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December 14, 2015
After Paris, Our Work Continues
"After a week in Paris pushing for real solutions to climate change, I'm energized with new hope for our movement. At this critical moment, Food & Water Watch is committing to expand our work on renewable energy.
Climate change is arguably the most important issue of our time — it's also one of the most complicated, with deeply entrenched fossil fuel corporations at work against us. But while in Paris, I saw the inspiring resilience of our global community, and the incredible power of this movement.
Unfortunately, the agreement coming out of the Paris COP falls far short of what is needed to actually address our climate crisis.
There was no mention of the words ‘oil’, ‘gas’ or ‘fossil fuels’ at all — all of which we must swiftly transition away from to avert climate crisis. As long as fracking exists, we still have work to do."
December 12, 2015
Mention of Fossil Fuels Absent from COP Agreement
The science is clear: We need to take swift and bold action if we are to have any chance of preventing the worst impacts of climate change.
December 10, 2015
When people around the world look to see what's happening at #COP21, let's make our point clear: we need to #banfracking now!
Today in Paris, we're joining with groups around the world for an anti-fracking summit. But you don't have to be in Paris to be involved and let your voice be heard.
— Emily Wurth (@EmilyWurth1) December 10, 2015
Gov. Jerry Brown Gets #BanFracking Sendoff at COP21
Food & Water Watch National Organizing Director Mark Schlosberg is currently on the ground in Paris.
"Research shows that fracking is the elephant in the room: We must leave the vast majority of fossil fuels in the ground to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and fracking is increasingly the mechanism for extracting large amounts of these fuels. But the issue has gotten short shrift until yesterday when the Ban Fracking movement hit COP21....
...the anti-fracking movement would not tolerate being ignored any longer. Over 150 people came out to hear powerful speakers from frontline communities including North Dakota, Pennsylvania and California. We brought large banners and smaller signs, some from the United States and others from around the world. And we brought the message clearly and loudly – while surrounded by police – that Gov. Brown and other elected officials cannot claim to be leaders in the fight against climate change while they promote fracking – we need to keep it all in the ground."
Read the full blog here: http://californiansagainstfracking.org/gov-jerry-brown-gets-banfracking-sendoff-at-cop21/
December 9, 2015
Gov. Brown: What’s Lacking? Climate Vision or Will?
Food & Water Watch National Organizing Director Mark Schlosberg is currently on the ground in Paris.
"Brown’s line on fracking here in Paris is similar to what it has been at home in California. In an interview with Le Monde, Gov. Brown characterized those who want him to ban fracking as extreme, shirking his responsibility to champion visionary policies that reduce demand for petroleum, saying as long as Californians continue to drive cars we should get our oil from California. Brown also said renewables are intermittent because there is no storage, and, oddly, he said that “small businesses don’t have psychic space” for the policy changes we need and that “big businesses” support action on climate.
Perhaps Governor Brown has been spending too much time with those big business representatives and not enough time with the people his policies are affecting.
Perhaps he should take bold action to keep the oil beneath California in the ground and lead through actions that challenge us all to make the significant changes necessary to address the climate reality. Perhaps he should heed his own advice and do everything he can to stop climate change, including banning fracking and rejecting cap and trade and other pay to pollute schemes, and begin to match his actions to his lofty rhetoric. Or, perhaps Brown lacks the vision to truly lead on climate."
Read the full blog here: http://californiansagainstfracking.org/gov-brown-whats-lacking-climate-vision-or-will/
December 8, 2015
We Need to Transition to 100 Percent Clean Energy by 2035
Climate science is clear that to avoid devastating climate impacts on communities around the world, the transition to 100 percent clean energy must be rapid. Numerous groups and reports have cited 2050 as an agreeable target for achieving a near complete transition off of fossil fuels, but the reality is that we cannot allow it to take that long. Staying below 1.5°C requires a 100 percent clean energy system by 2035.
With its past emissions of climate pollution, the United States must demonstrate exceptional leadership and adopt a more ambitious path. The goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2035 is achievable if we grow the necessary political will, demand strong government policies, and commit to aggressive action now.
Despite Obstacles, We’re Bringing the #BanFracking Message to Paris
"We will continue – despite efforts to muzzle public debate– to amplify one clear message to the COP21, to global leaders and to Governor Brown: you cannot be a leader in the fight against climate change and support expanded fracking and extreme extraction."
In front of Le Petit Palais
Read more impressions from Organizing Director Mark Schlosberg here: www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/despite-obstacles-we’re-bringing-banfracking-message-paris
Climate Leaders Don't Frack
— Food & Water Watch (@foodandwater) December 8, 2015
December 7, 2015
California Gov. Jerry Brown's Record Shows Rhetoric, Not Action, On Climate Change
No Action to Curb Oil Production
Gov. Brown says that to combat climate change, at least one-third of the world's oil and half of its natural gas must stay in the ground. Yet, California remains the third largest oil producer in the country.
Weak on Petroleum Use
Brown justifies ongoing oil extraction, including fracking, in California based on continued demand. But, instead of working to reduce demand, in September, he stood by while the oil industry gutted from a climate bill language that would have required a 50 percent decrease in petroleum use in the state by 2030.
Turning the Other Cheek As Oil & Gas Waste Pollutes Precious Groundwater
Gov. Brown and his regulators have allowed the oil and gas industry to knowingly inject toxic waste fluid into clean aquifers -- even as a historic drought crisis threatens California's drinking water and the nation's fruits and vegetables. But, instead of stopping this water destruction at its source by banning fracking and extreme extraction, the Governor allows polluters to "clean" the water and sell it to use for irrigation. Tests of "recycled" oil and wastewater found concentrations of dangerous chemicals. This water is used on a number of popular products.
Even as plentiful evidence confirms that fracking and extreme extraction harms public health and our communities, Governor Brown ignore Californians' demand for a bad on these dangerous practices.
Expanding Natural Gas Use
Gov. Brown's appointees to the Public Utilities Commission are on track to expand two natural gas-fired power plants, even as a gas leak in the Los Angeles area spews methane and carbon dioxide at astronomical rates.
Betraying Renewable Energy Targets
As major utilities in California angle to gut rooftop solar incentives in California, Gov. Brown has made no move to defend the solar industry -- which employs over 48,000 people -- from this profit-driven attack.
Relying on False Solutions
Gov. Brown supports cap-and-trade, a scheme that allows high-mission industries to pay to pollute. As Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical on climate change, cap-and-trade is a false solution for dealing with pollution.
The proof is in the pudding: According to this year's California Air Resources Board's greenhouse gas inventory, overall emissions have increased in California since Brown took office in 2010.
Food & Water Watch: In Paris
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December 4, 2015
James Hansen: Fracking is ‘Screwing Your Children and Grandchildren’
"There’s way too much gas in the ground. It would put us way over 2C, 3C, 4C. There’s a huge amount of gas in the ground. What political leaders have not been willing to do is face the truth that you can’t burn all of that. They’re allowing, even bragging about, having found the technology to get more of the gas out of the ground with fracking."
Read the full story here: http://ecowatch.com/2015/12/03/james-hansen-fracking/
Paris By Night – But Then Different
"First item of business: Attending the awards ceremony of the Pinocchio Awards. It is a yearly event that our colleagues at Friends of the Earth France have been organizing since 2008. With the COP21 in Paris, the organisers decided to focus this year’s Pinocchio Awards on climate change. As usual, there were three categories: Lobbying, greenwashing and local impacts."
Read the full blog here: http://www.foodandwatereurope.org/blogs/paris-by-night-but-then-different/#more-40109
December 3, 2015
Adam Scow: California Gov. Brown doesn't walk the talk on climate change
"As the governor visits Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, it's time for him to step up and make California a real leader in the fight against climate change and a worthy example for others to follow.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment is Brown's continued refusal to ban fracking and other dangerous oil extraction techniques that pollute California's air, water and soil."
Read the full op-ed here: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_29195811/adam-scow-california-gov-brown-doesnt-walk-talk
From Paris to New York: A People's Vigil for Preventing Climate Change
"To raise our voices in favor of a bold, forward-looking agreement in accord with the economic resources and historical carbon emissions of the developed and developing world, the Cathedral and Cathedral partner Food & Water Watch will host a vigil on December 9th.
It is our children and grandchildren who will inherit the world we are now creating—one of hunger and abundance, climate uncertainty and technological advance, cooperation and conflict. It behooves us to do what we can to make sure the planet is on a sustainable path, and, as New Yorkers, to assess our role in the midst of all this change"
For more information or to RSVP: http://www.stjohndivine.org/visit/calendar/events/events/13012/from-paris-to-new-york-a-peoples-vigil-for-preventing-climate-change
December 2, 2015
Gov. Brown: Don’t Frack Climate Talks or California
Food & Water Watch National Organizing Director Mark Schlosberg will be attending COP 21 later this week.
While the recent tragic events in Paris leave uncertain exactly how public participation around the upcoming climate talks will occur, it is clear is that the growing movement to ban fracking, keep fossil fuels in the ground, and move to a 100% renewables will bring this message in no uncertain terms to our elected leaders in Paris. We are at a critical point in our planet’s history, and there is no time for half measures or anything less than bold action if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
The difference between the rhetoric and actions from our elected leaders and the climate reality is startling. Fueled by oil and gas industry campaign dollars, leading Republican elected officials continue to deny the overwhelming scientific consensus that our earth is rapidly warming as a result of human activities. President Obama has acknowledged the real threat of climate change – and taken some action such as the recent decision on Keystone XL pipeline – but throughout his administration he has championed and presided over a massive expansion of oil and gas production in the US, fueled largely by fracking.
California Governor Jerry Brown has talked extensively about the need to take action on climate and signed a number of deals with other governors and mayors from countries around the world, yet his abysmal record on oil and gas tells a very different story. Under his watch, California has purposefully increased oil production, oil and gas waste fluid has been injected knowingly into clear aquifers in a time of drought, oil and gas waste has been used to irrigate the crops and communities continue to be harmed by this polluting industry. Not only has Governor Brown turned the other cheek to these issues, he has consistently defended the California oil industry against environmental concerns.
When we go to Paris, we will attend conferences, speak on panels and monitor negotiations, but we will also be holding the U.S. leaders in Paris accountable.
We will make the case loud and clear: To make real progress against climate change, fossil fuels need to be left in the ground.
And our elected officials cannot be considered leaders in the fight for the survival of our planet, while they push the fracking and other extreme extraction methods that keep us hook on these dangerous and outdated fuels.
We need to move quickly to a 100% renewable energy future and fracking has no place in it. President Obama, Governor Brown and other elected officials should match their actions to the climate reality, stop carrying water for the fossil fuel energy and show real leadership by banning fracking and taking action to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
Orignially published: http://californiansagainstfracking.org/gov-brown-dont-frack-climate-talks-or-california/
December 1, 2015
Brown readies to take spot on global climate stage
"For environmentalists, Brown’s relationship with oil has been among the most confounding parts of his green record. Even though he’s sharply criticized the industry at times, saying it sells a “highly destructive” product, he’s benefited from campaign donations and supported oil production in the state.
“One of the things that’s holding us back is the oil and gas industry and the governor’s unwillingness to take them on directly,” said Adam Scow, the California director for the anti-fracking advocacy group Food & Water Watch.
Brown has refused to ban fracking, most recently at the San Francisco forum."
Read the full story here: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-climate-brown-profile-20151201-story.html
Gov. Brown’s climate legacy starts at Porter Ranch, not Paris: Guest commentary
"Before turning his attention to Paris, Gov. Brown must hold Sempra Energy subsidiary SoCalGas accountablee for the largest fossil fuel accident in California since the Santa Barbara oil spill this spring. The leak has sickened and displaced -- during the holiday weekend, no less -- hundreds of residents. More thatn 700 complains about the leak have been filed to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Shockingly, according to the California Air Resources Board, the leak has released into the atmosphere an amount of methane equivalent to one-quarter of the state's methane emissions for the year from all sources, including factory farms."
November 29, 2015
Paris Climate Protesters Banned -- But 10,000 Shoes Remain
Although they couldn’t march in the streets of Paris, around the world hundreds of thousands joined in solidarity actions just this past weekend — and it was beautiful.
November 25, 2015
Fracking Can't Be Part of ANY Climate Solution
The United Nation Climate talks in Paris are coming up soon: November 30th marks the beginning of negotiations that are critical for the future of our planet. We’re joining grassroots leaders from the anti-fracking movement to let world leaders know that fracking cannot be part of any real climate solution.
Food & Water Watch representatives are heading to Paris to spread this message in person, and on December 10th we’ll be co-hosting a fracking summit to make sure our message is heard. This is going to be tough, because oil and gas companies spend millions each year pushing their pro-fracking messages. But we can’t let leaders who say they want to confront the global climate crisis continue ignore the climate-related effects of fracking. We must keep fossil fuels in the ground and take fracking out of the mix by banning it everywhere. Read and share our statement on the climate talks, below:
— Food & Water Watch (@foodandwater) November 23, 2015
We’ve seen an incredible month of action for this year’s #GlobalFrackdown. Earlier this month, we released a letter signed by over 1,250 groups in 64 countries to send the message to world leaders that fracking and extreme energy extraction cannot be part of new climate plans. We’re going to keep the momentum going in Paris, where we and our allies will participate in meetings and panel discussions to pressure our elected leaders to keep fossil fuels in the ground, to ban fracking, and to move beyond dirty energy and towards public policies that move us to a sustainable energy future.
Stay involved by using the hashtags #COP21, #banfracking and #GlobalFrackdown during this historic summit. And help us tell our leaders at the conference, including President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown, that Climate Leaders Don't Frack.
— Wenonah Hauter (@WenonahHauter) November 25, 2015
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