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    Tim Canova email: No Fracking Way!

    Dear Friends,

     

    Thank you for all of your support this past year. Together we helped stop the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a corporate trade deal which threatened the outsourcing of millions of our service jobs, higher prescription drug prices, the open internet, our food safety, and health and environmental protections.

     

    Now that the fight against the TPP is behind us, Progress for All is turning our attention to other pressing issues. We are pushing for a ban on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. In Florida we are seeking legislation to pass a ban on fracking, and also a referendum to do so if the legislature refuses to act.
    Fracking is one of the most pressing issues we face today. It’s all encompassing and threatens our water quality, health, safety, environmental protections, and economic vitality…nearly every facet of our daily lives.
    This past week, Progress For All convened an organizational meeting with environmental and community groups and activists across Florida to push forward with a constitutional amendment to ban fracking by referendum on the Florida state ballot in 2018.

     

    We also support legislative efforts to ban fracking during the 2017 Florida State Legislative Session.
    Our efforts to ban fracking come at a critical time. Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report finding
    that fracking may contaminate our drinking water. And protecting the sources of water and all life in Florida has rapidly become an urgent need, particularly in light of recent environmental events and regulatory developments.

    Some frightening, but real examples:
    The Florida Environmental Regulation Commission’s (FERC) recent decision to allow higher toxic chemical levels in our water.
    Massive sinkholes released approximately 215 gallons of radioactive chemicals into our aquifer.
    The ongoing construction of the Sabal Trail Pipeline project in close proximity to the aquifer, natural springs and rivers, endangered manatees and other endangered species, residential areas, and sinkholes.
    Poisonous toxic algae blooms from Lake Okeechobee that reached deadly levels this past summer and are caused by toxic runoffs from big agribusinesses, including Big Sugar farms that impede the natural flow of waters into the Everglades.
    The continuing problem of rising sea levels from climate change that have led to saltwater intrusion into the aquifer that supplies drinking water for all of South Florida.

    For all these reasons and more, Progress For All is asking you to join us in standing up as water protectors for all of our communities, and for future generations.

    Our fight to put a referendum on the 2018 ballot begins now! Progress for All will need the resources to organize a massive petition campaign to collect nearly 1 million signatures, then fend off our well-funded opposition.

     

    Please donate $3 to help us gather the resources and people power we need to be successful.  We won’t take a penny from corporate PACS or unlimited undisclosed donations from millionaires and billionaires. That’s why we represent only the people’s interests.
    Fracking in the Everglades and elsewhere around the country raises the specter of a collapsing ecosystem and contaminated water supplies. This is not an ordinary threat; it’s an existential threat to the health, safety, and economic viability of future generations.

    Now is the time to ban fracking and stop the shortsighted construction of gas pipelines that we KNOW will leak into our waterways. And now is the time to convert to alternative and sustainable energy sources, such as solar, wind, wave, and tidal energy power.

    With your continued support, we will succeed in defeating the big money interests and safeguarding our environment for future generations.  We defeated the TPP together, we can stop fracking as well. The time is now to work together to protect the next seven generations!

     

    In solidarity,

    Tim Canova

    Chair, Progress For All
    #FloridaWaterProtectors #NoSabalTrailPipeline #NoFrackFL #BanFrackFL

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