FERC Into FREC Sign On Statement

FERC INTO FREC
The Green New Deal Must Include a Federal Renewable Energy Commission to Replace FERC

(Click Here to Sign the Statement)

Our country and world desperately need the enactment of a Green New Deal. The science is clear: by 2030 we must be decisively onto the path of energy efficiency, conservation and wind, solar and other genuinely clean and safe renewable energy sources. Fossil fuels must be in a sharp and permanent decline as the power source for electricity, as well as for transportation and heating/cooling of buildings.

This Green New Deal (GND) shift will lead to the creation of millions of new jobs, including for those historically discriminated against and for those currently working in the fossil fuel industry. It will strengthen the labor and other movements and increase the number of good-paying, union jobs in our economy. It can be a major driver of the kind of positive, justice-based social and economic transformation so clearly needed in the United States.

This shift is already happening, but not rapidly enough. Just as FDR’s New Deal in the 1930s created the legislation and policies that began to raise the U.S. out of the Great Depression, the Green New Deal can bring together the people of this country and concentrate our collective efforts on the historic, must-succeed task of transforming our energy system and economy and doing so within the third decade of this century, by 2030.

In order for GND legislation to accomplish this task it must include a transformation of the federal agency tasked with regulating and overseeing the U.S. electrical grid-FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC was created in 1977 when Congress passed the Department of Energy Reorganization Act. Over 40 years later, it’s time for a FERC overhaul. FERC must be replaced by FREC, the Federal Renewable Energy Commission.

A transformed FERC would not be a revolving door for its leaders and employees with the fossil fuel industry, as it is currently. An investigative article in April, 2015 in Greenwire summarized it this way: “Employees at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have deep ties to the industry they regulate, according to agency documents detailing their job negotiations and stock holdings. Ethics records throughout 2014 show agency staff seeking employment with grid operators, law firms and utilities that the agency has jurisdiction over and often meets with as it sets new orders and rules. In addition, FERC employees have held stock in or remain part of pension plans from companies that can be affected by the agency’s work.”

Leaders and employees of a new Federal Renewable Energy Commission must be personally and professionally committed to the historic task of shifting rapidly from fossil fuels to renewables. Leaders must be chosen based not upon their ties to the fossil fuel and nuclear power industries but on their experience with and commitment to renewables.

FREC’s new purpose must be made explicit in a mission statement which commits it to lead the urgent work of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and shifting to a renewable, jobs-creating, justice-based and energy efficient power grid and economy.

As distinct from the way FERC operates, potentially affected and proximate communities must be notified from the very beginning of planning processes for proposed new and/or expanded energy infrastructure. They must be given sufficient support, including funding, to enable them to fully participate in decision-making processes.

FREC’s funding stream must not be dependent on fossil fuel industry “fee-for-service.” Right now ALL of FERC’s budget comes from fees on industries that have business before FERC. It is in the financial interest of FERC to have as much business with them as possible. Given the power of the fossil fuel industry, this encourages corruption and pro-industry bias.

Many of us signing this statement have been resisting FERC’s pro-fossil fuels policies going back many years, particularly as hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling-fracking-has disrupted lives and communities and led to an explosion of new fracked gas pipelines and other infrastructure. FERC has proven itself to be a rubber-stamp agency for the pipeline and gas industry, granting permits for all but two of over 400 proposals for new interstate gas development. It is long past time for FERC’s abuses to end!

We urge elected officials, media outlets, community and religious leaders and all people of good will to join us in our public call for FERC to be replaced by FREC. As we continue to resist FERC, fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure, we must build a movement toward this essential, critically-needed objective.

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Signed: 

  1. Beyond Extreme Energy
  2. 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations
  3. 198 methods
  4. 350 Charlotte
  5. 350 columbia
  6. 350 Conejo / San Fernando Valley
  7. 350 Loudoun
  8. 350Marin
  9. 350 Montgomery County
  10. 350PDX
  11. 350 Seattle
  12. 350 Triangle
  13. 350 Westlake
  14. 350 West Sound Climate Action
  15. 350.org- National
  16. 350Brooklyn
  17. 350Fairfax
  18. 350NJ-Rockland
  19. 350NYC
  20. Abalone Alliance Safe Energy Clearinghouse
  21. Abita Committee for Energy Sustainability
  22. Agricultural Missions, Inc
  23. Animals Are Sentient Beings, Inc.
  24. Appalachian Gas Working Group, WV Rivers
  25. Aquashicola/ Pohopoco Watershed Conservancy
  26. Backbone Campaign
  27. Baltimore People’s Climate Movement
  28. Baltimore Veterans for Peace
  29. Berks Gas Truth
  30. Berkshire Environmental Action Team
  31. Beyond Nuclear
  32. Bistel Co.
  33. Boston Clean Energy Coalition
  34. Breathe Easy Susquehanna County
  35. Breathe Project
  36. Brian Boortz Public Relations
  37. Bronx River Bicycle Works
  38. Buckingham: We the People
  39. Bucks Environmental Action
  40. Bucks Environmental Action, Pa.
  41. Cancel Compressor Coalition, Va.
  42. CASE
  43. Center for Biological Diversity
  44. Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War
  45. Chatham Research Group
  46. Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  47. Chesapeake physicians for Social Responsibility
  48. Christians For The Mountains
  49. Church Women United in New York State
  50. Citizen Power, Inc.
  51. Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability (CAIA)
  52. Citizens Awareness Network
  53. Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community
  54. Citizens United for Renewable Energy (CURE)
  55. Citizens’ Resistance at Fermi Two (CRAFT)
  56. Citizen Voices Radio Show 
  57. Clean Water for NC
  58. Climate Action Alliance of the Valle
  59. Climate First!
  60. Climate Hawks Vote
  61. Climate Jobs PDX
  62. ClimateMama
  63. Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline – New Jersey
  64. Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes
  65. Coalition to Protect New York
  66. Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
  67. Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone
  68. Conscious Talk Radio
  69. Ct Shoreline Indivisible (CTSI)
  70. DC Statehood Green Party
  71. Dogwood Alliance
  72. Don’t Gas the Pinelands
  73. Don’t Waste Michigan
  74. Don’t Frack Calvert
  75. Earth Action Inc., NY
  76. Earth Evolution
  77. Earthkeeper Health Resources
  78. Eat for the Earth
  79. ECHO Action NH: #FossilFree603
  80. Elmirans & Friends Against Fracking
  81. Energia Mia
  82. Environmental Justice Task Force of the WNY Peace Center
  83. Erie County Green Party
  84. Extinction Rebellion New Paltz
  85. Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition
  86. Fiends of Bruce
  87. Food & Water Watch (National)
  88. Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station
  89. Franciscan Response to Fossil Fuels
  90. FreshWater Accountability Project
  91. Friends of Buckingham
  92. Friends of Horseshoe Bend Park
  93. Friends of Nelson
  94. Friends of the Earth
  95. Friends Of The Piscataquis Valley
  96. Genesis Farm
  97. Grand Junction for Peace
  98. Green America
  99. Green Country Sierra Club 
  100. Green Earth Goods
  101. Green Education and Legal Fund
  102. Green Party of Butler and Venango Counties (PA)
  103. Green Party of Pennsylvania
  104. Green State Solutions
  105. GreeningUSA
  106. Guilford Peace Alliance
  107. Haw River Assembly
  108. Heal(thy) Community Coalition
  109. Hip Hop Caucus
  110. Howard County Climate Action (MD)
  111. Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
  112. Hudson Valley Green Party
  113. Idle No More Michigan
  114. Indivisible We Rise West Central PA
  115. Interfaith Moral Action on Climate
  116. JustPeace
  117. Lancaster Against Pipelines
  118. LEAF of Hudson Valley
  119. Lebanon Pipeline Awareness
  120. LEPOCO Peace Center (Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern)
  121. Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group
  122. Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, NJ
  123. Maine Solar Energy Association
  124. Marcellus Outreach Butler
  125. Marshalls Automotive
  126. Metro N.Y. Catholic Climate Movement
  127. Milford Doers/Residents of Crumhorn Mtn
  128. Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance, WV
  129. Movement for a People’s Party
  130. Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment
  131. Naropa University
  132. NC WARN
  133. NCAPPPL–NC Alliance to Protect Our People and the Places We Love
  134. Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force
  135. New River Conservancy
  136. New River Valley Chapter of the Sierra Club
  137. New York Progressive Action Network – Enviro Committee
  138. NH Energy Impacts on Health Study Groupup
  139. Nicaragua Center for Community Action
  140. NJ Skylands Sunrise Hub
  141. NJ State Industrial Union Council
  142. No Fracked Gas in Mass
  143. North American Climate, Conservation and Environment(NACCE)
  144. North American Water Office
  145. North County Climate Change Alliance
  146. Northeast Organic Farming Association-Interstate Council (NOFA-IC)
  147. Northern New Jersey NOW
  148. Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
  149. Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS)
  150. Nuclear Free campaign of the Sierra Club
  151. Nuclear Information and Resource Service
  152. Nuclear Watch South
  153. NuclearBan.US
  154. Nukewatch
  155. NWSOFA/Indivisible
  156. NYC Grassroots Alliance
  157. NYC H2O
  158. Occupy Bergen County
  159. Oil Change U.S.
  160. On Behalf of Planet Earth
  161. Our Revolution
  162. OVEC-Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
  163. Parallax Perspectives
  164. Patriots From The Oil & Gas Shales
  165. PAUSE – People of Albany United for Safe Energy
  166. Peacemakers of Schoharie County
  167. Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air
  168. People for a Healthy Environment
  169. Physicians for Social Responsibility – Kansas City
  170. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Philadelphia
  171. Physicians for Social Responsibility- Philadelphia
  172. Plymouth Friends of Clean Water
  173. Plymouth Friends of Clean Water, NY
  174. Popular Resistance
  175. Power Shift Network
  176. Preserve Franklin County Virginia
  177. Preserve Giles County
  178. Preserve Monroe
  179. Preserve Montgomery County VA
  180. Preserve Salem
  181. Proposition One Campaign for a Nuclear-Free Future
  182. Protect Our Water Heritage Rights (POWHR)
  183. Radiation Truth
  184. Reach Out America
  185. Reclaim Augusta
  186. Redwood Alliance
  187. Residents Allied for the Future of Tioga (RAFT)
  188. Residents Organized For a Safe Environment (ROSE)
  189. Resist the Pipeline
  190. Rockland Citizens Action Network
  191. Roseland Against Compressor Station (RACS)
  192. Safe Energy Rights Group (SEnRG)
  193. San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace
  194. Sane Energy Project
  195. Santa Cruz Climate Action Network
  196. Save our streams, PA
  197. Save Planet Earth
  198. Shrimpers and fisherman of the RGV
  199. Sisters of Charity Federation
  200. SocioEnergetics Foundation
  201. South Jersey NOW-Alice Paul chapter
  202. Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline
  203. Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE)
  204. Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice
  205. Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development
  206. Summers County Residents Against the Pipeline
  207. Sunrise Movement Baltimore
  208. Sustainable Arizona
  209. Sustainable Medina County
  210. Terra Advocati
  211. The Banner
  212. The History Business
  213. The Peace Farm
  214. The Shalom Center
  215. Therapists for Social Responsibility
  216. Three Mile Island Alert
  217. Triangle Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  218. Tricounty NY Transition
  219. Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network
  220. United for Action, NY
  221. Upper Green Side
  222. UUFHC
  223. Valley Watch, Inc.
  224. Vermont Citizens Action Network
  225. Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance
  226. Vestal Residents for Safe Energy (VeRSE)
  227. Veterans PC Canada
  228. Voters of Watchunghills
  229. we are cove point
  230. Whidbey Environmental Action Network
  231. White Rabbit Grove RDNA
  232. Wilco Justice Alliance (Williamson County, TX)
  233. WildEarth Guardians
  234. Women’s Energy Matters
  235. Wyoming County Greens
  236. Yoga For Peace,Justice, Harmony With The Planet!