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Fracking activists to protest Jerry Brown in SF

By Josh Richman
Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 10:33 am in energy, Environment, Global warming, Gov. Jerry Brown, Jerry Brown.

Anti-fracking activists intend to protest as Gov. Jerry Brown visits the Bay Area this afternoon to sign a regional agreement to align government policy, combat climate change and promote clean energy.

Brown is scheduled to be at Cisco-Meraki’s San Francisco headquarters at 4 p.m. to sign the pact with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and British Columbia environmental officials.

But the Californians Against Fracking coalition – which includes members of more than 150 groups including MoveOn.org Civic Action, CREDO, Friends of the Earth, Food & Water Watch, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Race, Poverty, and the Environment, and Environment California – say Brown’s support of fracking could undermine any progress the agreement would make.

Brown last month signed into law SB 4 by state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Calabasas, which creates the state’s first rules for hydraulic fracturing or acidation to extract oil and natural gas. Some environmentalists, including this coalition, argue that only a moratorium on these techniques will keep California safe from environmental harms and further the state’s clean-energy goals.

The activists who’ll protest Brown’s appearance today say using fracking, acidization, and other unconventional extraction techniques to access 15 billion barrels of crude oil beneath California would produce nearly as much global warming pollution as the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and set back the state’s progress on combating climate change.

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  • Elwood

    These freaks would protest motherhood retroactively.

  • fredamae

    We have to get behind and support those who actually Do the Peoples Work. It’s one way to defeat the insane amount of money they spend–tune it out-turn it off and work for those who go against them on our behalf, imo

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Calif. will have normal temps while Wyo., the Dakotas and other unenlightened places that allow fracking will perish. —C. Manson, Californians Against Climate Chaos