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Statewide Actions Unite Illinois in Support of Renewables and Against Fracking

This article was written by Janet Donoghue and Brent Ritzel
Springfield, Chicago & Marion — Monday, June 16th is the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech in Springfield, Illinois where he proclaimed, “A house divided cannot stand.” For too long politicians and the oil and gas industry have been working to divide Illinois.
Just weeks ago, in an underhanded move, IL Representative John Bradley tried to rush through a bill on Memorial Day weekend that disregarded tens of thousands of Illinois citizens concerns and would have blatantly divided the state by providing a moratorium on fracking for Chicago, while creating a fracking sacrifice zone for those south of Chicago.

Citizens of Illinois know the political promise of fracking is hollow at best. Fracking endangers our health and our precious natural resources: air, water and soil. Natural gas is not at “bridge.” It is a dead end. Fracking accelerates climate change and makes our precious potable water even more scarce.

Now is the time for bold action. Politicians must serve their constituents and not their financiers. Rep. John Bradley takes industry money and refuses to even meet with citizens concerned about fracking and those who are working on renewable solutions for the state. He canceled an appointment for Monday, June 16th to discuss renewable energy options for southern Illinois.

In northern Illinois citizens have seen the future of fracking as they were informed that farmers were being driven from their land while facing the health hazards of mining frack sand. Monday, July 16th citizens throughout Illinois will be gathering across the state to show that we will not be divided or fracked. Join us on Monday in Marion, Springfield and Chicago.

      Marion, Illinois                           Springfield, Illinois                    Chicago, Illinois
Rep. John Bradley’s Office             Old State Capitol Plaza                      Daley Plaza
   1301 Enterprise Hwy.                        5th & Adams                  50 W. Washington Street
           11am-noon                                 noon-1pm                              noon-1pm
      Annette McMichael                         Will Reynolds                           Nina Laseau         

For more information and other actions to take see

Illinois residents and fracktivists outside IL Rep. John Bradley's office, May 2014.
Southern Illinois residents outside of IL Rep. John Bradley's office, May 2014.

Originally posted to BrentRitzel on Sun Jun 15, 2014 at 07:43 PM PDT.

Also republished by Chicago Kossacks and Land of Lincoln Kos.

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  •  Republished to Chicago Kossacks. n/t (5+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Jun 15, 2014 at 07:46:30 PM PDT

  •  Fracking. Dirty, nasty, and unhealthy (4+ / 0-)

    I have been hoping that ill in noise would finally take some solar and wind power steps.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sun Jun 15, 2014 at 08:00:51 PM PDT

    •  And Miami lost YIPPEE! (1+ / 0-)
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      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Sun Jun 15, 2014 at 08:02:03 PM PDT

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    •  everyone knows it's windy (6+ / 0-)

      There's a lot of wind power production here. Quite a wind farm from Bloomington-Normal east. There is some pushback from people living close to some of the generators. I'd hope there will be adjustments on the placement of generators. But it's head & shoulders over fracking's radioactive materials dumped on road sides and ground water supplies that catch fire. Aquifers are not "underground rivers" but a network of crevices. And once you poison them there goes farming and livestock production and any reason to live there. Without strict regulations frackers are willing to kill us all to make a fast buck. In many cases there is no way to know if a well will totally kill a town 25 miles away.
           We may have crooks in government but I'll take the crooks that I know over the constitutional traitors running Michigan, Ohio & Wisconsin.

      •  Good going, people of Illinois! (1+ / 0-)
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        The comment from Mr Natural hit home for me.

        I'll take the crooks that I know over the constitutional traitors running Michigan, Ohio & Wisconsin.
        Think Progress reported Friday that Aric Nesbitt, Chairman of Michigan’s House Committee on Energy and Technology, just introduced a bill that would declare tar sands waste and plastic trash renewable energy sources.

        As soon as I found out, I clicked my Kos bookmark to report it here and I saw that Meteor Blades was already on the case. As soon as I posted my comment to his diary, I emailed Nesbitt. No response yet, and I don’t expect one. An email I’d sent him a month ago got no reply either.

        It’s no surprise that the Think Progress article reports that

        Nesbitt is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative group that’s fought hard to repeal or weaken renewable energy standards like Michigan’s across the country.
        It’s no shocker, either, that the gerrymandered district not far from where I live that Nesbitt “represents” in Lansing is part of Fred Upton’s Congressional district. Nesbitt’s mentor has been pulling the same shit in Washington. As chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Upton has been doing all the favors he can for dirty energy while blocking initiatives on renewables and making sure his colleagues never have to vote against clean energy. MoveOn.Org is sponsoring a petition—please sign and share it—telling Upton to do the Earth a favor and resign.

        Michigan’s "leaders" are decades behind Michigan’s people on this issue. Rick Snyder and Aric Nesbitt are in danger of losing in November. Fred Upton’s seat is considered “safe” but it’s looking less so. We Michiganders need to follow the lead of our Illinois neighbors and rebel against out “leaders.” Thanks, Illinois, for the inspiration!

        Fred Upton, Chairman, House Energy Committee: Stop pushing dirty energy, stop blocking clean-energy initiatives. Help lead the transition or retire.

        by Bruce Brown on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 06:39:17 AM PDT

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  •  I live in southern Lake County and today we had, (0+ / 0-)

    at the very least, two large bangs that knocked out the cable and internet for a few minutes. Not sure what it was but just saying.

  •  Question (3+ / 0-)
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    Bruce Brown, JeffW, Odysseus

    What are these fracking wells in Illinois supposed to produce, besides poisoned groundwater and abandoned excavations?

    Pennsylvania, a state whose central and western stretches are about as good as it gets for finding reserves that can be economically extracted via fracking, is finding that many of those wells are underproducing.  So why would a state in the flat part of the Midwest be economical?  At this point, it isn't even about dirty energy.  It's pure speculation; people are ripping off investors, who are investing based on the financial services advertisements that still run on the Rush Limbaugh show.

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