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For all of you who may not feel like you did a lot for the Sierra Club and the planet, take a look at this video. It shows what we can do together. So whether you donated to your local chapter or put your body out there for the People's Climate March, we did a LOT in 2014!


There will always be something you can do for a better planet. Get an energy audit for your home. Buy a more energy efficient car. Go solar (check the bottom of this page). Donate. Join a rally (see below). Plant a tree. Contact your representatives (they have to be pushed sometimes).




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Pop the bottles and break out the chocolate!!!! Victory!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Ban Fracking In New York State
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Fracked Gas Pipeline Educational Forums

Danbury: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Danbury Library, 179 Main St., Danbury CT. 06810

Granby: Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at a private residence. Email here for directions. (my email)

The Connecticut Sierra Club, in collaboration with our friends at Food and Water Watch and 350 CT, is continuing to hold educational forums about the expansion of fracked gas pipeline and gas infrastructure, scheduled to start construction in 2015. We are holding two fracked gas pipeline forums in February, and will continue to hold them all over the state. We have multiple speakers who can address the concerns related to this billion dollar plan to expand large diameter, high pressure pipeline carrying radioactive fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale. Specifically, our speakers will explain the economic disadvantages and environmental harm that are related to pipeline expansions. They will discuss the safety, long range prospects, and climate effects of depending on increased methane to power our state.

These meetings are free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please join us!
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Rally to Oppose the Fracked Gas Pipeline Projects in Connecticut!

On Saturday, 12/13/14, 11:30a.m. we had 32 people from many organizations at the Trader Joe’s mall in Danbury, Connecticut Sierra Club,along with our friends from MoveOn.org-Danbury and Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion, held a rally to raise awareness of gas industry plans to expand pipelines running across our state.

GAS=Methane. Methane is 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere in the first 20 years of release. There is NO CLIMATE BENEFIT to switching from coal and oil to methane.

These large diameter, high pressure pipelines will carry fracked gas from

the Marcellus Shale. This gas contains carcinogens and environmental toxins that result from the extraction process. This gas is not reliable, as the Marcellus Shale will be tapped out in about 7 years. This gas is to a great extent not meant to be used domestically, but will be transported to the coast for shipment overseas.

Fracked gas is not truly cheap, as the fracking process causes severe environmental devastation and adverse health effects, and ultimately all Americans pay that cost.

Fracking has been associated with poisoned water, human suffering and earthquakes, among other ill effects. Most importantly, we don’t need fracked gas in Connecticut! By increasing energy efficiencies, which include sealing leaks in methane pipelines, and investing in carbon-free power sources, like solar and wind energy, the energy we need can be provided, without causing irreversible harm to the climate and our environment.

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After the People’s Climate March:  What Next for Connecticut Activists?
A panel followed by a discussion period. We want to hear from YOU!
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2PM

Presenters:

Jeremy Brecher, Labor Network for Sustainability
Terri Eickel, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
Camilla Ibanez, Deep Roots United Front/Occupy Sandy
Jen Siskind, Food & Water Watch
Elaine Ward, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice
Diane Lentakis, 350.org CT and Sierra Club
Dan Fischer, Capitalism v. Climate

Connecticut sent over a thousand marchers to New York City in September and many of us are wondering what next? We must further prepare to face a polluting coal fired plant, the drive toward more fracked gas pipelines, the continuing danger of nuclear power, and the massive struggle to convert to 100 % renewable energy before it’s too late.  Come hear some climate justice leaders and voice your own vision of the kind of the movement we need to build.

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2PM
“Semesters“ Hall, Student Center
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain CT (http://web.ccsu.edu/campusmap/.)
For More Info: Chris, 860-478-5300
Sponsored by 350CT.org

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http://www.thepetitionsite.com/330/530/563/citizens-against-cpv-oxford-energy-plant/

Citizens Against CPV Oxford Energy Plant

Please sign this petition to keep the proposed CPV Towantic Energy Plant out of the Woodruff Hill Industrial Park in Oxford! This highly-polluting 805 megawatt plant will impact the environment, the community, and the health of our children.

This site is only 500 feet from the M

iddlebury town line. If built, the plant will affect neighborhoods up to 2-3 miles away with vibration, noise, and 30 months of heavy construction traffic. Air pollution will directly impact homes within a 10 mile radius. The size of the proposed facility is stunning - 26 acres in all, with 6 acres of 80 foot tall water condensation units and two stacks 150 feet tall.

At its peak, the plant will consume over 80 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. When natural gas is low, as it was this past winter, the plant will run on fuel oil. There is currently 1.5 million gallons of fuel oil stored on the proposed site, which will last just 2.5 days. When that runs out, it will take one tanker truck full of fuel per hour, every hour to run the plant.

At minimum, the plant will put out over 50 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) per year. When the plant runs on oil any benefits of natural gas disappear, so we are facing known carcinogens such as sulfur dioxides and mercury output. The proposed plant will release 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. The plant will release 190 tons of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) per year. The plant will release 12 tons of PM2.5 (particulate matter)
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Win....Win....Win
That's what happens when you sign up to go solar with Sungevity and Sierra Club. It's a win for your budget, a win for the environment, and a win for your local Sierra Club chapter.
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For more information about the program click HERE for the FAQ (frequently asked questions)

Get a free consultation and sign up for solar panels soon!  Sungevity will send $750 back to the Sierra Club and $750 back to the homeowner! 

1) CLEAN ENERGY MOVES US BEYOND COAL AND OTHER DIRTY ENERGY SOURCES
2) OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN CLIMATE SOLUTIONS

3) TESTED PROGRAM: Feedback from pilot was overwhelmingly positive!

4) SUPPORT LOCAL CHAPTERS
5) TIME IS RIGHT FOR SOLAR: Affordable leasing options are available
6) DIRTY ENERGY IS COSTING US ALL.
7) CLEAN ENERGY IS CREATING JOBS AND POWERING THE ECONOMY:
Wind and solar already provide more jobs than the coal mining industry.
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Connecticut Sierra Club Takes on Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)  Click here for details  See also: http://gmofreect.org/   Link to online version of CONCERNS WITH GMOs - WHAT IS THE SCIENCE?