It is truly amazing what Beyond Extreme Energy has been able to accomplish in just five months with your generous support and help. We are building upon a movement that has been developing for years.
Here is what Cheryl LaFleur, Chairwoman of FERC, said publicly on January 27th at the National Press Club: “Increased demand for natural gas-fired plants will lead to new pipelines, . . .And I believe meeting the goals of the (EPA) Clean Power Plan will also lead to construction of a lot of new natural gas generation.” She added that implementing these polices could become more difficult due to the increasingly hostile views environmental activists have taken toward hydraulic fracturing and pipeline projects in recent years.
“These groups are active in every FERC docket… as well as in my email inbox seven days a week, in my Twitter feed, at our open meetings demanding to be heard, and literally at our door closing down First Street so FERC won’t be able to work. We’ve got a situation here.”
In other words, she knows who we are, and she knows we are a problem for FERC and industry.
At last, by going to FERC’s open meetings and to their front door, BXE has gotten FERC’s attention. And we have plans to keep doing so. In late spring, from May 21-29, with your help, we will be organizing nonviolent actions at FERC with many hundreds of people taking part.
We hope that you will want to join with us in this action and reach out to bring others with you. But we need more than that.
BXE has initiated a $10,000 pledge campaign. We are asking those who can to pledge $500, $1,000 or whatever you can, more or less, toward a goal of $10,000. We’re not asking for the money until we reach that goal. Once we reach it, and the money comes in, we will be able to hire young people to visit campuses starting in early March to strengthen student participation in the late spring actions, as well as move the overall organizing for those actions forward.
As of this writing, a little over $3,300 has been pledged. We also have other substantial money committed, further along, from one of our member organizations which worked with us in the fall.
BXE is a very frugal organization. It literally runs on the volunteer energy and commitment of dozens of individuals and many groups, with no paid staff up until now. Our major action last November, “closing down First Street so FERC won’t be able to work,” was pulled off very successfully for less than $16,000 in total.
We figure we’ll need close to three times that to organize this spring action, because our plan is to triple, or more, the number of people taking part in it.
That is why this $10,000 pledge campaign is so important. It will fund our work this spring in the build-up to those actions, especially the campus organizing, and it will generate energy to keep the organizing and fundraising momentum going.
So how about it? FERC is central to the fossil fuel industry’s plans to expand the natural gas empires in the US and to other countries. BXE, on the other hand, has the experience and has developed the organization to challenge FERC. We are uniquely situated to challenge, slow and maybe even halt the extremely dangerous policies and practices of the gas industry and FERC right now.
Isn’t what Beyond Extreme Energy has brought to the movement against fracking and the climate justice movement worth your financial support? What if it didn’t exist and wasn’t active? Without question, this movement would be missing a very important component.
BXE is a loose, flexible, resilient and adapting organization, with our hearts and minds focused not only on FERC but also on gritty and difficult community-based struggles like the ones going on in Cove Point, Seneca Lake, the Pennsylvania fracking fields and elsewhere. Because of these strengths, BXE is bringing grassroots energy into the conversations going on at the highest levels in Washington, D.C.
We look forward to your responses. Please let Ted know at firstname.lastname@example.org what you are willing and able to pledge.