Marin IJ Article About Invest Wisely Committee Action in Marin on August 13
Marin oil stock protest: 'What good is a pension fund on a dead planet?'
Global warming activists peppered Marin pension trustees with urgent pleas to dump more than $35 million in fossil fuel investments Wednesday, saying the fate of the planet is at stake.
Nearly a score of citizens affiliated with Marin 350, a climate change education group, spoke for more than an hour, warning of a "carbon bubble" catastrophe unless reliance on oil and related fuels ends.
Pension trustees made no comment on the matter, which was not on the agenda but aired at open time, and several were non-committal when asked later what they intended to do.
Some Success, but Further Action Needed on AB 2145
We still need your help to kill AB 2145, this bill that is an attempt to make Community Choice programs unsuccessful and our Investor Owned Utilities more profitable.
The bill has been moved forward to the Senate Appropriations Committee with attacks on Marin Clean Energy, and is one step away from going to the floor for a vote. It has been weakened with amendments, but is still harmful to Community Choice energy programs and clean energy in the state. It needs to be stopped in Committee.
65 Percent Back End to Dumping of Fracking Chemicals Into Ocean
As the California Coastal Commission meets in San Diego this week, a new poll finds that 55 percent of Californians back a ban on offshore fracking and 65 percent want oil companies prevented from dumping fracking chemicals into the ocean.
The poll also found almost half of state voters are less likely to visit beaches because of chemical discharge and offshore fracking, which has been used in hundreds of oil wells off the Southern California coast. The poll was commissioned by the Center for Biological Diversity and conducted by Public Policy Polling.
Among other notable poll results:
- 70 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Independents support a ban on offshore fracking
- 56 percent of Californians oppose increased use of fracking in the state
- 66 percent are concerned about offshore fracking’s effects on endangered marine wildlife like blue whales
- Almost half of Californians believe that fracking harms the state’s reputation as a leader in addressing climate change
There has been a catastrophic breach in an earthen dam holding back billions of gallons of contaminated waste at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine in British Columbia — a mine with chilling similarities to the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska.
Already billions of gallons of toxic water and mining waste have cut a poisonous path of destruction through pristine forests and waterways. Send an emergency message to the EPA telling them to Stop Pebble Mine
Sandra Steingraber - Fracking & Health: July 25
A large crowd gathered in Berkeley on a warm evening July 25 to listen to scientist, author and activist, Dr. Sandra Steingraber on the known and hidden dangers of fracking this Friday. The event was sponsored by 350Marin, 350 Bay Area and Californians Against Fracking.
The event was a fundraiser for the brave folks in four counties in California who have collected signatures to put FRACKING BAN measures on their county ballots in November. Representatives from those counties gave updates on these fracking battles and what can be done to help. Over $3,000 was raised to help these counties win their ballot initiatives against the millions of dollars the oil companies are spending to defeat them.
Here are the counties with ballot initiatives and the groups that could use your support
- Butte - Frack Free Butte County
- Mendocino - Community Rights Organization of Mendocino County
- San Benito - San Benito Rising
- Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara County Water Guardians, 350 Santa Barbara
Here is a look at what is happening in Kern County in the Central Valley
People's Climate March September 21st Largest Climate March In History
In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. You may have already read Bill McKibben’s invitation to the People’s Climate March in NYC: This is an invitation to “anyone who’d like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced.”
Are you ready to go (or thinking of going) to NYC September 21st and interested in helping organize and/or march with a 350 Marin/Bay Area contingent in NYC? (There is a train going to NYC that the Center of Biological Diversity has reserved coach seats on at a special rate)
Join the event on Facebook.
Wish you could go, but can't make it to NYC this September? Join us in Oakland for the Northern California People's Climate Rally.
As our friend Bill points out: “This is dead-serious business, a signal moment in the gathering fight of human beings to do something about global warming before it's too late to do anything but watch.”
This is the time to take a weekend to bend the course of history.
Photo by Adam Welz/350.org
Logo artwork by Kathleen Lipinski.