Welcome to 350Marin - Climate Change Advocacy in Marin

If you couldn't make it to our "Inspiration from Standing Rock: Getting Active" event on Jan. 27th with Barbara Clifton Zarate, see her inspiring talk from that night on local cable channel 26 on Tues., Feb. 21st at 5:30pm, or Sun., Feb. 26th at 7pm!

Now you can see the video of our Aug. 24th event "Eating Our Future, or Feeding Our Health….the Climate Diet Connection" with Dr. Michael Klaper on your computer right HERE...

PLUS...350Marin's youth chapter, part of 350 Bay Area's BAYCA, facebook page, is a completely youth-led group, with the goal of taking action on climate change. Please contact Rose Strauss at rosey.strauss@gmail.com to join/get info or sign-up on the 350 Bay Area website HERE.

AND...Did you miss Bill McKibben and Bay Area Millenials speaking at our packed Oct. 21st event? You can watch it HERE. Also, see what Bill had to say about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at 23:45 into the video.

Check out the new list of Marin Resources for Taking Action on Climate HERE!

Upcoming Actions You Can Do:

NOW thru nomination period Stop the Climate Denying Cabinet Appointments MORE >>

Sat., Mar. 4th Join us at Standing with Standing Rock, a Legal Defense Benefit! MORE >>

Tues., Mar. 7th Come sit in on our next 350Marin Steering Committee Meeting! MORE >>

Ongoing: Help Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline - It's Not Over Yet More info

Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Early Pipeline Finding Names Corrosion

Corrosion on the exterior of the pipe and a six-inch hole near the bottom of it were observed by inspectors at the site, the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Information (PHMSA) office disclosed in an amendment to its Corrective Action Order (CAO) which shut down the pipeline. The amendment was summarized by Plains All American Pipeline, the operator of the ruptured pipeline at Refugio, at its website today.

What PHMSA had called a pipeline “failure” is now being called a “rupture” with the new information, according to Plains, but a metallurgical analysis is among the tests still ongoing to determine the cause of the pipeline break. The amendment added that the cathodic protection, which is meant to control corrosion, on the pipe was adequate, and that the corrosion seen “would not be expected.” A recent inline inspection, the website explained, also found the wall of the pipeline was thicker than what a third-party metallurgist observed recently at the pipe breakage point.

Read more at the Santa Barbara Independent

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Groups sue to keep oil waste out of state’s aquifers

Two environmental groups sued California regulators Thursday to stop oil companies from injecting wastewater into potentially usable aquifers beneath the state’s drought-ravaged Central Valley.

The suit, filed by the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, claims the California agency that oversees oil fields is breaking the law by letting companies pump wastewater from their drilling operations into aquifers that the regulators were supposed to protect. The injections were the subject of a Chronicle investigation in February.

The state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has moved to end the practice but has given oil companies until 2017 to shut down many of the injection wells. Environmentalists want all the wells closed immediately. The groups sued Thursday to overturn newly adopted regulations from the division that allow the continued injections.

“California has a drought, and we need to protect all the potential sources of drinking water we have, and DOGGR is allowing the continued pollution of aquifers,” said Will Rostov, a staff attorney for Earthjustice, which filed the suit on behalf of the environmental groups. “We want them to comply with the law, and the law is pretty clear — no more injections.”

The division declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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Tell Congress: Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement -- a trade deal being negotiated between the US and dozens of other countries -- is the fossil fuel industry's latest tool to shut down climate action, and today begins a huge fight to stop it.

The TPP would give foreign fossil fuel corporations the right to sue city, state and national governments if climate action hurts their profits. It's an enormous corporate power grab, at the expense of our democracy and our climate.

Legislation that would allow the TPP to pass, called Fast Track, faces a close vote in Congress -- if enough Members of Congress come out against this plan in the next few weeks, it stops it in its tracks.

Send a message to your members of Congress now to stop the TPP.

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The Future of Energy - March 24 Screening & Discussion

The Future of Energy is a new documentary that paints a hopeful picture about the renewable energy revolution and what everyday people can do to be part of the solution of climate change. The film focuses on the work being done in the US, but particularly in the Bay Area, on renewable energy and how we can get to 100% renewable faster than people think.

"We are decentralizing energy. That's a game changer, that's going to change everything." Jeremy Rifkin, economist, activist, author of The Third Industrial Revolution

350Marin is hosting a screening of the film followed by a discussion with the filmmakers who will share their excitement in what is possible, what is already happening and how you can participate to make it happen even faster.

The film will be shown March 24 starting at 7:00pm, at the First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael. Doors open at 6:30pm.

There is a $10 suggested donation.

Find out more and RSVP on the event page.

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Al Gore's Testimony Before the California Teachers' Retirement Board

CalSTRS board member and State Controller, Betty Yee, asked Al Gore about effectiveness of engagement with fossil fuel companies. His answer might surprise you. Get more information about the CalSTRS February Meeting.

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