Wed. 4/22: Happy Earth Day! Make a call to your state legislators and share your best resource-saving tips!

Action #1: Call Governor Newsom and tell him to stop all fracking permits now!

For the first time since last summer, CA’s oil and gas regulators CA Geologic Energy Management Division, or CalGEM, has issued permits for fracking – to Aera Energy, a joint venture of Shell and ExxonMobil, for “well stimulation” for 24 Aera wells in two Kern County oil fields.

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In a bizarre twist considering how this type of expensive drilling operation affects air quality and human health, the Aera spokeswoman Cindy Pollard stated “These permits come at an especially critical time as the nation is dealing with a public health crisis unlike anything before.” Continue reading “Wed. 4/22: Happy Earth Day! Make a call to your state legislators and share your best resource-saving tips!”

Thurs 6/13: Stop the Trump administration from helping out world – class polluters on our dime.

I have no idea why our government would issue loan guarantees to facilitate foreign investments for a product that is intended to prop up the faltering fracking industry, as well as to be shipped overseas,” – Leatra Harper, managing director for the FreshWater Accountability Project told Energy News Network.

Action –  Support Omar and Jayapal’s Amendment 105 in Rule II on HR 2740 – (Energy Appropriations Bill)

Trump wants to use our money from a federal clean energy loan program to build a mega-fracking/petrochemical plant in the middle of Appalachia with his best friend, the president of China. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Pramila Jayapal have introduced Amendment 105 in rule II to remind him of the rules. Make sure your legislator is on board too and supports adding this amendment to H.R. 2740 – Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020.

Minimum script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to support the Omar-Jayapal Amendment 105 in Rule II on HR. 2740. Do not allow my tax dollars to support [the fossil fuel industry/this environmental catastrophe-waiting-to-happen.]

Contacts
Rep. Julia Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email. (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Who is my representative/senator?: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com

Background

What many of us didn’t know yesterday, is that the government operates a loan program called Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act. (Wonk alert – 42 U.S.C. § 16513.) This program was created to fund energy projects that “avoid, reduce or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic [human-caused] emissions of greenhouse gases”, i.e. innovative, clean energy technology to help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

The kinds of industries that don’t have tons of lobbyists or give out huge campaign donations…

Continue reading “Thurs 6/13: Stop the Trump administration from helping out world – class polluters on our dime.”