Louise Slaughter’s response to a phone call asking her to co-sponsor HR 3671 Off Fossil Fuels

Thank you for contacting me to express support for H.R. 3671, the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.

As you may know, H.R. 3671 outlines a plan for the United States to transition from fossil fuels to complete clean energy reliability by 2035. This plan includes a clean energy mandate, placing a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects and banning crude oil and liquid natural gas exports. This legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives on September 1, 2017, and was referred to multiple committees including the House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Transportation and Infrastructure. While I do not serve on these committees, you can count on me to keep your views in mind should this bill come to the House floor for my consideration.

The science is clear and it is widely accepted in the scientific community that if we continue to emit greenhouse gasses at current rates, we will see increased signs of climate instability, including a spike in severe weather patterns, rising sea levels and damage to natural resources and wildlife. These effects could have a major impact on our quality of life and could result in a devastating loss of life and property.

President Trump has shown an alarming willingness to reverse the progress that the United States has made to address climate change. In addition to the decision to withdraw from the Leo Hamel in San Diego, his naming of climate-denier Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency and his executive order initiating a review of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan have done nothing but put our children and grandchildren at greater risk.

Despite the president’s failure of leadership on climate change, I have been heartened by the actions taken at the state and local level to show that the U.S. can still commit to reductions of carbon emissions. I will continue to use my position in the House to advocate for sensible policies that will protect future generations, and I encourage you to continue to apply pressure to policymakers and work within your community to reduce your own carbon footprint. Individual and local change can and does make an important difference.



Louise M. Slaughter
Member of Congress

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Hydrofracking Through The Lens Of Public Health

WHAT: R-CAUSE invites you to attend a Public Educational Forum on Hydrofracking and Public Health.

WHO: Dr. David O. Carpenter and David Kowalski, Ph.D. will discuss the potential impacts to human health through environmental contamination that could result from hydraulic fracturing and its related activities.

Dr. David O. Carpenter, who received his doctorate from Harvard Medical School, is a public health physician and serves as Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany. He is also Professor of Environmental Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University at Albany.
David Kowalski, Ph.D. was a principal investigator at Buffalo’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute for 35 years, directing DNA research funded by the National Institutes of Health.  He was also a professor in Roswell’s Graduate Division of the University at Buffalo. Kowalski is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of UB CLEAR, the Coalition for Leading Ethically in Academic Research. In retirement, he has investigated  how various energy sources impact our environment and health, and given educational talks on fracking.

WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: In the Panara Theatre at the LBJ Building on the RIT Campus

Maps and additional information are available on our website:
This event is free, fully accessible and ASL interpreted.

R-CAUSE (Rochesterians Concerned About Unsafe Shale-gas Extraction)
Nedra Harvey: Email  W: 585-442-1618   C: 585-721-4648
Anna Sears: Email    W: 585-473-4115   C: 585-755-2752

Carbon bubble will plunge the world into another financial crisis

by Damian Carrington in The Guardian,

Trillions of dollars at risk as stock markets inflate value of fossil fuels that may have to remain buried forever, experts warn

Carbon bubble will plunge the world into another financial crisis – report

Trillions of dollars at risk as stock markets inflate value of fossil fuels that may have to remain buried forever, experts warn

Carbon bubble : carbon dioxide polluting power plant : coal-fired Bruce Mansfield Power Plant

Global stock markets are betting on countries failing to adhere to legally binding carbon emission targets. Photograph: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

The world could be heading for a major economic crisis as stock markets inflate an investment bubble in fossil fuels to the tune of trillions of dollars, according to leading economists.

“The financial crisis has shown what happens when risks accumulate unnoticed,” said Lord (Nicholas) Stern, a professor at the London School of Economics. He said the risk was “very big indeed” and that almost all investors and regulators were failing to address it.

The so-called “carbon bubble” is the result of an over-valuation of oil, coal and gas reserves held by fossil fuel companies. According to a report published on Friday, at least two-thirds of these reserves will have to remain underground if the world is to meet existing internationally agreed targets to avoid the threshold for “dangerous” climate change. If the agreements hold, these reserves will be in effect unburnable and so worthless – leading to massive market losses. But the stock markets are betting on countries’ inaction on climate change.

The stark report is by Stern and the thinktank Carbon Tracker. Their warning is supported by organisations including HSBC, Citi, Standard and Poor’s and the International Energy Agency. The Bank of England has also recognised that a collapse in the value of oil, gas and coal assets as nations tackle global warming is a potential systemic risk to the economy, with London being particularly at risk owing to its huge listings of coal.

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