Friday December 12, 2014 – Screening of “ABOVE ALL ELSE”
When: Friday 12/12/14 screening starts promptly at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm.
Where: Rutgers Presbyterian Church at 236 West 73rd Street at Broadway, 5th Floor Fellowship Hall, New York City
Above All Else is a documentary film of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion dollar project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, this film follows David Daniel, a retired high-wire artist, as he rallies neighbors and environmental activists to join him in a tree-top blockade of the controversial pipeline. Risking financial ruin, their personal safety, and the security of their families, these unforgettable people and their stories become an exploration of the human spirit and a window into how social change happens in America.
The admission is free. We would appreciate any amount of donations, suggested $10, to cover our expense for the licensing fee of this one time screening. Any amount collected above our expenses will be donated to the Rutgers Presbyterian Church for their good works and their generous support of our movement.
Please join us in watching this film together and a discussion after the screening.
Monday December 1, 2014 – Deadline for Comment on EPA’s Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule
The deadline for comment on the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas performance standards for existing power plants, also known as the “Clean Power Plan” is December 1, 2014. We know that climate change is the most critical issue of our time. The fossil fuel industry and a growing number of climate change deniers who now control the Congress are lobbying hard to defeat this proposal. The fossil fuel industry is encouraging its employees to comment to EPA to weaken the rules. EPA must hear from you that the rules must be strengthened. You can click on this link: How to Comment to see how to comment. Or, simply send your comment today to EPA by sending an email to: A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov. Please be sure to insert the docket number in the subject line of your email: EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602.
The following are suggested main talking points which we hope you’ll find helpful.
- The rule sets woefully inadequate targets. Climate scientists have long warned that immediate action to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions is absolutely necessary to avoid climate catastrophe. The EPA’s goals in many states are weaker than the targets those states have already set for themselves.
- The rule encourages the expanded use of natural gas from fracking which could actually make the climate crisis worse. Methane is the main ingredient of natural gas which traps 86 times more heat than carbon dioxide in a 20 year time frame. Natural gas is a fossil fuel which is not a transition fuel but a bridge to no where. More fracking means more greenhouse gas emissions and not less.
- The rule makes nuclear power a core element of our climate policy and pushes states to preserve, expand, and subsidize nuclear reactors. This disregards the production of radioactive waste and radiological contamination to our water and environment.
- The rule ignores the most promising solution to climate change: renewable energy and energy conservation and efficiency. The only effective response to climate crisis is an immediate and rapid transition away from fossil fuel to renewable and sustainable energy solutions and energy conservation and efficiency. In order to accomplish this we need bold action and support from the government and clear regulatory signals. We need to set renewable energy target for each state for 2030 that reflect the maximum level of renewable energy generation achievable.
Below is a few sample letters to EPA for organizational sign on and not individual sign on. We hope you may find these links helpful in providing you with more detailed talking points:
While different groups are signing on to different organizational sign on letters, we still need as many of you as possible to send in your individual comments. We need to show that there is overwhelming concern from American people regarding climate change. A few sentences on each talking point from you will send a powerful message. Let’s continue the momentum from the incredible People’s Climate March in September of this year on the streets of New York City.
Thursday October 30, 2014 – Port Ambrose LNG Facility Information & Organizing Community Meeting
When: Thursday 10/30/14 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Bellmore Exempts Fire Hall, 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710
Direction: Take Long Island Railroad to Bellmore. The fire hall is across the street from the Bellmore LIRR train station.
Liberty Natural Gas proposes to build Port Ambrose about 18 miles off the coast of Long Beach and Jones Beach and 28 miles off the coast of New Jersey for the stated purpose of importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to supply the Long Island area during peak demand. With abundant supply of natural gas coming from the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania, we believe Port Ambrose is really being built for exporting LNG to Europe and Asia where natural gas can be sold for much higher prices. LNG is natural gas super-chilled to -260 degrees to liquefy it for transportation. It is highly flammable and unsafe. Huge LNG tanker, which is as long as the Empire State building is tall, is a prime terrorist target. Port Ambrose will increase pollution to our water and air and exacerbate climate change since methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Since the public hearings were held in the summer of 2013 on the scoping of the project, the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Port Ambrose is expected to be released soon, perhaps close to or after the November election, followed by a short public comment period around the holidays. We need to ramp up our organizing effort now to spread the information and make sure everyone call Governor Cuomo to veto Port Ambrose LNG project: 518-474-8390.
People’s Climate March: a Day to Remember
On Sunday, September 21st an estimated 400,000 citizens came together and marched through the streets of Manhattan to demand serious action from world leaders, who were meeting that week at the UN Climate Summit. Although there were a few politicians and celebrities in the ranks, the march truly lived up to its name and it was ordinary people from all walks of life who made the day special with their voices, their creativity and their passion to change the world for better. United for Action friends and families were part of the beautiful medley. Below are some of their experiences and thoughts about the march. We thank them for sharing their words and photos and are also grateful to photographers such as Erik McGregor and videographers Charlie Olson, John Duffy and the rest of the Environment TV crew who are sharing their amazing work. Continue reading…
P.S.62 will be the first net-zero energy school in New York City and one of the first of its kind worldwide. The 68,680-square-foot, two-story school will serve 444 pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. When completed, the cutting-edge building will harvest as much energy from renewable on-site sources as it uses on an annual basis. More info and more beautiful renderings on the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) website.
Our appreciation goes to Owen Crowley, who single-handedly filmed, edited (incorporating the speakers’ slides), and posted video of UFA’s Tankers & Turbines event. If you missed the event at Rutgers Church, you can view the various parts of the evening by clicking on the photos below. Please watch, share, and spread the word that we must get Governors Christie and Cuomo to veto Liberty Natural Gas’ deepwater port application.
1. Sean Dixon from Clean Ocean Action (see their Port Ambrose fact-sheet here) spoke to the audience about Liberty Natural Gas’ proposed port, how it would bring in tankers as long as the Empire State Building is tall, carrying explosive cargo among the shipping lanes of one of the busiest ports in the country. Read more of this post.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is the biggest trade deal in U.S. history, and the most secretive one as well. The anti-fracking community has been hearing about it for some time, because if what has been leaked is true, the TPP is an enormous threat to our efforts to stop the destruction being caused by oil and gas unconventional drilling. Read more…
I write with some embarrassment. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the horrors of fracking. After all, I’d been at the NY City Council meeting (along with Josh Fox) where the truth of what was facing us first came to light (Christine Quinn was against it then).I saw the rushes from Gasland on wrinkled bed sheets in loft spaces when we were all scrambling to get it together. I saw – and was blown away – by Gasland 2. I’ve been to countless rallies and meetings. I know about radon, failing well casings, SGEIS statements, methane flaring, silica dust, brine on roads, and polluted aquifer. So when I signed up to go on a “tour” of fracking sites in PA on July 27th, I almost felt foolish.
I knew nothing. Continue reading…
Minisink, NY is a beautiful community an hour and a half from NYC. Unfortunately it is directly in the path of the gas industry’s fracked gas infrastructure designs. They have sited a giant compressor station just a mile away from people’s homes. It isn’t fully running yet, but test emissions that the industry conducted already have caused horrible symptoms to many in the community. Ironically, many of the towns residents are responders who worked during 9/11 who have respiratory conditions and moved to Minisink for the healthy air and environment. The town is fighting with everything they’ve got to stop the compressor station but they need your help. Continued….
The LNG Liberty Port Ambrose Project
A deep water port to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), the “Liberty Port Ambrose” project, has been proposed for the waters offshore from Jones Beach.
Call Cuomo (518) 474-8390 Call Christie (609) 292-6000
Ask them to veto Port Ambrose!
Each governor has the authority to veto this project, and Governor Christie has already vetoed a very similar project when it was proposed once before in waters closer to New Jersey. Tell the governors why you don’t want a LNG port!
What is Fracking?
Hydraulic Fracturing or “Hydrofracking” is a toxic and hazardous process of natural gas extraction which has caused irreparable damage to the environment. It has caused sickness and death in humans and animals, and made farms, homes and large tracts of land uninhabitable. Read more…
More Information on Fracking in our RESOURCE SECTION
The Numbers around Fracking don’t add up:
Watch these hard-hitting presentations from our 2012 “Frackonomics” event on the microeconomics, macroeconomics and external costs of fracking:
- Frackonomics Pt 1 – Deborah Rogers
- Frackonomics Pt 2 – Jannette Barth
- Frackonomics Pt 3 – Al Appleton
- Frackonomics Pt 4 – Q and A
More than just the numbers, the human angle also evaluated:
A study presentation by Dr. Simona Perry who did case studies in affected areas that show industrial strength drilling rips communities apart. Essential viewing.
There are better alternatives:
These speakers at a Renew New York event talk about alternative heating technologies such as solar and biodiesel.
- The Boiler Dilemma Part 1, Miner Introduction
- The Boiler Dilemma Part 2, Duckworth Presentation
- The Boiler Dilemma Part 3, Kamen Presentation