single source: grassroots people power.
So come to Washington on July 13th to tell President Obama to end his administration’s support of this gas export disaster. You’ll be joined by well known celebrities as well as everyday activists on the front lines of this fight from across the Marcellus Shale region and beyond.
As we call out the president for his support of fracking, we’ll also call out the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission—FERC—for its subservience to the oil and gas industry. To date, FERC has approved virtually all oil and gas infrastructure proposals brought before it – ignoring the facts and bowing to the same fossil fuel industry it’s supposed to regulate. We’ll 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. On July 13th we’ll proudly and loudly say “yes” to wind power and solar energy and efficiency investments. The triple “yes.” Wind farms don’t cause earthquakes. Solar panels don’t poison our drinking water. And energy efficiency doesn’t leak methane. What they do do is create jobs and a stable climate.
Bring your friends and family. We’ll march and rally at the US Capitol and at FERC headquarters. We’ll have giant creative props that tell the story of fracking and that help us to visualize the power of the sun. And for those who can, there will be peaceful civil disobedience the very next day to add a punctuation mark to our historic message.
See you on July 13th!
Karen Feridun, founder, Berks Gas Truth
Sue Allison and Tracey Eno, founding members, Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community
Jill Wiener, member, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy
Bill Snape, Senior Counsel, Center for Biological Diversity
Lois Marie Gibbs, Executive Director, Center for Health, Environment and Justice
Mike Tidwell, Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Becky Bond, Political Director, Credo
Maya von Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Kathleen Rogers, Director, Earth Day Network
Jesse Bacon, Organizer, Environmental Action
Maura Cowley, Director, Energy Action Coalition
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food and Water Watch
Fran Teplitz, Policy Director, Green America
Gabe Wisniewski, Climate Campaign Director, Greenpeace
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, President and CEO, Hip Hop Caucus
Elisabeth Hoffman, advocacy team, HoCo Climate Change
Joelle Novey, Director, Interfaith Power and Light (DC.MD.NoVA)
Rebecca Ruggles, Director, Maryland Environmental Health Network
Drew Koslow, Choptank Riverkeeper, Midshore River Conservancy
Franz Gerner, Ph.D, President, Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community
Gina Angiola, board member, Physicians for Social Responsibility - Chesapeake Chapter
Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program
Stop the Frack Attack Advisory Council
May Boeve, Executive Director, 350.org
Ruth White, steering committee member, Transition Howard County
Marc Yaggi, Executive Director, Waterkeeper Alliance
Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director, Waterkeepers Chesapeake