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Tell your state legislators: Urge Governor Brown to impose a moratorium on fracking

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Fracking is a major threat to the climate, the environment, and public health and safety. Co-sign Assemblymember Levine's letter urging Governor Brown to impose a moratorium on fracking.

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    Tell your state legislators: Urge Governor Brown to impose a moratorium on fracking

    Under pressure from activists, Governor Brown is now playing defense to publicly justify his policy of allowing fracking in California.1 2

    Now we have a major opportunity to crank up the heat and make it clear to Governor Brown that his legacy as an environmentalist is on the line.

    Marin County Assemblymember Marc Levine has just written a powerful letter (full text below) to Governor Brown calling on him to impose a moratorium on fracking while the state studies the risks fracking poses to our climate, the environment, and public health and safety.

    The more Assembly members and state senators we can get to add their names to the letter before it gets sent to the governor, the more pressure Governor Brown will feel.

    Tell your state legislators to co-sign Assemblymember Levine's letter urging Governor Brown to impose a moratorium on fracking.

    As Governor Brown himself has said, climate change is "the world's greatest existential challenge" -- and that's no less true for California. Left unchecked, rising oceans, melting glaciers, drought, wildfires, heat waves and other extreme weather will dramatically disrupt life as we know it in the Golden State. 3 4 And, disturbingly, without dramatic policy change California will fail to meet its carbon pollution reduction goals. 5

    It's clear that Governor Brown sees confronting climate change as a major part of his legacy. But Governor Brown can't go down in history as a climate champion if he lets the fracking industry extract and burn billions of barrels of dirty oil from California by fracking. No real climate champion would allow Big Oil to endanger our air, water and health so that the industry can make money churning out even more carbon pollution.

    The first step Governor Brown must take to preserve his legacy is to impose a moratorium on fracking while the state conducts further study of the myriad risks it poses. Assemblymember Levine's letter couldn't come at a better time to drive that point home -- I hope you'll ask your state legislators to co-sign it.

    Tell your state legislators to co-sign Assemblymember Levine's letter urging Governor Brown to impose a moratorium on fracking.

    Here is the full text of Assemblymember Levine's letter:

    The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
    Governor of California
    State Capitol
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Re: Moratorium on Fracking

    Dear Governor Brown:

    This letter is to respectfully request that you issue an executive order to prohibit the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) within the Department of Conservation from allowing hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracturing, commonly known as fracking, in California until health and environmental concerns are addressed.

    The vast public health and safety implications of fracking, as well as the tremendous public concern over this practice, require our collective and urgent action. We believe it is time to join with Californians who disapprove of the dangers fracking poses to their communities.

    We the undersigned join CREDO Action in calling for this moratorium. Attached is a petition circulated by CREDO Action on this issue and signed by thousands of concerned Californians.

    As you know, California values protecting our environment and public health and safety. Current studies show fracking threatens California’s precious water supply, further disrupts our approach to mitigate the dangerous impacts of climate change, exacerbates our air pollution problems, and the disposal of wastewater associated with fracking may increase seismic activity.

    Therefore, we respectfully request that you impose a moratorium on fracking while you fully investigate the science behind fracking for oil production.

    Sincerely,

    MARC LEVINE
    Assemblymember, 10th Assembly District

    1. Jon Brooks, "Jerry Brown Lashes Out Against Environmentalists Over Fracking," KQED, October 30, 2013
    2. Rebecca Bowe, "California joins Oregon, Washington and British Columbia in climate action plan," San Francisco Bay Guardian, October 28, 2013
    3. Paul Rogers, "Fracking and reducing climate change: Can Jerry Brown have it both ways?" San Jose Mercury News, November 29, 2013
    4. Tony Barboza, "Effects of climate change in California are 'significant and growing'" LA Times, August 10, 2013
    5. Tony Barboza, "California must adopt aggressive climate-change policies, report says," LA Times, November 4, 2013