519 Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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The 2014 US Climate Action Report to the United Nations came out today. If you notice anyone celebrating how the US is going to meet the 2009 Copenhagen greenhouse gas emissions commitment, remember Barack Obama's fracking plan for electricity generation in 2020:

"Natural gas-fired plants account for 44 percent of capacity additions from 2012 through 2020 in the 2012 policy baseline scenario," from the report.

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Crossposted on NRDC's Switchboard.

Last Friday night I went to the supermarket to buy several five gallon jugs of water. Being a longtime environmental advocate, it felt wrong to be buying bottled water.  But more than that, it felt strange to be buying water to meet the drinking needs of fellow Americans. Many assume that in the wealthiest country in the world, everyone has access to all of the potable water they could ever need. But that’s not necessarily true for many people living in shale country. The next day, I and 30 New York college students would be visiting Pennsylvania to see how fracking is threatening American communities and, more immediately, to deliver clean drinking water to people that have been living without it for some time.


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75 Drilling down the road from Summit Elementary School, Butler County PA

Saturday morning and Monday afternoon, Pennsylvania community organizers led Power Shift attendees from Wisconsin, Kentucky, California, Colorado and more on a tour of shale gas fracking operations and related infrastructure north of Pittsburgh. Among others, we saw Shell, Exxon, and Chevron's shale gas operations.


81 Lawrence, Butler, and Beaver Counties were all covered by the shalefield tour.












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Reel Power brings you stories from the frontline of our energy future that will get your community talking and taking action. From a woman in Kentucky fighting for her homeplace against the ravages of mountaintop removal, to a Gulf Coast community banding together to save their land and culture - Reel Power films capture the voices of individuals and the strength of communities standing up for a just and sustainable future.

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53 As our movement gets ready to flood Pittsburgh for Power Shift 2013 on Friday, there’s a critical campaign underway to provide relief and justice to communities that have already been impacted by fracking in the region.

Communities in Dimock, PA, Pavillion, WY and Parker County, TX have had their water contaminated by fracking, and the EPA has failed them — dropping its investigations and leaving them without clean water.

So today we want to lend our support and raise money to provide clean water to families in Pennsylvania who have had their water poisoned by fracking.

We’re working with our friends and allies to kick-off a Clean Water Mob — a major push to raise money to deliver fresh water to communities impacted by fracking AND to raise the demand for the EPA to take real action.

Join the Clean Water Mob: Help deliver clean water to families impacted by fracking!

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