SAN FRANCISCO Fractivists say they will protest Governor Jerry Brown scheduled to receive an environmental and labor award from the Blue Green Alliance today Thursday, October 17, outside Le Parc Hotel at 55 Cyril Magnin Street in San Francisco from 5:30 to 7 pm.
An estimated 200 California residents against fracking are expected to attend the Blue Green Alliance’s honoring of the Governor with its Right Stuff Award. At the annual Right Stuff Awards dinner, the Apollo Alliance Project of the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation honors state and national leaders for their work to accelerate the growth of the clean energy, good jobs economy.
No word on whether any of other other awardees would be protested for any reason. Among others to be honored are Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The NRDC had immediately pulled its support from recent fracking legislation Jerry Brown signed when a number of last minute hair-raising amendments were inserted.
NRDC's Senior Press Secretary, Communications Department Jessica Lass told Examiner, "Here's the language from the bill we found particularly troublesome (as the language excludes the typical and sacred California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review:
3160(d)(2)(B) Where the supervisor determines that the activities proposed in the well stimulation treatment permit or the combined authorization have met all of the requirements of Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000), and have been fully described, analyzed, evaluated, and mitigated, no additional review or mitigation shall be required.
Brown the "Former Environmentalist"
Brown’s support for fracking, the massive twin tunnels project, and his emissions trading program have landed him in trouble with Californians up and down the state. To boot, the IWW Environmental Unionist Caucus has issued a professionally printed flyer posted at the FB event page, "Jerry Brown is not Blue or Green! that charges Brown with being both a "greenwasher," and a "union buster."
Protesters say they were galvanized by what they refer to as 'Brown’s most recent assault on the environment' known as the signing of SB4. The groups say SB 4 will green light fracking in California as it was cloaked by last minute amendments to end a steam of legislation intended to place a moratorium on or even ban fracking.
“Jerry Brown ignored the majority of Californians and the rank and file of the Democratic Party who support a moratorium on fracking,” said organizer Damien Luzzo. “He signaled that he would not sign any of the moratorium bills and only signed the already weak SB4, after he gutted it at the 11th hour at the behest of Big Oil.”
According to organizer Lauren Steiner, “When I worked on Jerry Brown’s presidential campaign in 1992, he was an uncompromised environmentalist. Now he will support any industry, including polluting ones, if he thinks it can bring jobs and tax revenues. In 1992, the old Jerry Brown limited his campaign contributions to under $100, so he wouldn’t be beholden to special interests. The new Jerry Brown has accepted $2.5 million over the past few years from the oil and gas industry.”
Michael Preston of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, will speak out against the peripheral tunnels and Shasta dam raise that will cause massive fish extinction and destroy the whole Bay Delta Estuary just to divert water to Big Ag and Big Oil. While Tom Goldtooth, from the Indigenous Environmental Network, will urge Brown to reject REDD+ carbon trading credits, which allow corporations to grab huge swaths of land in developing countries in order to keep polluting at home, usually in low income neighborhoods populated by people of color.
Rather than to Jerry, the award might have gone to....
The rally's organizers say they will include an "instead of Jerry awards program" to honor persons more suited for the award.
• Holly Mitchell, who introduced a strong fracking moratorium bill in the state legislature and LA City Council members Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin, who recently introduced a fracking moratorium motion in Los Angeles
• Mark Jacobson, from Stanford University, who has developed a plan to power California with 100% renewables by 2030;
• The Center for Biological Diversity and Earthjustice, whose lawsuit halted fracking in public lands in California;
• Truthout, the on-line publication whose investigative reporting uncovered fracking off the California coast;
• The Coalition to Decommission San Onofre, whose tireless work led to the shutdown of this dangerous nuclear power plant;
• State Senator Lois Wolk, a tireless opponent of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, whose recently signed bill SB43 allows customers to get more than 20% of their power from renewables;
• The Klamath Justice Coalition, a coalition of members of Indian Tribes and activists who have helped stop fish kills and fought for dam removal on the Klamath River;
• The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, which has filed hundreds of successful lawsuits and complaints compelling industry, agribusiness, cities, counties and water boards to comply with the Clean Water Act; and
• Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, who has waived residential solar permit fees, initiated a solar thermal rebate policy and a green jobs training program, sponsored Green Building and Compostable Food Ware ordinances and helped negotiate a $114 million settlement with Chevron.
Other speakers from groups slated to be in attendance are:
Hezekiah Allen, former Executive Director of the Mattole Restoration Council, an organization committed to community-based watershed protection and restoration, forest protection, and water conservation, will talk about how progress in renewable energy can get us off fossil fuels today, if only political leaders like Jerry Brown had the will to do so.
Pamela Zuppo, from the San Francisco chapter of 350.org, who will speak on Brown’s support of fracking.