1. Voices of Sandy

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    Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, costing New York City billions of dollars and countless lives as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. Community organizations like Rockaway Wildfire, the Red Hook Initiative and GABRIELA USA talk about how they were affected by the storm. This is #WhyICare. Here are their words: http://rockawaywildfire.org/ http://rhicenter.org/ http://gabusa.org/ For more info: http://peoplesclimate.org/march

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    • AU students take their demands directly to the Board

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      WASHINGTON DC—American University students have joined a nationwide campaign active on 320 campuses calling on universities to divest from 200 companies that hold the vast majority of the world’s oil, coal and gas reserves. Climate change caused by the unchecked burning of fossil fuels poses a critical threat to human life on earth. Fossil fuel divestment supporters reject the idea that higher education should be financed by companies whose business plans guarantee there will not be a livable planet for the future. Speakers included students Deirdre Shelly and David Shadburn of AU Fossil Free, Meredith Hollingsworth from AU United Methodists, alumni supporter Mary Schellentrager ‘10 with Energy Action Coalition, and Lili Molina, an environmental justice advocate who worked with Little Village Environmental Justice Organization on the 10-year campaign to successfully close the Crawford & Fisk coal plants in Chicago. #divestnow

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      • APPALACHIAN FAMILIES DROP DIRTY WATER ON EPA

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        Appalachians families travel to DC to drop 75 gallons of toxic water at the EPA, demanding federal action to stop mountaintop removal coal mining for the region's clean water future. For more information, visit www.appalachiarising.org

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        • KEYSTONE WORDS FROM OUR YOUTH

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          Creative Director & Producer: Zakee Kuduro Executive Producer: Energy Action Coalition

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          • THE QUEST FOR SUSTAINABILITY w/PIKE COUNTY

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            Imagine living in a place that’s so serene that when you open your eyes…you’ll swear you are standing inside of your dream. Of course you don’t want to awake, only to pinch yourself standing in all the Glory that has been given for your eyes to see. You touch the air with your tounge and run your fingers through the soil envoking all its minerals. Oil pipelines have been in the news a lot this past year, between the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and various publicized oil spills. Potential human health effects of these spills are one of the concerns frequently raised, so I decided to take a fairly high-level look at the potential risks by hitting the road for our "Quest for Sustainability" series. I made the journey up to Pike County, Pennsylvania just outside of Upstate, NY where describing the mountains as beautiful is a complete understatement. This is part 1 of a story of a small town in Milford,PA who wants to keep their water clean, air free of toxins and of course pipeline free. The action to stop these trees from being cut was ended, but the fight against the Tennessee Gas Pipeline continues. Click above to view. Creative Director & Producer: Zakee Kuduro Executive Producer: Energy Action Coalition

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            • POWER SHIFT TV: 48 WHITE HOUSE ARRESTS #ForwardOnClimate Rally

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              A roster of 48 protesters, including climate scientist James Hansen, actor Daryl Hannah, civil rights leader Julian Bond,youth activist Maura Cowley, and environmental advocate Robert Kennedy Jr, were arrested on Wednesday after handcuffing themselves to the gates of the White House to demand that Barack Obama shut down the Keystone XL pipeline project. The protests, while entirely orderly and co-ordinated in advance with local police, delivered a dope reminder to Obama the morning after his state of the union address of the enormous political challenges ahead as he tries to make good on his promise to act on climate change. Creative Director/Producer: Zakee Kuduro Executive Producer: Energy Action Coalition

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              • FORWARD ON CLIMATE 2013

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                FORWARD ON CLIMATE CAMPAIGN. Get ACTIVE!!! Creative Director & Producer: Zakee Kuduro Executive Producer: Energy Action Coalition

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                • Fear Is the Weapon (fear them not) [feat J-O and Gab Guma of Grindcity]

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                  Over 100 participating social and environmental justice organizations from 20 countries, representing every continent on the planet helped us in a massive, global collaboration! This movement is strong, united and growing! To learn more about all the different participating orgs, go to http://www.melodeego.com/news.html?n_id=6889. The song is inspired by Tim DeChristopher who was imprisoned for saving 22,000 acres of land from oil and gas drilling. Visit http://www.bidder70.org to learn his story. To hear more music from Melodeego and learn about the band visit: http://www.melodeego.com

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                  • THE QUEST FOR SUSTAINABILITY w/ DETROIT

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                    "The Quest for Sustainability" - Part 1:Featuring Detroit,MI Sustainability is the capacity to endure through renewal, maintenance, and sustenance, or nourishment, in contrast to durability, the capacity to endure through unchanging resistance to change. For humans in social systems or ecosystems, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of responsibility, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions. This short documentary explores Detroit's sustainability and environmental practices within urban communities. Creative Director & Producer: Zakee Kuduro Executive Producer: Energy Action Coalition

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                    • Say it Ain't So, Joe! by Josh Fox/Bill McKibben

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                      An Appeal from Josh Fox and Bill McKibben to Vice President Joe Biden to intervene on behalf of the Delaware River and make his voice heard against fracking the Delaware. VP JOE BIDEN: Public@ovp.eop.gov vice.president@whitehouse.gov Or copy and paste the shorter version here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact-vp/ phone: 202-456-1414 (ask to leave a message for both VP Biden AND Pres. Obama) Fax:202 456 3455 Short Version: TO: Vice President Joe Biden CC: President Barack Obama (http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments) Jo Ellen Darcy, Army Corps of Engineers for President Obama (ASACWPOC@conus.army.mil) Governor Jack Markell (Mary.darby@state.de.us) Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden (Attorney.General@state.de.us) Nancy Sutlley, Council on Environmental Quality (chair@ceq.eop.gov) Dear Vice President Biden- DON'T FRACK THE DELAWARE! We respect your integrity, your strength, your leadership and most of all your environmental record. I am writing to urge you to unequivocally reject the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) proposal to allow gas drilling within the Delaware River Basin. The DRBC received 69,800 public comments on their proposed draft regulations which were overwhelmingly against fracking. They have ignored them and in the process ignored the democratic process. Commissioners who vote to allow fracking are on the wrong side of history and will be held accountable. Hydraulic Fracturing - or Fracking - is a highly dangerous method of drilling for natural gas that risks the safety of our air, water, and food, and threatens the health of our families, communities, and environment. The charter of the DRBC calls for it to protect water quality in the basin, and clearly calls for nothing else to be considered above this mandate. If the regulations pass and the river basin is industrialized beyond recognition and contaminated, it will be forever the legacy of those who voted yes. This watershed provides drinking water for 15.6 million people. That’s about 5% of the nation’s population – including New York City and Philadelphia - who are depending on this relatively small watershed for safe drinking water every day. Just as New York has urged no drilling in its watersheds, the Obama Administration and the State of Delaware can vote to disallow fracking in the Delaware river basin. Please stand with this National Wild and Scenic River, its communities and habitats, and the more than 15 million people who rely on the Delaware for their water. To do otherwise could be catastrophic. We voted you into office to serve and protect all of the people, not just the few who wish to profit at all costs. Currently New York Attorney General has filed suit against the commission for failing in its obligation to complete a cumulative impact study of hydrofracking on the river basin, which is required of the commission by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This means that the DRBC would be violating the law in allowing gas drilling regulations. We urge you to reject all drilling in the river basin flat out, but, at very least, the DRBC is required to do a multi-year cumulative impact study, which would truly assess the impact on the river basin, by federal law. Thank you. Long Version: TO: Vice President Joe Biden CC: President Barack Obama Jo Ellen Darcy, Army Corps of Engineers for President Obama Governor Jack Markell Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden Nancy Sutlley, Council on Environmental Quality Dear Vice President Biden- DON'T FRACK THE DELAWARE We respect your integrity, your strength, your leadership and most of all your environmental record. I am writing to urge you to unequivocally reject the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) proposal to allow gas drilling within the Delaware River Basin. The DRBC received 69,800 public comments on their proposed draft regulations which were overwhelmingly against fracking. They have ignored them and in the process ignored the democratic process. Commissioners who vote to allow fracking are on the wrong side of history and will be held accountable. Hydraulic Fracturing - or Fracking - is a highly dangerous method of drilling for natural gas that risks the safety of our air, water, and food, and threatens the health of our families, communities, and environment and will undoubtedly put into jeopardy these critical considerations in the Delaware River Basin. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy Science Advisory Board’s own Subcommittee on Shale Gas Production recently recommended “[p]reservation of unique and/or sensitive areas as off limits to drilling. . .” I urge you to say no to fracking in the Delaware River Basin. The charter of the DRBC calls for it to protect water quality in the basin, and clearly calls for nothing else to be considered above this mandate. There has been more than sufficient evidence, through widely documented incidents of contamination, to overwhelmingly convince any individual willing to look at the facts that a practice as potentially catastrophic as hydraulic fracturing should not be considered in a such sensitive area, the drinking water supply for 15.6 million people. Do not think that a yes vote on these regulations will go unnoticed or unchallenged in the media or in the public sphere. The New York Times, Pro-Publica, and HBO's GASLAND 2, to name a few media sources will report on fracking in the watershed and organizations with a very wide reach such as 350.org, Democracy for America, NRDC, Environmental Working Group, Catskill MountainKeeper, Delaware RiverKeeper and literally hundreds of others will be extremely vocal about any drilling allowed in the Delaware River Basin. If the regulations pass and the river basin is industrialized beyond recognition and contaminated, it will be forever the legacy of those who voted yes. This watershed provides drinking water for more than 15 million people, delivering 1,803 million gallons of water every day to public water supplies. That’s about 5% of the nation’s population – including New York City and Philadelphia - who are depending on this relatively small watershed for safe drinking water every day. From massive water withdrawals to leaks and spills of toxics-laden frack fluid to the generation of millions of gallons of wastewater – sometimes laced with radioactive substances – the for gas drilling to pollute our water is grave. Specifically, and documented in the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Hazen and Sawyer Report, slick water horizontal hydraulic fracturing uses around 350,000-400,000 pounds of chemicals per well, many of these extremely toxic and cancer causing. To allow such obviously carcinogenic and dangerous activity near the sole or primary drinking water source for millions of Americans is nothing short of an invitation to disaster. Moreover, the Delaware River Basin is vital to our ecology and quality of life. Its national park recreation areas are so treasured that 5.4 million visitors come each year to hike, camp, boat, or swim. Drinking water for millions, habitat for wildlife, and recreation for millions: one is hard-pressed to find meaning in the DOE subcommittee’s phrase “unique and or sensitive areas” if you do not apply it to the Delaware River Basin. With this clear and defining policy statement, how could one actually move forward to drill and inject so much chemically laden water into such a sensitive and vital American Treasure? Moreover, oil and gas industry claims that drilling will aid economic recovery are patently false. In fact, drilling will damage the Basin’s existing economic value. The value of its water supply alone has recently been calculated by a University of Delaware study at $3,767,000 in annual economic value. Looking at the many aspects of economic value that the River provides, this study concludes that “[t]he Delaware Basin contributes close to $22 billion in annual market/non-market value to the regional economy…” Much of that value derives from forests, water supply and high water quality. These are the very assets at risk if natural gas development moves ahead in the Marcellus and Utica Shales, located in the Upper and Middle Delaware River Watershed. More so, many families in Pennsylvania, are already finding that after contamination, the value of their homes has dropped precipitously to what it once was. This is not the economic benefit that, during such a time of economic hardship, should be even be considered. Surely you have noticed that the only contingents interested in pushing forward with fracking are ones that stand to benefit financially, who consistently dismiss the economic hardships and environmental degradation caused by the collateral damage incurred from this risky practice. This sort of omission and faulty economic analysis leaves the greater public liable for the true costs of contamination in numerous, and painful ways. Giving a yes vote to something that could potentially harm the general public in such a way would be nothing short of granting license to harm millions of Americans for the economic prosperity of a few. There is an out, just as New York has urged no drilling in its watersheds which serve huge populations (the watersheds for New York City and Syracuse) the Obama Administration and the state of Delaware can vote to disallow fracking in the Delaware river basin which also serves a huge number of people with drinking water. Currently New York Attorney General has filed suit against the commission for failing in its obligation to complete a cumulative impact study of hydrofracking on the river basin, which is required of the commission by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This means that the DRBC would be violating the law in allowing gas drilling regulations. We urge you to reject all drilling in the river basin flat out, but, at very least, the DRBC is required to do a multi-year cumulative impact study, which would truly assess the impact on the river basin, by federal law. I strongly urge you to reject the proposed regulations to drill and call on you to protect the Delaware River Basin from fracked gas drilling. Please stand with this National Wild and Scenic River, its communities and habitats, and the more than 15 million people who rely on the Delaware for their water. To do otherwise could be catastrophic, and would surely cement your historic decision to reflect alignment with the polluting fossil fuel industry for generations to come. We voted you into office to serve and protect all of the people, not just the few who wish to profit at all costs. Please make sure the DRBC votes no on the proposed regulations and insist on a ban in this fragile, scenic, historic, and critical watershed that serves millions of Americans. Thank you, Sincerely,

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