New York Bans Fracking

New York Bans Fracking
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Turn your Heartbreak into Action

Does the news about the collapse of the Western-Antarctica ice sheet break your heart? Does your stomach turn when you hear reports that start with Climate CHANGED, as opposed to Climate Change? Are you worried about the world your potential grandchildren will inherit? If so, you are not alone--and that's a good thing! Worries can lead to despair, but they can also fuel desire for change. Instead of reaching for ice cream and turning on Netflix to drown the sorrows, clear space on your calendar for one of the actions below--or several! There is so much going on in the Pro-Wind/Anti-Fracking Infrastructure New York work right now. Turn your heartbreak into action. There are plenty of simple ways this can be done!  

Attend 'Tankers, Turbines and Our Offshore Energy Future'
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:00pm
Brooklyn Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse
110 Schermerhorn Street at Boerum Place
Here and now, we have a clear choice between fossil fuel and wind. (A number of members of PEC-NY attended the first of these lectures in January. We could not recommend it more!)

· Learn why New Yorkers should oppose a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) port off Jones Beach.
· Hear about a proposed plan for a wind farm at the same site.
· Discuss an enlightened and sustainable energy policy for our coastal zone.
· Raise your voice to Gov. Cuomo, the key decision-maker on this issue.

The meetinghouse is in downtown Brooklyn within a few blocks from LIRR Atlantic Terminal,
A, C, F and R trains at Jay St—MetroTech or 2, 3, 4 and 5 trains at Borough Hall.


Cindy Zipf
Ocean advocate and Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action
Lisa Dix
New York Senior Representative, Beyond Coal campaign, Sierra Club
Al Appleton
Former Commissioner of NYC Department of Environmental Protection,
and an international consultant on sustainability, water resource management,
and the economics of the energy industry

Join Members of PEC-NYC at a Rally at the Democratic State Convention. Let's Tell Governor Cuomo "YES!" to Wind Power and "NO!" to LNG Ports and Fracking
Thursday, May 22
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Democratic State Convention, Hilton Head Long Island/Huntington Hotel
598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville

Free bus service from various locations!

There will be a rally at the Democratic State Convention. Governor Cuomo and most of the Democratic elected officials are expected to attend the Democratic State Convention on Long Island in preparation for the November 2014 election. We must be there in full force demanding a ban on fracking, stop expansion of oil and gas infrastructure, and veto the LNG Port Ambrose project off Jones Beach. This is an opportunity for us to show Governor Cuomo, our elected officials and the press the power of our ever growing movement. Please bring your banners, eye-catching and imaginative home made signs and noise makers and your voices. This event could be as important an opportunity as the State of the State address. We would like to turn out as many people as we can. Email us HERE if you'd like to rally with PEC-NYC!

Food & Water Watch has arranged for buses to bring people to the convention. Please register here for a seat on the bus from a location most convenient for you.

Comment on the New York State Energy Plan
Deadline: May 30, 2014

On January 7, 2014 the New York State Energy Planning Board released its 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan. The deadline for comments has been extended to Friday 5/30/14.
The Plan endorses natural gas as a major part of New York’s energy mix, continues support for the expansion of natural gas infrastructure and makes no real commitment on renewables. Please take a moment to write a comment and send a message to Governor Cuomo and his administration that New York State must ban fracking and make a real commitment to stop investing in fossil fuels, including stop the expansion of natural gas infrastructure and LNG port, close down all nuclear power plants and make renewables a top priority. We need to show that the public is paying close attention and deliver as many comments as we can. You may choose any one of the following options to submit your comments.
-- You may wish to visit the Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy website and submit all 22 sample letters they produced.
-- Submit a comment on the New Yorkers Against Fracking website.
-- You may submit your comments online to the New York State Energy Planning Board by clicking Comments Online and follow the instruction.
Coordinate a Letter Signing 
Do you have a ritual or other function coming up where New York Pagans will be gathered? Would you like to add your names to the letter to Governor Cuomo? Take advantage of strength in numbers. Email us HERE for a copy of the "We Want Wind!" letter to Governor Cuomo from the Pagans of New York State. We will also include a mailing address to return the letter for delivery! 
Keep up the wonderful work, all! Blessed be! 

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