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100% Renewable Energy for 100% of the People

Connecticut has a choice. We can be a leader in renewable energy technology, creating new jobs, lowering energy prices and stabilizing our climate, OR we can continue the status quo of using and expanding gas pipelines and other dirty energy projects that keep us dependent on fossil fuels, damage our air quality, exacerbate climate change and make our residents less safe.

Join us on Nov. 21 at 12:00 noon at the State Capitol on 210 Capitol Avenue in Hartford to tell Governor Malloy that we demand clean, renewable energy controlled by the community, and challenge his support for more fracked gas pipelines through our state.

Communities around the country are already moving to 100% renewable power. Currently, the city of Burlington VT is powered almost entirely by renewable power or renewable energy credits. The city gets only 0.01% and 0.06% of its electricity from gas and oil respectively. The rest is supplied by wood, hydro, wind and solar. Studies by Stanford professor Mark Jacobson, available at TheSolutionsProject.org, illustrate how every state in the USA can transition to 100% renewable energy with current technology. These technologies not only can reduce pollution and danger but will create secure jobs, more than 60,000 in construction and operation in Connecticut alone.

Connecticut needs an immediate plan to transition to renewable energy, and all shale gas expansion projects must be halted. We call on our legislators to implement the following initiatives:

Repeal of financial and political support for all fossil fuels, including fracked gas infrastructure;

A comprehensive federal and state plan for a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy with guaranteed green jobs for fossil fuel workers and a focus on career opportunities for low-income communities;

An end to environmentally racist policies that put the burden of pollution on disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Please join with us in Hartford on Nov. 21st to tell our governor: Stop ratepayer subsidized fracked gas infrastructure expansions, retire the coal and nuclear plants, ramp up efficiencies, and develop clean and carbon free energy sources now! Additionally we demand a Saturday meeting of the Governors Council on Climate Change so working people can participate. We will gather to tell Gov. Dannel Malloy : Hey Governor Malloy- Your energy policy is fracked!

Endorsed by the following organizations:

350 CT, Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter, Food and Water Watch, Connecticut Against Fracking, Hartford Action, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, The Town of Windham Energy Commission, Social Action Committee of Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society of Madison CT, Occupy Danbury, Greater Danbury MoveOn. org Council, The Committee for a Cultural/Environmental Center-Gunntown Road/Naugatuck, Eastern Connecticut Green Action, Green Party of Connecticut, Toxics Action Center, Grassroots Environmental Education, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG), Fossil Free Rhode Island, Occupy Providence, Grassroots Against Another Salem Power Plant (GASPP), West Roxbury Quarry Neighbors For A Fossil Fuel Free Future, HealthLink, and Beyond Extreme Energy.

GET INVOLVED! Contact Martha Klein (email her here) or 860-542-5225

For more info:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuQNqm6dk2g&feature=youtu.be

http://sape2016.org/
FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas)
http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/

More methane pipelines across Connecticut!??  Not if you can help it!  There is an industrialization of Connecticuts landscape planned and its completely under the radar. There are five methane gas pipelines in the works with all the pollution, danger, and health concerns that come along with them.  Much of this methane is for liquefaction and export where other countries pay more for it. We need you to call your Congressional representatives to say these pipelines are not needed nor wanted by the people of Connecticut.

            Methane gas is extracted by fracking, fraught with problems not reported in the                     mainstream media;
       
Its flammable, toxic, and a potent greenhouse gas; Mixed with: Acid, Corrosive inhibitor, Bactericides, Friction reducer, Iron control, and             Scale inhibitors which end up in the wastewater and drilling slurry;
       
Methane is 86 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide;
       
Infrastructure cost will be passed on to the consumer and not come out of the profits of the gas industry;
       
The increase in pipelines and expansion of existing pipelines is primarily to export gas;
       
A minimum of 5% of the gas is lost to leaks on the way to its destination;
       
Stopping leaks and reducing demand provide sufficient power;
       
On site storage use is needed for peak use during winter, not buying it on the spot market at peak times;
       
Liquifying the gas for export is energy intensive;
       
Currently, methane is unregulated by EPA, and the current rush to build billion dollar pipeline projects is motivated by the fear of impending             regulation or legislation;
        
Very bad public policy from Bush/Cheney to Obama.
        
ERODES AIR, SOIL & DRINKING WATER QUALITY
        
ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARDS ARE SERIOUS AND IRREVERSIBLE
        
PIPELINE DRILLING USES MILLIONS OF GALLONS OF WATER/ CREATES ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES TO FARMS, FOOD                     CHAIN, CITIZENS, COMMUNITIES AND CONSERVATION LAND
        
RISK OF RUPTURE & EXPLOSION CAUSING LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY DAMAGE
        
ACCELERATES GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
        
ERODES  PROPERTY VALUES AND  IMPACTS CONSUMER MORTGAGES & INSURANCE
        
STRESSES LOCAL COMMUNITIES RESOURCES AND DAMAGES INFRASTRUCTURE
        
SUBVERTS NEEDED INVESTMENT IN CARBON-FREE FUEL ALTERNATIVES
        
WEALTH AND INCOME SHIFT FROM 95% TO 5%

Compressor stations (c/s) release huge amounts of toxins.  These toxins include benzene, toluene, sulfuric oxide, and formaldehyde. Citizens within 1500 feet of c/s in PA, TX, LA and other states have suffered from nose bleeds, rashes, headaches, sore throats, dizziness and nausea. A typical c/s also emits 46.2 tons of nitrous oxide per year. An anesthetic for dental surgeries, nitrous oxide can cause numbness and mental impairment. Nitrous oxide and volatile organic compounds interact to produce ground level ozone.  Ozone inhibits crop and vegetation growth by as much as 30%.

Compressor stations are dangerous.  Since 2011, there have been explosions and fires at c/s in Lathrop, Pa, Brooklyn Township, PA, Montrose, PA, Branchville, NJ, Windsor, NY, Pinedale, WY, Marengo County, AL, Oaktown, IN, Langton, OK, Nine Mile Canyon in UT among others.  Explosions have required midnight evacuations of nearby residents, with people evacuated out to a one-mile radius.

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS AND SENATORS:                                                 

Senator Chris Murphy (D CT)
Washington DC                      Hartford, Connecticut
(202) 224-4041                       (860) 549-8463
http://www.murphy.senate.gov/contact

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D CT)
Washington DC                         Hartford, CT,               Bridgeport, CT,
(202) 224-2823                       (860) 258-6940            (203) 330-0598
http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/contact

Representative Jim Himes  (http://himes.house.gov/)
Washington, DC                     Bridgeport, CT                Stamford, CT
(202) 225-5541                     (866) 453-0028              (203) 353-9400

Representative Joe Courtney  (http://courtney.house.gov/)
Washington, DC                     Norwich, CT                    Enfield, CT
(202) 225-2076                     (860) 886-0139               (860) 741-6011

Representative John Larson  (http://www.larson.house.gov/)
Washington, DC                      Hartford, CT
(202) 225-2265                      (860) 278-8888

Representative Rosa DeLauro  (http://delauro.house.gov/)
Washington, DC              New Haven, CT                      Stratford
(202) 225-3661              (203) 562-3718                     (203)-378-9005          

Representative Elizabeth Esty  (http://esty.house.gov/)
Washington, DC                     New Britain, CT
(202) 225-4476                     (860) 223-8412                      

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Meatless Mondays


At the June 2015 Board meeting, the Connecticut Chapter voted:

"In order to encourage and educate the public on the environmental benefits of reduced meat consumption, especially that produced in factory farms, the Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter endorses Meatless Monday's."

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·         Combat global warming

·         Reduce water pollution

·         Save the rainforests

·         All while improving your health? 


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