Senators Casey & Toomey: No Climate Deniers in the Cabinet

Given a week's notice, our team mobilized around the national #DayAgainstDenial. We set up a Facebook event page (Tell our Senators: No Climate Deniers in the Cabinet), sent out an email blast, and reached out to our many ally organizations to get the word out, notably: Sierra Club, Southeastern PA Group Food and Water Watch … Continue reading Senators Casey & Toomey: No Climate Deniers in the Cabinet

Dear Councilwoman Bass

Yesterday, we distributed many postcards with this message. Dear Councilwoman Bass, I live in your district and I am asking you to reject SEPTA's request to construct a natural gas power plant in Nicetown. A new plant would pollute our air, harm our health, and accelerate climate change. Thank you. Regrettably, both events were packed … Continue reading Dear Councilwoman Bass

Upcoming Community Meeting in Nicetown

Thank you again for your support for the campaign to stop SEPTA from building a natural gas power plant in Nicetown! We wanted to invite you to a community meeting that 350 Philly is co-sponsoring with the Community Advocate in Nicetown-Tioga this Wednesday evening. Everyone is welcome! We hope you will join us, and please feel free … Continue reading Upcoming Community Meeting in Nicetown

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

President-Elect Trump is nominating Attorney General Pruitt to run the EPA. Pruitt, an avid climate change denier, has been the voice piece for the fossil fuel industry for years and has actively tried to destroy the EPA. See the Inquirer's article: President-elect Trump to Planet Earth: Drop Dead. The Senate can choose to reject AG Pruitt. So … Continue reading THIS IS NOT A DRILL

An open letter to Mayor Kenney

We wondered what Philadelphia's Mayor Jim Kenney had to say about our efforts at convincing SEPTA to reconsider their plans for a gas power plant in the already over-burdened community of Nicetown. Below is a letter by long-time Germantown resident Joanna Vaughan to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on December 1st, 2016. December 1, 2016 Mayor James … Continue reading An open letter to Mayor Kenney

Voices that didn’t get heard

Since the SEPTA board didn't get to hear everyone that had lined up to address concerns about the gas plant in Nicetown, we're documenting public concerns here available for the SEPTA board and others. Chris Miles of East Falls Pastor David Reppert of Emanuel United Church of Christ, Bridesburg, Philadelphia Meenal Raval of Mt Airy, reminding us … Continue reading Voices that didn’t get heard

SEPTA’s November Board meeting

On November 17th, amidst chants of protest from an audience of more than 50 supporters of Fossil Free SEPTA, SEPTA Board voted to approve the plan for a natural gas power plant in Nicetown. We are grateful to everyone who came out to join our public filibuster! Since so many people packed the board room, … Continue reading SEPTA’s November Board meeting

Face to Face with SEPTA and the gas industry

Yesterday,  8 of us met with 12 people to discuss SEPTA’s gas power plant project at the Midvale Bus Depot. We expressed our frustration, that our concerns have been ignored for 6 months. We referred to community efforts in Toronto with Metrolink and in North Carolina with Duke University in rejecting fracked gas for electricity generation. … Continue reading Face to Face with SEPTA and the gas industry

Where do we draw the line? 

Not everyone's diving into the "burning gas to generate electricity" game, like SEPTA and others in our region, even if it's the much touted CHP (combined heat & power) tactic. This month, Duke University gets cold feet for 21 MW CHP plant after environmental objections, stating “… with renewable resources becoming more prevalent, some advocates … Continue reading Where do we draw the line?